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Volume 14, Number 3

From the President—
                      Newsletter                                                                      October 1997

A glimpse of the past, a view to the future

      ince the inception of the Newsletter, every in-        surely do remember the heat (105˚ F) and the salmon
      coming President has been faced with the chal-         barbecue. I suspect it was only the memory of the
      lenge of sending, via the October issue of this        latter and not the former that brought many back to
publication, an insightful message to the membership.        our meeting in Oregon 16 years later. It was gratifying
This year, as the above title implies, I intend to reflect   to see so many charter members in attendance this
briefly on the immediate past but to devote most of          year, and I encourage their continued participation in
my message to what lies ahead for SSR in the coming          our Annual Meetings.
year. And to those of you who may have read my                    Our Annual Meeting next year at Texas A&M Uni-
recent “State of Your Society” letter that accompanied       versity promises to match the excellence of previous
your dues notice, my apologies for any redundancy            meetings. Some members have expressed concern
between that document and this epistle.                      about the heat and humidity that we may experience
     The 30th Annual Meeting of the Society in Port-         during the meeting. Not to worry. First, the confer-
land, Oregon, this past summer was by all accounts a         ence and housing facilities are superb and all are air-
huge success. Our sincere thanks to John Resko, Chair,       conditioned. Second, because El Niño is moving north
and members of the Local Arrangements Committee              in the Pacific Ocean, the weather in Texas next Au-
for their extraordinary dedication and service. Con-         gust will be comparatively cool due to the prevailing
sidering that this was the first Annual Meeting held at      jet streams (my forecast, but probably as accurate as
an off-campus site, the meeting proceeded without            that of most professional weather prognosticators). The
major problems. Many members have asked that we              Local Arrangements Committee with Paul Harms as
continue to meet at conference centers because of the        Chair is already working hard to ensure that all goes
comfort and convenience. Off-campus meetings in the          smoothly during the meeting. Texans are world-re-
future are being explored by the Future Meeting Sites        nowned for their hospitality and their barbecues, so
Committee.                                                   we can be assured that the social events will be excel-
     Special thanks also to Joy Pate, Chair, and the         lent.
members of the Program Committee for producing                    Michael Griswold, Chair, and members of the Pro-
another exceptional scientific program. And, of course,      gram Committee have selected topics for 12
I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge and thank       minisymposia that are guaranteed to provide some-
Judy Jansen, Executive Secretary, and her administra-        thing of interest for everyone in attendance. State-of-
tive staff for their dedicated efforts in ensuring an-       the-Art Lectures will be presented on subjects repre-
other successful Annual Meeting.                             senting the cutting edge of research in reproductive
     The weather during the meeting was absolutely           sciences. Lectures will be given on the estrogen re-
phenomenal and, unlike the last time the Annual Meet-        ceptors, cloning of mammals, and spermatogonial
ing was held in Oregon, no attendees had to sleep            transplantation. The President’s Symposium will be on
outside on the lawn or soak their beds with buckets          the exciting new developments in leptin research. So,
of water to prevent heat prostration. Old-timers may         plan now to attend the meeting at Texas A&M Univer-
not remember much about the scientific content of            sity, August 8–11, 1998.
the 1981 meeting at Oregon State University, but they                                         (continued on page 2)

                                                                                              OCTOBER 1997    s   1
(continued from page 1)                                     cooperative efforts in the realm of scientific programs,
     Elsewhere in this issue you will find a listing of     membership, and perhaps the Washington scene.
the chairpersons and members of each of the Society’s            In closing, I wish to remind the membership that
15 standing and ad hoc committees for 1997–98. As           the officers and directors of SSR are in office to serve
President-Elect, I tried to formulate these committees      you. Thus, if you have concerns and/or suggestions
to accommodate the many members who volunteered             that could ultimately benefit the Society, please let us
their services. I encourage members wishing to serve        hear from you.
on committees for 1998–99 to contact President-Elect             My best wishes to all for a professionally success-
Griswold in the near future. You may notice that the        ful fall. s
Membership Committee this year has been greatly                                              — Fredrick Stormshak
expanded by including more members from abroad.
This was done specifically to enhance our recruitment
of members and trainees from foreign countries. Al-         Award nominations due
though our membership has remained relatively stable,

