Alexander Hollaender Outreach Committee

The mission of the Alexander Hollaender Outreach Committee is to broaden the opportunities in mutagenesis research internationally for scientists and students from countries where such opportunities are historically underrepresented through the planning, promoting, and teaching courses on pertinent subjects throughout the world. For more information visit the links below:

Committee Activities   Hollaender Courses

Vision/Mission Statement

The mission of the Alexander Hollaender Outreach Committee of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society is to broaden the opportunities in mutagenesis research internationally for scientists and students from countries where such opportunities are historically underrepresented.

Committee Composition

The Committee should consist of 8–10 members including a chairperson and at least one member of Council.

EMGS members can view a current Committee roster.

Business Office Interaction

The official list of individuals and institutions that benefit from a Journal subscription is maintained by the Business Office.

Requests for funding should be submitted to the Business Office to obtain approval by the Executive Board.

Charges

  1. Develop recommendations for support of educational and scientific activities related to environmental mutagenesis in countries which can benefit significantly from such. Include recommendations about the following types of activities:
    1. Travel support for students and senior scientists from these countries to attend scientific meetings of the EMGS.
    2. Support for scientists to be brought to North America for laboratory training.
    3. Subscriptions of the Society Journal to individuals and/or institutions in these countries. Assess the benefits of this program.
    4. Sponsorship or assistance with international training courses, workshops, or scientific meetings. Propose activities that could be supported under this program and develop criteria and a mechanism for allocating funds to programs worthy of support.
    5. In conjunction with the Awards and Honors Committee, provide recognition to senior scientists who have made significant contribution towards promoting the field of environmental mutagenesis in their country and the surrounding region.
  2. Suggest ways in which the activities can be used to increase awareness of this program.
  3. Address the needs of interested scientists in countries where low budgets and salaries or the inability to obtain US dollars preclude individuals from joining the MS. Procedures are needed to identify such individuals. Describe ways by which the Society or its members can provide dues and journal subscriptions.

    1. Develop and maintain a list of individuals and institutions that would benefit from EMGS membership and a Journal subscription(s). The committee needs to re-evaluate the list of scientists that are receiving the journal. The original commitment was for 5 years. Any scientists that have been receiving the journal for more than 5 years should be removed from the list, unless justification is presented for the continued receipt of the journal. Working with EMGS Business Office and Wiley Liss, the numbers should be confirmed and the list updated.
    2. Develop ways to select the most suitable candidates and to provide for their needs in the most economical way (e.g., using overrun journal sets at the end of a year) to help the maximum number of people. Consideration will have to be given to fair ways to rotate recipients if the number of people should exceed the available resources.
    3. Make recommendations to benefit foreign members and ways in which costs for such activities may be defrayed.
    4. Publicize and facilitate opportunities for EMGS place members to sponsor members in these countries.
  4. EMGS provides support of Hollaender Courses based upon approved proposals. All proposals must be prepared according to agreed upon guidelines, reviewed by the committee and sent to the Executive Board for approval. 

Standard Operating Procedures

  1. To have yearly committee meetings in conjunction with the annual EMGS meeting
  2. To interact throughout the year via email
  3. To maintain the Hollaender Outreach Committee website with up-to-date descriptions of previous Hollaender courses, information about upcoming courses and activities, and a current list of members on the committee
  4. To make decisions on where future Hollaender Courses should take place, and aid in the planning, organization, and financial support for these courses.
  5. To maintain transparency of activities of the committee and provide yearly reports to the Executive committee and the EMGS newsletter describing the activities and accomplishments of the Hollaender Outreach Committee.

Current Year Initiatives

Establish criteria for selection of the Alexander Hollaender Trainee Fellows and submit to Council and Executive Board for approval

Develop guidelines for Hollaender Course application, review and selection of applicants for proposals.