Division of Comparative Endocrinology (DCE): 2005 Fall Newsletter
from the Officers
Dave Borst, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kyle Selcer, Program Officer (email@example.com)
Kevin Kelley, Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Darren Lerner, DCE Rep to Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee (email@example.com)
News on the Upcoming Annual Meeting
Planning is well underway for the 2006 Annual
Meeting in Orlando, Florida. A total of 1050 abstracts were submitted
for symposia, talks and posters. Again this year, the talks and
abstracts were sorted by general theme, rather than divisional
affiliation. Many of the abstracts from DCE members will be in the
Regulatory Biology sessions, for which there are about 75 abstracts.
Other DCE member talks are scheduled in Physiology and Biochemistry
sessions and in Ecology and Environmental Biology sessions.
There are a
number of exciting and interesting symposia again this year. Two
syposia have been designated as "society-wide". The first is
entitled "Ecological Immunology: Recent
Advances and Applications For Conservation and Public Health"
organized by Kelly Lee, Bram Lutton, and Martin
Wikelski, and co-sponsored by DCE. The second is entitled
"Metamorphosis: A Multi-Kingdom Approach"
organized by Andreas Heyland, Jason Hodin, Cory Bishop, and
Leonid Moroz. DCE is also co-sponsoring a regular symposium,
entitled "EcoPhysiology and Conservation:
The Contributions of Energetics"
organized by Robert Stevenson.
plans to attend the DCE Business Meeting, which will be held Friday,
January 6th from 5:15 to 6:15 pm. This will be followed by
the Howard Bern Lecture, which will be given by Stacia Sower. Her
address will be entitled "Insight into the Molecular Evolution
of Gonadotropin and its Receptor in the Hormonal Regulation of
Reproduction". After the lecture, we will hold the DCE Social.
need judges for the Aubrey Gorbman Student Presentation Awards given
out by DCE. We also need a chair of the Student Awards Committee. If
you are willing to serve as a judge for the student awards, or as
chair of the committee, please email Kyle Selcer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The student presentation competition is an important part of the
annual meeting, so please help out.
again, it is time to pass the baton. Dave Borst (Chair) and Kyle
Selcer (Program Officer) will be stepping down from their positions
this January. Kevin Kelley (Secretary) and Darren Lerner (SPDAC
Representative) will remain for another year of service. Dave and
Kyle have both expressed that they enjoyed their time as divisional
officers and were proud to have a chance to serve SICB and DCE. Bob
Denver and Mike Romero will become the new DCE Chair and Program
Officer, respectively, in January. We know that they will do a great
job. Also, congratulations to Stacia Sower and Catherine Propper,
who were recently elected as the new Chair-elect and Secretary-elect,
respectively. And, importantly, our "emphatic thanks" go to all
of the candidates this year, as DCE cannot do its excellent work
without your willingness to participate. To those not serving this
year, we hope you will come forth again.
Important changes have been added to the DCE webpage! Thanks to Anne
McNabb for designing an excellent new section on Careers in
Comparative Endocrinology, of importance to our student and
postdoctoral members and other visitors of the SICB website. See
This should continue be a good resource for those interested in our
field. Secondly, we have now have a link to the Job and Fellowship
Postings page, a new online feature of the Society
Thanks also goes to Ruedi Birenheide, SICB Webmaster, for making
these a reality! Check them out!
You will see below our new newsletter feature, the Report of
the DCE Representative to the Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee
(SPDAC). For student and postdoc DCE members, there are several
worthwhile events at the Orlando meetings that are being organized on
your behalf. Read on, below!
You will also now see in our newsletter a message from the Chair
of the SICB Student Support Committee. DCE students and post-docs
take note! This is about money for you. Read on, below!
4) GET YOURSELF ON THE SICB WEBSITE! In
the last Newsletter, you were encouraged to send information for
inclusion in the DCE Researchers Database on the SICB Website.
This is a fantastic opportunity to provide some visibility for your
research program. Send a ~paragraph describing your program (include
a link to your university website!), a short title and include any digital files
that can be used on the website, from jpgs, to mp3, to video (qt,
mpg, wmv). We comparative endocrinologists are way behind - see
the DEE Researchers Database!
Send your files to Ruedi Birenheide, SICB Webmaster
and if you have any further questions, contact Kevin Kelley
Message from the
DCE Representative to the Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee
(SPDAC), Darren T. Lerner
Hello to all DCE
graduate students and postdocs!
