The History of FUN
At the 1991 Society for Neuroscience (SFN) annual meeting, the idea of an organization dedicated to neuroscience teaching and research was conceived during an informal discussion between Julio Ramirez (Davidson College), Dennison Smith (Oberlin College), Sally Fruitiger (Dennison University), and Steve George (Amherst College). In October 1992, Ramirez described the organization to the Education Committee of SFN. The SFN agreed to sponsor meetings for the young society at the annual SFN meeting. FUN has held annual meetings in conjunction with the annual SFN meeting ever since.
FUN represents the voice of undergraduate neuroscience within both the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP) and the SFN. Through the lobbying efforts of the early membership, and with the assistance of then- ANDP president Jim Blankenship, FUN is invited to participate in ANDP’s executive committee. The ANDP also included undergraduate neuroscience programs in their directory.
In partnership with Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), FUN has brought faculty together from across the country—to discuss, develop, and refine undergraduate neuroscience education through symposia at Davidson College (1995) Oberlin College (1998), Trinity College (2001), Macalester College (2005 & 2008), and Pomona College (2011). Each year, a growing number of undergraduates choose to include neuroscience coursework as part of their college education. Undergraduate major and minor programs continue to increase in popularity, and research-based curricula are a common expectation for prospective students. FUN provides an array of resources for faculty, and sponsors student travel awards and a poster session so that the best and brightest of undergraduate researchers can both attend and present work at the SFN annual meeting.
For more about our history read the articles attached below.
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President: Noah Sandstrom, Williams College
President Elect: Jeffrey Smith, Saginaw Valley State University
Past-President: Elaine Reynolds, Lafayette College
Secretary: Jan Thornton, Oberlin College
Treasurer: David Jewett, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Treasurer-Elect: Kurt Illig, University of St. Thomas
Councilor: Barbara Lom, Davidson College
Councilor: Monica Linden
Councilor: Bob Rosenberg, Earlham College
Councilor: Elizabeth Meyer-Bernstein, College of Charleston
Councilor: Amy Jo Stavenezer, College of Wooster
Councilor: Amanda Clinton, University of Puerto Rico
President's Advisory Committee
Travel Award Committee
Educator Awards Committe
Public Policy Committee
Equipment Loan Committee
Bob Calin-Jageman, Dominican University, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Officers prior to 2001 please see Julio Ramirez's "A Decade of FUN". This paper can be found on our History page.
Below are minutes of the FUN executive committee.
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of the organization is FACULTY FOR UNDERGRADUATE NEUROSCIENCE (FUN).
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The purposes for which this organization is organized are exclusively religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational within the meaning of section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.
The purpose of the Faculty For Undergraduate Neuroscience shall be to advance the interdisciplinary study of all facets of neuroscience on the undergraduate Level; by the promotion of research in neuroscience both as a model for and to encourage participation by undergraduates; to develop undergraduate courses in neuroscience; to develop professional competency in the latest methods of neuroscience so as to be able to share them with undergraduates; to contribute towards the knowledge base of neuroscience through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers/posters, discussions, publications, and in general to advance scientific interests and inquiry.
Not withstanding any other provision of these articles, this organization shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.
No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, its members, trustees, officers or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distribution in furtherance of the purposes set forth. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Members. The membership categories of FUN shall consist of Regular Members, Fellows, Pre-faculty members, Undergraduate and Graduate Institutional Members, and Sponsoring Members.
Section 2. Regular members. Regular Members shall consist of faculty who teach a course or part of a course in any area of neuroscience to undergraduates at colleges and universities, and individuals not currently holding such appointments who are otherwise qualified to do so. Regular dues-paying members are voting members, shall be eligible to hold office in FUN, sponsor nominations for travel, faculty and other awards, have full privileges on the FUN website, present at the FUN social, receive discounts to FUN workshops, and, in general, participate in the activities of FUN.
Section 3. Fellows. Fellows shall consist of those Regular Members who have reached 10 years of affiliation with FUN. Fellows are voting members, shall be eligible to hold office in FUN, sponsor nominations for travel and educator awards, and in general, participate in the activities of FUN. Recognition of fellows and other members who have reached membership milestones will be recognized at the annual social.
