IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS)
and Medical Imaging Sciences Council (NMISC) Meeting
- Draft filed October
29, 2004, by John Aarsvold.
Meeting Date: October 21,
Meeting Location: Ergife
Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy
Attendees: Magnus Dahlbom,
John Aarsvold, Joel Karp, Margaret Daube-Witherspoon, Tom Lewellen,
Ron Keyser, Chris Thompson, Bill Moses, Ron Jaszczak, Grant
Gullberg, Sibylle Ziegler, Ron Huesman, Lars Eriksson, Paul Kinahan,
Larry Zeng, Jeff Fessler, Craig Levin, Ben Tsui, Charles Stearns,
Simon Cherry, Ed Lampo, Alberto Del Querra
Call to order. Chairperson
Magnus Dahlbom called the meeting to order.
2003 minutes. A vote on
the approval of the minutes of the October 24, 2003 meeting was
postponed. This approval vote will be conducted via email.
2003 MIC and NSS
(Portland). Mike King and Steve Glick filed, prior to the council
meeting, a report on the 2003 MIC. Bill Moses reported additionally
that it is expected that the financial books on the Portland meeting
would close shortly and that those books would be in the black by
MIC and NSS (Rome). Sibylle Ziegler filed a preliminary report on
the 2004 MIC. She reported that 659 abstracts were submitted, 46
oral presentations were made at MIC sessions, , 504 posters were
invited, and approximately 100 abstracts were rejected
(approximately 16%). In addition she reported there were 14 oral
presentations at 2 joint MIC/NSS sessions and 6 oral presentations
at 1 joint MIC/RTSD session, and that there were 4 MIC short
courses, 2 plenary talks, and 1 dinner speaker. Meeting support was
offered to approximately 65 individuals from funds obtained from 5
vendors and an NIH award (Bill Moses, P.I.). There were 111
candidate student posters for 2 outstanding student
poster awards. A more complete report on the meeting will be filed
within the next few months.
MIC and NSS (Porto Rico). Simon Cherry filed, prior to the council
meeting, a preliminary report on the 2005 MIC. At the meeting, he
indicated that the meeting structure would be morning and evening
sessions and that the MIC dinner will held on Saturday evening. He
indicated also that the 2005 MIC/NSS is seeking to get commitments
of approximately $100,000 for attendee (young investigator) support
[Simon Cherry will file R13 proposal with NIH]. General Chair Tom
Lewellen will visit the resort in Dec. A larger group will of the
organizing committee will visit in spring 2005.
MIC and NSS (San Diego). John Aarsvold reported that some of the
organizing committee had met at the Rome meeting and that a
pre-conference budget was being finalized for submission to IEEE--a
first step for any IEEE conference. The general chair for the
meeting is Graham Smith; the NSS chair is Chuck Britton. Issues the
conference organizers will likely face include: number
of days, parallel oral sessions, number of joint sessions, location
of exhibits, location and duration of posters, number of plenary
sessions and speakers, and location of MIC dinner.
MIC and NSS. Ron Keyser spoke on behalf of the 2007 site/general
chair selection committee. He indicated that the following were part
of the criteria used in the site selection process: travel time and
costs, operating costs, availability and cost of food,
space (60,000 sq ft), and number/quality/cost of available rooms
(1000 rooms). Three locations (Hawaii, Las Vegas, St. Louis) with
2-3 sites each were considered during the final evaluations. The
site selection committee selected, on a very close vote, Hawaii. One
of the stated reasons for this selection is its accessibility for
potential attendees from Pacific-rim countries. A vote was called as
to whether to support or reject the selection committee's
recommendation to pursue the holding of the 2007 NSS/MIC in Hawaii.
The vote results were 13 votes for support, no votes against.
MIC and NSS. Ron Keyser spoke on behalf of the 2008 site/general
chair selection process. Options discussed included: having the
selection committee pursue an eastern USA location; having the
selection committee investigate further Las Vegas and St. Louis;
having the selection committee solicit proposals relevant to holding
the 2008 NSS/MIC in Germany. It is intended that a
site be selected by August 2005. A vote was called as to which
direction to direct the committee. The vote results were 13 votes
for having the committee solicit and evaluate proposals relevant to
holding the 2008 NSS/MIC in Germany.
Change in NMISTC by-laws.
Magnus Dahlbom reported that a change to the by-laws is going to be
proposed. The change relates to that part of the by-laws that
discusses oversight of the NSS/MIC. This issue will be addressed
through email discussions and votes.
Change in name of the
Medical Imaging Scientist Award. Margaret Daube-Witherspoon reported
that it has been proposed to the NPSS ADCOM and to IEEE TAB that the
name of the Medical Imaging Scientist Award be officially changed to
the Edward J. Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award.
Report by the NMISC
Awards/Fellow Sub-committee. Margaret Daube-Witherspoon filed, prior
to the council meeting, a report from the sub-committee. She
indicated that Gerd Muehllehner had been chosen as this year's
recipient of the Medical Imaging Scientist Award. On other issues,
she indicated the need to continue to encourage IEEE Members to
elevate their status to IEEE Senior Members; the need to continue to
submit nominations for elevation of IEEE Senior Members to Fellow
status (nominations due in March), if appropriate; and to nominate
medical imaging scientists for any and all of the NPSS awards for
which such are eligible.
Report by the NMISC
Communications Sub-committee. Larry Zeng filed, prior to the council
meeting, a report from the sub-committee. He indicated at the
meeting that the report covered all the sub-committees activities.
Editorial leadership of
the NMIS. Paul Kinahan has taken over from Ed Hoffman the editorship
of the TNS-NMIS, which will be published three times a year (Feb,
June, Oct). Paul indicated that Joel Karp will take over the
conference editor responsibilities and that Joel will have 6
associate editors that will each handle approximately 50 papers.
2004 Breast Imaging
Workshop. Craig Levin provided a brief summary of the 2004 Breast
Imaging Workshop that was yet to be held in Rome. He indicated that
the workshop had support from The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of
Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Philips, GE, Istituto
Superiore di Sanita, and the IEEE NPSS. He indicated that in
addition to numerous invited presentations, there were to be 7
proffered oral presentations and 15 posters. He also indicated that
there are preliminary plans to have workshops connected with the
NSS/MIC to be held in 2006 and 2008.
Election of new
sub-committee chairs. By unanimous vote of those members in
attendance, Ron Huesman was elected chair of the Communications
Sub-committee and Jeff Fessler was elected chair of the
Magnus Dahlbom adjorned the meeting.
The results of this year's
election for NMISC members have Roger Fulton, Christian More, Todd
E. Peterson, Martin P. Tornai, and Charles C. Watson joining the
council and serving from January 2005 through December 2007. Members
ending their official terms at the end of 2004 are Magnus Dahlbom,
Margaret E. Daube-Witherspoon, Lars A. Erkisson, Steven R. Meikle,
and Charles Steans. Magnus Dahlbom will remain on the NMISC as
Chairperson and then Most Recent Past Chairperson.