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Welcome to the Spring 2018 issue of the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) “News Splash” newsletter!  We also send a warm welcome to the many new members who have recently joined our Society, and we encourage you to explore our newsletter archives and learn more about your community and about the IZFS. 

Our last newsletter included an article on the upcoming Madison IZFC meeting and information on the Chi-Bin Chien and Streisinger Award nomination process.  It also included pieces on the Fall 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Zebrafish (MARZ) Meeting at NYU (Sept 22, 2017, New York City), the International Zebrafish Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (August 18, 2017, Woods Hole, Massachusetts), the NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs workshop on “Zebrafish and Other Aquatic Models: Reporting of Environmental Husbandry Conditions for Rigorous Experiments and Reproducible Results” (Sept. 11-12, 2017, Bethesda, MD).  There were also reviews on the International Workshop on Zebrafish Neural Circuits and Behavior (November 2017, Rockville, MD) and on the “Making Strides in Cancer Research Using Zebrafish” workshop (March 19-21, 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE).

We welcome newsletter contributions and assistance from members of the zebrafish research community at all levels – established investigators, new investigators, trainees, or research staff.  If you would like to join our editorial board and become an IZFS Associate Editor please contact New Splash editor Rebecca “Becky” Burdine.  We also welcome one-time or occasional contributors. Please contact Becky if you are attending a meeting and would like to provide a summary, or if you have a piece to propose. And yes, there are some additional perks in addition to the glory of being able to add “Associate Editor, International Zebrafish Society” to your curriculum vitae! Contact Becky for more information.

IZFS Election 2018.  All members should have already received an email with information on the International Zebrafish Society 2018 election with descriptions of candidates and a link to vote.  A slate of talented and accomplished candidates has been assembled by the IZFS nominations committee.  The IZFS membership will be selecting a new President-Elect, a new Secretary, one new Asia/Pacific bard member, two new Europe/Mediterranean board members, and two new North American board members.  Information on all of the candidates can be found here.

As a reminder, IZFS bylaws stipulate yearly elections for officers and board members.  Board members serve a three-year term with approximately one-third of the board stepping down and new board members being elected to fill their place each year.  The Secretary and Treasurer also serve three-year terms.  A new President-Elect is elected each year, and this individual serves one year as President-Elect, then one year as President, then one year as Past-President, for a total of three years of service.  Starting in July, I will go from being President to my new role as Past-President, Mary Mullins will transition from President-Elect to President, and we will have a newly-minted President-Elect. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank our current Secretary Stephan Neuhauss, who will be stepping down from this post after the election.  Stephan was one of the key individuals who helped to found IZFS, ensuring that it got off to a great start and that it was created with the proper legal, financial, and administrative structure, and he has put a lot of time and effort into helping guide the growth of the society.  Stephan has long track record of exemplary service to the zebrafish community (all while maintaining a top-notch research program!), and I am personally very grateful to have had the opportunity to work together with him to help found and build the IZFS.  His wisdom and insight will be greatly missed in the IZFS leadership, but I hope he will continue to remain actively involved with the society and its initiatives.

Change of Management. For the past several years the International Zebrafish Society has been receiving management support services from Association Resources, a private association management company.  Unfortunately, Association Resources is going to be closing its doors for business within the next few weeks, and the IZFS officers and board members are in the process of contracting for new management services for the society.  Although the IZFS.ORG website and INFO@IZFS.ORG email address will be maintained following the transition to new management, the IZFS postal address and some email addresses will be changing.  We will send an email message out soon to all IZFS members and/or IZFS conference attendees and registrants alerting them to these changes.  Please watch for our email to make sure you have the latest contact information!  You can also always find up to date IZFS contact information on the IZFS.ORG home page.

The 2018 International Zebrafish Conference. The “Big Fish Meeting” returns to its long-time home in Madison, Wisconsin on June 20-24, 2018.  As noted previously, the name of the conference has been changed from “International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics" to International Zebrafish Conference” to reflect the wider scope of scientific activities taking place in the worldwide zebrafish research community, but it’s still the same “Madison Meeting” we have all enjoyed for many years now.  Although the regular registration deadline has passed, late registration and abstract submission for posters are still open, so if you haven't signed up yet you still have a chance to get together with all your fishy friends and colleagues at this fantastic, not-to-be missed conference.  For more information on the many great activities planned for this meeting, see the conference website.  We look forward to seeing you in Madison in June 2018

The 2019 8th Strategic Conference of Zebrafish Investigators (SCZI).  Mark your calendars now!  Thepremiere meeting for zebrafish primary investigators is returning once again to the scenic Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California on January 12-16, 2019.  Like previous SCZI meetings, this highly interactive and exciting conference will feature plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions highlighting the latest  cutting-edge zebrafish research findings, workshops diving into the hottest zebrafish tools and technologies, and community sessions where issues of key importance to the worldwide zebrafish community will be discussed and debated.  If you head a zebrafish research lab, you’ll want to make sure that you are a part of this important meeting, held only every two years!  Click here for more information.

