ASM welcomes two new board chairs this year and extends its appreciation for the many contributions of the outgoing leaders whose terms have helped shape and define the society.
Lucia Rothman-Denes, professor at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., will take over as chair of the Meetings Board, replacing outgoing chair Peter Maloney, professor of physiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
During Maloney's nine-year term, he oversaw one of the Meetings Board's greatest challenges: the conversion from paper to electronic, online abstract submission, management, and delivery for all ASM meetings. He was also instrumental in the expansion of the ASM Conferences program. During his tenure, the program greatly increased the number and variety of specialized meetings, and the Society also began managing meetings for other organizations, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's biannual International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“With the diversity of meetings, programs, and the changing needs of the attendees who participate in them, Peter remained a stable strength always recognizing and visualizing the big picture. He will leave a legacy of globally recognized meetings and online scientific programs for those that follow him,” says Rothman-Denes, who has previously served six years on the General Meeting Program Committee, three of them as committee chair.
After serving nine years as the first chair of the Membership Board, Marie Pezzlo of the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine will be stepping down to be replaced by Toby K. Eisenstein, professor of microbiology and immunology and codirector of the Center for Substance Abuse Research at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pezzlo oversaw a number of significant changes during her term, most notably the decoupling of dues from journals subscriptions. Like many other board chairs in the 1990s, Pezzlo also managed the migration of a number of ASM functions from print to electronic, including the creation of the first online membership directory, the initiation of online membership renewal and subscription management, and the evolution of the ASM job placement service to a fully operational, year-round, online Career Development Service. During her tenure, ASM also instituted multiple division affiliations for members and created the two-year transitional membership for postdoctoral students.“A remarkable amount of her energy has been invested in some very significant accomplishments that continue to be enjoyed by the Society and its members today,” says Eisenstein, who has served as a member of the ASM Finance Committee, the International Coordinating Committee, and the Council Policy Committee. Most recently she served a three-year term as chair of the Branch Organization Committee.