January 3, 2020
Welcome to the New Year! There is much to look forward to in 2020, including the fantastic program that is now coming together for Vancouver. All abstract notifications have been sent to the first author on the abstract. If you have not received word, please check your spam folders or contact the first author on the abstract.
With the New Year comes changes to Reproductive Sciences that we’ve been updating you on over the last 12 months. Springer has officially taken over as the publisher of the journal and Drs. Ayman Al-Hendy and Seung Yup Ku are the new Co-Editors-in-Chief. Many of you are familiar with the excellent work of Dr. Maria Rosa Maduro who has served as Managing Editor under Dr. Hugh Taylor. I am pleased to report that Dr. Maduro will remain as Managing Editor of Reproductive Sciences in 2020 to assist with the transition of publishers and editors.
The SRI Council has recently returned from the Interim Council Meeting. Several new initiatives arose from this meeting that will be rolled out in the coming months, along with the updated Strategic Plan. The Council would like to get your input on this plan. Soon, you will receive an email with the nascent Strategic Plan for your suggestions and input. This strategic plan will update the objectives and goals of the society in order to guide and focus efforts over the next five years. Information technology platforms and online resources have changed greatly in the past five years. The available online resources represent opportunities for the Society to serve the needs of the members and non-members that attend the annual meeting. Please keep an eye out for that email!
Also, the SRI Council has suggested changes to the SRI Bylaws in keeping with current best practices. We will send the proposed changes and SRI members will vote to approve or reject the changes electronically in the coming days. Also at this time you will be asked to vote for the future leaders of SRI. The open positions for election are President Nominee and two Council positions. Each candidate has articulated what they would like to see for the future of SRI, which I hope aids in this decision.
Additionally, I am thrilled to announce the President’s Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD. Dr. Rossant will be giving a talk on Saturday morning, and personally invite you to attend her fantastic talk.
Finally, I would just like to remind you all to take part in the Membership Recognition Program. There are two ways to participate. One being purchasing space in the final program to recognize a member of SRI. The other is to vote along with your colleagues, for the mentor who has meant the most to you through your career. The Mentor with the most votes will be placed in the SRI Mentor Hall of Fame. All funds raised will benefit the SRI Foundation. Deadline for participation is January 10th!
Best wishes in the New Year,
Jim Segars, MD
SRI President, 2019-2020