all of us should be promoting membership in SSR to                  he Awards Committee urges SSR members to
our own trainees as well as our institutional colleagues            exercise their right and privilege to nominate
whose areas of interest are in, or associated with, re-             individuals who have made outstanding contri-
productive biology.                                         butions to the scientific discipline of reproductive bi-
     This year I have charged the Public Affairs Com-       ology. Recognition is provided through three awards
mittee, which consists of a number of members lo-           that include a monetary gift and an all-expenses-paid
cated near the nation’s capital, to examine ways by         trip to the SSR Annual Meeting. The three awards are
which SSR might become more visible on “the hill”           the Carl G. Hartman Award (sponsored by the R. W.
and more proactive in congressional matters affecting       Johnson Pharmaceutical Institute), the SSR Distin-
our Society. We are fortunate in having Michael             guished Service Award (sponsored by Serono Labora-
McClure, NICHD, and William Wagner, USDA com-               tories, Inc.), and the SSR Research Award (sponsored
petitive grants program, as members of the commit-          by the Society for the Study of Reproduction).
tee. They can provide valuable information about key             Nominators should send 1) the nominee’s curricu-
legislation and advice on avenues of approach.              lum vitae, consisting of professional positions held,
     The Publications Committee (Robert Burghardt,          honors received, special appointments, peer-reviewed
Chair) will be busy this year seeking a new Editor-in-      papers published, and the five most recent review ar-
Chief of Biology of Reproduction to assume this posi-       ticles published; 2) a letter of nomination; and 3) sup-
tion on July 1, 1999. Members who are interested in         porting letters from two other individuals. A complete
the editorship or wish to nominate candidates for this      description of the criteria for each award, as well as
position should contact Bob or any member of the            a list of previous recipients, will appear in the Sep-
committee (see separate story on page 12). The Pub-         tember, October, and November issues of Biology
lications Committee will also be busy working out the       of Reproduction and on the Society’s Web site
details for electronic publication of BOR. It is antici-    ( Nominees from all geographic
pated that the journal will be online by mid-1998.          locations will be considered.
     A recent editorial in Science (September 5, 1997)           Nominating material for the Carl G. Hartman
on “Animal rights: teaching or deceiving kids” should       Award, the SSR Distinguished Service Award, and
serve to remind all of us that we need to do more to        the SSR Research Award must be received by De-
counter the misinformation about the role of animals        cember 5, 1997.
in research that is being delivered to K–12 students by          Although many candidates are deserving, we hope
various animal rights groups. We are looking to the         to honor those who best exemplify the standards set
Outreach Committee to provide us with recommen-             for these awards. Please send nominations to:
dations about methods and materials with which to
begin our crusade.                                                  Mary Zelinski-Wooten, Chair
     In mid-October I will meet with the Executive Di-              SSR Awards Committee
rector of the American Society for Reproductive Medi-               Oregon Regional Primate Research Center
cine with the intent of initiating a process by which               505 NW 185th Avenue
the two societies might interact in the future. I believe           Beaverton, OR 97006
there are possibilities for the two societies to develop            fax: 503-690-5563

              BOR stays at #1 in Science Citation Index

          ata from Science Citation Index have recently    the first issue. This should be a major advancement
          been published for 1996. Once again the jour-    for many of our authors and subscribers as well. Rob-
          nal with the highest impact factor in the cat-   ert Burghardt and the Publications Committee are to
egory of reproductive systems was Biology of Repro-        be congratulated for their hard work in this project.
duction, with an impact factor of 3.22, versus 3.123 in    Judy Jansen and her staff are also playing key roles in
1995. Human Reproduction stayed at second with an          this process.
impact factor of 2.790, down from 2.913 in 1995. Third          Because of the increased number of manuscripts
was Molecular Reproduction with an impact factor of        being submitted, accepted, and published, the Board
2.513, up from 2.229 in 1995. The Immediacy Index          of Directors also charged the Editorial Office with re-
for BOR was 0.585, up from 0.470 in 1995. Of the 19        ducing the length of published manuscripts by ap-
journals in the category of reproductive systems, BOR      proximately 20 percent. Areas where savings of space
continues to rank number one, clear testimony to the       are often possible, without reducing the quality of the
high quality of the manuscripts being submitted.           manuscript, include unnecessary figures, tables of
     At the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors ap-     nucleotide sequences, redundant figure legends,
proved BOR’s request to publish extra pages in 1997,       lengthy tangential discussions, and unnecessary refer-
roughly equivalent to one additional issue of the jour-    ences. As you prepare manuscripts for submission,
nal. Plans are also proceeding to publish the journal      please give extra attention to these areas to ensure
in an electronic format with a target of mid-1998 for      that everything you have included is really needed.
                                                           We have also begun to request that reviewers pay
                                                           special attention to these areas and recommend dele-
    New Investigators . . .
                                                           tions where appropriate.
                                                                Once again we want to acknowledge all of our
                                                           excellent referees who do an outstanding job of re-
                                                           viewing manuscripts. The peer review system is alive
                                                           and well. s
                                                                                             —Gordon Niswender

                                                               At the Annual Meeting . . .

    On behalf of Serono Laboratories, Inc., Steven D.
    Rost, left, presented awards to SSR New Investi-
    gator winners and finalists at the Annual Meeting.
    Continuing from the left, Jeff A. Parrott, Washing-
    ton State University, finalist; Hyunjung Lim,
    University of Kansas Medical Center, finalist;
    Todd W. Sandhoff, University of South Florida, 1st
    place ($600); Greg A. Johnson, University of
    Wyoming, finalist; Christine A. Rasmussen,
    University of Kansas Medical Center, finalist;
    Vinayak Doraiswamy, North Dakota State
    University, 2nd place ($400). President Fuller W.            SSR President Fuller W. Bazer recognized
    Bazer is on the right.                                       Joy Pate for her service to the Society in
                             (Photos by Helen Noeldner)          chairing the 1996-97 Program Committee.

