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2011 Meeting

The 2011 In Vitro Biology Meeting, held in Raleigh, NC, was a resounding success thanks to the efforts of Kan Wang and Brad Upham, Program Chairs for the Plant Biotechnology Section (PBS) and In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences Section (IVACS), respectively. These Chairs, with their committees, worked together tirelessly to ensure the program fit together seamlessly. Through their efforts and that of the conveners, four substantive plenary sessions were organized: RNAi in Plant Biotechnology, Insect Control and Human Health (Mike Fay, Harold Trick, Guy Smagghe), Scientific and Regulatory Perspectives on Cellular Identity and Culture Contamination (Yvonne Reid, Eugene Elmore, Barbara Reed), Bioinformatics/Statistics Tools in Biological Research and Product Improvement (Lia H. Campbell, Pierre Bushel, Leping Li, Prakash Lakshmanan), and Current Topics in Systems Biology (Lyle D. Burgoon, T. Michael Spencer). Additionally, two joint symposia were convened dealing with the important topics of single molecule sequencing technology (Todd Jones) and herbal medicines (Argelia Lorence, Michael Dame). The Program Committee also worked together to define a topic for the Keynote Speaker that would be of mutual interest to both sections. Through these efforts, Dr. Gale Buchanan (Former Under Secretary of Agriculture) was invited to be our keynote speaker and gave an insightful address on the need for another “green revolution”. Citing Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug throughout his presentation, he described numerous challenges in agriculture and their relevance to improving food quality.

Each section organized numerous sessions dealing with technological breakthroughs and theoretical advances in the in vitro sciences. PBS held 10 symposia, 1 workshop, 5 interactive poster sessions, and 2 contributed paper sessions. IVACS organized 4 symposia, 3 workshops, 1 interactive poster session (with the Education Committee), and 1 contributed paper session. This involved the collective effort of numerous people to organize, in addition to the 219 presenters (representing 99 oral presentations, including those mentioned above, and 120 poster presentations).

The Education Committee (Chaired by Margaret Young) and the Student Committee (Chaired by Jessica Rupp) worked together to organize three events for students: the Student Networking Symposium on Writing and Submitting a Scientific paper, the Student Networking Luncheon, and the Career Expo/Workshop. Numerous students and non-student SIVB members attended these sessions which allowed for stimulating interactions. Also to be commended for their efforts in encouraging student and post-doc participation in the In Vitro Meeting are Lia Campbell, Jeffrey Adelberg and Sukhpreet Sandhu for their convening of the Student and Post Doc Oral Competitions. These student-focused sessions, taken together, encouraged the attendance of 73 students to our meeting. Students are the future of our organization and we are very encouraged to see this level of attendance and hope to see even more in the future. Additionally, Dr. Young and Ronald Blackmon convened a workshop for high school and undergraduate educators that involved the demonstration of a variety of kits and techniques that could be readily used by teachers in their classrooms. This workshop was well received by local educators, with 17 attendees.

Numerous individuals were recognized throughout the In Vitro Meeting for their contributions to SIVB. A special recognition was given to our outgoing Editors-in-Chief for their selfless efforts in the publication of In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology: Denry Sato (Animal) and Dwight Tomes (Plant). These individuals have worked tirelessly over the years to advance the quality and reach of our journals and they will be greatly missed. In their stead, we want to welcome the new editors of In Vitro, Tetsuji Okamoto (Animal) and John Finer (Plant).
The 2011 In Vitro Meeting also boasted 3 offsite events: the Workshop on Cotton Biotechnology (a plant symposium that was held at Cotton Inc., with 63 in attendance), an evening at the Duke Homestead (with 72 in attendance), and the tour of the Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis, NC (with 36 in attendance). These events were enthusiastically welcomed and allowed for continued interaction between attendees as well as an opportunity to see the surrounding area.

In this short report on the 2011 In Vitro Meeting, it is impossible to adequately thank all who helped organize this stimulating event. I have tried to mention a few of the names as I have reviewed some of the highlights, but there are many more. Not to be forgotten are the corporate sponsors (24 Sponsors and 16 exhibitors, and these can be seen on the SIVB website at http://sivb.net/meetings/2014-supporters.html. Additionally, I want to thank all the attendees (a total of 420) and presenters. Thank you for coming and I encourage you to attend the 2012 meeting and, especially, to consider helping in the organization of future meetings or in some other aspect of the running of SIVB. The Society for In Vitro Biology is your society and it is important that each and every member has a voice in how this society and its future meetings are run.

Cynthia Goodman
2011 In Vitro Meeting Program Chair


 

2011 Meeting Highlight

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Highlighted the Joint Plenary session titled “Bioinformatics/Statistics Tools in Biological Research and Product Improvement” in their July Newsletter.  The entire article may be accessed using the link included below.

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/july/science-society/index.cfm