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SSR Committees

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee, composed of five or more Members of the Society, shall encourage nominations of worthy persons for Society Awards, annually select a recipient for each award, and recognize the recipient at an appropriate event during the Annual Meeting. Any active Member may make nominations for the awards according to the guidelines published annually. The awards are made solely to recognize outstanding contributions to the reproductive sciences and bear no obligation to the recipient or to the donor. 


2018-2019 Awards Committee Members

  • Vargheese Chennathukuhi (Chair)
  • Rebecca Krisher (Past Chair)
  • Joan Jorgenson (Board Liaison)
  • Charles Allan
  • Dan Bernard
  • Alex Evans
  • Jodi Flaws
  • Melissa Pepling
  • Quinlei Li
  • Judith Smith
  • Brian Herman
  • Ben Tsang
  • Fernando Biase
  • Kate Loveland
  • Jason Herrick
  • Rebecca Robker
  • Jenny Juengel​

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee, composed of three or more Members of the Society, shall analyze the appropriateness of the Bylaws and assess problems and conflicts which arise between recommendations and/or practices of the Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Society. It shall recommend alterations or repeal of existing Bylaws and propose new Bylaws for consideration by the Board of Directors.


2018-2019 Bylaws Committee Members

Development Committee

The Development Committee is charged with the responsibility of raising funds to support the programs and activities of the Society. The current Local Arrangements Committee Chair is an ex officio member of the Committee. The Committee and its Subcommittees (Legacy and Industrial Relations) coordinate and implement efforts to raise funds targeted to the Annual Meeting, the Journal, and to the Society's Endowment Fund. The Committee also serves as liaison for bequests to the Society.


2018-2019 Development Committee Members

  • Tod Hansen (Chair)
  • Ben Tsang (Past Chair)
  • Tom Spencer (SSR Treasurer, ex officio)
  • Johan Smitz
  • Richard Schultz
  • Jon Hennebold
  • Melissa Mann
  • Anna Denicol
  • Stephanie Pangas
  • BC Paria
  • Jens Vanselow
  • Malavika Adur (Trainee)
  • Saniya Rattan (Trainee)
  • John S. Davis ( Board Liaison )
Legacy Subcommittee
  • Richard Schultz 
  • Fuller Bazer 
  • Asgi Fazleabas
  • Doug Stocco 
  • Hansen,Peter J
  • Janice Bahr 
  • John S Davis 

Diversity Committee (formerly Minority Affairs)

The Diversity Committee, composed of five or more Members of the Society, shall work to enhance participation by minorities in the Society and in the field of reproductive sciences. Minorities shall be defined as underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, members of racial and ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The Committee shall report on the status of minorities in the Society to the Board of Directors. The Chair shall work with the Chairs of the Membership, Program, Nominating, Awards, and Education Committees, with the appropriate ad hoc Committee Chairs, and with Society Officers to enhance participation of minorities in Society activities including participation on Committees.

The purpose of the Diversity Committee is to provide a mechanism for communication between members of the Diversity Committee and the SSR members who self-identify as underrepresented; to facilitate access to resources available to underrepresented members of SSR; and to provide a physical resource where issues of concern to underrepresented members of SSR can be raised for discussion.

Resources WinRS Bulletin

2018-2019 Diversity Committee Members

Women in Reproductive Sciences (WinRS) Subcommittee

WinRS is a grassroots initiative amongst the female SSR membership to support the professional development and advancement of trainee, associate, and regular female members within the Society. Launched at the 2015 SSR Annual Meeting, WinRS members have established a Facebook page and Twitter presence in addition to sharing ideas and publications relating to the challenges of professional women working in academic and medical disciplines. Active subcommittee members have engaged in nominating women for SSR Awards, as well as Board and Executive positions. All SSR Members are welcome to join! You may contact us at ssrwinrs@gmail.com.

  • Nicole Camlin (Co-Chair)
  • Shavahn Loux (Co-Chair)
  • Kate Loveland
  • Océane Albert
  • Sally Darney
  • Janice L. Bailey
  • Sarah Kimmins
  • Janice P. Evans
  • Heather Burkin
  • Cecily Bishop
  • Annie Newell-Fulgate
  • ​Jenna Haverfield
  • ​Katie Chiang
  • Lindsey Vansandt
  • Saniya Rattan
  • Rebecca Krisher

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is chaired by the Treasurer. The members include the President, Past President, Vice President, Vice President-Elect, Secretary, Assistant Treasurer (immediate Past Treasurer, who serves a one-year term as Assistant Treasurer), and the Executive Director. The role of the Finance Committee is to provide a preliminary examination of the annual budget, to include items such as the publications budget and Annual Meeting expenditures. In addition, the Finance Committee considers the SSR endowment, investments, and investment strategy. Recommendations are then made to the Board of Directors. The overall goal is to maintain the financial health of the Society.