                                                                                            OCTOBER 1997      s   3
                                 1997-98 SSR Committees
Animal Care Committee (Standing)                 Shyamal Roy NE
                                                 Gary Sherman IL
    Gary Williams, Chair TX                      Kenneth White UT
    Murray Bakst MD
    Frank Bartol AL
    Timothy Braden AL                        Future Meeting Sites Committee (Ad Hoc)
    Alan Conley CA
    Robin King-Shedlauskas TN                    Beverly Chilton, Chair TX
    Linda A. Schuler WI
                                                 Bill Day MO
                                                 Sherrill Echternkamp NE
                                                 John Harder OH
Awards Committee (Standing)                      John Mailhes LA
                                                 David Pomerantz CAN
    Mary Zelinski-Wooten, Chair OR               Steven Yellon CA
    Dorothy Boatman WI                           Judith Jansen (Ex Officio)
    Ronald Christenson NE
    Stephen Ford IA
    Stanley Glasser TX                       Local Arrangements Committee
    Gilbert Greenwald KS
    Fred Karsch MI                               Paul G. Harms, Chair
    Bruce Murphy CAN                             Max S. Amoss
    Harold Papkoff CA                            Fuller Bazer
    Margaret Shupnik VA                          Robert Burghardt
    Yoshie Weems HI                              Thomas H. Champney
                                                 Timothy Cudd
                                                 David Forrest
Bylaws Committee (Standing)                      Stanley Glasser
                                                 Nancy Ing
    James Berardinelli, Chair MT                 Laurie Jaeger
    Margaret Hinshelwood TX                      Larry Johnson
    Randal Jaffe IL                              Duane Kraemer
    Jerry Malayer OK                             Gary Newton
    Mary Murray MA                               Jorge Piedrahita
                                                 Thomas Welsh
                                                 James West
Development & Endowment Committee (Ad Hoc)       Gary Williams
                                                 Judith Jansen (Ex Officio)
    Gordon Macdonald, Chair
    Kenneth Barker NY
    Harold Behrman CT
                                             Membership Committee (Standing)
    Joanne Fortune NY
    Doug Foster MI                               Duane Keisler, Chair* MO
    David Schomberg NC                           Michael Fields, Co-Chair* FL
    Jerome Strauss PA                            Janice Bailey* CAN
    Judith Jansen (Ex Officio)                   Robert Blair, Trainee
                                                 John Brannian SD
                                                 Nava Dekel ISRAEL
Education Committee (Standing)                   Julia Lobotsky MD
                                                 Choong Saeng Park KOREA
    Charlotte Farin, Chair NC                    Lois Salamonsen AUST
                                                 Dieter Schams GERMANY
    Dale Hales IL
                                                 Rajesh Srivastava IL
    Katrin Hinrichs MA
                                                 Kazuyoshi Taya JAPAN
    Larry Katz NJ
                                                 Rao Veeramachaneni* CO
    Sarah Lundin-Schiller TN
                                                 Ryuzo Yanagimachi* HI
    Gary Moss WY
    Mark Roberson NY
                                                 *Subcommittee to screen applicants for membership.

Minority Affairs Committee (Ad Hoc)   Public Affairs Committee (Standing)

    Susan Suarez, Chair NY                 Robert Koos, Chair MD
    Anthony Archibong TN                   Lloyd Anderson IA
    Ann Donoghue MD                        Geoffrey Dahl MD
    Barbara Durrant CA                     Anne Hirschfield MD
    Ludeman Eng VA                         Michael McClure MD
    Premendu Mathur INDIA                  David Miller IL
    Carlos Suarez-Quian DC                 Sue Moenter VA
    Donna Vogel MD                         Kathleen Ogilvie CA
                                           Stephen Palmer NJ
                                           Ok-Kyong Park-Sarge KY
Nominating Committee (Standing)            William Wagner DC

    Anthony Bellvé, Chair NY
    Martin Dym DC                     Publications Committee (Standing)
    George Gerton PA
    Patricia Hoyer AZ                      Robert Burghardt, Chair TX
    Judy Luborsky IL                       Greg Lewis VA
    Gordon Niswender CO                    Michael Melner TN
    Reid Norman TX                         Chami Mendis-Handagama TN
    Anita Payne CA                         Larry Reynolds ND
    John Resko OR                          Kathy Sharpe-Timms MO
    Kathleen Ryan PA                       Harold Verhage IL
    Milo Wiltbank WI                       Gordon Niswender (Ex Officio)

Outreach Committee (Ad Hoc)           Trainee Affairs Committee

    Robert F. Williams, Chair VA           Craig Morrey, Chair JAPAN
    Judy Cameron OR                        Amy Way PA
    J. J. Ford NE                          Janice Bahr, Advisor IL
    E. Keith Inskeep WV                    Gary Jackson, Advisor IL
    Jo Miller IL
    Barbara Vanderhyden CAN
    Bernard Wentworth WI

Program Committee (Standing)
                                      Animal Care Committee report

                                             he Animal Care Committee is working on a pro-
    Michael Griswold, Chair WA
                                             posal to the Board to modify SSR animal care
    Darrell Brann GA
    A. M. Dharmarajan AUST                   guidelines for studies submitted to Biology of
    John Davis KS                     Reproduction. In addition, the committee plans to rec-
    John Eppig ME                     ommend that a future Annual Meeting include a sym-
    Erwin Goldberg IL                 posium related to animal care issues and a workshop
    Deb Hamernik AZ
    Mary Hunzicker-Dunn IL
                                      to prepare SSR members to explain and defend the
    Gregory Kopf PA                   use of animals in research to the public.
    Andrew LaBarbera OH                   We have been notified that Federation of Ameri-
    Stanley Meizel CA                 can Societies of Food Animal Sciences intends to place
    Mark Mirando WA                   the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Ani-
    Peter Nathanielsz NY              mals in Agricultural Research and Teaching on the
    Vasantha Padmanabhan MI
    David Sherwood IL
                                      World Wide Web, and it is our intent to have this linked
    Barry Shur GA                     to SSR’s Web site. s
    Michael Soares KS                                               —Gary Williams, Chair
    Ken Tung VA                                                     Animal Care Committee
    Lynn Wiley CA
    Michael McClure MD (Ex Officio)

                                                                       OCTOBER 1997     s   5
                          WHERE HAVE ALL THE HORMONES GONE?

