SUP Electronic Newsletter: March 2006

President's Message

It is my pleasure to inform you of arrangements that have been made to sustain the 'newsletter' as a means for disseminating information, in a timely manner, to the Society membership. Eric Wartchow and Luann Goin, both of The Children's Hospital in Denver, have agreed to serve two-year terms as its Editor and Associate Editor, and Irv Dardick, of Pathology Images Inc, has agreed to provide ongoing graphics and publication support. The primary function of this electronic newsletter, which now is to be distributed quarterly, will be to alert and direct its readers to more extensive and detailed information existing on the SUP website. Our organization's excellent website will continue to be managed by Karlene Hewan-Lowe and Irv Dardick.

From the Editor's Desk

Luann and I are very excited, but both also a bit apprehensive, about this endeavor that we are undertaking on behalf of the Society. Our success ultimately will be dependent upon your good will, patience, understanding, and assistance. We earnestly solicit your comments, criticisms, reactions, suggestions and ideas. Please do help us to help you!

General Business Meeting Summary

(Atlanta, GA; February 12, 2006)

The Society for Ultrastructural Pathology General Business meeting was called to order by Dr. John Hicks, President. The minutes of the prior General Business meeting held on February 27, 2005 had been distributed and approved previously by electronic means. Dr. Hicks briefly reviewed agenda items discussed by the Executive Council on the previous day. Details of those discussions are noted in the February 11, 2006 Executive Council meeting minutes. Dr. Simmons reported on Ultrapath XIII to be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, July 9 - 14, 2006, at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. Dr. Simmons is serving as both the meeting manager and the program chair. Dr. Simmons distributed flyers and will seek every opportunity at this USCAP meeting to inform USCAP members about this scientific meeting. Dr. Hicks and Dr. Shelburne reviewed the new version of the constitution. This version has been reviewed twice by the Executive Council, both in the year 2005 and this year. It has also been circulated electronically to all SUP members with no objections. Accordingly, the entire group present at this General Business meeting unanimously voted to institute this new version of the SUP constitution. Dr. Shelburne will distribute the new version of the constitution electronically to the membership. Dr. Hicks adjourned the meeting. The next General Business meeting of SUP will be in July at the Ultrapath XIII meeting in South Dakota.

Nominating Committee

The committee is actively soliciting nominations for various positions on the Executive Committee. Volunteer yourself, or suggest the names of others. Give some thought, particularly, to the possibility of bringing some of our younger members into leadership positions.

Pathologist-in-Training Award

Winning our Society's Pathologist-In-Training Award for most outstanding poster utilizing electron microscopy at the 2006 USCAP meeting was:

The Ultra-Structural Spectrum of Intracytoplasmic Crystals Associated with B-Cell Lymphoproliferative Disorders
R Ghai, U Kapur, MM Picken.
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

In addition to the $500 prize, we offer our congratulations and our encouragement for the winner to continue with such endeavors. It is not too soon to begin planning your entries for next year.

Upcoming Events


Ultrapath XIII:
Frontiers in Ultrastructural Pathology
Rapid City, South Dakota USA (July 9-14, 2006)
Electron Microscopy in Renal Pathology (September 20, 2006)
Presentation by SUP members at IAP Centennial Meeting
Montreal, Quebec CANADA (September 16-21, 2006)

Future SUP Meetings


USCAP/SUP: San Diego, California USA (Spring, 2007)
USCAP/SUP: Denver, Colorado USA (Spring, 2008)
Ultrapath XIV: Athens, Greece (Summer, 2008)

Developing information and postings about future meetings of potential interest.


Discounted personal subscription to Ultrastructural Pathology! Taylor & Francis is offering all members of the Society 45% off the regular subscription price. Follow the subscription directions in the journal, but inform the publisher of your membership and request the 45% discount.

Available again! Primer of Diagnostic Electron Microscopy for Pathologists-in-Training. Published by Pathology Images Inc. & Society for Ultrastructural Pathology. This CD-ROM can be ordered ($60 USD) online.

News Note

Our Society's emblem, in which our initials SUP are intended to evoke the image of a mitochondrion, and which provides the year of our Society's origin, was the outcome of a contest in 1986 won by Irv Dardick and associates.

Website Alert

The editor recommends, and not just for pathologists-in-training, taking a careful look at the excellent EM Board Review: Medical Diseases of the Kidney.

Contact the Editor.