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SDB 75th Annual Meeting in Boston

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the joint SDB 75th Annual Meeting and International Society of Differentiation 19th International Conference August 4-8, 2016 in Boston, MA at the Marriott Copley Place.  The 6th Boot Camp for New Faculty will be held August 3-4 at Harvard University.  Renew your membership today for reduced registration rates and eligibility for short talk consideration, travel awards, and Boot Camp! The abstract submission deadline is May 2 and the early-discounted meeting registration deadline is May 27. The International Student/Postdoc and Faculty Scholarship applications and Paul D. Henion Graduate Student Travel Award applications are due May 2. Student/postdoc travel award, teaching/junior faculty travel grant, and SDB Boot Camp applications are due May 27.

Invitation from the Presidents

To: Members of the SDB and ISD
From: Chris Wylie and Robb Krumlauf

Dear Colleagues,
We invite you to participate in the upcoming joint meeting of our two societies, to be held August 4-8, 2016 at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA. This joint meeting is a first for our societies, and will broaden both the topics covered and the audience attending the meeting. Boston is a major center of academic, biomedical and biotech research in the World. We believe it will attract a record number of participants.

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2016 SDB Award Winners

The SDB Board of Directors elected the following recipients for the 2016 SDB Awards. The presentations and award lectures will take place at the 75th SDB Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

Edwin G. Conklin Medal: Kathryn V. Anderson, Sloan Kettering Institute

Developmental Biology-SDB Lifetime Achievement Award: David R. McClay, Duke University

Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize: Ida Chow, Society for Developmental Biology

Upcoming SDB Regional Meetings

Seven SDB regional meetings will be held throughout the US this year (five this spring and two in the fall).  Regional meetings are an excellent opportunity for students and postdocs to present their research and give short talks.  See upcoming events below for meeting dates and locations.

Submit Video for John Doctor Education Prize

The SDB Professional Development and Education Committee has reinvented the John Doctor Education Prize (formally a best education poster award) as a best education video award. We challenge SDB members to produce short videos on their approach to teaching difficult-to-learn developmental biology topics to an undergraduate, graduate, or lay public audience. This year's developmental biology topic theme is "Induction". See guidelines here. Submission deadline is June 6, 2016.

John W. Saunders, Jr. (1919-2015)

The SDB community mourns the loss of its former president and Edwin G. Conklin Medalist, John W. Saunders, Jr.  who passed away December 26, 2015 at the age of 96.  Saunders' groundbreaking work showed that the apical ectodermal ridge (AER) was essential for outgrowth of the vertebrate limb.  He also discovered the zone of polarizing activity, a region of mesenchyme at the posterior edge of the limb bud which determines anteroposterior axis polarity in the limb. Read his In Memoriam in Developmental Biology here.

After the Dover Intelligent Design Trial: Law, Politics, and Education

SDB Executive Officer, Ida Chow, organized the panel After the Dover Intelligent Design Trial: Law, Politics, and Education at the 2016 AAAS meeting. Ten years after Judge John Jones III ruled that teaching intelligent design in public school science classes was unconstitutional, major players in the case came together to share the impact of the decision on science education in the United States.  Look out for perspective in Developmental Biology later this year and watch NOVA special, Judgment Day to learn more.

(l-r) Judge Jones III (Middle District of Pennsylvania), Robert T. Pennock (Michigan St. Univ.), Richard Katskee (Americans United for Separation of Church and State), Jennifer Miller (Dover Area H.S.), Kenneth R. Miller (Brown Univ.)

Call for Nominations for 2016 SDB Elections

SDB is now accepting nominations for President-elect, Junior Faculty Representative, and Representatives for Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, and West Coast regions.  Go here for nomination details.  Deadline is March 21, 2015

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Did you know?

  • SDB members may apply for non-SDB meeting grants to fund member-organized conferences central to developmental biology.  Deadline: May 31, 2016.
  • SDB members may apply for SDB Innovation Grant to develop innovative tools and methods with potential for broad impact on developmental biology community. Deadline: May 31
  • SDB members may apply for SDB Emerging Models Grant to develop techniques, approaches, community resources, collaborations, or new lines of research to study developmental mechanisms in non-traditional model systems. Deadlines: May 31
  • SDB members are eligible for travel awards through the FASEB MARC Program
  • A contribution to SDB, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and it will help your society achieve its mission goals.