St. Croix

David B. Burr, Ph.D. - President
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
The meeting this year is a little later than in previous years, but this avoids both
the holiday and the hurricane seasons. The weather in St. Croix is about 70-80F
in February with a pleasant breeze, and should be quite enjoyable.

The 2002 AACBNC meeting combines scientific information that will be
interesting to anatomists, cell biologists and neuroscientists, with issues
related to public policy and public affairs important to those in leadership

Though mathematics remains largely peripheral to contemporary biology (and
vice-versa), the completion of whole genome sequencing projects and the
data-abundant experiments that have followed present significant data analytic
challenges.  The need for sophisticated computation in genomics is obvious.  
Our Keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas Kepler, Vice-President for the Academic
Affairs at the Santa Fe Institute, will show how to integrate theory and
computation into our biological experiments, to allow us to resynthesize the
biological systems that have been painstakingly analyzed into their component

We have organized a mini-symposium that melds interests in molecular biology
and neurobiology with modern imaging techniques. Dr. Sam Gambhir (UCLA) will
speak about PET reporter gene/reporter probe and microPET techniques. Dr.
Allan Johnson (Duke) will discuss the uses of MR for Histology. One of our own
members, Dr. James Potchen (Michigan State) will describe how imaging can be
used to enhance anatomy education.

The second scientific symposium highlights issues in developmental biology
and neurobiology. Dr. John Fallon (Wisconsin), the President of the American
Association of Anatomists, will discuss his work on patterning in limb
development. Dr. Mary Beth Hatten (Rockefeller) will describe her work on the
molecular control of cerebellar development.

We have attracted Howard Garrison, Director of the Office for Public Affairs at
FASEB, who has his hand on the pulse of Washington. He will provide us with
an update on public affairs in Washington, and how this might affect our future
in education and research.

We also have attracted Dr. William Mallon of the AAMC.  He will  present to us
new data from an AAMC study that identifies organizational changes in Basic
Science Departments in US Medical Schools over the past 20 years, and project
how these trends may continue to affect our departments in the future.

All in all, this meeting will provide a mix of exciting new science with the
perhaps more mundane issues of regulation and policy that affect our everyday
lives as Chairs. We hope you will find the proposed meeting schedule both
interesting and useful.
If you observe overlapping of text in the schedule below, please refresh page
Wednesday February  6, 2002
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting
3:00 - 6:00 pm
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Computational Biology:  It's not just for Genomics
Thomas B. Kepler, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Santa Fe Institute
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Thursday February 7, 2002
8:30 - 9:15 am
Multimodality Molecular Imaging:  Emerging Applications
in Molecular Therapy and Cell Biology
Sanjiv S. Gambhir, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California - Los Angeles
9:15 - 10:00 am
Magnetic Resonance Histology
G. Allan Johnson, Ph.D.
Duke University
10:00 -10:30 am
Imaging in Anatomy Education
E. James Potchen, M.D.
Michigan State University
10:30 - 11:00 am
11:00 - 12:30 pm
The Reorganization of the Basic Sciences at U.S. Medical
Schools 1980-1999 and Beyond
William T. Mallon, Ed.D.
Senior Research Associate
Division of Institutional and Faculty Studies, AAMC
Friday February 8, 2002
  Public Affairs
8:30 - 9:30 am
Public Affairs Affecting Research
Howard H. Garrison, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Public Affairs
9:30 - 10:00 am
A View from Capitol Hill:  Legislative Issues Affecting
Research Scientists
(Video Presentation)
Senator Thomas Harkin (D-IA)
10:00 - 10:30 am
10:30 - 11:30 am
PANEL DISCUSSION - What can scientists do?
Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D.
University of Iowa School of Medicine
Barry D. Shur, Ph.D.
Emory University School of Medicine
Peter J. Stambrook, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Barry E. Stein, Ph.D.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
11:30 - 12:30 pm  
6:30 - 7:30 pm
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Saturday February 9, 2001
  Developmental Biology and Neurobiology
8:30 - 9:30 am
New Insights into the Control of Pattern Formation in the
Developing Limb
John F. Fallon, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
President, American Association of Anatomists
9:30 - 10:30 am
Molecular Control of Cerebellar Development
Mary E. Hatten, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Our meeting in St. Croix will be held during peak season in the Caribbean.
You should consider making your airline reservations early as seats are
limited especially those for low published, companion, or zone fares.

Group fares have been negotiated with American Airlines. Call 1-800-433-1790
and give them reference code 1612AA. They are supposed to give you the
lowest fare available either for the zone fares or any published fare. You
automatically should be given 5% off the lowest published fare. You also
should be given an additional 5% off the lowest published fare if you make
your bookings more than 60 days in advance. There are no 5 or 10% discounts
off the zone fares which do not require a Saturday night stay. be sure to
include the code 1612AA in your reservation to obtain group discounts even
if you book your tickets through a travel agent. American Airlines flies to St
Croix from Miami or San Juan.

US Airways flies from Philadelphia to St. Croix with a stop in St. Thomas and
no change of plane. Additional feeder airlines fly to St. Croix from San Juan.

In addition, you may wish to check fares on American Trans Air Airlines.  Their
website can be found at
www.ata.com.  American Trans Air flies into San
Juan.   Fares for connecting flights from San Juan to St. Croix can be found
www.flycapeair.com (Cape Air) or  www.americanairlines.com (American
Eagle).  No group  fares have been negotiated with either American Trans Air
or Cape Air.  However, it has been noticed that fares on American Trans
Airlines may be lower from some US cities to San Juan.   Please note this is
not an all inclusive list of flights going into St. Croix.
The Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino is approximately 30 minutes from the
airport.  Although it is a small island and should be easy to navigate, the roads
are not straight, some are not marked with road signs, and there are multiple
turns that must be made to successfully arrive at the Divi Resort.  On the
positive side, there are Divi Carina Bay Resort signs at every turn.  If you are
renting a car and plan to drive from the airport, it is  suggested that you get a
good map  of the island before you embark.

Centerline Car Rentals has competitive rates.  They meet you at the airport or
at the Divi.  Their toll free number is 1-888-288-8755.  Their Web site is
www.centerlinecarrentals.com and email address is

Avis tacks on an extra 10% charge at the airport which tends to make them
more expensive even with a 10% discount for meeting participants.  This
discount is valid from up to one week before to one week after the meeting.  
Reservations can be made by calling the Avis Meeting Reservation and
Information Desk at 1-800-331-1084 and giving the group discount number
D086487.  There is also an Avis car rental agency at the Resort so it is also
possible to rent a car from Centerline or Avis after you have arrived at the
resort.   In either case, remember to drive on the left side of the road in St.

A taxi from the airport for 1-2 people will cost $20 one way per person ($10
each if you have 3 or more).  The St. Croix taxi service is the only one allowed
at the airport, so you may want to alert the Divi to your arrival time.  They will
make sure that there is a taxi at the airport for you. We have been told that if  
taxi service is arranged by the Divi it should be $34 roundtrip, but we are
unsure how much it would be for a second person in the taxi.  Arrangements
can be made by calling Marjo Norring, Divi Guest Services Manager at
340-773-9700.  There is also an open air Safari bus at $17 per person roundtrip.

The resort also has shuttle service to and from Christiansted many times a
day ($16 roundtrip).  A taxi to Christiansted is $14 one-way; to Fredericksted is
$34, so it can be economical to rent a car if you plan to tour the island.
It is time to start thinking about registration for our 2002 Annual Meeting in
St. Croix. As usual, there are two forms, one for Resort Registration and one
for Meeting Registration. Both forms will soon be online and can be viewed
with Adobe Acrobat Reader (see link below). Please complete these online if
possible. If you should have difficulty with the online forms, e-mail
JudyL@med.sc.edu and provide your name and fax number to obtain a faxed
Resort Registration
The Resort Registration form can be completed and e-mailed to
rebecca@diviresorts.com or printed and faxed to the attention of Rebecca
Foit at 919-419-2079. If you prefer to call in your resort reservations, you can
do so at 1-800-367-3484 and then choose option 3, option 2, and option 2.
Remember to sign the form if you choose to fax it.

Breakfast is included in the price of the room for up to two people per room.
Also, please note the hotel has the rooms blocked for the nights of February
6-10 anticipating that most registrants will arrive on the 6th and leave on the
10th. The honoring of room rates is four nights on either side of the 6th and
10th, if available at the time of making reservations. Children 15 years old
and younger may occupy the room with their parents at no additional charge.
Children over 15 or extra person (up to 2 more in a room) would be charged
at $30 per person per night. In addition, there is a round trip baggage
handling fee of $4.00 per person. A limited number of handicap accessible
rooms are available. These rooms are reserved on a first come, first served
The Meeting Registration form should be completed, printed, and faxed to
(803)733-3212 or mailed to the Society address on the form. Meeting
reservations via credit card can be called in to (803) 733-3233. Please be sure
to sign the form before you fax or mail it to the Society office.

Although the deadline for receipt of the Resort Registration is November 1,
2001, we encourage you to register early to ensure room availability. Because
the AACBNC must prepay 75% of the meeting cost to the resort and provide
the resort with a near final list of attendees early, we ask you to send in the
meeting registration to the AACBNC at your earliest convenience.
Resort Pictures
Schedule of Events