    Where have all the hormones gone,                           Nepotism’s the way this gang makes out,
    Our dear friends of long ago?                               Their families run the show.
    Their feats of wonder would turn us on,                     Growth Factors! Have they got clout!
    Set minds and hearts aglow . . .                            Nothing moves when they say “no!”

    The scene’s been grabbed by a brash new crowd,              How they manage to communicate
    Each one’s got a crazy name;                                Would mystify Roget —
    They talk real funny and they shout real loud,              With words they aren’t profligate,
    “We’re the name of the game!”                               All they use is DNA.

    They’re called IGFs and TGFs and FGFs and TAF               “Our stuff’s too sexy, hot, to hide!”
    And transformation vectors,                                 They sing and dance and yell,
    and PDGF, VEGF and PAF                                      “The real McCoy is not outside,
    And serpentine receptors;                                   “It’s all inside the cell;
                                                                “You hormones are just our messenger boys,
    Then there’s CDK and StAR and CAT                           “We’re the genes! We tell the story!
    CREB/CREM and ANP,                                          “We’re the Genes and Co. with the hot-shot noise,
    Zinc fingers, AP-1 and STAT,                                “We’re the gene! We get the glory!”
    White spotting, p53,
    G proteins, JUN and FOS and KIT,                            Dear hormones, how I miss your shtick,
    MMP and TIMP and TRAIL,                                     So non-reductionistic —
    BCL-2 and MYC — each one’s a hit —                          You saw each living bailiwick
    There’s even one that codes for Braille!                    So totally organismic . . .

    It’s a whole new act on the endocrine stage . . .           But I know you never will split the scene,
    Hormones belong to the old routines;                        You’re just waiting in the wings;
    They’re dodos, has-beens from a fossil age,                 And you’ll sure be back when we find the gene
    Shoved aside by the pushy genes.                            Just ain’t there for the REAL BIG things!

                                                                                               —Irv Rothchild

Public Affairs monitors the NIH scene

        t a recent meeting of the National Advisory         the bill includes a 6%, or $764 million, increase, while
        Council of the National Institute of Child Health   the Senate version calls for a 7.5%, or $952 million,
        and Human Development (NICHD), Bob Koos,            increase over FY ’97 funding. If the difference has not
Chair of the Public Affairs Committee, learned that the     been resolved by the time you read this, contact your
NICHD pay line will increase this year from 13%, where      representatives to urge adoption of the Senate ver-
it has been stuck for several years, to a much more         sion. If the decision has already been made, it is still a
reasonable 20%. With discretionary funding of grants        good idea to make known your appreciation of the
in priority areas and other targeted research, the over-    increase in support for the NIH to your representa-
all NICHD funding level should be about 30%. This is        tives and senators.
great news for anyone with a grant pending with                  Finally, the Public Affairs Committee is closely
NICHD. An effort will be needed to make sure that           monitoring NIH’s efforts to reorganize study sections
this increase receives recognition from our members         in Endocrinology/Reproductive Science, as was re-
and that the increase is only the first step in bringing    cently done in Neurosciences. Every effort will be made
NICHD funding in line with other NIH branches.              to ensure that the SSR and its sister groups have input
     At press time, Congress still had not agreed on        into this process. More news on this in the future. s
the NIH appropriations bill for FY ’98. All signs are
good, though, for another healthy and much-needed                                            —Robert Koos, Chair
increase, on the order of 7%. The House version of                                        Public Affairs Committee

New Members
Regular                        Trainee                       Jonathan R. Hill            Associate
                                                             Sister Telchilde Hinckley
Eugene A. Amoah                Heath B. Acuff                Jianbo Hu                   Indrani C. Bagchi
Kathleen J. Austin             Divakar J. Ambrose            Jeong-Seon Kim              Leandro Christmann
Lu Cai                         Daniel R. Arnold              Pinar H. Kodaman            Reiji Ibuki
Bertil Casslen                 Robert W. Bailey              Ioanna Konidari             M.Z. Iqbal Khan
DooSeok Choi                   Marek Bogacki                 Michelle Lane               Donald O. Kreger
Hilary Dobson                  Sherri M. Borman              Sylvie Legault              Maha M. Mahadevan
Pandu R.R. Gangula             Sabrina Boyer Spruitenburg    Lin Liu                     Marcelo Moretto
Timothy S. Gelety              Gheorghe T. Braileanu         Markus Matousek             Chang-Hun Song
Robert L. Gendron              Kirt Braun                    Kathryn M. McGonigle        Goro Yoshizaki
Bu-Miin Huang                  Mary Jo Carabatsos            Pamela P. McKenzie          James Young
Davor Jezek                    Cinzia Casali                 Katrina Merkies
Haekwon Kim                    Anthony W.S. Chan             Rashmi V. Nemade            Change of status
Tetsuya Kohsaka                Laura Clamon                  Marcia S. Noble
Peeyush K. Lala                Wilma De Grava Kempinas       Gilgent Peng                Robin King-Shedlauskas
Ming-Wen Li                    Paul A. De Sousa              Gregory Lee Sample              Regular
Peter Petrusz                  Man-qi Deng                   Danielle Schneiderman       Troy Lee Ott
Fiona M. Rhodes                Thais Diaz                    Juanita Sosa                    Regular
Laurel W. Rice                 Cindee R. Funk                Esta Sterneck               Yun-shang Piao
Polani B. Seshagiri            Aizo Furukawa                 Wei Tong                        Regular
Michael John Tucker            Hannah Galantino-Homer        Walter A. Tribley           Yuji Takahashi
Brendan J. Waddell             Michelle Garcia               Derek C. Underhill              Regular
Scott R. Wersinger             Chrystal D. Gilmore           Kimberly Vonnahme           Karen Vagnoni
                               Ana Ligia Guaragna            Elizabeth K. Wolkenhauer        Regular
                                  Gambini                    Bin Wu
                               Thomas G. Harris              Julie M. Wu
                               Liwei He                      Al Katanani Yaser

