Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I began my term as SIMB President-elect at the end of the 2019 SIMB Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. as Jan Westpheling became SIMB President. This was the culmination of her decades-long history of service to the Society and I have never seen her so excited. Jan had been dreaming of this since she was seven years old. She couldn’t wait to preside over the conferences and meetings- seeing friends and colleagues old and new and learning about all the latest advances generated by our members. The Annual Meeting was a great start and was followed in turn with an outstanding Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT®) conference in Bonita Springs, FL. That was my first RAFT® meeting, but I’ll guarantee it won’t be my last. Then, as we turned our focus towards the Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC) in New Orleans, we, like the rest of the world, were struck head-on with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under a new agreement between SIMB and Oxford University Press (OUP) beginning in January 2021, JIMB will be published by Oxford University Press (OUP) as an open access publication. Ramon Gonzalez, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of JIMB said, “On behalf of the Editorial Board of JIMB, I would like to express my excitement about this new partnership with OUP. The excellent digital capabilities and publishing experience of OUP will undoubtedly lead to an increase in the visibility, influence, and impact of the research being published by JIMB. We very much look forward to leveraging OUP resources to better serve authors, readers, reviewers, editors, and the SIMB community at large.”
See more by visiting the Oxford University Press announcement.
The submissions link for JIMB is now active and includes new terms for JIMB as an open access publication.
Charles Thom Award – Nancy Keller, University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin Announcement
Charles Porter Award – Debbie Yaver, Novozymes
Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award – Rajesh Sani, South Dakota School of Mines
SIMB Fellows (2) – Jonathan Mielenz, White Cliff Biosystems and Krishna Madduri, Corteva
SIMB Young Investigator Award – Kang Zhou, National University of Singapore