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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. 


2022-2023 Awards Committee Members

  • Melissa Pepling, Committee Chair
  • Patrick Hannon, Committee Associate Chair
  • Humphrey Yao, Board Liaison
  • Carol Hanna
  • Frederick Eruo
  • Jianjun Sun
  • Kalidou Ndiaye
  • James MacLean
  • Kahina Boukherroub
  • Jitu George
  • Warren Nothnick
  • Michelle Denomme Tignanelli
  • Alan Ealy
  • Yuan Wang
  • Constantine Simintiras
  • Sandeep Rajput
  • Matthew Wheeler
  • Stephen Renaud
  • Ken Roberts
  • Francesca Duncan
  • D Armant
  • Doug Stocco
  • Heloisa Rutigliano
  • Peggy Petroff

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.


2022-2023 Bylaws Committee Members

  • April Binder, Committee Chair
  • Ahmed Balboula, Committee Associate Chair
  • Julie Kim, Board Liaison
  • Alex Evans
  • Ted Chauvin
  • Susan Suarez
  • Julio Castaneda
  • Jennifer Garrison
  • Sarah McCoski
  • Anna Denicol
  • Sarah Bacon
  • Vijay Baddela, Trainee Representative
  • Cecilia Constantino Rocha, Trainee Representative

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.


2022-2023 Development Committee Members

  • Ky Pohler, Committee Chair
  • Peter Sutovsky, Committee Associate Chair
  • Marc-Andre Sirard, Board Liaison
  • Bernard Robaire
  • Martin Matzuk
  • Michael Griswold
  • Monica Laronda
  • Margareta Pisarska
  • Diane Duffy
  • Kathryn Grive
  • Jeremy Block
  • Heather Steele, Trainee Representative
  • Habeeb Adisa, Trainee Representative

Legacy Subcommittee
  • Richard Schultz 
  • Fuller Bazer 
  • Asgi Fazleabas
  • Doug Stocco 
  • 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.

Visit the Diversity Committee Website 


2022-2023 Diversity Committee Members

  • Angela Gonella Diaza, Committee Chair
  • Dawit Tesfayi, Committee Associate Chair
  • Laura Schulz, Past Chair
  • Diana Monsivais, Board Liaison
  • Paul Dyce
  • Géraldine Delbès
  • Klemenetina Fon Tacer
  • John Odhiambo
  • Pamela Monahan
  • Mario Binelli
  • Zhibing Zhang
  • Lei Lei
  • Celina Checura
  • Kamilah Grant
  • Amy Flowers, Trainee Representative
  • Viviana Garza, Trainee Representative

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is chaired by the Treasurer. The members include the President, Past President, Vice President, Vice President-Elect, Secretary, 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.


2022-2023 Finance Committee Members

  • Lane Christenson, Treasurer (Chair)
  • Peter Hansen, President
  • Blanche Capel, Vice President
  • Troy Ott, Past President
  • Jennifer Wood, VP-Elect
  • Jodi Flaws, Secretary
  • Julie Utano, Executive Director (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.


2022-2023 Heritage Committee Members

  • Rocio Rivera, Committee Chair
  • Gregory Johnson, Committee Associate Chair
  • Jodi Flaws, Board Liaison
  • Thomas Bonagura
  • Leo Reichert Jr.
  • Daniel Poole
  • Tracy Davis
  • Jerry Bouma
  • Nongnuj Tanphaichitr
  • Terry Turner
  • Erwin Goldberg
  • Priyasha Bhatt
  • John Gibbons
  • John Parrish
  • Momal Sharif, Trainee Representative
  • Sarah Singleton, Trainee Representative

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.

2019: Dr. Neena Schwartz

2021: Dr. Gordon Niswender
Biosketch (not presently available) presented by Terry Nett.

2022: Dr. Virendra Mahesh
Biosketch (not presently available) presented by T. Rajendra Kumar

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.


2022-2023 Membership Committee Members

  • George Perry, Committee Chair
  • So-Youn Kim, Committee Associate Chair
  • Aileen Keating, Board Liaison
  • Pavla Brachova
  • Qinglei Li
  • Brenda Alexander
  • Wansheng Liu
  • Eduardo Ribeiro
  • Pascale Chavatte-Palmer
  • Niamh Forde
  • Brad Daigneault
  • Thao Dinh
  • Eduardo Gastal
  • Wei Ge
  • Agnieszka Waclawik
  • Dariusz Skarzynski
  • Pascale Lybaert
  • Ryan Marquardt, Trainee Representative
  • Kimberly Benjamin, Trainee Representative

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.


2022-2023 Nominating Committee Members

  • Carol Bagnell, Committee Chair
  • Jennifer Wood, Board Liaison
  • William Thatcher
  • Janice Evans
  • Andrea Cupp
  • Rodolfo Cardoso
  • Mark Mirando
  • Deborah Sloboda
  • Stephanie Pangas
  • Yuan Ye

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


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.