Committee aims at greater visibility for minorities in SSR
                                                                   The committee hosted about 15 local high school

       he ad hoc Minority Affairs Committee had pro-
       posed an amendment to the SSR Bylaws that              students during the Annual Meeting. Susan Quirk,
       would make us a standing committee. The                Carolyn Komar, Sandy Larson, Digbo Balamba, Kara
amendment was approved by the Board and by the                Russ, Carlos Suarez, and Susan Suarez served as men-
members attending the Business Meeting in Portland.           tors. Fuller Bazer provided the students with lunch
Considerable support was expressed for issues of con-         and T-shirts. It was a learning experience for us as
cern to minority members. A ballot will be distributed        well as for the students. Taking the students to post-
to the full membership by the Bylaws Committee.               ers worked out far better than taking them to
     Committee trainee member Gloria Regisford ar-            minisymposia, because poster presenters could modify
ranged an informal evening meeting of minority at-            their presentations for the students. It may be more
tendees during the Annual Meeting. We discussed prob-         effective to host undergraduates; however, many uni-
lems such as lack of visibility at meetings, difficulty in    versities have summer programs for minority high
networking, and lack of funds for travel and research.        school students, but not for undergraduates.
     The SSR Business Office compiled a list of minor-             The committee would welcome any suggestions
ity members for the committee. This was passed on to          from trainees and members. Please send them to me
Michael Griswold, Chair of the 1998 Program Com-              at <>. s
mittee, who welcomed it as a source of people who                                         —Susan S. Suarez, Chair
might co-chair oral sessions and thereby achieve                                         Minority Affairs Committee
greater visibility within the Society.

                                                                                              OCTOBER 1997    s   7
More bang for your buck:                                               FUTURE MEETING SITES
trainee affairs and call for candidates
                                                                   The 31st Annual Meeting of the SSR will be held Au-

          s the autumn leaves begin to change, so do            gust 8–11, 1998, at Texas A&M University, College Sta-
          the trainee representatives. Once just harried        tion, Texas. The Board of Directors has approved the
          from research and advisors, Amy Way and I             Washington State University campus in Pullman, WA,
are also hard at work looking out for the interests of          as the site for the Annual Meeting in 1999; and the Uni-
SSR trainees. In addition to preparing for next year’s          versity of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, in 2000.
                                                                   The committee is currently evaluating bids for the
Annual Meeting in College Station, we are pursuing
                                                                Annual Meeting in 2001. If you and your institution are
several ways to increase trainee participation and ben-
                                                                interested in hosting the SSR meeting in 2001 or be-
efits in the Society. An online placement service, trainee
                                                                yond, please contact any committee member.
review of abstracts/manuscripts, and an “unofficial”               The committee is also soliciting input from the mem-
NAKED-esque trainee mixer are just a few of our ideas.          bership regarding future meeting sites. The timely re-
Feel free to contact either Amy or me with other great          turn of the questionnaire in the annual membership re-
suggestions for the trainee program at the 1998 meet-           newal packet will help us evaluate the scientific and
ing.                                                            financial interests of SSR members with respect to
     Speaking of the Annual Meeting, kudos to Lynn              meeting locations and housing preferences.
Janulis. Thanks to her efforts, the trainee functions at
                                                                                               —Beverly Chilton, Chair
Portland were a roaring success. Mary Woolley of
                                                                                       Future Meeting Sites Committee
Research!America gave an eye-opening talk. The fac-
ulty mentors at the lunch provided sound advice to
more than 130 trainees. Surprisingly, 40 percent of
the 1,080 attendees were trainees, many of whom were
not SSR members. To remind the constituency, train-            From the Education Committee
ees can join the Society (or renew their membership)

