Scientific Affairs Committee

Charged with assessing the research landscape covered by the discipline of anatomy to recommend priorities for future programs, products, and services including, but not limited to, development of new meetings or short courses, participation in existing meetings of other organizations, and cooperative ventures with other organizations including potential guest societies, as well as review applications for and select recipients for awards and grants.


  • Review applications and select recipients for:
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
    • Early-Career Investigator Awards
    • Early-Career Anatomist Publication Awards
    • Research Outreach Grants
  • In addition, SAC may make recommendations regarding the implications of priority research areas for membership growth, Annual Meeting, journals, and play a key role in highlighting and communicating members’ research on the organization’s website.


  • Be an active member in good standing
  • Preference will be given to those actively involved in research in the designated areas



NameCompanyThru Date
Habiba ChirchirMarshall University12/31/2024


NameCompanyThru Date
Meir BarakLong Island University12/31/2025
Soma DashStowers Institute for Medical Research12/31/2024
Adam Hartstone-RoseNorth Carolina State University12/31/2023
Timothy SmithSlippery Rock University12/31/2023
Paul TrainorStowers Institute for Medical Research12/31/2024
Janine Ziermann-CanabarroHoward University12/31/2023


The Committee shall meet during the Annual Meeting and at such other times as the business of the Association may require.


The Committee reports to the Board at its spring and fall meetings.


  • The committee shall consist of no more than 10 members
  • A committee chair, 3 associate editor representatives, one each from The Anatomical Record, Anatomical Sciences Education, and Developmental Dynamics, a Program Committee Co-Chair
  • Members serve for 3 years; the chair serves for 2 years in this capacity. The term begins January 1 of each year.

Application Process

  • Applications are solicited annually through a Call for Volunteers
  • Applications are reviewed and scored by the committee chairs and members; scores, demographics, needs of the committee, and comments from the reviews are taken into consideration when choosing new members
  • New committee members are chosen, and then reviewed by the Nominating Committee
  • The new committee members are approved by the full Board of Directors
  • After Board approval, notifications are sent out. Feedback is given if requested by the applicant