There are a number of events
that you should be sure to attend, some of which are specifically
designed for students and postdocs. These include the Student
First Timer Orientation (immediately following the "Welcome to
Orlando Reception"), the Student/Postdoctoral Luncheon, and
two SPDAC Workshops, "Optimizing Your Graduate School
Experience" and "Strategies for Landing an
Academic Job/Postdoc". The workshops will be
immediately followed by the Society-Wide Social in Honor of
Students and Postdocs. I also encourage you to attend the SICB
and DCE business meetings. Please look at the meeting website
SICB offers a generous student support program
for the annual meeting, and details of this program are given on the
To be eligible for the program you need to be a member of SICB, a
presenting author, and be willing to provide one half-day of
assistance during the meeting. The program provides financial
support in the form of housing or registration fees. The deadline
for this program is October 28. See below the message from Brian
Tsukimura, the Chair of the Student Support Committee.
DCE offers two Best Student Paper awards at the Annual Meeting, one
for the best oral presentation and one for the best poster
presentation. Undergraduate students and graduate students who have
not yet been awarded a PhD are eligible for these award, as are new
PhD's who have received the degree no more than 12 months prior to
the meeting. The work must be original and must be carried out
principally by the student presenting the paper or poster. In any
one year, a student can enter either the oral or the poster
SICB and a number of other organizations offer
student grants and fellowships. DCE students may want to consider
the following funding opportunities:
SICB Grants in Aid of Research, due Nov. 21st. See also
message below from the Student Support Committee Chair.
SICB Fellowship of Graduate Student Travel, due Nov. 21st,
which provides funds for travel and other expenses at distant
research laboratories, museums or field sites. See message below
from the Student Support Committee Chair.
SICB Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship, which provides assistance
for students to take courses or to carry on research on
invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station.
Generally due in March. http://sicb.org/grants/hyman/
Fall 2006 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships, which
funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous
environmental science and engineering disciplines. Closing date Oct
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program provides funding for the
purchase of specific equipment necessary to undertake the proposed
research project and travel to and from a research site. Proposals
are due October 15th and March 15th. http://www.sigmaxi.org
The National Science Foundation offers fellowships for new students
(Graduate Research Fellowship
, due early-November) and for doctoral candidates (Doctoral
Dissertation Improvement Grants, Directorate for Biological Sciences
due mid- November).
from Brian Tsukimura, Chair of the SICB Student Support Committee
The Student Support Committee (SSC) wishes to
announce 2 award opportunities for this Fall 2005. A similar letter
has been sent out to each graduate student member of the SICB in
early October. The membership of the SICB has generously set aside
funds to provide two forms of research awards, the
Grants-In-Aid-of-Research (GIAR)and Fellowship of Graduate
Student Travel (FGST). In Fall 2004, 80 applications were
submitted for the GIAR. The SSC reviewed these at the San Diego
meeting (January, 2005) and made 26 awards (32%) for a total of
$24,000 to students from the 9 different divisions of the Society. In
Fall 2004, 15 applications were received for the FGST and the SSC
granted 4 (27%) FGST for a total of $6000.
Students can apply to only ONE program per
year. Students have a "lifetime eligibility" to receive only one
award (FGST or GIAR). To apply for both the GIAR and FGST, please
visit the Society website, http://www.sicb.org/awards.php3
and complete the online application. Please read the instructions
carefully. Please understand that the SICB requires the applicant to
contact their recommenders and arrange that letters be sent. Both
award categories have a good level of funding percentage, and the SSC
encourages all graduate student members of the SICB to apply. The
Deadline for applications and Letters of Support is November
Support for students presenting at the Orlando
meeting (2006) have the opportunity to apply for the Student Support
Program, which offers either housing accommodations or registration
costs in exchange for half day services at the conference. The
deadline is October 28, 2005. Apply at:
Conferences Related of Potential Interest to Comparative
International Congress on the Biology of Fish, St. John’s,
Newfoundland, Canada, July 18-22, 2006. Abstract deadline is
February 15. See http://www.mun.ca/biology/icbf7/abstracts.html.
Regional Conference on Comparative Endocrinology (WRCCE) will be
held in Spring 2006 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.
Frank Moore is the organizer and will be sending out notices on the
meeting in the next months.
2006, Boston Convention & Exhibit Center, June 24-27,
Abstract deadline is January 17, 2006; see
European Congress of Endocrinology, Glasgow, 1-5 April 2006,
Abstract deadline November 4, 2005, see
Congress on Physiological Sciences, 2009, Kyoto Japan. See early
information at http://www.iups.org/
Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Annual Meeting, New
Orleans, LA, July 12-17, 2006. See http://www.asih.org
Link to officer list on DCE page