The IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community (LSTC) Steering Committee held a full-day meeting on 8 November 2015 in Rockville, Maryland, to review their mission statement, reflect on 2015 accomplishments, and discuss strategies for growth and services to the life sciences community. The Steering Committee has been meeting regularly via teleconference since 2014, but for many of its members, this was the first time where they met face-to-face. Representatives from the seven member societies of LSTC—Circuits and Systems, Communications, Computer, Consumer Electronics, Control Systems, Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and Signal Processing—were all present. Donna Hudson, Chair of LSTC in 2014 and 2015, facilitated the lively discussion throughout the day, and Carolyn McGregor AM, 2016 chair of LSTC, ended the day by providing her perspectives for the upcoming years.
John Walz, Secretary and Treasurer of LSTC, and Donna Hudson, inaugural President of LSTC 2014-2015 leading the discussion at the meeting.
Carolyn McGregor AM, incoming LSTC President 2016, sharing her thoughts at the end of the meeting.
In addition to sponsoring life sciences-related conferences, the LSTC plans to facilitate more opportunities for our members to come together to discuss complex issues, including the challenges presented by the rise of the Internet of Things (see the article by Nahum Gershon in this issue for more on this topic). For general information on upcoming conferences, please view the listing here.
IEEE Executive Director Laura Wolf sharing a laugh with Nahum Gershon, Chair of the Publicity/Membership Committee, Carole Carey, Chair of the Standards Committee, and Mohamad Sawan, Chair of the Conferences Committee.
Just prior to the release of the February newsletter, we were saddened to learn of the passing of the IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter Editor-in-Chief, Michael R. Neuman, M.D., Ph.D. He was a pioneer in the field of biomedical engineering, and a champion and mentor to many in the field.
Michael R. Neuman, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter, was in attendance at the meeting. He was a dear colleague and will be greatly missed.