2022-2023 Public Affairs Committee Members

  • John Bromfield, Committee Chair
  • Ewelina Bolcun-Filas, Committee Associate Chair
  • T. Rajendra Kumar, Board Liaison
  • Annie E Newell-Fugate
  • Heewon Seo
  • Xiaoqiu Wang
  • Alex Snider
  • Francisco Diaz
  • Dave Albertini
  • Brian Whitaker
  • Copper Aitken-Palmer
  • Soumen Paul
  • Rafael Bisinotto
  • Mackenzie Dickson, Trainee Representative
  • Savannah Speckhart, Trainee Representative

    SSR Representatives to FASEB as of 1 July 2019

    All terms of office commence 1 July and end 30 June

    • Patricia Morris (President)
    • Diane Duffy (Representative to Board of Directors)
    • Chad Foradori (Board Advisor)
    • Sally P. Darney (Audit Committee) 
    • Lane Christenson (Finance Committee)
    • Carmen J. Williams (Science Policy Committee)
    • Cheng Wang (Excellence in Science Award Committee)
    • Diane M. Duffy (Meetings Committee)
    • SSR Executive Director (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

    2022-2023 Publications Committee Members

    • Shannon Whirledge, Committee Chair
    • Melissa Mann, Committee Associate Chair
    • Holly LaVoie, Past Chair
    • Peter Hansen, Board Liaison
    • Jay Baltz
    • Fernando Biase
    • Steve Wu
    • Sue Hammoud
    • Maria Viveiros
    • Lynda McGinnis
    • Martha Sofia Ortego Obando
    • Indrajit Chowdhury
    • Pierre Commozoli
    • Jeremy Egbert
    • John Davis
    • Alvaro Guerra-Garcia
    • Pat Lonergan
    • Janice Evans
    • Ning Wang
    • Shawn Chavez
    • Supipi Mirihagalle, Trainee Representative
    • Nirvay Sah, Trainee Representative

    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.


    2022-2023 Trainee Affairs Committee Members

    Trainee Affairs Committee 

    Trainee Members of Other Committees:
    • Taylor Pini, BoD (Chair)/Program (ex-offico)
    • Jacinta Martin, BoD (Associate-Chair)
    • Jessica Keane, TVS
    • Chandlar Kern, TVS
    • Momal Sharif, Heritage
    • Sarah Singleton, Heritage
    • Ryan Marquardt, Membership
    • Kimberly Benjamin, Membership
    • Amy Flowers, Diversity
    • Viviana Garza, Diversity
    • Alison Ermisch, Program
    • Shweta Dipali, Program
    • Mackenzie Dickson, Public Affairs
    • Savannah Speckhart, Public Affairs
    • Vijay Baddela, Bylaws
    • Cecilia Constantino Rocha, Bylaws
    • Heather Steele, Development
    • Habeeb Adisa, Development
    • Supipi Mirihgalle, Publications
    • Nirvay Sah, Publications
    • Genna Moldovan, Virtual Education
    • Zian Liao, Virtual Education
    • Adriana Alexander, WinRS

    Former Trainee Representatives

    Term Representatives
    2021-2022 Andrew Kelleher Taylor Pini
    2020-2021 Rachel West Andrew Kelleher
    2019-2020 Ashley George Rachel West
    2018-2019 Erica Schoeller Ashley George 
    2017-2018 Jitu George  Erica Schoeller
    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

    Women in Reproductive Sciences (WinRS) Committee

    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 committee 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 

    WinRS SOP 

    2022-2023 Women in Reproductive Sciences (WinRS) Committee

    • Karen Schindler, Committee Chair
    • Arunika Das, Committee Associate Chair
    • Rebecca Krisher, Board Liaison
    • Kate Loveland
    • Kate Grive
    • Niamh Forde
    • Olga Bolden-Tiller
    • Virgina Savy
    • Kanako Hayashi
    • Margaret 'Peggy' Petroff
    • Katja Teerds
    • Paula Cohen
    • Alina Maloyan
    • Adriana Alexander, Trainee Representative

    Virtual Education Committee

    The mission of the Virtual Education Committee will be to develop virtual programs that will aid in the education, highlighting the careers of SSR members, bringing technology updates and the latest science. This committee will produce content such as mini symposia, webinars and member interviews that will be available to SSR members. This group will work with the Public Affairs, Program, Diversity, Membership and Heritage committee to develop content. This committee will be an integral part of moving forward with developing virtual content for the Annual meeting.

    2022-2023 Virtual Education Committee

    • Joan Jorgensen, Committee Chair
    • Monika Ward, Committee Associate Chair
    • Blanche Capel, Board Liaison
    • Miguel Brieno-Enriquez
    • Jane Fenelon
    • Victor Ruthig
    • Barbara Nicol
    • Yi Ren
    • Ved Prakash
    • Vargheese Chennathukuzhi
    • Jessica Keane
    • Mateus Sudano
    • Haijun Gao
    • Fei Zhao
    • Andrew Modzelewski
    • Shuo Xiao
    • Manabu Ozawa
    • Genna Moldovan, Trainee Representative
    • Zian Liao, Trainee Representative