President's Blog - AUGUST 2019
Dear SBSM Members,
An ongoing focus of the SBSM is our First Annual Scientific Conference on September 12-15 in Birmingham. This is an important milestone in the growth of the SBSM and the program delivers outstanding content with renowned speakers and a variety of activities every day. To help support our trainees who have posters at the conference, four Travel Awards have also been made available. The recipients of those awards are: Alicia Roth PhD, Allyson Gilles PhD, Alicia Chung PhD and Marissa Bowman MS. We want to congratulate all the recipients and look forward to following their careers in behavioral sleep medicine.
Work has also continued on strengthening our infrastructure. A procedure manual has been developed that outlines the SBSM structure and describes the roles and responsibilities of board and committee members. It has been provided to new committee members as part of an orientation package. Also, we have begun taking a proactive approach to the annual transition of committee members with new committee members being invited to join the monthly committee meetings prior to becoming active committee members in September. This will make for a smoother transition and help maintain the momentum of the many ongoing projects of our society.
Finally, we want to encourage all of our members to attend our First Scientific Conference and to spread the word to other colleagues. The Early Bird rates will end on August 12h for room reservations and August 28th for meeting registration.
Donna Arand, PhD