September 15, 2014
Vol. 193 (6)
Dr. Sherman's Message to Members on goals and expectations for her term in office, July 1, 2014 –
June 30, 2015
AAI Members Invited to Participate in Honoring
Frank Fitch (AAI ’61) through Newly-established
Frank W. and Shirley Fitch Lecture
Mark Davis (AAI '88) to Present Inaugural Lecture on October 6 at the University of Chicago
AAI mourns the loss of Ray D. Owen, Ph.D. (AAI '66), a pioneering immunologist who was the recipient of the AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award in 1999. Owen's 1945 discovery of immunological tolerance in twin cattle was a building block for the experimental induction of tolerance through immune suppression and for early tissue grafting, which initiated the era of organ transplantation. An emeritus professor of biology at Caltech, Owen died on September 21 at the age of 98. AAI extends condolences to Dr. Owen's family and many friends and colleagues, including those who benefitted from his generous and dedicated mentoring. Click here to view a remembrance published by Caltech.
Prominent immunologist and longtime AAI member John L. Fahey, M.D. (AAI ’64) died on August 19, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado, at the age of 89. Fahey was renowned for fundamental contributions to research in immunology, aging, cancer, and medicine—and for his devotion to mentoring other scientists. Fahey was an emeritus professor in the departments of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics and of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a key member of the UCLA AIDS Institute. AAI extends condolences to Dr. Fahey’s family and many friends and colleagues, including those who benefitted from his generous and dedicated mentoring. A tribute published by his UCLA colleagues is available here.
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 mourns the loss of David W. Talmage, M.D. (AAI '54), a past AAI president (1978-1979) and recipient of the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award (1994) who is credited with conceptualizing many central tenets of immunology, in particular those that led to the clonal selection theory. For highlights of Talmage's AAI service and career achievements, and to view his 2012 interview for the AAI Oral History Project, visit his profile in the History section of the AAI site.
AAI Submits Testimony on FY 2015 NIH Funding
AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Elizabeth Kovacs, Ph.D., recently submitted congressional testimony on behalf of AAI to the House appropriations subcommittee that funds NIH. AAI recommends that the subcommittee provide an appropriation of at least $32 billion for NIH in fiscal year 2015. To view the full testimony, please click here.
AAI Centennial and Legacy