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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. 


2020-2021 Awards Committee Members

• Melissa Pepling, Committee Chair

• T. Rajendra Kumar, Committee Co-Chair

• Aileen Keating, Board Liaison 

• Ayelet Ziv-Gal

• Brian Herman

• Carol Hanna

• Chen Chen

• Cheng Wang

• David Miller

• Eduardo Gastal

• Fernando Biase

• Frederick Eruo

• Jason Herrick

• Jenny Juengel

• Jianjun Sun

• Kalidou Ndiaye

• Karen Schindler                

• Kate Loveland

• Mary Zelinski

• Nihar Nayak

• Patrick Hannon

• San Pin Steve Wu

• Sarah Robertson

• Shuo Xiao

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.

2020-2021 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.


2020-2021 Bylaws Committee Members

  • April Binder, Co-Chair
  • Ahmed Balboula, Co-Chair
  • Troy Ott, Board Liaison
  • Juliano da Silveira           
  • Ted Chauvin              
  • Frederick Eruo  
  • Alex Evans          
  • Judith Smith       
  • Christopher Geyer          
  • Emily Brehm, 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.


2020-2021 Development Committee Members

  • Ky Pohler, Co-Chair
  • Peter Hansen, Board Liaison
  • Bernard Robaire
  • Johan Smitz
  • Richard Schultz
  • Anna Denicol
  • Asgi Fazleabas
  • BC Paria
  • Peter Sutovsky
  • Chemy Ko
  • Farners Amargant i Riera, Trainee Representative
  • David Sharkey, Trainee Representative
  • Lane Christensen, Ex Officio, Treasurer

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.

Visit the Diversity Committee Website 


2020-2021 Diversity Committee Members

  • Laura Schulz, Chair
  • Marc-Andre Sirard, Board Liaison
  • Brian Cherrington
  • Beth Sefton
  • Géraldine Delbès
  • Kanako Hayashi
  • Sarah Bacon
  • Heloisa Rutigliano
  • Paul Dyce
  • Kenneth Campbell
  • Pamela Monahan            
  • Diana Monsivais
  • Evdokia Dimitriadis
  • Klementina Fon Tacer
  • Angela Gonella
  • John Odhiambo
  • Jose Cibelli
  • Stuart Moss 
  • Shaihla Khan, Trainee Representative
  • Camila Bruna de Lima, 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, 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.


2020-2021 Finance Committee Members

  • Lane Christenson, Treasurer (Chair)
  • Andrea Cupp, Past President
  • Jennifer Wood, Secretary 
  • Troy Ott, Vice President
  • Peter Hansen, 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.


2020-2021 Heritage Committee Members

  • Robert A. Cushman, Committee Chair
  • Jennifer Thorson
  • Christopher Price
  • Thomas W. Bonagura
  • Rocio Rivera
  • Leo E. Reichert Jr.
  • Evelyn Llerena Cari
  • Brenda Alexander
  • Daniel Poole
  • Romana Nowak
  • Tracy Davis
  • Nongnuj Tanphaichitr
  • Sherrill Echternkamp
  • Henning Beier
  • Ryuzo Yanagimachi
  • Terry Turner
  • Erwin Goldberg
  • Donna Babcock
  • Kathryn Wilsterman, Trainee Member
  • Qaisar Shahzad, Trainee Member
  • Troy Ott, 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.


2020-2021 Membership Committee Members

  • Alan Ealy, Committee Chair
  • George Perry, Co-Chair
  • Daniel Bernard, Board Liaison
  • Zhiming Han
  • Christopher S. Keator
  • Hakhyun Ka
  • So-Youn Kim
  • Tae Hoon Kim
  • Ramakrishna Kommagani
  • Daniel MacPhee
  • Sathish Kumar Natarajan
  • Makoto Orisaka
  • Sabah Mahdi Baghdadi
  • Zhibing Zhang
  • Frederick Eruo
  • Yulian Zhao
  • Andressa Varella Gonsioroski, Trainee Representative
  • Hanah Georges, 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.


2020-2021 Nominating Committee Members

  • Julie Kim, Chair
  • Andrea Cupp, Board Liaison
  • Janice Bailey
  • Mitch Eddy     
  • Bruce Murphy              
  • Marisa Bartolomei  
  • Margaret Petroff
  • Chandra Yallampali     
  • Michael Soares    
  • Wipawee "Joy" Winuthayanon           

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


2020-2021 Program Committee Members

Rebecca Krisher (Co-Chair)

Jannette DuFour (Co-Chair)

Andrea Cupp, Board Liaison

Executive Committee

  • Chris Geyer
  • Humphrey Yao
  • Jennifer Wood
  • Kiho Lee
  • Kwan Hee Kim
  • Mark Roberson
  • Niamh Forde
  • Jennifer Hernandez-Gifford


