This month marks Dr. Bates’s tenth year of membership in the American Physiological Society (APS). Since joining the society as a 3rd year graduate student in 2006, Dr. Bates has had the pleasure of serving on the Respiration Section Steering Committee, the Trainee Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Communications Committee, and as a contributor to the David Bruce Award and Respiration Section Trainee Endowment. Popular science writing contributed by her and her students can be found on the APS blog I Spy Physiology.
The APS is a non-profit organized who mission is to foster education, scientific research, and the dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The Society was founded in 1887 with 28 members. APS now has over 10,500 members. Most members have doctoral degrees in physiology and/or medicine (or other health professions). Members of the society often attend the annual Experimental Biology meeting where Dr. Bates’s graduate and undergraduate frequently present the lab’s work. Several of Dr. Bates’s former students have been recipients of the David Bruce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Membership in the APS offers an outstanding opportunity to learn about the most ground-breaking science and interact with leaders in physiology. Dr. Bates is especially grateful for the opportunities the society has provided and looks forward to another 10 years of membership!