Issue 42.1 January - March 2008
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Paul J. Price, SIVB President

President's Report

Dear SIVB Members,

The Fall Board of Directors (BOD) meeting was held on October 27th at the beautiful Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort, the home of our 2008 World Congress (June 14-18). The resort is northwest of Tucson at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The views from the resort are breathtaking. The hotel, accommodations and location are perfect for our meeting. The Program committee, under Dave Ellis, has done an excellent job to bring us an outstanding and truly International scientific program and along with a fun Social Program, the meeting promises to be very special. Please plan to attend and consider bringing your family.

The BOD was updated on the overall 2008 scientific program symposia, speakers, and fundraising. The keynote speaker for the World Congress is Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, the first recipient of World Food Prize. Dr. Swaminathan has been called a living legend by Javier Perez de Cuellar - Secretary General of the United Nations. He is, among numerous other honors, a fellow of the US Academy of Science. The BOD voted to have the 2009 annual meeting in Charleston, SC and to jointly meet with the IAPB in 2010 in St. Louis.

Todd Jones, chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, presented "Policy Guidance" for the development of a not-for-profit SIVB Foundation. The Guidance was accepted and we will continue moving towards implementation.

The 2008 budget was presented, discussed and accepted, along with a continuation of New Beginnings Management (NBM) as the Society's Administrative manager. Publications Chair, Mike Horn and NBM updated the Board on the status of our 2 journals and transition to Springer. Dwight Tomes has accepted the position as the next Editor-in-Chief of In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plant. The BOD also approved a Guidance for nominating and approving candidates for Section and Society awards which had been submitted by David Jayme and Wayne Parrott with input by both the awards and student awards committees. The BOD approved Emeritus status to Joseph Feder, Bruce Casto, Glenn Bruce Collins, George Martin, R. Ian Freshney, Lynne Rutzky, Gerhard Kalmus and Rocco J. Filazzola.

On September 13, we lost a long-time and very active member, Len Schiff. The December In Vitro Report had a beautiful memorial tribute to him written by Sandra Schneider. We were friends for over 30 years and I will miss him. In his honor the SIVB has named the session "Current Status of Tissue-engineered Product Regulation: A Global View on the Relationship of Science and Practicality", to be presented at the upcoming World Congress, the "Leonard J. Schiff Memorial Symposium".

Paul J. Price, President SIVB
p.price05@comcast.net
President@sivb.org



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