Spring 2013

From the Editor's Desk
John M. Ruiz, PhD, APS Newsletter Editor

“Scientific Spring Break!” There was sunny weather, beaches, baseball, a crazy music festival, good friends, fun, and cutting edge science. Our Miami hosts along with Dr. Suzanne Segerstrom and the 2013 Program Committee delivered a fantastic meeting context for our society to present the latest in psychosomatic research. A full spectrum of scientists from senior investigators to undergraduate trainees attended, contributed, and interacted in sessions and during the 2nd floor foyer poster sessions. There were lively discussions regarding the society’s name change process, stimulating award talks, and the handling of administrative business. The 3-day event was of course, punctuated by the legendary Saturday Night APS gala which featured Miami’s own Dr. Mike Antoni! Special thanks to everyone at Degnon Associates for taking care of the management aspects of the event which allowed the membership to focus on science and collaboration. If the meeting was any indication, our society’s bonds remain strong.

In this edition of your newsletter President Susan Lutgendorf writes her first message to the membership where she outlines several key challenges and highlights important opportunities for us in 2013/2014. Dr. Kristen Salomon, the incoming Program Committee Chair reviews the Miami meeting and gives us an early look at the theme of the 2014 meeting to be held in San Francisco. In this edition’s Getting to Know You we feature up-and-comers Drs. Paula Williams and Steven Barger who introduce us to their work, their professional career course, and their thoughts on life outside of science. Dr. Wijo Kop, editor-in-chief of Psychosomatic Medicine provides us with highlights from the journal including links and information regarding CME credits for reviewers. From the home office we have information regarding the name change and a call for award nominations. And finally, we have meeting wrap-up fun including photos and presentation audio/video. Enjoy!

CORRESPONDENCE: Please email questions, comments, and suggestions to John M. Ruiz, Ph.D., Editor, APS Newsletter, John.Ruiz@unt.edu