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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. 


2021-2022 Awards Committee Members

• Melissa Pepling, Committee Chair

• T. Rajendra Kumar, Committee Associate Chair

• Aileen Keating, Board Liaison 

• Alan Ealy

• Ayelet Ziv-Gal

• Carol Hanna

• Chen Chen

• Cheng Wang

• David Miller

• Eduardo Gastal

• Frederick Eruo

• James MacLean

• Jianjun Sun

• Jitu George

• Kahina Ghanem

• Kalidou Ndiaye

• Michelle Denomme Tignanelli              

• Nihar Nayak

• Patrick Hannon

• San Pin Steve Wu

• Sarah Robertson

• Shuo Xiao  

• Warren Nothnick

SSR Distinguished Fellowship Subcommittee

The SSR Distinguished Fellowship Subcommittee was established by the Award Committee to encourage nominations and evaluate applications for the SSR Distinguished Fellowship.

2021-2022 Distinguished Fellowship Subcommittee Members

  • Melissa Pepling
  • Jenny Juengel
  • T. Rajendra Kumar
  • Masahito Ikawa

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.


2021-2022 Bylaws Committee Members

  • April Binder, Chair
  • Ahmed Balboula, Associate-Chair
  • Daniel Bernard, Board Liaison
  • Juliano da Silveira           
  • Ted Chauvin              
  • Frederick Eruo  
  • Alex Evans          
  • Judith Smith       
  • Christopher Geyer
  • Susan Suarez
  • Julio Castaneda         
  • Shweta Dipali, Trainee Representative
  • Florence Naillat, 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.


2021-2022 Development Committee Members

  • Ky Pohler, Co-Chair
  • Rebecca Krisher, Board Liaison
  • Bernard Robaire
  • Richard Schultz
  • Anna Denicol
  • Asgi Fazleabas
  • Peter Sutovsky
  • Chemy Ko
  • Ana Denicol
  • John Eppig
  • Martin Matzuk
  • Michael Griswold
  • Heather Steele, Trainee Representative
  • Sangappa Chadchan, Trainee Representative
  • Lane Christensen, Ex Officio, Treasurer

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 


2021-2022 Diversity Committee Members

  • Laura Schulz, Chair
  • Angela Gonella Diaza, Associate Chair
  • Marc-Andre Sirard, Board Liaison
  • Géraldine Delbès
  • Kanako Hayashi
  • Sarah Bacon
  • Heloisa Rutigliano
  • Paul Dyce
  • Kenneth Campbell          
  • Diana Monsivais
  • Klementina Fon Tacer
  • John Odhiambo
  • Stuart Moss
  • Paula Cohen
  • Jodi Flaws
  • Pamela Monahan
  • Dawit Tesfayi
  • Mario Binelli
  • Arin Oestreich, Trainee Representative
  • Jaspreet Rishi, 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.


2021-2022 Finance Committee Members

  • Lane Christenson, Treasurer (Chair)
  • Franco DeMayo, Past President
  • Jennifer Wood, Secretary 
  • Troy Ott, President
  • Peter Hansen, Vice President
  • Blanche Capel, VP-Elect
  • 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.


2021-2022 Heritage Committee Members

  • Jennifer Thorson, Committee Chair
  • Rocio Rivera, Associate Chair
  • Christopher Price
  • Thomas W. Bonagura
  • Leo E. Reichert Jr.
  • Evelyn Llerena Cari
  • Daniel Poole
  • Tracy Davis
  • Gregory Johnson
  • Jerry Bouma
  • Nongnuj Tanphaichitr
  • Sherrill Echternkamp
  • Henning Beier
  • Ryuzo Yanagimachi
  • Terry Turner
  • Erwin Goldberg
  • Donna Babcock
  • Momal Sharif, Trainee Representative
  • Alison Neff, Trainee Representative
  • Blanche Capel, Board Liaison

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.

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.


2021-2022 Membership Committee Members

  • George Perry, Committee Chair
  • Daniel MacPhee, Associate Chair
  • Troy Ott, Board Liaison
  • Christopher S. Keator
  • So-Youn Kim
  • Tae Hoon Kim
  • Ramakrishna Kommagani
  • Sabah Mahdi Baghdadi
  • Frederick Eruo
  • Yulian Zhao
  • Pavla Brachova
  • Luhan Zhou
  • Qinglei Li
  • Brenda Alexander
  • Wansheng Liu
  • Andressa Varella Gonsioroski, Trainee Representative
  • Ryan Marquardt, 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.