Mark Your Calendar Now for Suzhou 2019.  In the summer of 2019 fish investigators will be schooling in China for the first-ever International Zebrafish Conference in the Asia-Pacific region!  The 2019 IZFC will be held in Suzhou, China, from June 12-16, 2019.  The IZFS and an international organizing committee will be working together with local organizers Han Wang, Feng Liu, Yonghua Sun, Jingwei Xiong, Jinrong Peng, Anming Meng and the China Zebrafish Society (CZS) to make this first Asian-Pacific installment of the IZFC an exciting and memorable event. 

Meeting Reports.  In addition to the upcoming International Zebrafish Conference in Madison this summer and Strategic Conference of Zebrafish Investigators in Pacific Grove in January 2019, this issue also features informative articles on the Spring 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Zebrafish (MARZ) Meeting (held April 13, 2018, in Hershey, Pennsylvania), and the EuroFishMed Conference (held March 25-27 in Warsaw, Poland).  If you are affiliated with any upcoming meetings or other events that you would like to see featured in one of our future newsletters, please let News Splash editor Becky Burdine know about it! We are also happy to add notices about upcoming meetings of interest to our members to the IZFS “Community Calendar.”

IZFS Awards. Our last newsletter issue featured information on the two IZFS premier awards for zebrafish investigators - the Chi-Bin Chien Award and George Streisinger Award and how to submit nominations for these awards.  The IZFS nominations committee has received dozens of nominations from around the globe proposing a large number of extremely talented and accomplished zebrafish researchers for the 2018 awards.  The committee is in the process of deliberating to determine its “picks” for the 2018 awards - the Chi-Bin Chien and Streisinger award winners will each receive their awards and deliver plenary award lectures at the upcoming International Zebrafish Conference in Madison.  I would also note again that in addition to these two yearly “flagship” awards the IZFS also gives out numerous travel, poster, and other awards to recognize the achievements of its members at all career levels and to facilitate their attendance at IZFS-sponsored meetings.  Indeed, the IZFS is providing travel awards to sixty IZFS members to help defray the costs of their attending the International Zebrafish Conference in Madison!  Encourage your colleagues to sign up for IZFS membership so they can take advantage of these benefits too!

Meet the IZFS members. These regular newsletter features provide the answers to 20 questions posed to two IZFS members, giving you the opportunity to discover a little bit more about the interests and accomplishments of fellow IZFS members. In this newsletter we include responses from trainee IZFS member, Celine Cluzeau, and from investigator IZFS member, Laura Bally Cuif.

Additional Newsletter Features. As noted above, a number of additional regular columns are featured in the IZFS News Splash, including “Fish & Chips” updates from ZIRC and ZFIN, “In Case You Missed It” highlights from the recent literature, “Fish Tales” pieces providing historical background on people and events that have shaped the growth of the zebrafish field, an “Ask Splash” advice column, and a “Community News” bulletin board that we encourage all of our members to contribute to.  “Ask Splash” is the zebrafish community’s version of “Dear Abby,” providing feedback to members’ questions about zebrafish, research, graduate school, postdoctoral positions, job searching, surviving in academia, life outside academia, or anything else – just ask splash what you want to know! The “Community News” bulletin board is our new home for member announcements – if you know of researchers who have received awards, been recently hired, or tenured, newly minted postdocs, or etc., let your colleagues know about it!

Get involved!  The IZFS is YOUR society, and we hope that all of you will become very actively involved.  We need volunteers to serve as officers and board members, but there are also many additional ways for zebrafish researchers at all career levels (including graduate students and postdocs!) to become involved. Become an associate editor on the IZFS editorial board. Join the IZFS website committee and become an IZFS webmaster. Volunteer for the IZFS awards or nominations committees and help select IZFS awardees or prepare slates of nominees for officer and board member positions. Help with the IZFS’ public education and outreach activities. Numerous opportunities are available for you to help the IZFS serve the fish community, and I encourage you to get involved! Contact us if you can help!

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