Thanks to the hard work of Past-President, David Altman, and his Board of Directors
and Executive Committee, I inherit a Society which is no longer deficit
spending and is slowly but surely becoming financially healthy. The
2006 Annual Meeting was both a financial and scientific success. Special
thanks for such an excellent meeting to Mark Jordan and his Program
Committee as well as to David Songstad and his Development Committee.
Paul J. Price,
Another major achievement during David's tenure was the publishing
agreement with Springer. Both of our journals are now under one
umbrella and I expect to see improvements in circulation through
better focused marketing. Much credit goes to Mike Horn and his
Publication Committee for making this happen.
At our Board of Directors Meeting immediately prior to the 2006
Annual Meeting, the Vertebrate, Invertebrate and Cellular Toxicology
sections were realigned to form a single section. The SIVB now consists
of only 2 sections, Plant Biotechnology and Animal Cell Sciences.
This should allow for better coordination of scientific sessions
at the Annual Meeting.
For the 3rd year in a row students have been a major part of the
Annual Meeting. Our Society was created as a teaching society in
1946 under the name of the Tissue Culture Commission or TCC. In
1949 the name was changed to the Tissue Culture Association or TCA
and again in 1994 to the SIVB. Today, as in its infancy, the SIVB
is first and foremost a Society for education in the In Vitro sciences.
Much of the credit goes to Elizabeth Roemer and her Education Committee.
My goals for the next 2 years are to continue our financial growth
and work toward greater financial stability and to continue having
exceptional scientific programs at our Annual Meeting. Membership
is still a problem and we (the Board of Directors) will make increasing
membership and member retention a major goal I have an excellent
Board behind me and I am looking forward to a successful tenure
as your President.
Paul J. Price