Division of Comparative Physiology & Biochemistry (DCPB): 2006 Fall Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
Patrick J. Walsh
sit in my new digs at the University of Ottawa and watch the Fall
leaves in the Gatineau Hills turn brilliant shades of red, orange and
yellow, I am clearly in a proper frame of mind for a Fall DCPB
Newsletter. I hope that you all had productive and enjoyable summers
and that you are now settled into the routines of Fall term.
the first bit of news, we have elected new DCPB officers to the posts
of Chair-Elect and Program Officer, Joseph Williams and Donald
Mykles, respectively. Congrats to Joe and Don, and also my thanks to
John Lighton and Martin Grosell for standing for election for these
slots (again, respectively). Joe will take over the reins as Division
Chair from me following the Jan 2008 meeting, and Don takes over as
PO from Kim Hammond following the upcoming Jan 2007 meeting.
also pleased to announce that the self-tax Special Assessment by-law
change passed, and as a result, we will be tithing an additional $5
to the DCPB kitty to support international meetings. As we go to
press, we are still working out with the SICB business office exactly
when this will occur, but we hope to conveniently make it at time of
annual dues renewal. This fund will help us to support international
meetings like the upcoming ICCPB meeting in Brazil, Aug 2007 (see Lou
Douglas Altshuler of the University of California, Riverside was
chosen by the Bartholomew Award Committee (Drs. Gilmour, Gordon,
Riddiford, Wainwright, Wikelski and Huey, ex officio) to be
the 2007 Bartholomew Awardee "for distinguished contributions to
comparative physiology and biochemistry, and to related fields of
functional and integrative biology" for his research on animal
flight. Congrats to Douglas and my thanks to the committee members.
While program details are still being worked out at press time, if
past years are indicative of the upcoming schedule, Douglas'
lecture and reception should be the evening of Jan 4, just after our
DCPB business meeting. Please check the program for details and plan
on attending! Sponsors of the award will again be Sable Systems, so
be sure to drop by their booth in Phoenix and give them a 'thank
of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
pleased to announce that, following the recommendation of the DCPB
Executive Committee, the University of Chicago Press has reappointed
Dr. Jim Hicks as Editor of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
for another 5 year term. Join me in both congratulating Jim and
thanking him for the hard work he and his staff and editorial board
have put into continuing the strong tradition at PBZ!
an average January high of 66F(19C) and an average low of 41F(5C),
Phoenix in January should be downright tropical for folks like me and
others residing north of the Mason-Dixon. So, at the very least,
please plan on attending SICB for a pleasant mid-winter thaw! But,
more importantly, take advantage of the time and place to catch up
with your colleagues on all the developments in their research and at
their respective institutions. I am guessing too that for those of
you with Spring teaching assignments, your students will see the
gleam in your eyes as you begin a new semester charged with new ideas
and enthusiasm. See Kim Hammond's program notes below for the great
lineup of symposia sponsored by DCPB and other SICB Divisions. All we
need is your attendance to make this a bangup meeting. Please also
let your students know that the Best Student Awards for Papers and
Posters this year will be named the 'Peter Hochachka Award'.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Jan 3!
from the Program Officer
year with almost 1100 submitted abstracts for the Society in general,
with roughly 169 submitted with DCPB as a primary affiliation. Of
these there were about 90 talks. We definitely represent one of the
largest memberships in SICB.
are many wonderful symposia this year. Please check the web pages to
see them all. Of note is the Vogel symposium. There are many
members that have submitted papers in honor of Steve Vogel. This
should be a great meeting for really seeing his legacy!
so many cross-disciplinary symposia and bewildering array of parallel
sessions, many members find it difficult to navigate through the
meeting. To help, SICB implemented an automated meeting planner which was very successful in past years, so feel free to use it.
arriving in Phoenix. Here is information for transportation to/from
the airport to the hotel:
SHUTTLE is available from the airport at a cost of $9.00 per person.
Guests may proceed directly to the hotel pickup area outside the
baggage claim. The Super Shuttle is available 24hrs a day, runs
constantly, on demand. Phone: 602-244-9000
from the Airport to the hotel is available through ARRIVE at a cost
of $9.00 per person for a shuttle or $18 per town car (up to 4
people). This service is available 24 hrs a day. Use the courtesy
phone in the baggage claim area.
Shuttle service from
the Hotel to the Airport is available through ARRIVE between the
hours of 6am-2pm, departing every 30 minutes at a cost of $9.00 per
person or $18.00 per vehicle.
Town cars are readily available 24 hours a day
from the hotel front entrance.
TAXI one way - $12-$16
Symposia for the San Antonio Meetings have been chosen, I will
provide more details in the Spring Newsletter. Thanks to the
individuals who submitted excellent proposals, DCPB will be well
represented next year. It is never too early to plan for future
meetings. Please email me (email@example.com)
discuss ideas and get started.
that as of the end of the meeting this year, I will be stepping down
as program officer and will be being replaced by the very able Don
Mykles. Between now and then, however feel free to send ideas for
symposia, or ask for small divisional monetary endorsements for your
upcoming symposia and I will forward all requests.
