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The ISN invites submission of proposals for the organization of the Second ISN Special Neurochemistry Conference to be held in 2006. For this purpose the ISN will provide $150,000 to the organizers. Deadline is May 1, 2004! more>>>
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Council has recomended two amendments to the Bylaws that create the offices of Secretary-Elect and Treasurer-Elect.Please vote. more>>>>
New Newsletter Format
Starting with the December 2003 issue the ASN Newsletter will be published in two forms. A short paper version will be included in the "Neurochemistry News" published by the ISN. A more complete version will be published online. This will reduce publication costs and allow us to keep the newsletter updated.
Blackwell Publishing is offering online access to J. Neurochemistry for $15/yr to ASN members in good standing. To subcribe, members need only to fill out an online subcription form.
The ASN and ISN jointly held a hospitality suite at the last annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans. Many prospective members cam by to eat, drink and learn about the benefits of belonging to the two societies. Look for another next year in San Diego.
Make your plans to attend the 35th annual meeting.The meeting will begin on Saturday, August 14, 2004 with a welcome reception in the famous Starlight Room and end with a closing banquet at Tavern on the Green on Wednesday, August 18, 2004. There will be a pre-meeting workshop titled "RNA Interference: Application to Neural Systems" on Saturday, August 14, 2004. Bruce McEwen, Marianne Bronner-Fraser, Susumu Tonegawa, Martin Schwab will give plenary lectures. The meeting will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Hilton Hotel. Located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan, the Waldorf Astoria is a world-renowned legend that has set the standard for hospitality excellence since 1893.
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Aventis Pharmaceuticals Supports ASN Programs
The Marian Kies fund recently received a substantial donation of $3,467 from Aventis reports Lynn Hudson, ASN Treasurer. This fund recognizes and promotes promising young neuroscientists who have recently completed their graduate studies. Our thanks to Jean Merrill and Karen Chandross for their efforts in obtaining funding and advancing the careers of our Marian Kies awardees.
Dr. Merrill also
arranged for Aventis Pharmaceuticals to donate $15,000 to support the
ASN-Young Latin American Scholars program. These scholarships help the
scientific development of outstanding, young Latin American neuroscientists
by allowing them to attend the ASN annual meetings along with the visit
to an established neuroscience laboratory in North America reports Oscar
Bizzozero, Chair of the Young Latin American Scholars Committee.
Letter from the President
Your ASN Officers
and ASN Council have been busy since the Newport Beach, California meeting.
New initiatives are underway in a number of areas. For the first time,
an ASN Council meeting was held in conjunction with the Society for Neuroscience
meeting in New Orleans. At that meeting, a number of significant items
were passed by council, including: Establishment of the time and venue
for the next three ASN meetings, calling for a bylaw amendment that establishes
the offices of Secretary Elect and Treasurer Elect, expansion of the responsibilities
of the Public Policy and Education Committee to include Publicity,