Dear Teratology Society Members,
As you know, the Teratology Society suffered the loss of two of our leaders this winter.
First, the Society’s last surviving founding member and Past President, F. Clarke Fraser, passed away December 17 at the age of 94. Clarke Fraser was a true pioneer in the field of medical genetics and his achievements are celebrated far and wide. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor to many Society members. As you know, in 2010, the Teratology Society established a special award in his honor, the F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award. This Award is given annually and will be presented to this year’s recipient, Dr. Sarah Obican, at the Teratology Society’s 55th Annual Meeting. In addition, a special session has been added to the 55th Annual Meeting, entitled Remembering Clarke Fraser, which will reflect on how Clarke’s groundbreaking discoveries and accomplishments are impacting the science of today. This event will take place Monday, June 29th at 8 am.
Second, Society Past President Ed Carney passed away suddenly on January 12 at the age of 55. Ed was beloved by all who knew him and was a true friend to the Society, giving of himself in so many ways over the years, including leading the Society in the development of its current strategic plan. As such, the decision has been made to rename the Society’s Distinguished Service Award in Ed’s honor. This prestigious award is now named the Edward W. Carney Distinguished Service Award and will be presented to this year’s recipient, Dr. Jan Friedman, at the Society’s 55th Annual Meeting. In addition, there will be a special session honoring Ed at the Annual Meeting, entitled Celebrating Ed Carney – Scientist, Friend, and Musician. This event will take place Wednesday, July 1 at 12:30 pm. Several of Ed’s family members will be in attendance.
Furthermore, last month the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award Fund was established through the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section (RDTSS) of the Society of Toxicology (SOT). It was decided that this fund would be administered through SOT, because if the fund reaches or surpasses $25,000, SOT will match the funds and it will become a permanent named fund in Ed’s honor. Both RDTSS and the Teratology Society have been very involved in helping establish this fund and will help in selecting awardees. Fund proceeds will support graduate student or postdoctoral scholar travel to meetings that offer significant educational opportunities in the field of reproductive and developmental toxicology, including the Teratology Society. The Teratology Society urges its members to consider making a donation to this fund, as it is the best way to perpetuate his memory, and it directly benefits the Teratology Society. More information about this award and its funding requirements can be found here.
With warm regards,
Mary Alice Smith
President, Teratology Society