Tetrahymena Research Advisory Board (TetRA)
The Tetrahymena research community is a vibrant collection of scientists that employ this ciliate as a model system to investigate fundamental mechanisms of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, ecology and evolution. Recognizing the need for greater integration and communication to further members’ objectives, the community decided to establish an advisory committee charged with identifying and promoting specific initiatives that could benefit the community as a whole.
Election of officers
Six members of the board will be elected by a vote of the greater ciliate research community. Terms will be 4 years in length, with half of the committee members being elected every two years. The vote for the first selection of board members was held in September 2011 via an on-line survey sent through the ciliate list-serve. The six nominees that topped the vote tally formed the inaugural committee. At the first meeting the board members selected a chair and vice-chair to serve two-year terms, who are charged with setting meeting agendas and communicating committee actions to the greater research community. The board also extended an invitation to a scientist from outside the Tetrahymena community, who joined the board to offer a different, yet informed perspective.
Inaugural elected board members:
- Douglas Chalker, Washington University, Chair 2011-2013
- Geoffrey Kapler, Texas A&M, Vice-Chair 2011-2013
- Theodore Clark, Cornell University
- Robert Coyne, JCVI
- Kazufumi Mochizuki, The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna
- Carolyn Price, University of Cincinnati
- Pamela Geyer, University of Iowa
The ex officio members:
Tetrahymena Stock Center
Tetrahymena Genome Database
Paramecium Genome Database
Ciliate Molecular Biology 2013 organizing committee
- Aaron Turkewitz
- Kazufumi Mochizuki
- Eric Cole
The primary functions of the committee are:
- To act as advocates for the Tetrahymena research community, promoting community interests and advising funding agencies of resource needs.
- To seek out opportunities to increase the visibility of Tetrahymena research by connecting the community with other scientific communities.
- To promote enhanced interaction between the research community and central resources, including the Tetrahymena Stock Center and the Tetrahymena Genome Database.
- To work with organizers of the Ciliate Molecular Biology Conferences to ensure a successful bi-annual meeting and explore options for future meeting organization.
Meetings are held monthly as conference calls using SKYPE. Currently, meetings are the second Friday of each month.