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Scientific Affairs Committee

In alignment with the Strategic Plan, the committee is charged with assessing the research landscape covered by the discipline of anatomical sciences 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.


Fulfill all responsibilities and committee activities with an overriding objective of meeting the Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies, goals, and priorities.



  • Curate scientific content for the website and newsletter (provide one article for the newsletter to be featured on the website monthly).
  • Develop ideas for in-house science communication training.
  • Scientific voice of AAA – set priorities for advocacy and membership development support specifically to help attract bench scientists.  
  • Identify scientific policies and issues that affect membership annually. 


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



NameCompanyThru Date
Soma DashUniversity At Albany3/31/2026


NameCompanyThru Date
Meir BarakLong Island University3/31/2026
James CrayOhio State University3/31/2027
Gabrielle FinnUniversity of Manchester3/31/2027
Ellen FricanoWestern University of Health Sciences3/31/2027
Kimberlee GiffenAugusta University/ University of Georgia Medical Partnership3/31/2027
Rebecca GreenUniversity of Pittsburgh3/31/2027
Biren PatelUniversity of Southern California3/31/2027
Paul TrainorStowers Institute for Medical Research3/31/2025
Qian WangTexas A & M University3/31/2027


The Committee shall hold video conferences as needed and meet during the Annual Meeting.


The Committee Chair makes a report to the Board at least once a year.


  • 10 members, including 1 chair.
  • 3 associate editor representatives, one each from The Anatomical Record, Anatomical Sciences Education, and Developmental Dynamics.
  • Committee members serve 3-year terms, and the chair serves a 2-year term.

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
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