for a mere $40 (a paltry 200 packs of instant ramen)                    ongratulations to Colin Clay and members of
without receiving BOR. At this fire sale price, people                  his 1996–97 Education Committee on the ex-
can’t afford not to join, so encourage all your friends                 cellent techniques workshop, Novel Approaches
to become members.                                             for the Detection and Analysis of Functional Protein-
     An added perk of SSR membership is the oppor-             Protein and Protein-DNA Interactions, held just be-
tunity to serve your scientific colleagues as a trainee        fore the Annual Meeting in Portland. The 170 work-
representative. As trainee representative, you are re-         shop participants received booklets containing infor-
sponsible for determining the symposium topic to re-           mation from the speakers on each of the topics cov-
flect trainee interest and for organizing all other trainee-   ered. For those unable to attend this workshop, vid-
related functions at the Annual Meeting. If you’re al-         eotapes of the presentations, along with copies of the
truistic or have ever been dissatisfied with a sympo-          accompanying booklets, are available through the SSR
sium topic, T-shirt design, etc., submit your nomina-          Business Office (see order form on pages 9–10). Vid-
tion for trainee representative candidacy today. If            eos from past workshops can also be ordered.
elected, you will receive adulation and gratitude from               The committee has been actively developing top-
SSR trainees around the globe.                                 ics for the 1998 workshop. The theme will be Genetic
     To insure the continued success of trainee func-          Manipulation for the Study of Reproductive Function,
tions within the Society, please contact me                    with planned presentations on “In vivo methods for
( or Amy (              gene delivery,” “Production of transgenics: practical
with questions, suggestions, or just to chat. Remem-           considerations and expectations,” and “Assessment of
ber, we are here to serve you. Thank you for your              gene expression and function.” We are looking for-
support! s                                                     ward to an exciting program during the College Sta-
                                —Craig E. Morrey, Chair        tion meeting and hope you will consider the tech-
                               Trainee Affairs Committee       niques workshop in your plans. s

                                                                                                  —Char Farin, Chair
                                                                                                 Education Committee

                                        Video order form
                                                                          Price in
                                                                        U.S. Dollars
                  DESCRIPTION                                            Domestic/     QUANTITY   AMOUNT
Techniques Workshops

1997   Techniques in Reproductive Biology Workshop:
       Novel Approaches for the Detection and Analysis
       of Functional Protein-Protein and Protein-DNA
       Interactions. Speakers: Dr. Greg Hannon, “Yeast 2-hybrid
       methodologies for the detection of protein-protein                  35.00/
       interactions”; Dr. James Lundblad, “Biophysical methods for         42.00
       analysis of protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions”;
       Dr. Richard Maurer, “The use of fusion proteins and the
       mammalian 2-hybrid system to study transcriptional
       activation.” (Includes Workshop Booklet.)

1996   Techniques in Reproductive Biology Workshop:
       Flow Cytometry and Signal Transduction. Speakers:
       Dr. Howard Shapiro, “Flow Cytometry: Current and Potential
       Applications in Reproductive Biology”; Dr. Edwin Moore,             30.00/
       “Measuring Intracellular Calcium with Photoproteins and             37.00
       Fluorescent Indicators;” Dr. Malcolm Whitman, “Methods for
       the Study of Protein Kinases in Cell Regulation.” (Includes
       Workshop Booklet.)

1995   Techniques in Reproductive Biology Workshop:
       Confocal Microscopy. Speakers: Dr. David Hansel,
       “Biological Applications of Confocal Microscopy and Future          25.00/
       Applications”; Dr. Kem Rogers, “New Ways to Handle                  32.00
       Images”; Dr. Michael Opas, “Cell Adhesion and Calcium

1994   Techniques in Reproductive Biology Workshop.
       Speakers: Dr. Steve Charnock-Jones, “The Polymerase Chain
       Reaction—Its Potential and Pitfalls”; Dr. Lynne Angerer,            25.00/
       “Criteria for Selecting the Best In Situ Hybridization Method       32.00
       to Detect Your Favorite RNA”; Dr. Ira Herman, “Identification
       of Differentially Expressed Genes Using a Novel Application of

State-of-the-Art Lectures

1997   Speakers: Dr. Kathleen H. Young, “Investigation of peptide
       ligand/ receptor interactions in yeast using advancements on        30.00/
       the two-hybrid system”; Dr. Carolyn L. Smith, “Nonliganded          37.00
       activation of steroid hormone receptors”; Dr. John White ,
       “The Use of Multiphoton Imaging to Study Embryogenesis.”

1996   Speakers: Dr. Glen A. Evans, “The Human Genome Project”;
       Dr. Diana G. Myles, “How to succeed in fusion without even          25.00/
       trying: sperm-egg interactions during fertilization”;               32.00
       Dr. Douglas M. Stocco, “A StAR search: implications in
       controlling steroidogenesis.”

1995   Speakers: Dr. Shirley Tilghman, “Genomic Imprinting in
       Growth and Reproduction”; Dr. Margaret A. Shupnik,                  25.00/
       “Gonadotropin Gene Regulation by Steroids”; Dr. Benita S.           32.00
       Katzenellenbogen, “Cross-Talk between Estrogen Receptors
       and Other Cell-Signalling Pathways.”

1994   Speakers: Dr. Jane E. Robinson, “Microdialysis as a Tool in
       Reproductive Research”; Dr. Sally A. Camper,                        12.00/
       “Implementing Transgenic and Embryonic Stem Cell                    15.00
       Technology to Gene Expression, Cell-Cell Interactions, and
       Gene Function.”

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                                                                                                  QUANTITY    AMOUNT

President’s Symposia

1997        Lactogenic Hormones: Functional Characteristics.
            Speakers: Dr. Michael Soares, “The placental prolactin
            family and pregnancy”; Dr. Beverly Chilton, “Zinc finger              30.00/
            proteins rush in where others fear to tread”; Dr. Li-yuan YuLee,      37.00
            “Signal transduction by lactogenic hormones.”

