SfN election ballot

--=====================_202260687==.ALT Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed Dear FUN colleagues, Your messages about the candidates for election to SfN offices resonate with me. Because I am a member of FUN and deeply care about undergraduate education and also am honored to have been nominated (for a record-breaking third time!) for the Presidency of the SfN, I would like to offer the following comments and explanations on my own behalf. I have not been in a position to observe or influence the assembly of the ballot since many years ago, before FUN was born. I gather from your messages, however, that FUN has tried to get a FUN officer nominated for Council. I support that initiative strongly and would do all I could to help the effort if I am elected. Unusual among candidates for SfN office. I care deeply about undergraduate education and institutions. I have been a member of FUN for many years -- somewhat unusually for a faculty member at a big research university. I do almost all of my teaching at the undergraduate level and welcome many undergraduate research students in my lab (in the 2009-10 academic year, 6 students). Many of my professional activities and commitments have focused (and still do) on undergraduate education...for example: since 1984: consultant to the Sherman Fairchild Foundation for its Scientific Equipment Program (for funding equipment for independent colleges) 1991-92: member, Task Force on Undergraduate Education, Univ. of Arizona (an important group that called for major changes to the undergraduate curricula and experience at the University of Arizona) since 2001: chair of the Board of Neuroscience Schools of IBRO (which oversees IBRO Schools world-wide, some of which serve undergraduates as well as more advanced students) 2004-05: General Education Review Committee, Univ. of Arizona (a high-level group that recommended overhaul of the undergraduate gen. ed. program) since 2004: co-chair of the Committee on Science in the Liberal Arts Curriculum, American Academy of Arts & Sciences Your communications alerted me to the fact that my membership in FUN no longer appeared in my CV. I am disturbed and embarrassed about that and now have corrected the omission (albeit not in the version posted with the SfN ballot because I can't change that one). In the past my FUN membership was listed, but somehow, along the way, it was deleted inadvertently, and I hadn't noticed that. I should add that I found no appropriate way to include my FUN membership in the forms the SfN asked me to complete because I have not been an officer of FUN and it is not an elective honor. This sounds like a campaign message, but that is not my intent. I simply want to assure FUN that although your initiative to nominate a FUN member for Council did not succeed, there is a FUN enthusiast on the ballot...as a candidate for President. I doubt that the SfN included me because of my interest and activity in undergraduate education, my interest in independent colleges, my commitment to diversity, or my research focus on invertebrate neuroethology. But if I am elected, that is what the Society will get in its next president! With best wishes and high hopes for the future success of FUN, cheers, John Hildebrand At 05:50 AM 5/18/2010, you wrote: >To: [email protected] >From: "John G. Hildebrand" >Subject: Re: SFN, WTF? What happened to our nomination of Eric Wiertelak > >At 04:50 AM 5/18/2010, you wrote: >>Very disappointing! I'll be doing some digging on our behalf. >> >>Julio >> >>Chair, Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Committee >> >>Sent from my iPhone >> >>Julio J. Ramirez, Ph.D. >>R. Stuart Dickson Professor >>Director, Neuroscience Program >>Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience >>Box 7017 >>Watson Building, Room 202 >>Davidson College >>Davidson, NC 28035 >> >>V: 704-894-2888 >> >>On May 17, 2010, at 10:45 PM, "Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience" >> wrote: >> >> > I just received my ballot for SFN's annual election. First, I was >> > peeved to >> > see that the nominee bios had no substantive statements on their >> > goals/aspirations for the organization. >> > >> > Then, when I got to councilor's, however, I was astonished to see >> > that Eric >> > Wiertelak was not listed as a candidate. >> > >> > What happened? Did we not spur the write-in campaign we hoped? Or >> > did SFN >> > ignore it? Or was he immediately elected based on the write-ins? >> > Does >> > anyone have any information on this? >> > >> > Cheers, >> > >> > Bob >> > >> > Bob Calin-Jageman >> > Dominican University ******************************************************** John G. Hildebrand, Ph.D. Regents Professor and Head Department of Neuroscience College of Science University of Arizona PO Box 210077 1040 East 4th St. Tucson AZ 85721-0077 (USA) tel: 520-621-6626 / fax: 520-621-8282 email: [email protected] Website: www.neurobio.arizona.edu School of Mind, Brain, and Behavior If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research. [attributed to Einstein] ******************************************************** --=====================_202260687==.ALT Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" Dear FUN colleagues,

Your messages about the candidates for election to SfN offices resonate with me. Because I am a member of FUN and deeply care about undergraduate education and also am honored to have been nominated (for a record-breaking third time!) for the Presidency of the SfN, I would like to offer the following comments and explanations on my own behalf.

