Dear SSR Community,
I hope you are safe and healthy! I am so proud of your SSR staff, Board of Directors and Committee Chairs because they have pulled together a Virtual SSR meeting which is the first of its kind and we hope will be built on in the future to allow SSR members who cannot travel to participate in the SSR annual meeting. It is my pleasure to present this SSR Virtual Meeting schedule to you and to acknowledge all of the people that contributed to it.
The SSR Program Committee Co-Chairs- Rebecca Krisher and Jannette Dufour and the Program Committee worked of magic to review and score abstracts along with Awards Committee led by Vargheese Chennathukuzhi (Chair), Melissa Pepling (Co-Chair) and Joanie Jorgenson (Board Liaison). Their hard work enabled us to develop a Virtual Poster session and the Trainee Research Awards: Platform and Poster Competition Sessions.
The Awards Committee also identified the Trainee Merit Awards which will be recognized at this meeting and used to travel for SSR 2021.
The Trainee Affairs Committee co-chaired by Ashley George and Rachal West will identify Trainee Travel Award winners and organized the Trainee Mentor Luncheon to ensure that our trainees had networking opportunities with academic, industry and government-affiliated mentors.
With the use of our Virtual Platform, we are also planning several Webinars and Symposia that will engage members throughout the year to provide membership benefits outside of the annual meeting.
The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs will also provide you with a snapshot of the health of SSR and our journal Biology of Reproduction at our annual business meeting.
We are so excited to share some exciting news with you and highlight future directions that will solidify SSR’s role as THE reproductive biology society!
Andrea S. Cupp, PhD
SSR President 2019 - 2020