2018-2019 Finance Committee Members

Future Meetings Committee

The Future Meetings Committee has the important responsibility of soliciting appropriate sites for the Annual Meeting. Together with the Executive Director, the Committee negotiates with the prospective host institution the feasibility of the site. The Chair of the Committee and the Executive Director shall visit prospective sites to evaluate the physical facilities, and shall then make recommendations to the Board of Directors


2018-2019 Future Meetings Committee Members

  • Mary Zelinski (Chair)
  • Monika Ward (Board Liaison)
  • Tom Fleming
  • Chris Geyer
  • Leslie Heckert
  • Warren Nothnick
  • Ky Pohler
  • Daniel Poole
  • Fred Stormshak
  • Diane Duffy 
  • Tracy Clement  
  • Yuhkoh Satouh 
  • Arthur Chang 
  • Birendra Mishra
  • Emily Brehm (Trainee)
  • Tom Spencer (ex officio)
  • Saima Hedrick (ex officio)

Heritage Committee

The Heritage Committee is responsible for developing a program that will educate young scientists about the historical perspectives relevant to current research in reproductive biology. The Heritage Committee also creates/defines an activity in the program of the Annual Meeting specifically designed for Emeritus members that will serve as an incentive for their attendance.

SSR Memorials
Memorials are given for SSR members who have been recognized by their peers for their contributions to the field of reproductive biology.


2018-2019 Heritage Committee Members

Honorees of the SSR Heritage Committee
The following honorees have been specifically chosen by the Heritage Committee to have their career contributions to reproductive biology through leadership, research, teaching, and mentoring of trainees recognized and presented during a formal hour at the annual meetings of the Society.

Heritage Committee Honorees

2005: Andrew Nalbandov
Biosketch: “Andrew V. Nalbandov: a short biography (1912–1986),” John A. Resko.

2006: Cornelia Channing
Biosketch: “Cornelia ‘Nina’ Post Channing (1938–1985),” Neena Schwartz.

2007: Robert M. Melampy
Biosketch: “Robert M. Melampy: first president of the SSR (1909–1984),” Anderson L.L., Day B.N., Ford S.P. Presented by Bill Day.

2008: Gilbert Greenwald
Biosketch: “Gilbert S. Greenwald: mentor and friend (1927–2004),” Reid L. Norman.

2009: Larry L. Ewing
Biosketch: “Larry L. Ewing: a friend and colleague remembered (1936–1990),” Barry R. Zirkin.

2010: Jack Gorski
Biosketch: “Jack Gorski: scholar, mentor, friend (1931–2006),” Fredrick Stormshak.

2011: Lester E. Casida
Biosketch: “The seminal contributions of Lester Earl Casida to reproductive biology: experimental design, interpretation, integrity (1904–1986),” Inskeep K., Cochrane B., Dailey B., Stormshak F. Presented by E. Keith Inskeep.

Richard Blandau2012: Richard Blandau
Biosketch: “Tribute to Professor Richard J. Blandau,” presented by Pedro Verdugo.

Alfred Jost2013: Alfred Jost
Biosketch (not presently available) presented by Nathalie Josso.

E.J. “Chris” Polge2014: E.J. “Chris” Polge
Biosketch (not presently available) presented by Sir Ian Wilmut.

M.C. Chang2015: M.C. Chang
Biosketch: “M.C.Chang: A Short Biography (1908–91),” Ryuzo Yanagimachi.

Anne McLaren2016: Anne McLaren
Biosketch (not presently available) presented by Blanche Capel.

Dr. Phillip J. Dziuk2017: Dr. Phillip J. Dziuk

Dr. William Hansel2018: Dr. William Hansel
Biosketch (not presently available) presented by Joy Pate.

Local Arrangements Committee

The Local Arrangements Committee plans, organizes, and manages the non-scientific aspects of the Annual Meeting of the Society. The Committee works closely with the President, the Program Committee Chair, and the Executive Director to assure that all scientific session facilities and accommodations are appropriate and fiscally acceptable.


2018-2019 Local Arrangements Committee Members

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee, composed of five or more Members of the Society, shall receive and actively solicit nominations for membership, evaluate these according to guidelines established by the Board of Directors, and approve or decline the applications.


