Featured Lectures

Opening Plenary Lecture

This keynote address opens the annual meeting.

George A. Bartholomew Lecture

This lecture is presented by the winner of the George A. Bartholomew Award. Sponsored by the Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, the Award recognizes a young investigator for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of functional and integrative biology. The lecture provides the award winner the opportunity to present the research on which the award was judged. Nominations are due on August 1 annually.

Nomination instructions for the George A. Bartholomew Award can be found under the Awards tab or here

Howard A. Bern Lecture

The Howard A. Bern Lecture was created by the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) to honor the outstanding contributions of Professor Howard A. Bern to the field of comparative endocrinology and to the Society. Professor Bern was one of the founders of the field of comparative endocrinology and was a pioneer in the study of endocrine disruption. He joined the faculty of the University of California Berkeley in 1948 and remained active even after his formal retirement in 1990. Professor Bern directed the work of 36 M.A. students, 46 Ph.D. students, and over 90 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists from around the world. His research interests were wide-ranging – including control of growth, development, metabolism, osmoregulation, and tumor biology – and resulted in over 600 publications. Together with the late Professor Aubrey Gorbman, Professor Bern co-authored A Textbook of Comparative Endocrinology in 1962, a seminal work that shaped the thinking and careers of a vast number of scientists around the globe. Professor Bern was the President of SICB, then the American Society of Zoologists (1967), a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1973), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1977), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1990), and was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists (2003). Howard Bern passed away in January 2012, but his many contributions to biology and the people whose lives he touched live on.

Professor Bern delivered the inaugural lecture in 2002. Since then, the lecture is given annually at the SICB meeting by a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of comparative endocrinology. Scientists from around the world can be nominated to present this lecture; affiliation with SICB is not required.

Nominations of individuals to present the lecture are considered by the Division of Comparative Endocrinology and should include the following items: 1) a letter that highlights the nominee’s contributions to the field of comparative endocrinology (e.g., significance and impact of work, publication record, mentoring, professional service to the discipline) and indicates how these contributions merit selection, 2) a one-page profile of the nominee, and 3) a curriculum vitae of the nominee. Questions may be directed to the chair of the Division of Comparative Endocrinology (Chair.DCE@sicb.org).
Nomination instructions for the Howard A. Bern Lecture can be found under the Awards tab or here.

John A. Moore Lecture

The Moore lecture was established in 1990 by the SICB Educational Council. The aim of this lecture series is to invite a nationally-recognized speaker who does not generally attend the SICB annual meeting to offer the society a new perspective on science education. Professor John A. Moore’s work in the fields of embryology and genetics led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences. He was also well known as an educator and, in particular, for the creation of the Science as a Way of Knowing (SAAWOK) series. This series consisted of a set of essays and a book (Science as a Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology) by John Moore that resulted from symposia by leading biologists held at the annual meetings of SICB from 1983 to 1994, when the Society was known as the American Society of Zoologists, ASZ. The goals of SAAWOK for improving biology education remain at the forefront of science education today: to evolve entry level courses that emphasize concepts with materials consistent with the changing needs of students and society, to relate how scientific procedures lead to a better understanding of the natural world and to the solutions of important human problems, and to present biology as a relevant humanistic discipline. For more information on the SAAWOK series, please read the article describing their rich history by past SICB President, Trish Morse

The Moore Lecture is scheduled on the final day of the annual meeting.

Nominations of individuals to present the lecture will be considered by the SICB Educational Council. Nominations should include the following materials: 1) the nominee’s current curriculum vitae, 2) a one-page description of the nominee’s contributions to science education, and any additional supporting materials related to the nominee’s achievements in science education, and 3) up to three recommendation letters. Nominators are expected to submit at least one of the recommendation letters. The file of nominated candidates will be kept for consideration for a total of three years, with the nominated candidate asked each year if they would like to update any aspect of the file before consideration for that year’s award. Questions may be addressed to the Chair of the Educational Council (Chair.EdCouncil@sicb.org). The chair may authorize funds to help support the winner’s attendance at that year’s meeting.
Nomination instructions for the John A. Moore Lecture can be found under the Awards tab or here.


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