Section 4. Pre-faculty members. Pre-faculty members shall be graduate or post-doctoral students who have an interest in neuroscience education. Pre-faculty members may participate in meetings, but may not vote or hold office. Pre-faculty members are eligible to apply for travel awards when presenting in a project based on neuroscience education and pedagogy (when available). Pre-faculty members should transition to full members when their training program is complete. Undergraduate students are not eligible to join as pre-faculty members, but can join the FUN Facebook group and participate in FUN events.
Section 5. Undergraduate Institutional Members. Undergraduate Institutional members shall be colleges and universities that have departments/programs supporting undergraduate neuroscience activities. Undergraduate institutional members may designate one representative (who is not a student) with voting power but who may not hold office in FUN. The institution member will be allowed to list jobs and advertise their program on our website and newsletters, and will have be allowed an additional presentation at the FUN social.
Section 6. Graduate Institutional Members. Graduate institutional members shall be university or college departments/programs supporting graduate neuroscience activities. A university or college may be both an undergraduate and a graduate institutional member. Graduate Institutional Members may designate one representative (who is not a student) with voting power but who may not hold office in FUN. The institution member will be allowed to list jobs and advertise their program on our website and newsletters.
Section 7. Sponsor members. Sponsor Members shall be companies, professional institutions, state or regional associations, clubs, and university or college departments/programs supporting undergraduate neuroscience activities. Sponsor Members may designate one representative (who is not a student) with voting power but who may not hold office in FUN. The institution member will be allowed to list jobs and advertise their program on our website and newsletters.
Section 8. Nondiscrimination. No applicant otherwise qualified for membership in one of the foregoing classes shall be denied such membership on the grounds of age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability.
ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS
Section 1. Annual Meeting. The membership of FUN shall meet annually at a place, date, and hour designated by the Executive Committee. This will usually be held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Society for Neuroscience (SN). An Annual Business Meeting shall be held during the Annual Meeting. Special meetings of the membership may be called by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Conduct of Business. The business of FUN shall be transacted at the Annual Business Meeting. The conduct of the meeting shall adhere to standard parliamentary procedure.
Section 3. Notice of Meetings. The Secretary shall give notice of the Annual Meeting and special meetings of the whole membership via electronic mail to each member a notice stating the place, time, and hour of the meeting, and in the case of the special meetings, the purpose for which the meeting is called. The notice of special meetings shall be issued between 10 and 50 days prior to the date of the meeting. Notice of the Annual Meeting shall be given no later than the prior Annual Meeting.
Section 4. Quorum. A quorum for transaction of business shall be those regular members in attendance.
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers. The Officers of FUN shall be as follows: a President, a President-elect, a Past President, a Secretary, Treasurer-elect, and Treasurer. They shall hold office until their successors are elected. The President-elect shall be elected annually for a period of one year by either paper or electronic ballot from the Regular Members, and shall automatically succeed to the office of President at the end of the President's term, specifically at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting following the election. At the same time the previous President-elect shall become President and the previous President shall become Past President. The Secretary and Treasurer-elect shall be elected once every two years for a two-year term of office. The Treasurer-elect shall automatically succeed to the office of Treasurer at the end of the Treasurer's term, specifically at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting following the election. Subject to the provisions of these Bylaws, each officer, except the Secretary, Treasurer-elect and Treasurer shall hold office until the next Annual Meeting or any special meeting held in lieu thereof, or until a successor is chosen and qualified. Each officer shall, subject to these Bylaws, have in addition to the duties, responsibilities, and powers herein set forth, such duties, responsibilities, and powers as are commonly incident to the office, and such duties, responsibilities, and powers as the Executive Committee shall from time to time designate.
Section 2. President. The President shall be a Regular Member of FUN, shall be the chief executive officer, shall preside at meetings of the Executive Committee and Business Meetings of FUN, shall be responsible for executing policies determined by the Executive Committee, shall act as spokesperson for FUN, and shall be responsible for setting in motion all Orders and Resolutions of the Executive Committee.