2018-2019 Membership Committee Members

  • Shannon Hawkins (Chair)
  • Franco Demayo (Board Liaison)
  • Rajini Sreenivasan (Trainee)
  • Fei Zhao (Trainee)
  • Alan Ealy (Co-Chiar)
  • Alexander Agoulnik
  • Wenfeng An
  • Rajesha Duggavathi
  • Makoto Nagano
  • Prema Narayan
  • Pablo Ross
  • Brian Whitaker
  • Quinton Winger
  • Jing Xu
  • Ye Yuan
  • Daniel MacPhee
  • Felipe Perecin
  • Santish Natarajan
  • Zhibing Zhang
  • Hakyun Ka
  • Zhiming Han
  • Makoto Orisaka

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is responsible for the preparation of a slate of nominees, to be voted upon by mail ballots, for the open positions on the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee shall consist of ten Regular Members, of which three must be Past Presidents of the Society, selected by the Board of Directors with due consideration to representation of different scientific areas of reproductive biology. The Chairperson and the Members of the Committee shall be announced and made known to the Membership of the Society at least five months prior to each election. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be chosen by the President-Elect of the Society from the current Membership of the Committee. A new Chairperson shall be appointed yearly. Members of the Committee, with the exception of the Chairperson, shall not serve on the Nominating Committee for consecutive years.


2018-2019 Nominating Committee Members

Program Committee

The Program Committee, composed of ten or more Members of the Society, shall be responsible for arranging programs for the scientific meetings of the Society. The Committee shall select scientific topics or themes for presentation and select speakers, establish procedures to review abstracts, review abstracts, and prepare a program structure. It shall advertise the meetings and integrate its activities with the Local Arrangements Committee.The Committee shall evaluate past programs, assess the feasibility of alterations in program structure, and make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors


2018-2019 Program Committee Members

Carmen Williams (Co-Chair)
Masa Ikawa (Co-Chair)
Janice Evans (Board Liaison)

Executive Committee: 

  • Marisa Bartolomei
  • Amander Clark
  • Rich Cardullo

Committee Members: 

  • Claude Robert
  • Alina Maloyan
  • Ping Xia
  • Andre Childs
  • Eileen McLaughlin
  • Francesca Duncan
  • Joao Ramalho Santos
  • Milo Wiltbank
  • Shuo Xiao
  • Vasantha Padmanabhan
  • Gerrit (Jerry) Bouma 
  • Tony DeFalco
  • Indrani Bagchi
  • Sue Hammond
  • Don Conrad
  • Justin St. John
  • Kanako Hayashi
  • Prabhakara Reddi
  • Diana Monsivais (Trainee)
  • Andre Kelleher (Trainee) 
  • Ariane Lismer (Trainee) 
  • Rebecca Winters (Trainee)

Public Affairs Committee

​The Public Affairs Committee, composed of five or more members of the Society, shall review those issues emanating from the public or government that are of concern to the Society, and shall recommend to the Board of Directors positions for the Society to take on each issue. The Committee shall be responsible for the preparation and dissemination of public pronouncements and information, and for publishing the SSR Newsletter. The Committee shall also make recommendations to the Board of Directors for the organizational structure and function of the Society's Public Affairs Program.

For additional information, please visit the ​Reproductive Science & Policy Resources pages.

Research and Public Policy
On August 23, 2018, Dr. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) made an urgent and critical report to the U.S. Senate. In it he outlined the following issues and steps towards mitigation of serious threats to our biomedical research enterprise, peer review, grant applications and progress reports, intellectual property assessment management and protections of confidentiality in reports. View Dr. Collins' letter here.


2018-2019 Public Affairs Committee Members

SSR Representatives to FASEB as of 1 July 2017

All terms of office commence 1 July and end 30 June

  • Patricia Morris (Vice President-Elect for Science Policy, Executive Committee)
  • Sally Darney (Finance Committee)
  • Janice Evans (Science Policy Committee and Animals in Research and Education Subcommittee)
  • Sophie La Salle (Publications and Communications Committee)
  • Lori Raetzman, PhD​ (Training and Career Opportunities Subcommittee)
  • Saima Hedrick (Executive Officers Advisory Committee)

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee, composed of five or more Members of the Society, shall be responsible for the management and oversight of all publications of the Society. The Committee shall recommend to the Board of Directors candidates for the editorial leadership. It will make recommendations regarding editorial policy and fiscal matters related to publications.