1996        Neuroendocrine Regulation of the Ovulatory
            Gonadotropin Surge: A Comparative View. Speakers:
            Jon E. Levine ,“When pulse comes to surge: new concepts on
            the control of gonadotropin surges in rodents;” Fred J.               25.00/
            Karsch, “The preovulatory surge in sheep: its regulation and          32.00
            functional significance;” Harold G. Spies, “Coital and
            estrogen signals: a contrast in the preovulatory
            neuroendocrine network.”

Selected Mini-Symposium from the 1997 Annual Meeting

            Molecular Basis of Reproductive Disorders. Chair: Dr.
            Jerome Strauss III. Speakers: Dr. Dave Russell, “Androgen
            action in female reproduction”; Dr. Steve Wasserman, “A genetic       30.00/
            analysis of spermatogenesis”; Dr. David Page, “The human Y            37.00
            chromosome, infertility, and germ cell development.” Support for
            this minisymposium was provided by Merck Research
            Cell-Specific Gene Regulation in the Reproductive
            System. Chair: Dr. Norman Hecht. Speakers: Dr. Michael
            Griswold, “Cell-specific expression of the FSH receptor”; Dr.
            Kelly Mayo, “Regulation of inhibin and activin subunit gene           30.00/
            expression in ovarian granulosa cells”; Dr. Norman Hecht,             37.00
            “Posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression in the
            mammalian testis.”

            Extracellular Matrix and Cell Adhesion Molecules.
            Chair: Dr. Dan Carson. Speakers: Dr. Ray Rodgers, “The follicular
            basal lamina—origins, developmental changes, and regulation”;
            Dr. Randy Armant, “Regulation of mouse primary trophoblast cell       30.00/
            adhesion by the extracellular matrix”; Dr. Julie Rinkenberger,        37.00
            “Extracellular matrix remodeling, invasion, and apoptosis during
            murine implantation.”

Trainee Symposium Forum

1997        “Scientists as citizens: opportunities and responsibilities,”         30.00/
            Mary Woolley, President, Research!America.                            37.00

1996        “Reproductive escapades: Papkoff and Ryan tell all,”                  25.00/
            Dr. Harold Papkoff and Dr. Robert Ryan.                               32.00

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                              Nominating Committee Q&A
What are the functions and composition of the                     Exactly how does the Committee function?
Committee?                                                        During the fall of each year, the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee insures that a strong slate of           solicits nominations for positions on the Board of Directors
candidates is placed on the ballot for the annual general         from members of the Society. Once the nominations are
election of Officers and Directors to the Board of Directors      received, each person’s name, affiliation, supporting narra-
of the Society. Thus, the Committee actively participates,        tive, and service record to the Society is distributed to mem-
through an equitable process, in strengthening the dedi-          bers of the Committee. All committee members confiden-
cated leadership and administration of the Society and            tially rank nominees for each pending vacancy. This pro-
thereby serves a central and extremely important role. The        cess is influenced strongly by the quality of the supporting
Committee consists of 10-11 members, of which three must          statement for each candidate and by his/her previous ser-
be Past Presidents of the Society. Committee members are          vice and commitment to the Society. To insure equitable
recommended by the President-Elect and appointed each             consideration, a second vote can take place based on a
year by the Board of Directors to represent different scien-      “short list” of highly ranked nominees. Those nominees re-
tific areas of reproductive biology.                              ceiving a decisive number of votes are placed on the re-
                                                                  spective slates. The slates are approved by the Committee
What is the governing board of the Society?                       and then recommended to the Society’s President for con-
The governing board consists of a President, President-Elect,     sideration by the Board of Directors at its midwinter meet-
Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, and six Directors. The      ing. A list of alternates also is submitted for each position,
Society holds an annual election to select the next Presi-        in case the Board does not approve of one or more nomi-
dent-Elect, who serves for one year prior to becoming Presi-      nees on the primary list. When the list is approved, each
dent and later the Past President. The Secretary, Treasurer,      nominee is contacted by the chair of the Nominating Com-
and Directors (two each year) are elected by members of           mittee to determine if he/she is willing to serve as an Of-
the Society for three-year terms. The Board meets twice           ficer or Director if elected.
each year to discuss the administration and business of the
Society.                                                          What is put on the ballot?
                                                                  The ballot, which is prepared by the Nominating Commit-
Is the Committee solely responsible for identifying ap-           tee, lists two candidates for each pending position: Presi-
propriate nominees?                                               dent-Elect, Secretary or Treasurer (when appropriate), and
No, you are responsible! As a member of the Society, you          two Directors. To facilitate the election process, each
are the best possible source of recommendations for future        nominee’s institutional affiliation, biographical sketch, and
Officers and Directors. If you submit the names of nomi-          (new in 1998) photograph are provided. The ballot is dis-
nees and explain why they are excellent candidates for the        tributed to members-at-large for the election in the spring.
designated offices, the committee will do the leg work.
Members of the Committee will determine eligibility by look-      What happens after I send in my ballot?
ing up the nominee’s commitment and service record, cur-          The chair of the Nominating Committee is responsible for
rent membership status, and, with permission of the Board         counting and recording all votes received. The votes may
of Directors, ask the person whether he/she would be will-        be counted electronically this coming year. The outcome of
ing to serve on the Board. The Committee even helps pre-          the general election is shared with members of the Nomi-
pare and edit each nominee’s biographical sketch for the          nating Committee and the President, who then directly no-
ballot that is distributed for the annual general election. So,   tifies all nominees accordingly.
it’s easy. Your friends will not even know you have recom-              After the general election, the Nominating Committee
mended them!                                                      forwards a written report of the Committee’s yearlong pro-
                                                                  ceedings for consideration at the Board meeting that imme-
Often, nominated members do not appear on the bal-                diately precedes the Annual Meeting. The report will also
lot. How can I increase their chance of selection?                be presented by the chair of the Nominating Committee at
By far the most effective means to stimulate interest in your     the annual Business Meeting of the Society.
candidate is through the narrative requested on the nomi-
nation form, in which you describe why you are nominat-           How can I be appointed to the Nominating Committee?
ing that person. It does not need to be longer than the           Volunteer! One member of the current Nominating Com-
space provided on the form. There must be a reason why            mittee is selected to act as chair in the following year, and
that person came to mind as best for that particular office       the balance of the committee is reconstituted from among
— tell us what it is. Nominees supported by strong, clear         members-at-large. Thus, membership of the Nominating
statements have a higher rate of success. Remember, though,       Committee changes each year to insure a strong, balanced,
it is possible that the nominee might choose not to run this      and representative slate of candidates for the next annual
time, or may not be a current member of the Society. Also,        general election. Therefore, let the President-Elect know
two or more members from the same institution cannot be           you would like to serve — the Society is looking for mem-
considered for any one office at the same time. So, send the      bers who are willing to contribute time and ideas. s
suggestion(s) in again next year. Think about the direction
you want the Society to go in, and then suggest the best                                        —Anthony R. Bellvé, Chair
possible nominees who will help you take it there.                                         1997–98 Nominating Committee

