Council Minutes for February 2008:
Persons in Attendence:
1st Year Medical School:
1st Year PhD:
2nd Year PhD:
Serendipity Zapanta Rinonos
3rd year PhD:
4th Year PhD:
4th Year Medical School:
Total in attendance: 16
· NIH Site Visit Report by Cliff:
o The NIH site visit went extremely well, confirmed by participants from every group.
o The reviewers seemed to be happy the entire day.
o Skipp Brass thought the students in our program did well.
o The review process still has to go to the study section, but we are optimistic.
o The study section will meet in mid March. We will get our priority score within a week after that, but even after that funding is not guaranteed because it is based on available funds and the level of support we are asking for.
· Summer Retreat
o Working on the nominations for the keynote speaker.
§ Susan Linquist, Robert Dardell, Juanita Merchant (Michigan, GI research), and some others.
§ Grant-writing: Mark McGuire
§ Ethics: we are considering asking Jessica Berg, Atwood Gaines, Eric Kodish, or anyone else we can think of
· Possibly organize a discussion led by panelists
· Divide into two groups for easier discussion among fewer people
· Ethics sidebar – in our program we get ethics training from a few areas:
o IBMS 500
o Advanced ethics opportunities
o Monthly meeting – not really ethics training, but more a presentation of the speaker’s research
o Dinner Speaker
§ Invited Richard Hanson to talk about his “Mighty Mouse”
o This Thursday, alumnus Alan Schwartz will be visiting
§ Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis
§ Very active in promoting MD/PhD training, has participated in national forums
§ Students can have lunch with him
o Sharon Plon
§ Will be speaking in April, hosted by the Genetics department
§ Baylor MD/PhD program, nationally involved
§ Might split her time, one session to speak with Women scientists, the second open to all MSTPs
· Agre Society
o Meeting next Tuesday, 4:30pm, back at the top of Lerner Tower
o John Sedor, nephrologist from Metro
· Monthly Meeting
o Two more for the year
o March 20 – Courtney Gray McGuire, Gen/Epi Department
§ Topic: What is Gen/Epi?
§ She’ll also discuss her career
o April – hopefully Insoo Hyun will come and talk about stem cell ethics
o Thank you to all who came to “Cookies for Cliff”
§ Cliff thanks everyone as well
o Announcement related to Gen/Epi
§ The group Seattle SNPs is coming April 10th and 11th for a workshop on the new wave of genetics. Contact Laura if you want to register.
· This is primarily for the Gen/Epi and Genetics students, but some of us can attend if we wish.
o Matt thinks we have too many meetings overall that the MSTP sponsors, and they are diluting the attendance at these meetings.
§ This issue has been brought up in the past.
§ Paul says we will discuss this at a future meeting.
o Women’s group website has been set up.
§ Includes some accomplishments from female MSTP students
· Rep to GSS
o GSS was going to allow us to have a senator, but the Vice Dean disagreed.
o Cliff contacted the Dean, who agrees and contacted Kevin Spears the GSS president
o The issue will be discussed at the next GSS Executive Council Meeting
· Social Committee
o Got the orchestra tickets, a lot of people wanted to go but couldn’t
§ Ravi has information about a program where students can get discounted tickets
o PhD Comics guy is coming this Friday