Resource Documents Resource Websites

2018-2019 Publications Committee Members

  • Sally Darney (Chair)
  • Tom Curry (Past Chair)
  • Mary Ann Handel (OUP Liaison)
  • Mingxi Liu
  • Miranda Bernhardt 
  • Jay Baltz
  • Francesca Duncan
  • Niamh Forde
  • Holly LaVoie
  • Carey Satterfield
  • Melissa Suter
  • Robert Viger
  • Sarah Kimmins (Board Liaison)
  • Pete Hansen (ex officio)
  • Saima Hedrick (ex officio)
  • Thomas Spencer (ex offico)
  • Sara McNamara (ex offico)

Research Ethics Subcommittee

  • Jay Baltz (Chair)
  • Bruce Schultz (Past Chair)
  • Andrea Braundmeier-Fleming
  • Arthur Chang
  • George Gerton
  • Wei-Hsiung Yang

Trainee Affairs Committee

The Trainee Affairs Committee is concerned with planning and coordination of those SSR activities that focus on trainee development. The Committee is made up of trainee members, faculty advisors, and two trainee-elected Trainee Representatives who serve on the Board of Directors as ex officio members and who are responsible for channeling the concerns and viewpoints of the Trainee Membership to the Board. Among the activities that fall within the scope of the Trainee Affairs Committee are the Trainee Forum, distribution of travel awards, placement service, and the Trainee–Mentor Luncheon at the Annual Meeting.

For more information, please visit the ​Trainee Affairs web page.


2018-2019 Trainee Affairs Committee Members

Trainee Affairs Committee 

Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee:

Trainee Members of Other Committees:

  • Brittany Foster, Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee
  • Liliya Gabelev, Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee
  • Adrienne Shami , Heritage
  • Rolando Pasquariello, Heritage
  • Rajini Sreenivasan, Membership
  • Fei Zhao, Membership
  • Ariadna Ochoa-Bernal, Diversity
  • Heather Talbott , Diversity
  • Ariane Lismer, Program
  • Rebecca Winters, Program
  • Amy Winship, Public Affairs
  • Katie Chiang, Public Affairs
  • Matthew Dean, Bylaws
  • Kathryn Grive, Bylaws
  • Malavika Adur, Development
  • Saniya Rattan, Development
  • Emily Brehm, Future Meetings

Trainee Coordinators

Travel Trainee Award

Career Consultation Center (CCC)

Trainee Mentor Luncheon (TML)

Roommate Referral Service (RRS)

Former Trainee Representatives

Term Representatives
2016–2017 Patrick R. Hannon Jitu George
2015–2016 Jenna Haverfield Patrick R. Hannon
2014–2015 Annie Newell-Fugate Jenna Haverfield
2013–2014 Anthony McNeel Annie Newell-Fugate
2012–2013 Zelieann Craig Anthony McNeel
2011–2012 Tracy M. Clement Zelieann Craig
2010–2011 Denise Archambeault Tracy M. Clement
2009–2010 Chrissy Cochran Denise Archambeault
2008–2009 Rebecca Bott Chrissy Cochran
2007–2008 Rita Vassena Rebecca Bott
2006–2007 O.U. Bolden-Tiller Rita Vassena
2005–2006 K. Barnett O.U. Bolden-Tiller
2004–2005 U. Salli K. Barnett
2003–2004 J.M. Bowen-Shauver U. Salli
2002–2003 K. Thompson J.M. Bowen-Shauver
2001–2002 L. Clamon K. Thompson
2000–2001 L. Howell-Skalla L. Clamon
1999–2000 C.L. Chaffin L. Howell-Skalla
1998–1999 A.L. Way C.L. Chaffin
1997–1998 C. Morrey A.L. Way
1996–1997 L. Janulis C. Morrey
1995–1996 T. Goetz L. Janulis
1994–1995 J.A. Flaws T. Goetz
1993–1994 J. Manning J.A. Flaws
1992–1993 S. Moenter J. Manning
1991–1992 C. Nolan S. Moenter
1990–1991 T. McShane C. Nolan
1989–1990 J. Lamsa T. McShane
1988–1989 A.M. Miller J. Lamsa
1987–1988 J.H. Killen A.M. Miller
1986–1987 D. Kettleberger J.H. Killen
1985–1986 S.S. Palmer D. Kettleberger
1984–1985 D.H. Canney S.S. Palmer
1983–1984 T.L. Anderson D.H. Canney
1982–1983 P.J. Thomford T.L. Anderson
1981–1982 D.L. Vincent P.J. Thomford
1979–1980 J.Y. Browning D.R. Deaver
1978–1979 W.B. Wehrenberg J.Y. Browning
1977–1978 S. Silavin W.B. Wehrenberg
1976–1977 H.E. Grotjan S. Silavin