The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has announced that Dr. Debbie Yaver will be presented with the 2014 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology at the 2014 BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, which will take place 7-9 December in San Diego. Dr. Yaver will deliver a brief address at the conference.
More than twenty female leaders in industrial biotechnology were nominated for the award, which honors the legacy of Rosalind Franklin, who aided in the expansion of biotechnology and helped pave the way for women in the field.
Dr. Yaver’s accomplishments and dedication stood out to the Rosalind Franklin Award Selection Committee, who selected her as the inaugural recipient. “Dr. Yaver’s work and leadership in engineering industrial microorganisms embodies the spirit of Rosalind Franklin and her pioneering efforts,” said Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President at BIO.
The 3rd Recent Advances in Microbial Control Conference (RAMC) held November 9-12 in San Francisco was well attended and featured topics ranging from microbial detection and control on the international space station to sustainability during the keynote talk by Dow Microbial Control, to novel methods to control pathogens in food, treatment strategies for microbial control in oil and gas production; new rapid detection methods and FDA talk on novel moves toward biological control of human foodborne illness associated with commercial crop production. Comments ranged from “This is REAL microbiology” to “This meeting is like a Gordon Conference without the ski slope . . .” Dates for the 4th RAMC in fall 2016 will be announced.
Congratulations to the newly-elected board members who will take office at the Society Business Meeting held Wednesday, July 23 during the annual meeting.
Winners of the 2014 SIMB Election for Board of Directors are:
President-elect Scott Baker, Pacific National Laboratory (3 year term, Pres-elect, Pres, Past-Pres)
Treasurer: Jan Westpheling, Univ. of Georgia (2nd 3 year term)
Director: Steve Van Dien, Genomatica (3 year term)
The 2014 SIMB Election will begin on February, 15, 2014 and will be open until Monday, March 31st, 3 p.m. EST. This year members will be voting on the following positions: President-elect, Treasurer, and Director. An email notice will be sent to members announcing the opening of the election and voting instructions. Voting instructions will also be available on the members only sections of the SIMB website. Candidate bios are available in the November/December 2013 issue of SIMB News and via the PDF linked below. Only current SIMB members are eligible to vote in the election (student members are not eligible to vote). Results will be published on the SIMB website and in SIMB News. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning in 2014, SIMB News will be changing. Based on comments from individual members, corporate members, sponsors and advertisers, SIMB News will be returning to a paper format during 2014. Issues will be published and mailed quarterly to all members. Watch your mailboxes for the new, improved SIMB News! During this transition I’d like to thank the members of the Society, including sponsors and advertisers for your continued support.