Rules and Regulations of the PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research
Amendments to the Bylaws may be initiated by a vote of 2/3 of the Council or may be proposed to the Council in writing by any member with the written support of three (3) other members. In the latter case, the Secretary-Treasurer, will transmit the proposed amendment to a committee of three members of the Council selected by the President. This committee shall convene promptly and report, usually within six (6) weeks from the start of its deliberations, its recommendation for endorsement, revision or disapproval of the proposed amendment. The committee's final recommendation will be reviewed from the entire Council with a favorable vote of 2/3 of its members required for endorsement of the proposed change in the Bylaws. The sponsors of an amendment that fails to gain endorsement may, in writing, request the Council to reconsider their unaltered proposal based on new clarifying information. The second vote of the Council on a proposed change in the Bylaws shall be final. Amendments revised and resubmitted following disapproval by the Council shall be considered new proposals and reviewed accordingly. All proposed amendments to the Bylaws initiated by the Council or endorsed by it will be transmitted for consideration to the general membership. As an alternative procedure, a proposed change in the Bylaws may be submitted to the Council by petition of one-tenth of the total active membership and will be transmitted directly to the general membership for its consideration. Each proposed amendment to the Bylaws distributed to the general membership will be accompanied by commentary/recommendations from the Council. Sponsors of an amendment other thn the Council shall have the option of providing a similar statement for distribution. Voting by the membership will take place at an annual or special meeting of the Society (See Article X, Section 10.01 of the Bylaws) if it falls within six (6) months of the date that a proposed amendment to the Bylaws is received by the Secretary-Treasurer from either the Council or one-tenth of the total active general membership. If not, voting on the amendment will be carried out by a ballot mailed to each active member of the Society by the Secretary-Treasurer. In either case, approval by two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting will be required for adoption of the proposed amendment.
Approved March 1, 1990
Travel awards will be provided for each annual meeting.
Approved October 31, 1990, Amended July 11, 1991
Amendment to Rule & Regulation #2 part 2:
A total limit of $8,000 with an individual limit of $500 placed on the domestic travel awards for each annual PASPCR meeting (as well as IPCC meetings held in the United States) and of $800 placed on international travel awards for wacy foreigh IPCC meetings (as well as PASPCR meetings held outside the United States)
Approved September 10, 2002
Amendment to Rule & Regulation #2:
No a priori limit will be placed on the amount or number of PASPCR sponsored travel awards distributed to support meeting attendance. For each meeting, the individual amount and maximum number of travel awards will be recommended by the PASPCR Secretary-Treasurer after reviewing available funds, and agreed upon by PASPCR Council vote.
Approved March 24, 2014
The Nominating Committee will start the nominating process for officers and council positions in the spring, and the vote will be held in the fall of each year. The starting date for new officers and council members will be January 1 of the next calendar year.
Approved July 11, 1991
The PASPCR will establish three young investigator awards to include a plaque and $250. These awards will be given at the annual meeting of the PASPCR. Guidelines of the awards will suggest that one award be given for each of the three categories: pre-doctoral student, post-doctoral fellow and a young faculty person.
Approved October 30, 1991
Amendment to Rule & Regulation #4:
To facilitate the selection of the Young Investigator Awards for each annual meeting:
Amended (provisional) October 27, 1994
The outgoing President of the PASPCR will become the member-at-large for the IFPCS Council at the completion of his/her term as President. The President has the authority to appoint the alternate to the member-at-large to the IFPCS Council with the recommendation that the President select the President-Elect, a member of the council or a member-at-large as seems appropriate for the situation at the time.
Approved January 23, 1992
Honorary Members will be elected as follows:
Approved June 7, 1992
The Council approves the establishment of the PANAMERICAN Society for Pigment Cell Research Career Achievement Award, which is the Society's most prestigious award, to be given to an individual(s) for outstanding and distinguished contributions to pigment cell research and/or the Society. The receipt of the award and the unique medal without a monetary honorarium are to be considered to be recognition of the distinction achieved by the accomplishments of the recipient's career by membership at large and the officers. The award and its method of selection are as follows:
Approved September 26, 1993
The Lawrence M. Gelb Research Foundation of Clairol, Inc., a division of Bristol-Myers Squibb, has generously provided support for a special lectureship for the annual meeting of the PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research.
Approved May 5, 1994
Amendment to Rule & Regulation #8:
The Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. has generously provided support for a special lectureship for the annual meeting of the PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research. The award is intended to acknowledge outstanding contributors to the field of pigment cell research.
Approved September 8, 2002
The PASPCR is willing to sponsor and promote scientific meetings outside of its annual meeting and the International Pigment Cell Conference, provided that the organizers of such meetings petition the PASPCR Council for such sponsorship well in advance of the meeting and are able to supply the following evidence as a minimum:
Approved October 27, 1994
Members may apply to the Secretary-Treasurer for Emeritus Membership in the PASPCR. The stipulations for Emeritus Membership are as follows:
Approved October 27, 1994
In the event of a tie vote for election of an officer or a council member, the members of the Council at the time of the election will vote by written ballot to resolve the tie. The ballots will be prepared, distributed and counted by the secretary.
Approved January 19, 1995
Membership of Standing Committees of the Council, as specified in Article IV, Section 4.07-e, shall consist of three members of the Council, representing at a minimum two different Council terms, initially appointed by the President; and two members of the Society at large, initially appointed by the President. The Secretary/Treasurer shall verify that the appointees are members in good standing both for the current and for the prior membership year. Following constitution of the Committee by the current President, the outgoing President shall appoint two new Council members and one new member-at-large for the Standing Committee(s). The current President shall appoint the other new Council member and the other member-at-large at the midpoint of the President?s term. The term of service on each Standing Committee of the Council shall be limited to three years.
Approved July 23, 2010
The selection of the Medrano Young Investigator Award will be by a three member committee, the 'Medrano Award Committee'. This committee shall be distinct from the PASPCR Awards & Nominations Committee.
Members of the Medrano Award Committee will be appointed by the PASPCR President in accordance with Article V, Section 5.03 of the PASPCR By-Laws. Members have no fixed term and their continued service is at the discretion of the PASPCR President.
Candidates eligible for the Medrano Young Investigator Award are early career scientists, within twelve years of their terminal doctoral degree.
The Medrano Young Investigator Award shall be associated with each domestic PASPCR Meeting. There is no requirement to name a Medrano Young Investigator Award during years when there is no domestic PASPCR meeting, but a Medrano Young Investigator awardee may be named during these years following a majority vote of the PASPCR Council.
The selection process for the Medrano Young Investigator Award shall be as follows: Candidates for the award will self-identify candidate status on meeting abstract submission form and submit an NIH biosketch to the PASPCR secretary/treasurer.
Members of the Medrano Award Committee will confirm applicant eligibility. Members of the Medrano Award Committee will evaluate and rank abstracts submitted by eligible investigator prior to the PASPCR meeting.
Members of the Medrano Award Committee will score candidates independently based upon their meeting presentation and career potential in pigment cell biology, then utilize the Hare System of Proportional Representation to determine the candidate with the highest score.
The recipient of the Medrano Young Investigator Award will be announced after departure from the PASPCR meeting to the PASPCR membership using appropriate Society communication methods.
The Medrano Young Investigator Award shall consist of:
Approved September 29, 2015