SDB 70th Annual Meeting
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SDB 70th Annual Meeting Report
The meeting held at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL, July 21 - 25, 2011 brought together over 900 participants from the USA/Canada and 27 other countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Uruguay. There were 363 students and 553 full and postdoctoral registrants; 730 were SDB members and 186 non-members who became members after the meeting. A total of 631 abstracts and 548 posters were submitted.
This year's SDB awards were given to: Ruth Lehmann of the New York University School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute for the Edwin G. Conklin Medal, Peter A. Lawrence of the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) for the Developmental Biology-SDB Lifetime Achievement Award, and Mary S. Tyler of the University of Maine for the Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize.
SDB past-president Gail Martin received the 2011 FASEB Excellence in Science Award and gave her award lecture at this meeting.
2011 Best Student Poster Competition Winners
Lynn Switaj and Anneliese Szutenbach, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
The search for mutant alleles affecting pharynx in the model organism: C. elegans. (Abst Prog #169)
Genevieve Abbruzzese, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Essential functions of the ADAM13 cytoplasmic domain in cranial neural crest cell migration. (Abst Prog #312)
Rachel Lander, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Regulating the function of Twist, an essential factor in neural crest development and tumor progression. (Abst Prog #458)
Wing Yip Tam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Redundant functions of LIM-homeodomain transcription factors Lhx1 and Lhx5 on postnatal development of cerebellar Purkinje neurons in the mouse. (Abst Prog #173)
Third Place - $200 (SDB)
Steffen Biechele, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Canada
Loss of mouse Porcupine homolog recapitulates multiple embryonic Wnt signaling defects. (Abst Prog #359)
Second Place - $1,000 (genesis)
Dustin Williams, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Secretion of Lunatic fringe is essential for somitogenesis and segmentation clock function. (Abst Prog #101)
First Place - BSDB spring meeting
Tracy Chong, University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana, IL
Microarray analyses and morphological studies to characterize the differences between sexual and asexual planarians. (Abst Prog #303)
2011 Best Postdoctoral Presenter
Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop or another approved conference/workshop, up to $1500
Lena Ho, Institute of Medical Biology, Human Embryology, Singapore
To see or not to see: in the eye of Retinol and STRA6 signaling. (Abst Prog #181)
2011 John Doctor Best Education Poster Winners
Sandra Leal, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
A forward genetic screen as a developmental biology laboratory exercise for undergraduates identifies gene candidates that regulate embryonic CNS development in Drosophila. (Abst Prog #58)
Sally G. Hoskins, City College of New York, CUNY, NY
Demystifying and humanizing research through intensive analysis of primary literature--testing the C.R.E.A.T.E. approach in diverse student populations and topic areas. (Abst Prog #64)