Committee Members

  • Aileen Keating
  • Akio Miyamoto
  • Alejandro Lomnizci 
  • Beth Snyder
  • Brian Cherrington
  • Caleb Lemley
  • Carol Keefer
  • Daniel MacPhee
  • David Miller
  • Frachesca Duncan
  • Jenny Juengel
  • Josh Johnson
  • Joy Pate
  • Kellie Breen Church
  • Lane Christenson
  • Margaret 'Peggy' Petroff
  • Maria Christina Avellar
  • Martha Susiarjo
  • Monika Fijak
  • Peter Sutovsky
  • Rebecca Robker
  • Rudolfo Cardoso
  • Shawn Chavez
  • Theresa Powell
  • Tom Spencer
  • Tracy Clement
  • Tu'Uhevaha Lino
  • Wipawee "Joy" Winuthayanon
  • Ye Yuan
  • Ryan Marquardt, Trainee Representative
  • Nikki Camlin, 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.


2020-2021 Public Affairs Committee Members

  • Cecily Bishop, Committee Chair
  • John Bromfield, Committee Co-Chair
  • Patrica Morris, Past Chair
  • Ulrike Luderer  
  • Ewelina Bolcun-Filas      
  • Niamh Forde     
  • Amanda Patterson         
  • Diana J. Laird     
  • Monika Kaczmarek        
  • Huanyu Qiao     
  • Annie E. Newell-Fugate
  • Richard Cardullo              
  • Jae-Wook Jeong
  • Yi Ren
  • Alex Snider, Trainee Representative
  • Muhammet Rasit Ugur, Trainee Representative
  • Olga Bolden-Tiller, Board Liaison

SSR Representatives to FASEB as of 1 July 2019

All terms of office commence 1 July and end 30 June

  • Patricia Morris (Vice President-Elect for Science Policy, Executive Committee)
  • Diane Duffy (Representative to Board of Directors)
  • Chad Foradori (Board Advisor)
  • Sally Darney (Finance Committee)
  • Ewelina Bolcun-Filas (Science Policy Committee)
  • Jennifer Wood (Publications and Communications Committee)
  • Cheng Wang (Excellence in Science Award Committee)
  • Cecily Bishop (Science Research Conference Advisory Committee)
  • John Bromfield (FASEB Journal Editorial Board)
  • 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

2020-2021 Publications Committee Members

  • Francesca Duncan, Committee Chair
  • Sally Darney, Past Chair
  • Mary Ann Handel, OUP Liaison
  • Jay Baltz, Ethics Consultant
  • Djurdjica Coss       
  • Holly LaVoie
  • Yong-Pil Cheon       
  • Cheryl Rosenfeld       
  • Matthew Marcello   
  • Shannon Whirledge  
  • Mingxi Liu
  • Lori Raetzman
  • Romana Nowak
  • Milo Wiltbank
  • Fernando Biase
  • James Maclean
  • Fernando Mesquita      
  • Fei Zhao
  • Steve Wu
  • Sue Hammoud
  • Maria Viveiros
  • Mellissa Mann, 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.


2020-2021 Trainee Affairs Committee Members

Trainee Affairs Committee 

Trainee Members of Other Committees:
  • Rachel West, BoD (Chair)/Program (ex-offico)
  • Andrew Kelleher, BoD (Co-Chair)
  • Courtney Sutton, TVS
  • David Landry, TVS
  • Kathryn Wilsterman, Heritage
  • Qaisar Shahzad, Heritage
  • Andressa Varella Gonsioroski, Membership
  • Hanah Georges, Membership
  • Shaihla Khan, Diversity
  • Camila Bruna de Lima, Diversity
  • Nicole (Nikki) Camlin, Program
  • Ryan Marquardt, Program
  • Alex Snider, Public Affairs
  • Muhammet Rasit Ugur, Public Affairs
  • Emily Brehm, Bylaws
  • Farners Amargant i Riera, Development
  • David Sharkey, Development

Former Trainee Representatives

Term Representatives
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 


2020-2021 Women in Reproductive Sciences (WinRS) Committee

  • Karen Schindler, Chair 
  • Heather Fice, Co-Chair
  • Christian Bellissimo
  • Rebecca Robker
  • Angela Gonella
  • Margaret Petroff
  • Miranda Bernhardt
  • Christopher Geyer
  • Xiaoqin Ye
  • Arunika Das, Trainee Representative
  • Deirdre Scully, Trainee Representative
  • Franco Demayo, Board Liaison

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.

2020-2021 Virtual Education Committee

  • Joan Jorgensen, Chair 
  • Monika Ward, Co-Chair
  • Humphrey Yao
  • Jean Feugang
  • Miguel Brieno-Enriquez
  • Jane Fenelon
  • Victor Ruthig
  • Ale Elder
  • Kyana Miller
  • Pedro Fontes
  • Jessica Keane, Trainee Representative
  • Rajini Sreenivasan, Trainee Representative
  • Andrea Cupp, Board Liaison