Section 3. President-elect. The President-elect shall be a Regular Member of FUN, shall assist the President in conducting the affairs of FUN, shall be a member of the Executive Committee, and shall substitute for the President when necessary.
Section 4. Past President. The Past President shall be a Regular Member of FUN, shall assist the President in conducting the affairs of FUN, shall be a member of the Executive Committee, and shall substitute for the President after the President-elect when necessary. In addition, the Past President shall automatically serve on the Advisory Board of Past Presidents for a three year term.
Section 5. Secretary. The Secretary shall be a regular Member of FUN and shall serve for a term of two years, beginning at the close of the Annual Meeting at which the election results are announced, and shall not serve more than three consecutive terms in this office if so elected. The Secretary shall assist the President, shall be responsible for the minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee, the Annual Business Meeting, and any special meetings. The Secretary shall file and hold subject to call, and to direct the publication of such records, reports, and proceedings as are authorized by these Bylaws and by vote of the Executive Committee at any duly constituted meeting. The Secretary shall be responsible for issuing notice of the Annual Meeting and for distribution of ballots.
Section 6. Treasurer Positions. The Treasurer-Elect and Treasurer shall be a Regular Member of FUN and shall take office for a term of two years each following the Annual Meeting at which the election results were announced for the Treasurer-elect. The Treasurer shall serve as senior financial officer and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed in these Bylaws. The Treasurer shall have authority to sign checks and drafts on behalf of FUN for disbursement of funds for duly authorized purposes of FUN as provided by these Bylaws or by vote of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall render to the President and the Executive Committee at its regular meetings, or when the Executive Committee so requires, an account of the financial transactions and status of FUN. An annual report of the financial status of FUN shall be delivered to the members at the Annual Business Meeting. The Treasurer will also be responsible for preparing the Treasurer-Elect to succeed the office when the Treasurer’s term ends. The Treasurer-Elect shall assist with the Treasurer’s duties as needed, and prepare to assume the Treasurer’s duties.
ARTICLE VI - Nominations and Elections
Section 1. At least six months before the Annual Meeting, the Secretary shall issue a call by electronic mail to all voting members of FUN for nominations for the office of President-elect and such other officers and members of the Executive Committee to be elected for the following year. Each Regular Member may nominate up to three persons for each office. The completed nominations ballot shall be returned directly to the Chair of the Election Committee. Forty-five days after issuing the nomination ballots, the Election Committee shall close nominations and shall make a preferential count of nominees for the President-elect and any other officers and members of the Executive Committee to be elected. The Election Committee shall certify to the Secretary the names of the three Regular Members named most frequently for each office on the nomination ballot.
Section 2. The Secretary shall then contact each via electronic mail, and obtain a written statement of willingness to serve before his/her name is placed on the election ballot. The Election Committee shall determine the eligibility of nominees, and if any nominee is found to be ineligible or unwilling to stand for office, the name of the person ranking next on the preferential count shall be contacted and asked if they wish to serve. To be eligible for inclusion on the election ballot, each nominee must be a Regular Member or Fellow of FUN.
Section 3. Not longer than four months after closing the nomination ballot, the Election Committee shall have the Secretary make available to all voting members of FUN the final ballot which shall include nominees for President-elect and may include the names of nominees to such other offices as may be appropriate. The election ballots shall be returned directly to the Chair of the Election Committee.
Section 4. Forty-five days after issuing the final ballot, the Election Committee shall close the election and shall make a preferential count of the election ballot. Tie votes shall be determined by lot. The election results shall be reported by the Elections Committee to the Executive Committee at least one month prior to the Annual Business Meeting.
Section 5. The results of the election shall be announced by the Executive Committee at the Annual Business Meeting.
ARTICLE VII - Executive Committee
Section 1. Executive Committee. The affairs of FUN shall be managed through an Executive Committee consisting of six elected Councilors and the President, President-elect, the Advisory Board of Past Presidents, Treasurer, Treasurer-Elect and Secretary. All members of the Executive Committee shall be entitled to one vote each except for the presiding officer, who shall vote only in the case of a tie.
