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Title: Status and Initiatives


1

Status and Initiatives of the APS
Martin Frank, Ph.D. APS Executive Director ACDP
Retreat, Gamboa, Panama December 6, 2014
2
APS/ACDP Cooperative Efforts
  • ACDP Salary Survey 1980s
  • APS/ACDP Survey of Recent Doctoral Recipients -
    1998
  • Medical Physiology Core Curriculum Objective
    Project 2002
  • Professional Skills for Physiologists and
    Trainees 2003
  • Animal Usage in Physiology Education
  • Medical Physiology Course Directors web site
  • Helping APS expand its Chapter Program
  • Graduate Program Directors Meeting

3
Education, Diversity, and Career Development
Programs
  • Multi-level Programs (Provide resources
    training on demand)
  • Life Science Teaching Resource Community
    (LifeSciTRC) - APS' Digital library that includes
    content from physiology, developmental biology,
    anatomy, and other similar fields
  • APS Career Web, with Mentoring and Career
    Development Forum
  • Professional Skills Training courses (in person
    and online)

4
  • K-16 Education Highlights
  • (improve science education physiology
    awareness)
  • Summer research programs online professional
    development for K-12 teachers
  • Physiology Understanding Week (PhUn Week)
  • Summer research fellowships for 80 students
    annually, including targeted programs for
    underrepresented students
  • Video contest sharing physiology with public
    (open to undergrad and grad students)
  • David Bruce poster competition for undergraduate
    poster presenters

5
Graduate/Professional Education Highlights
(promote professional development APS
involvement)
  • EB career development symposia and refresher
    course
  • Awards for mentoring and early career
    professional service
  • List of Professional Skills and Med. Phys.
    Learning Objectives
  • Graduate Travel fellowships for URM students
  • Support for directors of graduate programs and
    medical physiology courses
  • Institute for Teaching and Learning held in
    June 2014 in Maine. Coming again in 2016
  • APPEL - Association of Physiology Professional
    Education Leadership

6
Publications
  • Original research Journals
  • American Journal of Physiology (composed of seven
    specialty journals) Journal of Applied
    Physiology Physiological Genomics Journal of
    Neurophysiology Advances in Physiology
    Education Physiological Reports (launched 2013
    jointly with The Physiological Society, UK)
  • Review Journals
  • Physiological Reviews Physiology
  • Comprehensive Physiology (e-update of the
    Handbook of Physiology)
  • Newsletter
  • The Physiologist
  • Book Monograph Series
  • published on behalf of the APS by Springer

7
Publications
  • Cooperative venture with The Physiological
    Society (UK)
  • An Open Access Journal Launched March 2013
  • Through Aug 31 2014, 372 articles have been
    published
  • 1st Decision - 10 days, Accept to Publication -
    35 days

8
Publications
  • APSselect (http//apsselect.physiology.org/)
  • A virtual journal that highlights and promotes
    the best of the best research papers the top
    papers accepted each month in the 10 APS research
    journals.
  • Each highlighted paper will retain the original
    citation from the journal in which it was
    published
  • These papers will be accompanied by an Editorial
    and attractive artwork
  • The APS main page will be the central destination
    so all will be able to see the latest/greatest
    APS has to offer

9
Publications New Initiatives
  • SocialCite - SocialCite is a new workflow tool
    that improves the citation network by allowing
    you to quickly provide feedback about the
    validity and quality of citations. 
  • eLife Lens - provides a novel way of looking at
    content on the web. It is designed to make life
    easier for researchers, reviewers, authors and
    readers. J Neurophysiology AJP Heart
  • Altmetrics - incorporating alternative metrics
    to define the utility of an article.

10
Science Policy
  • Federal funding for biological research
  • Humane use of animals in research
  • Strengthen relationship with funding agencies
    such as NIH and NSF
  • Sex as a biological variable
  • Publications access
  • Peer review
  • In collaboration with FASEB, AAMC, R!A
  • AMP, NABR

11
Science Policy
  • Early Career Advocacy Fellowship Engage early
    career investigators in advocacy activities,
    provide skills to become long-term advocates for
    scientific research
  • SP-News, a monthly email bulletin of
    advocacy-oriented information
  • Peer Review 101
  • Advocacy Toolkit
  • Chapter Advocacy Program

12

  • Nobel Laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz
  • Seven Transmembrane Receptor
  • WEDNESDAY, April 1, 445 PM
  • Followed by a trainee reception and the APS
    Closing Party starring GI Distress and the
    Fabulous FASEBettes.
  • Also the Cannon Lecture being presented by
    Masashi Yanigisawa and the Bowditch Lecture
    presented by Babette LaMarca
  • Also 12 sectional distinguished lectures and
    nearly 12 oral sessions focusing on all
    aspects of the physiological sciences

13
Future Challenge for EB
  • EB is an outgrowth of the FASEB Meeting
  • Initially the participants were APS, ASPET, ASIP,
    ASN, AAI, AAA
  • ASBMB joined and AAI has departed
  • ASN is departing 2018-2020, unlikely to return
  • Challenge is to redefine the meeting and address
    the broad needs of our constituency

14

APS Conferences - 2015
  • September 2-5 - 14th International Conference on
    Endothelin Pathophysiology and Therapeutics,
    Savannah, GA
  • September 9-12 - Physiological Bioenergetics
    From Bench to Bedside, Tampa, FL
  • November 17-20 - Cardiovascular, Renal and
    Metabolic Diseases Physiology and Gender,
    Annapolis, MD

15
International Meetings/Opportunities
  • 1st Pan-American Congress of Physiological
    Sciences August 2014 in Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • 2015 APS trip to Havana, Cuba (?) being
    coordinated with Dr. Alberto Dorta, President CPS
  • Joint meeting with The Physiological Society in
    Dublin in 2016
  • IUPS Congress August 2017 in Rio de Janeiro,
    Brazil
  • 2nd Pan-American Congress of Physiological
    Sciences 2019 in Havana, Cuba
  • International Opportunity Program 6 awards _at_
    7,500 each
  • 2014 awards in Vietnam, Brazil, Morocco, Nigeria

16
APS Chapter Program
Oklahoma (1982) Ohio (1986) Iowa (1995)
Nebraska (1997) Gulf Coast (1999) Arizona
(2008) Puerto Rico (2009) Indiana (2009)
Tennessee (2009) Michigan (2012) Pennsylvania
(2012) District of Columbia (2012) Missouri
(2013)
17
Local Physiology Networks (Virtual Physiology
Departments)
  • An opportunity to recapture physiology in
    institutions lacking physiology departments
  • A pilot program (a compliment to the chapter
    program)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham no
    physiology department since Benos died, but over
    75 APS members
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison recent loss of
    department with 70 APS members on campus
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 80
    members in Milwaukee, also physiology department

18
Future Initiatives
  • APS Fellows Program
  • Higher Logic creating communities and enhancing
    listserv function
  • Member needs survey by the end of 2015
  • Strategic Planning exercise 2016
  • Re-Branding Initiative for the Society and for
    the discipline 2016 (in parallel with strategic
    planning effort?)

19
  • Thank you!
  • Martin Frank
  • (mfrank_at_the-aps.org)
  • Twitter ExecDirectorAPS
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