                                                                                                     OCTOBER 1997       s    11
          Preview of the 1998 Annual Meeting in Texas

        he Local Arrangements Committee is pleased                       Air transportation into College Station is limited
        to report that plans for the 1998 SSR Annual                to commuter service from Houston Intercontinental
        Meeting, set for August 8-11 at Texas A&M                   and Dallas-Fort Worth airports. Continental Express
University, are progressing smoothly. Virtually all pro-            flights from Houston and American Eagle flights from
gram activities will be in the University Center com-               DFW come into and out of the local Easterwood Air-
plex on campus. A reception will follow the opening                 port daily. Plans are being developed for charter bus
ceremony Saturday evening. On Sunday evening a                      service between Houston Intercontinental and College
wine-tasting party for a limited number of attendees                Station. College Station is within easy driving distance
on a first-come basis will take place at a local winery.            (about 100 miles) of both Houston and Austin, and
A Texas barbecue dinner followed by a dance, “Boot                  many attendees may elect to rent cars for the meeting.
Skootin in Aggieland,” is scheduled at a popular night                   We look forward to welcoming you to College
spot on Monday evening.                                             Station and Texas A&M University in August. s
     Established in 1876 as the first public college in
the state, Texas A&M University today is a leader in                                                 —Paul G. Harms, Chair
teaching, research, and public service. Although all                                          Local Arrangements Committee
male and all military until 1963, women make up over
45% of today’s enrollment of 41,461 students.
     The modern and spacious Texas A&M campus in
                                                                     Search for new Editor of BOR

College Station will readily accommodate our meet-                         he SSR Board of Directors has asked the Publi-
ing. Among the sites of interest on campus are the                         cations Committee to commence a search for
George Bush Presidential Library, the Forsythe Gal-                        successors to Gordon Niswender and Terry Nett,
lery, the Wayne Stark University Center Gallery, and                whose terms as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor
the Benz Gallery of Floral Art.                                     of Biology of Reproduction end in June 1999. We are
     College Station and its sister city Bryan are cities           now seeking applicants for the position of Editor-in-
of contrasting style and attraction, with Bryan having              Chief, whose duties would start officially in July 1999
an impressive collection of beautiful homes of histori-             and extend through June 2003. Applicants should be
cal and architectural significance and College Station              active reproductive scientists with a distinguished
being an energetic and progressive city that has grown              record of service to the Society. They should have an
up with Texas A&M. The two cities are in the Brazos                 appreciation for integrative as well as cell/molecular
Valley, which has deep roots in Texas history and con-              approaches in reproductive science and a commitment
tains a collection of charming towns that are enticing              to fairness and high standards for publication. The
destinations for visitors to the College Station area.              Society provides modest annual hororaria for the Edi-
     On-campus housing will be in two modern, fully                 tor and Associate Editor and support for the Editorial
air-conditioned residence halls (over 1,000 beds) within            Office (including an administrative assistant at 100%
a 5-minute walk of the University Center. Rooms are                 time with salary and benefits; telephone; postage; copy-
arranged in two suites with a shared bathroom. Costs                ing; office supplies; and all necessary office equip-
will be around $20 per person for double occupancy,                 ment. The host institution is expected to provide of-
$30 for single occupancy. Off-campus housing (over                  fice space equipped with telephone lines (voice, FAX,
500 rooms) has been booked at: Best Western – Inn at                and network connection), file cabinets, computer table,
Chimney Hill, Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Hilton Ho-                  table or bench work space, and bookshelves.
tel and Conference Center, Fairfield Inn, and Super 8.                   To apply, or to suggest a qualified person for this
The hotels are all relatively new and provide a variety             position, please contact any member of the Publica-
of services at varying rates. Since all off-campus hous-            tions Committee. s
ing is about 1.5 miles from the University Center, shuttle                                      —Robert Burghardt, Chair
bus service will be provided.                                                                       Publications Committee

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