I have not been in a position to observe or influence the assembly of the ballot since many years ago, before FUN was born. I gather from your messages, however, that FUN has tried to get a FUN officer nominated for Council. I support that initiative strongly and would do all I could to help the effort if I am elected.

Unusual among candidates for SfN office. I care deeply about undergraduate education and institutions. I have been a member of FUN for many years -- somewhat unusually for a faculty member at a big research university. I do almost all of my teaching at the undergraduate level and welcome many undergraduate research students in my lab (in the 2009-10 academic year, 6 students). Many of my professional activities and commitments have focused (and still do) on undergraduate education...for example:

        since 1984:  consultant to the Sherman Fairchild Foundation for its Scientific Equipment Program
                          (for funding equipment for independent colleges)
         1991-92:      member, Task Force on Undergraduate Education, Univ. of Arizona (an important
                          group that called for major changes to the undergraduate curricula and experience
                          at the University of Arizona)
        since 2001:  chair of the Board of Neuroscience Schools of IBRO (which oversees IBRO Schools
                          world-wide, some of which serve undergraduates as well as more advanced students)
         2004-05:      General Education Review Committee, Univ. of Arizona (a high-level group that
                          recommended overhaul of the undergraduate gen. ed. program)
        since 2004:  co-chair of the Committee on Science in the Liberal Arts Curriculum, American Academy
                          of Arts & Sciences

Your communications alerted me to the fact that my membership in FUN no longer appeared in my CV. I am disturbed and embarrassed about that and now have corrected the omission (albeit not in the version posted with the SfN ballot because I can't change that one). In the past my FUN membership was listed, but somehow, along the way, it was deleted inadvertently, and I hadn't noticed that. I should add that I found no appropriate way to include my FUN membership in the forms the SfN asked me to complete because I have not been an officer of FUN and it is not an elective honor.

This sounds like a campaign message, but that is not my intent. I simply want to assure FUN that although your initiative to nominate a FUN member for Council did not succeed, there is a FUN enthusiast on the ballot...as a candidate for President. I doubt that the SfN included me because of my interest and activity in undergraduate education, my interest in independent colleges, my commitment to diversity, or my research focus on invertebrate neuroethology. But if I am elected, that is what the Society will get in its next president!

With best wishes and high hopes for the future success of FUN,

cheers, John Hildebrand

At 05:50 AM 5/18/2010, you wrote:
To: [email protected]
From: "John G. Hildebrand" <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: SFN, WTF? What happened to our nomination of Eric Wiertelak

At 04:50 AM 5/18/2010, you wrote:
Very disappointing! I'll be doing some digging on our behalf.

Julio

Chair, Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Committee

Sent from my iPhone

Julio J. Ramirez, Ph.D.
R. Stuart Dickson Professor
Director, Neuroscience Program
Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience
Box 7017
Watson Building, Room 202
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

V: 704-894-2888

On May 17, 2010, at 10:45 PM, "Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience"
<[email protected]> wrote:

> I just received my ballot for SFN's annual election.  First, I was
> peeved to
> see that the nominee bios had no substantive statements on their
> goals/aspirations for the organization.
>
> Then, when I got to councilor's, however, I was astonished to see
> that Eric
> Wiertelak was not listed as a candidate.
>
> What happened?  Did we not spur the write-in campaign we hoped?  Or
> did SFN
> ignore it?  Or was he immediately elected based on the write-ins?
> Does
> anyone have any information on this?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Bob
>
> Bob Calin-Jageman
> Dominican University


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John G. Hildebrand, Ph.D.
Regents Professor and Head
Department of Neuroscience
College of Science
University of Arizona
PO Box 210077
1040 East 4th St.
Tucson  AZ  85721-0077 (USA)

tel: 520-621-6626   /   fax: 520-621-8282
email: [email protected]
Website: www.neurobio.arizona.edu

School of Mind, Brain, and Behavior

If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't
be called research. [attributed to Einstein]
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