Message from the Secretary
Jonathon H. Stillman
Chair's message has summed up about everything I could report on,
so I'll just paraphrase from his message here:
members elected new DCPB officers to the posts of Chair-Elect and
Program Officer, Joseph Williams and Donald Mykles, respectively.
Many thanks to John Lighton and Martin Grosell for standing for
election for these slots (again, respectively).
self-tax Special Assessment by-law change passed, thus each DCPB
member will contribute an additional $5 to the DCPB kitty to support
international meetings. We hope to conveniently make it at time of
annual dues renewal.
of the above ballots were voted on by n=86 DCPB members. Notably,
this is the highest voter turnout for any of the SICB divisional
ballots of this year (the next highest being n=20 fewer voters). I'm
not certain if this reflects greater DCPB participation or just the
fact that DCPB may have a larger membership.
Hicks was elected to another 5-year term as editor of the SICB
DCPB-sponsored journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.
Thanks for your service, Jim.
Douglas Altshuler of the University of California, Riverside was
chosen to be the 2007 Bartholomew Awardee, and will be presenting the
Bartholomew Award Lecture at the annual meeting in Phoenix.
Congratulations to Dr. Altshuler.
I am passing along the request that if any of you happen to take
notable photos (digital, preferably) at the annual meeting, please
pass them along to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can work to have them
included in the newsletter or on the DCPB webpage. Thanks!
from the Graduate Student/Postdoc Representative
Joanna Joyner Matos
Hello DCPB graduate
students and postdocs!
Student/ Postdoctoral Affairs Committee (SPDAC) has planned several
activities during the Phoenix meeting. I hope you will attend:
Grad Student/Postdoc Welcome and Meeting Orientation on Wednesday
evening at 5:30 p.m. is entitled, "How to get the most out of
your SICB meeting." We will discuss topics ranging from how to
find relevant talks/posters, enter or leave a room, and approach a
"big guy or gal."
evening (6:00-7:00 p.m.) we are hosting a workshop entitled, "What
Editors Want." Speakers at this workshop will be editors and
staff from journals specific to the divisions of SICB. The speakers
will address a variety of topics including manuscript preparation,
how to use online submission systems, how to select an appropriate
journal, etc. The session is aimed at students, postdocs, and
early-career researchers, but attendance is open to all.
evening concludes with a society-wide social for students and
postdocs from 8:00-9:30 p.m.
also has several events during the meeting, including a business
meeting, DCPB social, and the Bartholomew Award Lecture. I hope to
see you at these events!
more note, the deadline for applying for student support, either in
the form of housing assistance or registration fees, is October 27th.
You can apply for support if you are a presenting author and you are
required to complete one half-day of assistance during the meeting.
also want to give you a heads-up of some graduate student funding
opportunities, many of which have deadlines during fall semester:
- Grants in Aid of Research and Fellowship for Graduate Student
Xi - Grant in Aid of Research (2 applications/year).
Science Foundation - Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant.
Protection Agency - STAR Fellowships and others.
search for government-sponsored grants, may have student grants.
you have questions or ideas regarding SPDAC's plans for the Phoenix
meeting, or other questions for me, please feel free to contact me at
Good luck with the semester!
Integrative Physiology Meets Diversity - This Summer, In Brazil!
Lou Burnett, SICB - DCPB Representative to the ICCPB
7th International Congress for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ICCPB) in Brazil, August 12 -16, 2007, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
For details, see: http://www.ib.usp.br/iccpb-brazil/index.html
Program includes approximately 40 symposia and 5 plenary lectures. The approved symposia include those sponsored by SICB and others:
- Nitrogen Metabolism and Excretion in the Face of Environmental Nitrogen Loading (sponsored by SICB & CSZ), Organizers: Patrick J. Walsh and Chris M. Wood
- Aromatases (SICB), Organizer: Alan Conley
- New Models of Ammonium Transport (SICB), Organizer: David Towle
- Behavioral and digestive modulation of environmental physiology of aquatic animals (SICB), Organizers: Iain McGaw and Steve Morris
- Hypoxia as a selective force in populations (SICB & ESCPB), Organizers: Karen Burnett, Kim Hammond and Guido Van den Thillart
Plenary speakers are:
Chris Wood (Knut Schmidt-Nielsen plenary lecture) (Canada)
Nora Terwilliger (USA)
Francisco Bozinovic (Chile)
Steven Chown (South Africa)
Tristram Wyatt (UK)
Rooms for the meeting are expected to cost $50 to $60 per night. Registration is expected to be less than $300 with substantial reductions for students. Details on travel and accommodations can be found on the web site. Plan now to attend!
Link to officer list on DCPB page