Section 2. Quorum. A quorum of the Executive Committee shall consist of at least six of the eleven members.
Section 3. Meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet at the Annual Meeting both before and after the Annual Business Meeting, and at other times and places as it deems necessary. The Executive Committee may also transact business by Land mail, fax, or e-mail provided that not less than six members of the Executive Committee shall approve in writing any proposed transaction.
Section 4. Nomination of Councilors. Slates of Regular Member candidates for Councilor positions shall be prepared by the Election Committee through the same procedure and guidelines stipulated for the selection of nominees for Officers as indicated in Article VI.
Section 5. Election of Councilors. Councilors shall be elected by a simple plurality of votes on ballots received by the Chair of the Elections Committee through the same procedure as for the election of Officers. Councilors shall be elected for a two-year term of office, and may serve no more than three consecutive terms. At the expiration of either of these terms, Councilors may become elected officers of FUN. Newly elected Councilors shall assume office at the end of the Annual Business Meeting. Councilors are required to be Regular Members or Fellows of FUN.
ARTICLE VIII - Vacancies
Section 1. Officers. Should the Office of President become vacant, the President-elect shall become President and serve the remainder of the term as well as the succeeding term. Should the position of President-elect become vacant between the annual election and the Annual Business Meeting, the Executive Committee shall by majority vote elect a member of the Executive Committee to serve in an interim capacity until a replacement can be elected. Should the Office of Secretary become vacant, the Executive Committee shall by majority vote elect a Councilor to serve in an interim capacity until the next duly elected candidate assumes office. Should the Office of Treasurer become vacant, the Treasurer-elect shall become Treasurer and serve the remainder of the term as well as the succeeding term.
Section 2. Councilors. All vacancies in Councilor positions shall be filled on an interim basis by the President from the list of Regular Members. At the next annual election replacements shall be elected for the terms of office by the same procedures as stipulated for the ordinary election of Councilors.
ARTICLE IX - ADVISORY BOARD
The Advisory Board shall consist of three Past Presidents each serving for three consecutive years following completion of their term of office as President. They shall remain members of the Executive Committee and have full voting powers in any and all matters of FUN. They shall provide advice and counsel to the President, and in general perform any duties incident to their office, or as prescribed by the President.
ARTICLE X - REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
An Officer or Councilor who is found to carry out the duties of office in a manner counter to the interests of FUN may be removed from office by majority vote of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE XI - COMMITTEES
Section 1. Election Committee. The Election Committee shall consist of the President-elect, acting as Chair, the Past President, and one councilor appointed by the Chair of the Election Committee. The Election Committee shall be responsible for the conduct of elections by voting members of FUN, shall determine the results of all such elections, shall investigate complaints about the elections, and shall certify the outcome of elections to the Executive Committee. The Election Committee shall also oversee the voting on bylaws' amendments and shall certify the results.
Section 2. Undergraduate Travel Award Committee. This committee, chaired by the President-Elect, will select the most worthy student(s) presenting their research at the current year's Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SN). The travel award, used to reimburse the student's travel expenses, is based on the award application, consisting of the abstract of research, the student's brief description of his/her role in conducting the research, and one letter of sponsorship from a regular member or Fellow evaluating the student's contributions to the project. The Chair will ask one councilor and at least two other regular members or Fellows (one from the Executive Committee and one from the general membership) to assist with the selection process. The Call for Travel Award applications will be sent to all members of FUN at least 210 days before SN's meeting date with completed applications being returned to meet a deadline set no less than 150 days before SN's convention. The award(s) will be given at the FUN Social and Poster Session held in conjunction with the annual convention of SN.
