Messages to Membership

AAI Announces 2021 Election Results

AAI is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 AAI Election. Congratulations to our newest leaders on their election to the AAI Council and committees. A sincere thank you to all candidates who agreed to stand for election!

AAI also thanks all members who voted in the 2021 election for investing in the future of their profession and in the mission of AAI.

See the election results here.

Anthony S. Fauci. M.D., Honored by AAI

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., DFAAI (AAI ’73), Director, NIAID, NIH, was honored with the AAI Exceptional Leadership in Science Award on May 10. Jenny P.-Y. Ting, Ph.D., AAI president, and Jeremy M. Boss, Ph.D., AAI past president, presented the award during the opening session of Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™, which was held May 10–15. This special award recognizes Dr. Fauci’s significant leadership on behalf of science and immunology throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full AAI award announcement here.

Former AAI President Frank W. Fitch, M.D., Ph.D., Remembered as Leading Researcher, Devoted Mentor, and Advocate for Science

AAI extends sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Frank W. Fitch, M.D., Ph.D., DFAAI (AAI ’61), who died peacefully on April 2 at the age of 91.

Dr. Fitch served as AAI President from 1992 to 1993 and was on the AAI Council from 1987 to 1994. Following this service, he was chair of the AAI Publications Committee and then served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Immunology from 1997 to 2002. Dr. Fitch also served as the 1993–1994 president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and as a FASEB board member from 1991 to 1994.

Read the full remembrance here.

AAI Issues Statement on Violence and Discrimination Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

AAI President Jenny Ting, Ph.D., recently issued a statement strongly condemning the “extremely concerning trend of violent and discriminatory acts against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that has been escalating dangerously since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic” and reaffirming “that AAI stands with all who decry racism, misogyny, and discrimination of any kind.”

View the full statement here.

AAI Congratulates President Biden and Vice President Harris, Recognizes Administration’s Commitment to Science

AAI sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on their inauguration and recognizing their “commitment to fact-based inquiry, diversity, and international collaboration” and their “strong belief in the promise of scientific research.” The letter, which was signed by AAI President Jenny Ting, Ph.D., AAI Chief Executive Officer Michele Hogan, Ph.D., and AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Ross Kedl, Ph.D., also offers the assistance of AAI to the new Administration.

View the full letter here.

AAI Issues Statement on the Violent Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

On January 12, AAI issued a statement condemning the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and expressing concern for the safety of all who work on or visit Capitol Hill.

View the full statement here.

AAI President’s Invitation to Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™

I am delighted to invite you to attend Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™ being held May 10–15.

It has been such a long time since we’ve been able to gather and celebrate our community and achievements. The accomplishments and excitement of our field have been broadcast into every household by news outlets around the world....

Read Dr. Ting's full letter here.

AAI Issues Statement on Herd Immunity Against COVID-19

AAI President Jenny Ting, Ph.D., and AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Ross Kedl, Ph.D., recently issued a statement opposing an “unprecedented and dangerous strategy to achieve ‘herd immunity’ by intentionally allowing COVID-19 to infect healthy Americans.” While achieving herd immunity in the population is critically important, “vaccination is the only proven, responsible way to accomplish this goal.”

Read the full statement here.

AAI Leadership Issues Statement on the Politicization of Science

The AAI leadership issued a statement on October 14 expressing deep concern about “reports of significant and increasing political interference by the Administration in efforts by ... CDC and FDA ... to keep the public safe” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement, signed by all members of the AAI Council and the Chair of the Committee on Public Affairs, urges the Trump Administration and Congress to follow the advice of key scientific and public health leaders throughout the pandemic and cautions against “any actions that would lead to the premature approval of any drug or vaccine candidate.”

Read the full statement here.

A Tribute to Dr. Wendy Havran

The La Jolla Immunology Conference is holding a special virtual tribute to Dr. Wendy Havran, featuring Dr. James Allison, Nobel Laureate on October 14, 2020.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the La Jolla Immunology Conference Wendy Havran Tribute website.

Resources for Communicating with Non-Scientists

Communicating with friends, family, or lay audiences about science is more important than ever during the pandemic. Our guide, Talking Science to Non-Scientists, has resources and tips on how to speak about your science so that anyone can understand it.

Read the Guide.

2020 AAI Election Now Open

AAI voting members in good standing are eligible to cast their ballots in the 2020 AAI Election. To do so:

  1. Log into the AAI Member Site
  2. Click the "VOTE" button displayed on "My Homepage"

Once you have completed your ballot, please review it carefully before submitting as you will be unable to resubmit it.

Voting Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 11:59 PM ET

2020 Career Award Recipients Announced

AAI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Career Awards, which honor individuals for outstanding research and career achievements.

Meet the 2020 awardees now.

AAI President’s Invitation to Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™

I am delighted to invite you to attend Virtual IMMUNOLOGY2021™ being held May 10–15.

It has been such a long time since we’ve been able to gather and celebrate our community and achievements. The accomplishments and excitement of our field have been broadcast into every household by news outlets around the world....

Read Dr. Ting's full letter here.

AAI Issues Statement on the Violent Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

On January 12, AAI issued a statement condemning the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and expressing concern for the safety of all who work on or visit Capitol Hill.

View the full statement here.

AAI Congratulates President Biden and Vice President Harris, Recognizes Administration’s Commitment to Science

AAI sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on their inauguration and recognizing their “commitment to fact-based inquiry, diversity, and international collaboration” and their “strong belief in the promise of scientific research.” The letter, which was signed by AAI President Jenny Ting, Ph.D., AAI Chief Executive Officer Michele Hogan, Ph.D., and AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Ross Kedl, Ph.D., also offers the assistance of AAI to the new Administration.

View the full letter here.

June 5, 2020

Dear AAI Members:

Frightened. Anguished. Saddened. Horrified. Hopeful.

We could use these words to describe our mental state during the past three months as we were experiencing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, or now, after the murder of George Floyd as we witness public outrage to systemic racism.

Please read the full letter.

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