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Officers’ Update – January 2014

To:
        SPR Members

From:
    SPR Officers
 

             Sue Kaste, DO, Chair
Brian Coley, MD, President-Elect
Diego Jaramillo, MD, 2nd Vice President

Christopher Cassady, MD, Secretary
Richard Barth, MD, President
Jim Donaldson, MD, 1st Vice President
Molly Dempsey, MD, Treasurer

Happy New Year to all! We have much to cover, so let’s begin:
 
  • Website: Important corrections to the website launch message: 
    • Your username is the email address at which you received this message.
    • Your password is (lowercase) spr2014.
      • Please do not attempt to change profile/username/password as the system is not accepting changes. We are working on this glitch and hope to have an update to report shortly.
    • Until you log in, you will not see the Member-only options under the "Members" tab, including access to the online journal, online CME, and the member directory.
    • We launched the new website on December 30 – a few short hours before the prior site was scheduled to "go dark." To avoid boring you with too much detail, let it suffice that the SPR website (and the Image Gently and World Federation websites) were forced to move. The new platform presents both challenges and opportunities for our staff and us: We are now under contract with an independent company and the software is open source. Therefore, if we move our sites again, it will be because we choose to do so.
    • The sites are user-maintained and new technology, so our staff’s expertise will grow over the coming months.
       
  • The 2014 Honors Committee announces the following awards to be celebrated at the 2014 Meeting:
    • Gold MedalDavid C. Kushner, MD, FACR, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Norfolk, Virginia
    • Singleton/Taybi Award for Contributions in EducationRobert H. Cleveland, MD, FACR, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Honorary MemberTimothy M. Cain, MBBS, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    • Presidential RecognitionRichard M. Benator, MD, FACR, All Children's Hospital, St Petersburg, Florida
    • and, selected by SPR President Dr. Richard Barth, Pioneer Award: Diego Jaramillo, MD, MPH, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The current Nominating Committee developed the following slate for the 2014-15 year. Congratulations to the candidates who will stand for election this spring:
    • For Second-Vice PresidentPeter J. Strouse, MD, FACR, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Members of the Board of Directors:
      • M. Beth McCarville, MD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis
      • Daniel J. Podberesky, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Member of the Research and Education Foundation BoardAlex J. Towbin, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Nominations for Nominating Committee Members due March 31, 2014. This is your chance to influence the future of the Society: help pick the people who pick the people. The Members of the SPR Nominating Committee are both nominated and voted on by the Society’s Active Members. Each year, the responsibility of the Nominating Committee is to develop the slate of officers to be voted on by the Members.
    • To nominate an SPR member to serve on the Nominating Committee (the committee that identifies the next leaders of the Society), Active members are asked to submit this online Nomination form and arrange for a second Active Member to submit a letter/email of support sent to jboylan@acr.org. Self-nomination is permitted.
       
  • SPR Meetings and Education
  • SPR Research and Education Foundation  
    • ​Grant applications due March 15 - visit the SPR REF page for grant program details and online applications.
    • The 2014 Jack Haller Awards for Excellence in Education will be presented to: 
      • Tal Laor, MD, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 
      • Carrie B. Ruzal-Shapiro, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY
    • The 2014 Heidi Patriquin Awards for International Education will be presented to:   
      • Nneka I. Iloanusi MBBS, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
      • Beatrice Mulama MBChB, M.Med, Kenyatta National Hospital
We hope to receive your nominations for members to stand for election for the 2014-15 Nominating Committee and we look forward to seeing you in Florida next month at the ALARA- IG Summit and in May in Washington, DC for the SPR Annual Meeting. 

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