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Source: James L. Caruso, MD, Section Secretary
As another highly successful Academy meeting heads into the rearview mirror, acknowledgments and congratulations are in order. First of all, thanks to the wonderful AAFS staff for doing all the heavy lifting, as they do every year, to pull off certainly one of the largest annual scientific meetings in any field. The casual observer may mistakenly believe that all of the breakfasts, workshops, plenary session, and abstract presentations just fall right into place, along with the scheduling and coordinating of meals, social events, vendors, volunteers, and program materials. Anyone who has seen how the sausage is made knows how much work and dedication is required to put on an event of such magnitude. On behalf of the Pathology/Biology Section, I would like to acknowledge all of the staff and volunteers who make our meeting the successful endeavor it is.
Of course, without members offering their time to put on workshops, breakfast and lunch seminars, and special evening sessions, the learning opportunities would be greatly diminished. The Pathology/Biology Section benefitted by extremely strong interest in presenting research for the 2015 meeting. Nearly 240 abstracts were received, and due to time and room constraints some very difficult decisions had to be made. I greatly appreciate the effort put forward by the authors who presented their work via both poster and oral platforms.
Special thanks goes out to the session moderators who dutifully showed up early and stayed late for their assigned sessions, juggling thumb drives and addressing those never expected but always present technical difficulties. As Pathology/Biology Program Chair for the 2015 meeting, I am indebted to my friends and colleagues who did such a terrific job keeping the oral presentations moving along right on schedule.
By my own and others’ appraisal, the Jay Dix Memorial Bonus Day was its usual overwhelming success. The few times I was able to drop by that room, finding a seat was difficult as most of the lectures played to a packed house. Congrats to Mike Graham and his group of dedicated educators for their usual job well done.
In section award news, I am pleased to announce:
Nicole Yarid received the 2014 Best Resident Paper Award for “Globus Pallidus Necrosis Unrelated to Carbon Monoxide: A Retrospective Analysis of 24 Cases.” Mehdi Koolaee received Honorable Mention for “Examination of the Cervical Spinal Cord in Infants and Toddlers”. Erik Christensen reports that for the 2015 Best Resident Paper, we received 17 abstracts for consideration though many did not meet full criteria for the award. The committee felt a full award was not indicated this year but designated Melissa Blessing from the Mayo Clinic as honorable mention for her paper entitled “ATV and Snowmobile-related Deaths in Southeastern Minnesota.” Richard Merritt was awarded the Achievement in Forensic Life Sciences Award for his storied career. Bruce Hyma’s extensive contributions to forensics were recognized with the Milton Helpern Award. It was an honor for me to accept the Kenneth S. Field Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the AAFS Staff.
At the Academy level, our own Thomas Noguchi was named the R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate. Andrew Baker represented the section’s interests admirably at the Plenary Session. Andy will also serve as the 2016 Annual Meeting Program Chair for the meeting in Las Vegas. Certainly, congratulations and best wishes are in order as President Victor Weedn takes the helm and guides the Academy through the next twelve months embracing the changes on the horizon.
The Pathology/Biology Section Research Committee awarded grants of $3,000 each to Steven White to evaluate cardiac conduction system issues and to Heather Jarrell to take an in-depth look at repetitive pediatric head trauma.
Path/Bio owes a debt of gratitude to J.C. Upshaw Downs who just completed a year as the Path/Bio Section Chair. Kathy Haden-Pinneri is our Section Chair for 2015-16 and I will attempt to fill her shoes as the Section Secretary. Joyce deJong is the Section Program Chair the 2016 meeting. As always, the submission deadline for the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting is August 1 and it is never too early to begin working!