ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEASTERN BIOLOGISTS (ASB)
PROMOTING BIOLOGY THROUGH RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOR MORE THAN 75 YEARS.
81st ANNUAL MEETING OF ASB
25-28 MARCH 2020
NOMINEES FOR ASB 2020 OFFICER ELECTIONS
The following individuals were nominated by the ASB Nominations Committee and have agreed to serve in the indicated capacities if elected. Elections will take place online only. ASB Members will receive an electronic invitation to vote via SurveyMonkey on Wednesday, 26 February. Each member is limited to a single vote through this e-invitation, and all voting will be anonymous. There are opportunities to indicate write-in candidates on the ballot. Voting for these elections will close at midnight one week prior to the ASB 2020 annual meeting in Memphis. Results of the election will be announced at the Friday Night Awards Banquet at the conclusion of the annual meeting.
PRESIDENT-ELECT: Chris Brown, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Biology at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA. He has been teaching full time since 2009 and has taught introductory biology for majors and nonmajors, and classes in zoology, evolution, ecology, entomology, parasitology, and animal behavior. He loves teaching students how science works and bringing them into nature. Dr. Brown holds an A.S. in biology from South Georgia College (2001), a B.S. in biology from Shorter College (2003) and a Ph.D. in Biology with a focus on ecology and evolution from Vanderbilt University (2009). His dissertation centers on the behavioral ecology of Neochlamisus leaf beetles with special attention to the creation, maintenance and function of their remarkable animal architectures. He is interested in organisms of all kinds and has researched insects, rodents, and box turtles in the Arizona desert; Anolis lizards in the Puerto Rican rainforest; insects in temperate forests of eastern North America, and trematode-snail interactions in the foothills of the Appalachians. His research on small mammal and insect diversity now serves as a conduit to expose undergraduate students to the scientific process. He greatly appreciates ASB for providing so many students opportunities to share their research and introducing them to professional biologists. He has been a member of ASB since around 2002 and won the society’s Student Research Award in 2009. He formally served on ASB’s book review committee and since 2013 has served on the program committee for ASB which is responsible for abstract submission and program creation. He is currently serving as Vice President.
VICE PRESIDENT: Alfredo J. León, Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL
Bio coming soon
MEMBERS-AT-LARGE (two seats)
Veronica Segarra, High Point University, High Point, NC
Veronica A. Segarra, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. She completed her PhD in Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale and her BS in Biochemistry at the University of Miami. Her contributions to science have come in the form of research breakthroughs in the study of several yeast proteins that coordinate vesicular trafficking pathways, including clathrin, auxilin, and Atg27. Her lab is particularly interested in the identification and trafficking of cargo molecules and adaptors involved in the cellular process known as autophagy, a cellular self-eating process that helps cells cope with starvation and cellular damage. Her laboratory is located at High Point University (HPU) a primarily undergraduate institution in High Point, NC. Her lab is not only the home base for her research program, but a place where undergraduate students receive one-on-one mentoring as they strive to develop their identity in science and research. At HPU she primarily teaches general education courses and upper-level Cell and Cancer Biology courses with laboratory components. Her research interests also include science pedagogy and outreach innovation and best practices. From 2017 to 2019, she served as co-chair of the Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). As part of her contributions to the ASCB MAC, she led the publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts that highlighted the committee's evidence-based contributions to STEM diversification. In 2018, she was awarded the Inaugural Innovation and Creativity in Teaching Award at High Point University. She is currently the co-director of the Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success (ACCESS), a meta-organization composed of the diversity-focused committees of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), the Biophysical Society (BPS), The Endocrine Society (TES), and the Scientific Careers Research and Development Group (SCRDG) at Northwestern University. Veronica is also chair (2019-2020) of the ASB Human Diversity Committee. As a Member-at-Large, Veronica hopes to find opportunities to use innovation and evidence-based methods to deepen the ways in which our ASB society connects with its members and facilitates their professional development.
Valerie Burnett, Newberry College, Newberry, SC
Bio coming soon