Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all who participated in this year’s election.


President-Elect: Steve Van Dien, Genomatica (left)
Treasurer: Laura Jarboe, Iowa State University (center)
Director: Michael Resch, NREL (right)

Nominations are being accepted for the following 2017 SIMB awards: Charles Thom Award, Charles Porter Award, SIMB Fellowship, SIMB Young Investigator, Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award. The winners will be honored during the SIMB annual meeting July 30-August 3 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO. Deadline for submission of nominees is March 31, 2017.

For more information about these awards and to download the nominations forms please visit: http://www.simbhq.org/about-simb/simb-awards/.

Nigel Mouncey, SIMB Publications chair and candidate for SIMB president-elect in the upcoming election was named Director at the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI). Read the full news release at http://jgi.doe.gov/industrial-biotechnology-leader-assume-helm-doe-joint-genome-institute/

The 2017 SIMB Board of Directors Election will begin on March 1, 2017 and will end on March 31, 2017, 3 p.m. EST.

Ballots must be cast no later than 12:00 midnight on March 31, 2017 for ballots to be included in the count. Members must be current in order to participate. Members will receive an email with instructions on how to access the voting module.

This year members will be voting on the following positions: President-Elect, Treasurer and Director. Candidate bios are available in the October/November/December 2016 issue of SIMB News. A PDF of the bios is also 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 membership.

Candidate Bios

DEAR COLLEAGUES,

Each year, it is the President’s duty to chair the awards ceremony during the Annual Meeting, in which the contributions of the officers, committees, SIMB staff and a select group of our colleagues are recognized. The ceremony is culminated when the President-Elect recognizes the outgoing President’s contributions and service to the Society. As I took my turn to participate in this ceremony and to recognize Scott Baker for his service to the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, it became apparent that more than a dozen of my predecessors were in attendance. There were also many other past and present officers, committee members and program chairs in the audience, each of whom had contributed to the success and longevity of the SIMB. It is this long history of continued involvement and shared stewardship that makes the SIMB unique among professional and scholarly societies.
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