I’m writing to let you know that the SIMB Board of Directors has voted to cancel the Annual Meeting scheduled in August in San Francisco. The decision was made based on predicted infection rates for COVID-19 over the summer and the uncertainty of the safety of air travel for the foreseeable future. As we work to continue to deliver our mission, we have had one priority firmly at the forefront: maintaining the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community.
First, let me take a moment – as we all struggle in these uncertain times – to wish everyone good health. I hope you and your loved ones are well and taking precautions to stay that way. One of the few upsides of this crisis is the remarkable ways in which people have come together to help each other deal, not only with illness, but in adapting to dramatic differences in our daily routines. Over the last few months, I have witnessed countless examples of altruism, compassion, resilience, and determination on the part of members of my own community and our larger scientific community, revealing the best in us.
SIMB is saddened to report that Arnold Demain passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020. Arny was an SIMB Past President as well as a champion of the Society for many years. At the 2016 SIMB annual meeting in New Orleans a special session was convened to celebrate Arny’s long career. https://www.drew.edu/news/2016/08/16/peers-celebrate-drew-science-fellow-and-mentor
See tribute from Drew University where Arny served as research fellow of the Research institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE) program.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 election who will take office at the SIMB annual meeting in San Francisco on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Thank you to all our candidates.
Noel Fong, Nucelis
Laura Jarboe, Iowa State
Rob Donofrio, Neogen
Due to growing health concerns around COVID-19 coronavirus SIMB has cancelled the 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals. Please read the FAQ section on the SBFC website for more information.
The 42nd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals will take place as scheduled on April 26-29, 2020 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans. We understand that attendees from countries with travel restrictions will be unable to participate in person. The situation remains fluid and SIMB will provide updates as they become available.
In support of our attendees and staff, SIMB is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) as well as state and local health authorities. See statement from the City of New Orleans. https://www.neworleans.com/coronavirus-preparedness-in-new-orleans/
SIMB will work with the Astor Crowne Plaza to ensure:
• Increased availability of hand sanitizer throughout the hotel
• Individual hand sanitizer provided with registration materials
• Modified food service practices to optimize food safety/handling
• Assistance with access to medical support if needed
Resources for recommended practices: