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-  July 2013 E-News Update  -
Featured APS New Member The APS Communication Committee has implemented a new website initiative, entitled "Featured APS New Member." Included on the webpage is the New Member's photograph, bio and PubMed link to take viewers to the member's published articles. It is a goal to feature one APS New Member each month.

The purpose of this initiative is to recognize APS New Members who have made outstanding contributions to science, as well as significant contributions to the field of Pediatrics in the form of peer-reviewed publications.

View the current Featured APS New Member, Dr. Damian J. Krysan.

In This Issue:

Just Released APS Viewpoint in JAMA

The third APS Viewpoint article in JAMA Pediatrics authored by Drs. Scott Denne and William Hay, entitled Advocacy for Research That Benefits Children - An Obligation of Pediatricians and Pediatric Investigators, has just been released and is now available on the APS website, https://www.aps-spr.org/aps/voice/.

As noted previously, the goal of these invited columns is to use them as a platform for leaders in academic American pediatrics (as represented by the APS) to speak out on the major issues confronting pediatrics and child health in the United States. If you have suggestions for future topics and authors, please send them to Dr. Christine Gleason, APS Viewpoint Editor.

Dr. Mary Ellen Avery Award Endowment Fund

The Dr. Mary Ellen Avery Award Endowment Fund was created to support a new APS/SPR award to honor the memory of the late Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, an outstanding leader in the history of academic pediatrics. Dr. Avery is perhaps best known for her seminal translational research on the cause of Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS), a discovery that has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of infants.

Both the APS and SPR Councils have approved the establishment of this award, as well as the proposed criteria and mechanism for selecting awardees. However, in order to ensure the award can be given annually, in perpetuity, an endowment of at least $50,000 is required. The goal is to present the first award at the 2014 PAS/ASPR Joint Meeting in Vancouver.

If you are interested in honoring the memory of Dr. Avery by contributing to the Dr. Mary Ellen Avery Award Endowment Fund, view how you can make your donation online and read more information about the Avery Award.

Proposed Amendment to APS Constitution & By-Laws Approved

The proposed APS Constitution & By-Laws amendment to Article V, modifying the minimum age criteria for APS Members to request Emeritus status to be 70 years of age and/or fully retired, presented for vote to the APS Active Members was approved and took effect June 21, 2013.

The APS Constitution & By-Laws has been revised accordingly, and is available in entirety on the APS website at: https://www.aps-spr.org/aps/about/bylaws.asp.

Call for APS Membership Applications_Deadline: July 31

APS is pleased to announce the 2014 Call for Membership Applications.

Please take a few moments to consider colleagues from your own institution who you can nominate or encourage to be nominated for APS membership, as there are distinguished faculty in every department and state who qualify, but have never been nominated.

You may access the membership directory (located in the My APS/SPR section of the website) to quickly find out whether colleagues of your department are members. Or you may also contact Brenda Peat at the APS Central Office. The 2014 APS Membership Application is available online or can be mailed upon request.

Help us reach our goal to receive 125 New Member Nominations in celebration of the APS 125th Anniversary. Submit a membership nomination today!

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Brenda Peat at the APS Central Office.

Application Receipt Deadline: July 31, 2013.

Call for APS Council Nominations_Deadline: September 1

The American Pediatric Society (APS) Nominating Committee has been charged to select a slate of two candidates for each of the following APS Council positions:

  • Vice President (President-Elect)
  • One Council Member (five-year term)

View more information about these positions and how to nominate.

2014 APS Dues Notifications_Deadline: September 30

APS Dues Notifications and Member Update Forms were sent electronically on June 25, 2013. To pay your dues and make any necessary modifications to your Biographical Information, please log into our website and follow the easy directions. The payment deadline is September 30, 2013.

If you have questions, or did not receive your Dues Notification, please contact the APS Central Office at info@aps-spr.org.

APS Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI)

The APS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) was created in May 2012 and meets regularly by conference call. The CODI's two goals are: 1. To promote diversity and inclusion within APS, and 2. To promote diversity and inclusion in academic pediatrics. There are ten committee members: Judy Aschner (ex officio), Jose Cordero, Phyllis Dennery, Elena Fuentes-Afflick (Chair), Christine Gleason (ex officio), Danielle Laraque, Fernando Mendoza, Alan Schwartz (ex officio), Bruder Stapleton, and Leslie Walker, and Brenda Peat staffs the CODI. Read Committee Report.

2014 PAS/ASPR Call for Workshop Proposals_Deadline: September 4

You are encouraged to submit Workshop Proposals for the 2014 PAS/ASPR Joint Meeting,
May 3-6, in Vancouver, Canada. Your proposal submissions are important and strongly contribute toward the ultimate make-up of the meeting.

Proposals should be submitted electronically using the web-based 2014 PAS/ASPR Online Proposal Submission Program that is available on the PAS website at www.pas-meeting.org. The submission deadline is September 4, 2013.

Call for Research Success Stories

The APS Advocacy for Academic Pediatrics Committee is requesting the help of all members in collecting research success stories-specific evidence of improved health and economic benefit from child health research. The APS intends to make these examples available to the Pediatric Policy Council for direct lobbying at Congress and to Dr. Collins and the NIH. A white paper would make these examples available to all who provide child health care and conduct child health research, and also could serve to inform the lay public. A library of pediatric research successes would be made available to all APS members, who could use it for a wide variety of personal advocacy activities.

Read more and access forms.

In Memoriam

Gregory S. Liptak, MD, MPH, of Syracuse, NY, died March 4, 2012. A member of the Upstate Medical University, Dr. Liptak was the Division Chief of the Center for Behavior, Development, and Genetics, and of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics since his appointment at Upstate in 2006. Dr. Liptak was also the Chairperson of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities (COCWD). Read Obituary

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