After several years of dedicated service as Secretary of the NMISC, Steven Meikle is stepping down. I am pleased to announce that Giorgos Kontaxakis has accepted the position of NMISC Secretary and Chair of the Nominations Sub-Committee in Steve’s place. I thank George for volunteering to assume these responsibilities and Steve for his many past contributions in this position.
The NMISC has been working on a minor revision of the NMISTC Bylaws, mainly concerning the operation of the NSS/MIC Oversight Subcommittee, which does the long-term planning and site selection for the NSS and MIC. This is a joint Subcommittee of the RISC and NMISC, and consequently the RITC and NMISTC Bylaws must be consistent with respect to its operation. The revision is intended to accomplish this. The new Bylaws will take effect if they are approved by NPSS AdCom, and will be published in a future Newsletter.
The 2009 NSS/MIC will be held 25–31 October in Orlando, Florida, in the Hilton Hotel near Downtown Disney. Richard Lanza is the General Chair, Ramsey Badawi is the MIC Program Chair and Craig Levin will be the Deputy MIC Program Chair. This year’s MIC will have the theme “Translating Scientific Concepts into Practical Reality.” Plenary sessions during the meeting will include contributions from medical practitioners and from workers in industry, with a view to provoking discussion on how novel developments presented at the conference can be translated into devices and methods that will have a clinical impact. Additional details can be found at http://www.nss-mic.org/2009/.
Knoxville, Tennessee is the venue for the 2010 NSS/MIC. Ron Keyser is the General Chair and David Townsend will serve as the MIC Program Chair. The meeting will be held in the Knoxville Convention Center, with housing shared among several downtown hotels. The organizing committee is working on the first Call for Papers, which will be distributed at the Orlando meeting.
The 2011 NSS/MIC will be in Valencia, Spain. Valencia is Spain’s third largest city, beautifully situated on the eastern Mediterranean coast, with many cultural and recreational attractions. The meeting space will be in the Valencia Conference Center and the neighboring Sorollo and Hilton Hotels. David Townsend will be the General Chair.
The Disney Hotel in Anaheim, California will host the 2012 NSS/MIC meeting.
Tom Lewellen will be General Chair of this meeting, and he is currently putting together his organizing committee.
Planning for the 2013 meeting is underway. The RITC/NMISC Joint Oversight Subcommittee is currently reviewing three site location proposals: one for Beijing, China, one for Seoul, Korea, and one for Cairns, Australia. The growing interest from our Asia-Pacific community in hosting the meeting is a strong motivating factor for holding the 2013 NSS/MIC in that region.
You can find more information on the NMIS Technical Committee and Council, including current Council membership, information on NMISTC-sponsored awards, and a copy of our constitution and bylaws, at our web site: http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/nps/nmisc/. Five new members are elected to NMISC each year, and we always welcome new candidates. If you are interested in standing for election, please contact me.
Charles Watson can be reached at Siemens Molecular Imaging, 810 Innovation Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37932-2562 USA; Phone: +1 865-218-2419; Fax: +1 865-218-3000; E-mail: email@example.com.