Section 3. Education Committee. This committee, chaired by a Presidential appointment from the membership has the responsibility of developing viable programs for continuing education in neuroscience instruction and the methods of neuroscience for the express purpose of sharing them with undergraduates as well as increasing competency in disparate areas. In addition, this committee shall assist in the disbursement of any funds or awards of monies received for the development of such programs. The Editor-in-Chief of JUNE and two or more other members (at least one member of the committee will be from the Executive Committee) appointed by the Chair shall assist in the fulfillment of these activities.
Section 4. Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Committee. This committee chaired by a Presidential appointment from the membership is charged with the promotion of the public's understanding of neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level, to enhance the education and research capability of neuroscientists at undergraduate institutions, and to inform the membership of governmental actions bearing on neuroscience education and research. Two other members (at least one member of the committee will be from the Executive Committee) appointed by the Chair shall assist in the fulfillment of these activities.
Section 5. Website Committee. This committee, chaired by a Presidential appointment from the membership (webmaster), has the responsibility of developing and maintaining all aspects of the organization's website. The Chair shall be assisted in the fulfillment of these duties by the President, and one member at large appointed by the Chair from the general membership of regular members and fellows.
Section 6. FUN Awards Committee. This committee, which shall consist of the Past-President (chair), President, a councilor and atleast one regular member or fellow appointed by the Chair, will annually select the Educator Award recipient, the Service Award recipient, the Mentor Award recipient, and consider nominations for the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award.
Section 7. Special Committees. The President may appoint special committees, designating the members and Chairpersons, as well as the function of these committees. Unless re-appointed by the incoming President, such special committees shall cease to function upon the conclusion of the term of the President by whom they were appointed.
Section 8: Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall consist of the Treasurer-elect, the Treasurer acting as Chair, the President, one member from the general membership, and one member from the Executive Committee appointed by the chair of the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall be responsible for oversight and administration of all financial dealings of the society.
Section 9. Brain Awareness Week Travel Award Committee. The Brain Awareness Travel Award represents a joint initiative between FUN and the Society for Neuroscience. The award offers aid for expenses associated with attending the Society for Neuroscience meeting for an undergraduate student who is presenting a poster in Theme H: History, Teaching, Public Awareness, and Societal Impacts in Neuroscience. All undergraduates who have made a significant contribution to the development of an outreach activity for SfN's Brain Awareness Week are eligible to apply. Only dues-paying members of FUN may sponsor nominees. The committee will be chaired by FUN's representative on the Public Education and Communication Committee (PECC) of the Society for Neuroscience. The chair will ask two councilors and one member of the general membership to serve on the committee. The award review committee will consist of the BAW travel award committee and one other member of PECC appointed by the chair. The award(s) will be presented by the President of FUN at the Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Week event at the annual meeting of SfN. FUN's representative on the PECC will announce the winner(s) at the FUN Social and Poster Session that is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of SfN.
ARTICLE XII - FISCAL YEAR
Section 1. Period. The fiscal year of FUN shall be the calendar year commencing on the first day of January and concluding on the thirty-first day of the following December.
Section 2. Treasurer's Report. A report of the fiscal state of FUN shall be made by the Treasurer at the Annual Business Meeting and whenever requested by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE XIII - AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed on resolution by a majority of the Executive Committee, or by a written proposal signed by not less than ten percent of the voting Regular Members. Such amendments will be discussed at the Annual Business Meeting and then subject to referendum by the entire voting membership. Thereafter, the Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds of the votes cast in an electronic mail or web-based ballot.
ARTICLE XIV - DISSOLUTION
FUN may be dissolved by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the Regular Members taken by electronic mail or web-based ballot. In the event of dissolution or termination, all property and assets of FUN which shall remain after satisfaction of its obligations, shall pass forthwith to such organization or organizations that in the opinion of the Executive Committee are best suited to carry out the purpose of FUN.
Upon dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal, state or local government for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a court of competent jurisdiction, in the country in which the principle office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes.
ARTICLE XV - PUBLICATIONS
Section 1: Official FUN Publications. The publications of the Society will include The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience (JUNE) and such other publications as may be authorized by the FUN Executive Committee. The FUN Executive Committee will be responsible for making policy decisions in connection with all publications and will review a report annually from the JUNE Editor-in-Chief.