2021-2022 Nominating Committee Members

  • Margaret Petroff, Chair
  • Peter Hansen, Board Liaison
  • Richard Schultz
  • Doug Stocco     
  • John Schjenken              
  • Barbara Vanderhyden 
  • Derek McLean
  • Indrani Bagchi     
  • Carol Bagnell 
  • Robert Burghardt           

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


2021-2022 Program Committee Members

Committee Members

  • Francesco DeMayo, Chair
  • Aileen Keating
  • Tom Spencer
  • Rebecca Robker
  • Raj Kumar
  • Jon Oatley
  • John Bromfield
  • Stephanie Pangas
  • Laura Schulz
  • Karen Schindler
  • Andrew Kelleher
  • George Perry
  • Alan Ealy
  • Payal Shah, Trainee Representative
  • Yu-Ying Chen, Trainee Representative

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.


2021-2022 Public Affairs Committee Members

  • John Bromfield, Committee Chair
  • Ewelina Bolcun-Filas, Committee Associate Chair
  • Niamh Forde     
  • Amanda Patterson           
  • Monika Kaczmarek        
  • Huanyu Qiao     
  • Annie E. Newell-Fugate
  • Heewon Seo
  • Alaknanda Emery
  • Xiaoqiu Wang
  • Alex Snider
  • Francisco Diaz
  • Vasantha Padmanabhan
  • Mackenzie Dickson, Trainee Representative
  • Savannah Speckhart, Trainee Representative
  • Humphrey Yao, Board Liaison

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

2021-2022 Publications Committee Members

  • Holly LaVoie, Committee Chair
  • Shannon Whirledge, Associate Chair
  • Jamie Berezin, OUP Liaison
  • Jay Baltz, Ethics Consultant
  • Djurdjica Coss       
  • Milo Wiltbank
  • Fernando Biase
  • James Maclean
  • Fernando Mesquita      
  • Fei Zhao
  • Steve Wu    
  • Cheryl Rosenfeld       
  • Lori Raetzman
  • Lynda McGinnis
  • Martha Sofia Ortega Obando
  • Indrajit Chowdhury
  • Pierre Commizoli
  • Sue Hammoud
  • Maria Viveiros
  • Jeremy Egbert
  • Supipi Mirihagalle, Trainee Representative
  • Nirvay Sah, Trainee Representative
  • Franco DeMayo, Board Liaison

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.


2021-2022 Trainee Affairs Committee Members

Trainee Affairs Committee 

Trainee Members of Other Committees:
  • Andrew Kelleher, BoD (Chair)/Program (ex-offico)
  • Taylor Pini, BoD (Associate-Chair)
  • Courtney Sutton, TVS
  • Saniya Rattan, TVS
  • Momal Sharif, Heritage
  • Alison Neff, Heritage
  • Andressa Varella Gonsioroski, Membership
  • Ryan Marquardt, Membership
  • Arin Oestreich, Diversity
  • Jaspreet Rishi, Diversity
  • Payal Shah, Program
  • Yu-Ying Chen, Program
  • Mackenzie Dickson, Public Affairs
  • Savannah Speckhart, Public Affairs
  • Shweta Dipali, Bylaws
  • Florence Naillat, Bylaws
  • Heather Steele, Development
  • Sangappa Basanna Chadchan, Development
  • Supipi Mirihagalle, Publications
  • Nirvay Sah, Publications
  • Ciro Amato, Virtual Education
  • Genna Moldovan, Virtual Education
  • Heather Fice, WinRS

Former Trainee Representatives

Term Representatives
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 


2021-2022 Women in Reproductive Sciences (WinRS) Committee

  • Karen Schindler, Chair 
  • Heather Fice, Associate Chair
  • Melissa Mann, Board Liaison 
  • Christian Bellissimo
  • Rebecca Robker
  • Angela Gonella
  • Margaret Petroff
  • Miranda Bernhardt
  • Christopher Geyer
  • Xiaoqin Ye
  • Kate Loveland
  • Kate Grive
  • Niamh Forde
  • Olga Bolden-Tiller
  • Kanako Hayashi
  • Lisa Akison
  • Zelieann Craig

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.

2021-2022 Virtual Education Committee

  • Joan Jorgensen, Chair 
  • Monika Ward, Associate Chair
  • Jean Feugang
  • Miguel Brieno-Enriquez
  • Jane Fenelon
  • Victor Ruthig
  • Ale Elder
  • Kyana Miller
  • Pedro Fontes
  • Barbara Nicol
  • Yi Ren
  • Ved Prakash
  • Ciro Amato, Trainee Representative
  • Genna Moldovan, Trainee Representative
  • Troy Ott, Board Liaison