Meet the Candidates for Board of Directors

Term: 2023-2026  |  Open Positions: 4  |  Candidates: 8

Joy S. Reidenberg

Candidate Statement: I have been an active member of the AAA since I was a graduate student.  I have watched this society grow and develop, particularly rejoicing at the changes that broadened the definition of anatomy research, brought anatomical education to the forefront, and welcomed all who can/should contribute to anatomical science.  I want to keep this momentum going, and am excited to participate in our first solo AAA conference in 2023.  I have written over 100 research and educational anatomical publications, guest-edited three special issues of The Anatomical Record, served on several AAA award committees and chaired AAA symposia and platform sessions.  As a board member, I am interested in helping AAA continue to promote strategies that assist in the career advancement of scientists, educators, researchers, and others working in the field of anatomy.  Further, I am devoted to teaching and encouraging members to do more science communication and public education to actively promote anatomy.  I will draw on my experience doing science documentaries on television networks (e.g., PBS, NatGeo, Discovery, Science Channel, BBC, Channel 4 UK), interviews (e.g., Nature, New York Times-Science Times, O the Oprah Magazine), podcasts (e.g., Ologies, AAAS, Scientific American, NSF, Google Hang-out, BBC, PBS), TED talks, and frequent in-person teaching to the general public at all age levels.  

Current Position/Institution: Professor, Center for Anatomy and Functional Morphology, and Dept. Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

Ph.D. Institution: Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Training Program, City University of New York, NY, USA (1998)

Earlier Positions: Instructor (1988-1991) Dept. Anatomy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM); Assistant Professor (1991-1998) Dept. Cell Biology and Anatomy, MSSM; Associate Professor (1998-2005) Ctr. Anatomy & Functional Morphology, MSSM; Associate Professor (2005-2009) Dept. Medical Education, MSSM
Adjunct Professor, Director of Anatomy, New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Teaching: [Current] Structures (graduate and medical students); Gross Anatomy (make-up laboratories post-pandemic for medical students); Comparative Anatomy Elective (medical students); Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injury, (FAMI) Workshop, FAMI Fridays, and FAMI Semester (outreach anatomy teaching to movement professionals). Teaching: [Past] Gross Anatomy (medical students); Human Gross Anatomy (graduate students); Creative Visions Elective (medical students); Clinical courses (CME, post graduate residency/fellowship, postdoc); Clinical Anatomy and General Anatomy courses (podiatric medical students); outreach anatomy teaching programs to lay public; guest lecturer (undergraduate, veterinary, and other medical colleges).

AAA Committee/Roles: Basmajian (formerly Basmajian/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) Award Committee (1999-2001, Chair 2001-2002, 2014-2016); Session Chair of Comparative Anatomy Platform Presentations (2003 & 2005); Membership Committee (2004-2006); Early Career Anatomist (formerly Keith & Marion Moore Young Anatomists) Publication Award Committee (2004-2006, Chair 2006-2007); Education Research Scholarship (formerly Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) Award committee (2007-2009); Henry Gray (formerly Henry Gray/Elsevier) Distinguished Educator Award Committee (2010-2015, Chair 2015-2017); Fellows Grant Award Committee and Grant Application Rules Subcommittee (2015-); Mentor, Anatomy Connected On-line Community (2015-); Co-Chair for Regional Meeting in New York City (2016); Chair of Symposium on Marine Mammal Sensory Anatomy for Virtual Conference (2021)

Other Professional Activities: Associated Medical Schools of New York: Anatomical Committee (1997-2016), Subcommittee Cadaver Donation Promotion (2002), Chair of Body Donation Video Subcommittee (2006-2008), Co-Chair of Most Precious Gift Subcommittee (2008-2015); Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology: Subcommittee on Science Policy Educating About Evolution (2006-2008); Marine Mammal Conferences: Chair of Mysticete MiniConference (2016), Chair of Art & Science of Whales MiniConference (2016), Advisory Committee on Large Whale Carcass Recovery of National Marine Fisheries Service of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (1999); Committee on Student Poster Awards (1993; 2001), Committee on Excellence in Science Communication Award (1995-2017), Committee on Abstract Review (2005-2013), Session Chair for Platform Presentations at Biennial Conference Biology of Marine Mammals (2005-current); Committee on International Scientific Program for Humpback Whales World Congress (2007), Co-Organizer for Workshop on Sensory Ecology (2022)

Awards (since Ph.D.): Achievement: 1989 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM); 1998 Recognition for Excellence in Science, World Marine Mammal Science Conference, Monaco; 1998 Basmajian Award, American Association for Anatomy; 2001 Advisor of student selected as a Semi-Finalist in the National Science Talent Search (formerly Westinghouse, then Intel); 2007 Scholarly Achievement Award, MSSM; 2014 Science Hall of Fame, Featured Scientist, Downers Grove North High School, IL.; 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS); 2018 William Mills Prize for “Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend”; 2018 Honoring 35 Years of Service and Commitment to the Department of Medical Education, ISMMS; 2019 (First winner) Minnie Woodson Award, ISMMS; 2021 Jacobi Medallion (Mount Sinai’s highest prize, honoring distinction in education, research, clinical care, or service); Teaching: 1993 Excellence in Science Communication Award, Society for Marine Mammalogy (Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals); 1997 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Teaching, East Harlem Training Initiative, Advanced Skills Module; 2001 Favorite Lecturer in McGrath Lecture Series on Current Topics in Marine Science, Long Island University; 2003 First winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award, MSSM; 2005 Pre-Clinical Teaching Award, MSSM; 2015 Students’ Choice Teaching Award, New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM).; 2017 Professor of the Year, First Year Pre-Clinical Curriculum, NYCPM; 2017 (First winner) Award for Achievement in Graduate Education (ISMMS). Elected Honors: 2014 Fellow of the American Association for Anatomy; 2021 Fellow of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (inaugural class). Documentaries: 2010 The Broadcast Awards (UK), Best Popular Factual Programme, “Inside Nature’s Giants”; 2010 The Broadcast Awards (UK), Highly Commended in Best New Programme category, “Inside Nature’s Giants”; 2010 The Royal Television Society Awards (UK), Best in Science and Natural History category,“Inside Nature’s Giants”; 2010 British Academy for Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award (UK), Best in Specialist Factual category, “Inside Nature’s Giants”; 2010 Thompson Reuters Zoological Record Award for Communicating Zoology, Zoological Society of London (UK), “Inside Nature’s Giants”; 2012 World Gold Medal, New York Television and Film Awards, Best Science/Nature Film, “Inside Nature’s Giants”; 2016 British Academy for Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award (UK), Best in Specialist Factual category, “Big Blue Live”. 2016 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, Science/On-Air Talent, “Big Blue Live”

Research Interest: Comparative anatomy, specializing in marine mammals.  Anatomical adaptations to environmental extremes (e.g., underwater sound production mechanisms, affects of pressure changes during diving).  The goal is to mimic these adaptations to develop protective/preventive technologies or new medical treatments for injuries and diseases that mimic these environmental conditions.  

Other Professional Memberships Currently Maintained: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Anatomical Society (UK), Association Cetamada (cetaceans of Madagascar), New York State Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, Sigma Xi, Society for Marine Mammalogy

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