Section 2: JUNE Purpose. JUNE, the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, is an official on-line, open-access publication of the Faculty for Undergraduate Education (FUN). JUNE publishes authoritative peer-reviewed articles and practical information for a world-wide audience of professionals interested in advancing undergraduate neuroscience education. The content of the Journal will reflect at least three strategic priorities of FUN, namely: advancing knowledge, disseminating curricular innovations, and supporting educators and scientists who train future/potential neuroscientists at undergraduate colleges and universities.
Section 3: JUNE Publication. JUNE will publish at least two issues annually electronically at www.funjournal.org. One hard copy of each publication shall be distributed to each member of the JUNE Editorial Board, the FUN Executive Committee, and the FUN Advisory Board. At least two members of JUNE’s Editorial Board shall have electronic access to JUNE’s website at all times. The distribution of publications to others shall be determined by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the JUNE Editorial Board and FUN Executive Committee.
Section 4: JUNE Editorial Board Composition, Selection, Qualifications, and Terms of Service. The JUNE Editorial Board will consist of one Editor-in-Chief, one Senior Editor, and at least six Associate Editors. In addition, the FUN President, President-Elect, and Past-President will serve on the JUNE editorial board in ex-officio capacities, if not currently appointed JUNE editorial board members. All JUNE Editorial Board members will be selected based on their experience in undergraduate neuroscience education and their interests and abilities to advance the missions of FUN and JUNE. The FUN Executive Committee, in consultation with the JUNE Editorial Board, is responsible for appointing JUNE’s Editor-in-Chief for a three-year term at least nine months prior to the end of the current Editor-in-Chief’s term. The Editor-in-Chief position is renewable for one second term of up to three years at the discretion of the FUN Executive Committee. The Editor-in-Chief will develop nominations for Senior Editor and Associate Editor positions in consultation with the current Editorial Board and submit written nominations to the FUN Executive Committee, which will vote on each nomination within one month of written submission. The Senior Editor and Associate Editors shall be appointed for three-year initial terms with staggered terms of service to ensure that the membership of the JUNE Editorial Board does not experience a complete turnover at any one time. Each Senior or Associate Editor may serve one subsequent term of up to three year terms at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief with approval from the FUN Executive Committee. Any JUNE Editorial Board member who is found to neglect the position’s duties, compromise the integrity of the Journal, and/or carry out the duties in a manner counter to the interests of FUN may be immediately removed from the position by majority vote of the FUN Executive Committee.
Section 5: JUNE Editorial Board Responsibilities. The JUNE Editor-in-Chief will be in charge of the Editorial Board and responsible for the timeliness and quality of all Journal content and delivery. The Senior Editor is responsible for assisting and advising the Editor-in-Chief with all aspects of operating the Journal. Should the Editor-in-Chief become disabled or absent the Senior Editor will immediately assume the Editor-in-Chief’s responsibilities until the Editor-in-Chief’s return or until a time at which the FUN executive committee has appointed a new Editor-in-Chief. With the consent of the FUN Executive Committee, the JUNE Editorial Board will undertake all appropriate activities necessary to administer the responsibilities of the office. Specific Editorial Board duties include (but are not limited to): submitting, soliciting, and assessing manuscripts; evaluating the Journal; promoting the journal. The Editor-in-Chief is further responsible for delegating responsibilities to the Editorial Board members, supervising publication decisions, fostering communication with authors, reviewers, FUN, and JUNE Editorial Board members; maintaining JUNE files, website, and records; overseeing the final editing, copyright, and delivery of accepted manuscripts. The Editor-in-Chief is JUNE’s official representative to FUN, other authors, indexers, and others. The Journal, Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editor, and Associate Editors are subject to performance review by the FUN Executive Committee as necessary. Financial commitments entered into on behalf of FUN and/or JUNE by any member of the JUNE Editorial Board must be based upon a financial plan approved in advance by at least half of the JUNE Editorial Board and the majority of the FUN Executive Committee. To facilitate communication, continuity, and transition, the Editor-in-Chief shall prepare an annual report that describes the current status of the Journal to be delivered to the JUNE Editorial Board, FUN Executive Committee, and FUN Advisory Board.
