MESSAGE FROM CSBMCB
Joel.Weiner at UAlberta.ca
Fri Sep 5 07:11:58 EST 1997
>Subject: MESSAGE FROM CSBMCB
>I thought I would take this opportunity at the beginning of a new academic
>year to welcome you all back and to bring you up to date on happenings in
>INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 2003
>As you are aware the Society's bid to host the 2003 Congress was successful
>and formal approval was received at the General Assembly of IUB held in San
>Francisco this past August. We will be gearing up to establish all the
>necessary committees to make this the most successful IUBMB Congress in
>recent memory. If you would like to volunteer to help with fund raising,
>scientific program, exhibits, local arrangements in Toronto please contact
>or any member of the executive and we will direct you to the appropriate
>person. Peter Lewis, vice-president of CSBMCB is Chair of the Local
>We are holding a LOGO CONTEST for the 2003 Congress. A prize of $300 is
>available for the best Logo and the deadline has been extended until
>September 30. Further details are available in the Bulletin which was sent
>you in June.
>In 1998 our annual meeting will be held in Edmonton in conjunction with the
>CFBS. Outstanding scientific and social programs are being arranged and is
>not too early to make your plans to be in Edmonton in June 1998.
>In 1999 we plan to hold our annual meeting in conjunction with the Pan
>American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PABMB, the American
>Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ASBMB and the Biochemical
>Division of the American Chemical Society. This meeting will be held in
>Francisco in May 1999 and we will be activity involved in the scientific
>program. We have appointed Drs. Margaret Brosnan, Carol Cass and Peter
>to participate in the Program and organizing committees. The CFBS will meet
>in Winnipeg in 1999 and CSBMCB will sponsor at least one symposium related
>cell biology at the Winnipeg meeting.
>We are rapidly approaching the key decision making period for the Federal
>1998 budget. I urge you to take a few minutes and write to Ministers
>Rock and Manley as well as your local MP telling them a bit about what you
>and how grants from MRC and NSERC are essential to your research program.
>Please express the need for an immediate increase in the Granting Council
>budgets. Government receives many requests for increased funding but we
>to make the case that health care and education are of the highest priority
>to a majority of Canadians and our research is an essential component of a
>strong knowledge based economy. Although the government can be
>for creation of the Canada Foundation for Innovation they must be told that
>this does not replace the need for adequate funding for basic research.
>Canada is falling behind all developed nations in its support for research
>and we must act decisively to reverse this situation. Adequate funding is
>needed to attract young people into science and to keep scientists in this
>Finally, please enroll a new member in CSBMCB. Talk to your colleagues who
>are not members. make sure they understand the essential role CSBMCB in
>collaboration with CFBS plays in lobbying for granting council funding, in
>organizing and sponsoring meetings and in supporting young scientists. If
>each enrolled one new member our society would be very strong.
>I realize that not everyone in the CSBMCB is able to receive e-mail. We
>currently have addresses for about 60% of our members. If you know of
>who should receive this message but who may not have received it, please
>along a hard copy.
>If you have any questions, suggestions or gripes please contact me because
>want to hear from you. My e-mail address is joel.weiner at ualberta.ca, my
>number is 403-492-972 and my fax number is 403-492-7303.
>All the best for a successful academic year.
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