On behalf of the now 100-year old scientific society dedicated to advancing experimental pathology, I extend a warm welcome to members and those who want to learn more about the American Society for Investigative Patholgy (ASIP). I am truly amazed and honored that I was chosen to lead ASIP in the year of its Centennial Celebration. There is much to celebrate, besides just being 100. The Society remains fiscally strong under the guidance of Mark Sobel, our Executive Officer, James Douglas, our Chief Finance Officer, and Bill Coleman, our Secretary-Treasurer. Our annual meeting has been carefully planned by the Program Committee led by Bill Luscinskas. We have an updated web-page, an active Trainee group and Trainee Newsletter, and a growing number of Scientific Interest Groups which provide virtual and face-to-face opportunities for networking and discussion within subdisciplines. Our flagship journal, The American Journal of Pathology, is benefiting from the exposure and promotion provided by Elsevier who assumed post-production services for publication last year.
One constant over the 100 years of our existence is the importance of members and member participation. An important role of a Society is to provide a platform for dialogue and communication. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a meeting and in-person discussion of key scientific findings and ideas must be worth a million. Those of you who regularly attend our Annual Meeting no doubt agree. For those who have not attended recently (or at all), the Centennial Celebration is a great reason to attend this year. Our Annual Meeting will be April 20-24, in Boston, in conjunction with the Experimental Biology conference, and there will be several special events, including a reception and dinner at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
The relatively small size of our Society belies it vitality and importance to the pathology community. ASIP has been a resource for experimental pathologists, has a tradition of educating biologists about pathology, and has been active in translational work and emphasizing the scientific foundation of diagnostic pathologists. It is easy to become involved, and volunteering for committees is another great way to make the most of your membership. Networking and friendships established through the work of the society will broaden your horizons and enrich your career.
So, ASIP needs you. Please renew your membership, and encourage your colleagues to join. Remember, you will receive a $25 discount in your 2014 for each new regular member that you recommend in 2013 - see form. As President, I welcome inquiries, comments, and suggestions, which can be sent through the Society staff at email@example.com.