Section 6: JUNE Editorial Board Meetings. The JUNE Editorial Board shall meet at least once per year to discuss and vote on Journal policies, procedures, and operations. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for calling, developing the agenda, and presiding at JUNE Editorial Board meetings. The Editor-in-Chief shall give notice of the annual Editorial board meeting to the membership of the JUNE Editorial Board and the FUN Executive Committee no later than one month in advance. A quorum for transaction of business shall be those JUNE Editorial Board members in attendance. The conduct of the meeting shall adhere to standard parliamentary procedure. This meeting will usually be held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and/or the annual FUN Executive Committee Meeting. The JUNE Editorial Board will also meet at other times and places as it deems necessary. The JUNE Editorial Board may also transact business by land mail, fax, and/or e-mail provided that not less than half the members of the Editorial Board shall approve in writing any proposed transaction . Final approval of all transactions is required by the FUN Executive Committee.
Section 7: JUNE Publication Policies. JUNE shall publish pieces including but not limited to Editorials, Essays, Interviews, Articles, Reviews, and Technical Notes. All pieces published in JUNE shall be reviewed before publication. All pieces shall be received electronically by the Editor-in-Chief who will determine if submitted manuscripts are appropriate in content and format for consideration in JUNE. Manuscripts deemed inappropriate for consideration will be promptly returned to the corresponding author by the Editor-in-Chief. Articles and Technical Note manuscripts of appropriate form and content will be forwarded to at least two peer reviewers with experience in the field, at least one of whom is not a member of the JUNE Editorial Board. The Editor-in-Chief will arrange for such reviews, communicate guidelines and deadlines for peer reviews, and receive the reviews electronically. The Editor-in-Chief shall use the peer reviews to make a publication decision. In cases where peer reviews are unclear and/or inconsistent the Editor-in-Chief may solicit additional peer reviews and/or consult appropriate JUNE Editorial Board Members to reach a publication decision. The editor will communicate publication decisions, deadlines, and reviewer comments to the corresponding authors in a timely and confidential fashion via electronic mail. Editorials, Essays, Interviews, and Reviews of appropriate form and content will be reviewed by at least one member of the JUNE Editorial Board before being published to advise the Editor-in-Chief in making a publication decision. Moreover, JUNE shall maintain up-to-date information for authors on manuscript submission procedures and Journal policies including but not limited to copyright, conflicts of interest, publication decision appeals, and adherence to appropriate ethical guidelines at www.funjournal.org . Any substantial changes to such Journal publication procedures or policies require approval by at least half of the JUNE Editorial Board members and the FUN president. Any Editorial Board Member with a conflict of interest with any author, reviewer, or manuscript topic because of a previous relationship and/or commercial interest shall recuse her/himself of all responsibility for decisions related to that manuscript’s review or publication. Should the Editor-in-Chief have a conflict of interest the Senior Editor will immediately assume the Editor-in-Chief’s responsibilities for that specific manuscript’s review or publication decisions.
DATE OF AMENDMENTS
10/19/09: Article III-Membership:Section 1
10/19/09: Article VII- Executive Committee:Section 1
10/19/09: Article XI- Committees:Section 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9
09/17/08: Article I-Membership:Section 1
09/17/08: Article V-Officers:Section 1 and Section 6
09/17/08: Article VII- Executive Committee:Section 1
09/17/08: Article VIII- Vacancies:Section 1
09/17/08: Article XI- Committees:Section 8
11/14/05: Article XII-Committees:Section 8. Finance Committee.
11/14/05: Articles renumbered to correct for missing roman numeral VI.
09/23/02: Renumbering of Articles; changes in use of mail throughout.
09/09/02: Article XII- Committees.
08/26/02: Article III- Membership.
10/24/98: Article III- Membership: Section 4. Organizational Members.
10/31/97: Tax Exempt Status: Article II - Purpose; Article XV - Dissolution.