May 1, 2015
Vol. 194 (9)
Dr. Sherman's Message to Members on goals and expectations for her term in office, July 1, 2014 –
June 30, 2015
Discounted Hotel Rate Closes April 9
AAI Offers Travel Grants for the
4th European Congress of Immunology
Deadline: April 15, 2015
AAI extends condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of former AAI Secretary-Treasurer J. Donald "Don" Capra, M.D., AAI ’70, who died on February 24 at the age of 77 following an extended illness. Dr. Capra served as Secretary-Treasurer on the AAI Council and chaired the AAI Finance Committee from 1997-2003. He was a recipient of the AAI Distinguished Service Award in 1993 for his service as chair of the AAI Program Committee and previously served as a member and chair of the AAI Nominating Committee and member of the AAI Committee on Public Affairs. In addition, Capra was a past associate and section editor for The Journal of Immunology and an AAI delegate to the International Union of Immunological Societies General Assembly. His antibody research during a lengthy tenure at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is credited with helping lay the foundation for the field of monoclonal antibody therapy in a number of human diseases. At the time of his death, Capra was President Emeritus of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, which doubled in size and more than tripled its NIH funding support during his 9-year leadership beginning in 1997. Obituaries published by The New York Times, Burlington Free Press, Abilene Reporter-News, The Oklahoman, and other publications are available via the University of Texas memorial site.
AAI extends condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of AAI honorary member Donald Metcalf, M.D., AAI Hon. ’92, who died on December 15 at the age of 85. A leading cancer researcher known as the father of modern hematology, Dr. Metcalf was a professor emeritus at Australia’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). His many collaborations with immunologists over many years spurred major contributions to the field, including through his early studies on the biology of the thymus and later research on immune system development. For highlights of Metcalf’s scientific achievements and links to his academic bio and Australian Academy of Science interview, visit his profile in the History section of the AAI site. Online tributes to Metcalf include those published by The Guardian, Immunity, Nature: Immunology & Cell Biology, and WEHI. Inspired by Metcalf’s extraordinary contributions to medical science and to the careers of many young researchers over six decades, a memorial scholarship fund has been established at WEHI in his name.
AAI Announces Two New Career Programs,
Careers in Immunology Fellowship and the
Travel for Techniques Award
AAI is proud to launch two new initiatives to help support the career development of AAI members.
The Careers in Immunology Fellowship provides Regular AAI members with one year of salary support for a predoctoral student or postdoctoral fellow in their labs.
The Travel for Techniques Program reimburses travel expenses to AAI member scientists who apply for funds to travel to another laboratory specifically to learn a new technique.
AAI Centennial and Legacy