2023 SIMB Election bios for Board of Directors candidatesPosted 2/15/23 by SIMB. Filed under Uncategorized.
SIMB Election Info
The SIMB Election for positions on the Board of Directors will commence March 1, 2023. The election will close at noon EDT on March 31, 2023, and members must join/renew by noon EDT, March 30 2023, to be eligible to vote.Current members for 2023 will receive login instructions for accessing the voting module.
Results will be published on the SIMB website and in SIMB News.
Student members are not eligible to vote.
Candidates for President-Elect
Professionally, I currently hold the position of Chief Scientific Officer at Neogen where I am responsible for the global R&D strategic vision, resource management and coordination of product development activities for the 150+ scientists and researchers in our Food Safety, Animal Safety and Genomics divisions. Prior to Neogen, I held multiple roles at NSF International over my 16-year tenure (Director of Microbiology, Director of the Applied Research Center). My additional board and advisory commitments include AOAC’s Global Council, International Fresh Produce Association Food Safety Council, National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education Advisory Council, and the MichBio Board of Directors.
If I were fortunate enough to be selected at President, I would look to expand on the many impactful initiatives enacted by my predecessors. My vision for the term would be as follows:
- 1. Plan for long term sustainment and growth of the Society
- a. Strategic planning sessions lead by Board of Directors and build on the input of key society stakeholders and members
- b. Emphasize adherence to core values while being fiscally responsible
- i. Ensure that SIMB remains as the premiere industrial microbiology society
- ii. Ensure that the Society continues to cultivate a diverse, equitable and inclusive group of scientists and professionals
- c. Evaluation of additional scientific tracks for inclusion into Annual Meeting or serving as special symposia
- d. Evaluation of society partnerships that align with core values and complements our scientific focus
- 2. Increase Industry participation to drive corporate membership and sponsorship
- a. Establish key connections with corporate decision makers and define the value add of membership
- b. Evaluate and engage adjacent industry targets for potential membership
- c. Evaluate best practices for industry engagement by other societies and trade associations
- 3. Expand recruitment of emerging scientists
- a. Mentorship engagement
- b. Develop SIMB emerging scientist support and development group
- c. Social media campaigns to raise awareness of Society meetings and local scientific gatherings; recognize member contributions and achievements
- d. Targeted local section engagements at universities
University of South Florida
Dr. Gonzalez has been actively engaged with SIMB for almost two decades, initially giving talks and chairing/co-chairing technical sessions at annual and specialized meetings, then served as the Program Chair of the 2011 Annual Meeting and as a member of the Board of Directors. He has also served as an Editor of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (JIMB) and since 2015 has been JIMB’s Editor-in-Chief. Under his leadership, the Editorial Board was restructured, a highly coveted Special Issue Collection has been established, the visibility and quality of publications have reached new heights, and the impact factor increased to 4.258. Dr. Gonzalez also played a key role in the transition of JIMB to an Open Access Journal with Oxford University Press. As SIMB President, Dr. Gonzalez will build upon these experiences to increase the visibility and impact of SIMB as the pre-eminent professional society that will shape the bioeconomy. These efforts will include working closely with leaders in academia, industry, non-profits, and public-private entities in the US and abroad. In addition, Dr. Gonzalez plans to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility an integral component of the SIMB community, an effort that will span both membership and leadership.
Candidates for Treasurer
San Jose State University
Katy has been an active member of the SIMB community since 2008. Her service includes serving the chair of the 2019 SIMB Annual meeting in Washington DC and as a direct on the Board of Directors from 2019-2022, convening sessions, serving as a member of the Fermentation and Cell Culture program committee, and chairing the Fermentation and Cell Culture program committee. Her vision for SIMB is to grow the membership, engage young scientists, and continue to bring together members from industry, academia, and national labs to address issues important in industrial biotechnology.
Steven Van Lanen
University of Kentucky
Candidates for Director
Jen earned a B.S. in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2001. She then completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2009. During her Ph.D. in the lab of past SIMB President Dr. Tom Jeffries, she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University of Denmark, where she fell in love with all things fermentation related. It was during her time as a Ph.D. student that Jen first became involved with SIMB. Jen has been helping to plan the SIMB annual meeting since 2016, first serving as a member of the bio-catalysis program committee and student poster session judge, serving as the 2020/2021 bio-catalysis program committee chair, and most recently helping to organize the student poster session and Science Slam. In her free time, Jen serves as a member of the national operations council for Alpha Phi Omega, the national coed service fraternity as the regional chair for the Carolinas, a role that will be ending in December 2023. This role has been rewarding as it works directly with college students and helps them in their own personal leadership development while serving as a role model to the next generation.
Jen values the impact that SIMB and its members has had on her personal career development and wishes to help bring that to others. If she is chosen as a director, Jen would like to focus on expanding knowledge of, and access to, the society to students and other young researchers, especially from underrepresented groups. This includes women and other groups who traditionally have less exposure to, and opportunity within, the scientific community. It also includes groups of people such as laboratory managers, laboratory technicians, and plant operators who have the potential to grow through interactions with the Society. She would also like to help facilitate more interactions between academic and government labs and industry as each bring unique resources to the table and effective collaborations can significantly advance discovery in the field of industrial microbiology.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Davinia has been an active member of the SIMB community since 2014. Her service has included convening sessions and speaking at the Annual SIMB Meeting, the Symposium on Biomaterials for Fuels and
Chemicals (SBFC), and Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT®). In addition, she also served as a Co-chair and Chair at the 43rd and 44th Symposium SBFC in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
“As a Director on the SIMB Board of Directors, and as an active researcher on industrial microbiology, one of my main goals will be enhancing the visibility of the society and growing the membership by engaging international scientists from academia, government research centers, and industry. The utilization of various social media platforms and continuous international outreach to researchers and societies with similar goals to SIMB will be key to continue exchanging knowledge and broadening the society. I also believe that promoting and supporting the diversity within the members of our society and sponsors will be also a major driver to build our community, to continue increasing the science quality in our meetings, and to expand professional opportunities for early career researchers. Reaching minority serving institutions, dedicating sessions to students, and building event apps to promote pre- and post-event networking are additional ideas to enrich the variety of expertise, views, and experiences to continue harnessing microbiology to promote human health and planet sustainability.”
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