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APS is governed by an elected Council consisting of the President, the President Elect, the immediate Past President—each serving a one-year term in that office—and nine Councilors—each serving a three-year term, with three Councilors being retired each year. Newly elected officers begin their term at the end of the annual meeting each spring.
The Council meets for three two-day meetings each year: at the Society’s annual meeting in the spring; at a joint meeting with APS Committee Chairs meeting in the summer; and at a joint session with the Section Advisory Committee in the fall.
2019 APS Council
Meredith Hay, PhD
University of Arizona
Meredith Hay, PhD, FAPS, is a professor of physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. She earned a doctorate of pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Hay served as the executive vice president and provost of the University of Arizona and before that was vice president for research at the University of Iowa.
An active member of APS for three decades, Hay is the current chair of the Finance Committee and was elected a Fellow of the APS (FAPS). She has served on the Membership and Education committees and on the editorial board for the American Journal of Physiology—Heart and Circulatory Physiology.
Linda Samuelson, PhD
University of Michigan
Linda Samuelson, PhD, FAPS, is the John A. Williams Collegiate Professor of gastrointestinal physiology and associate director of the Center of Organogenesis at the University of Michigan, where she has taught since 1991. Samuelson earned a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Chicago.
Samuelson has served APS for many years as a councilor of the Gastrointestinal and Liver Section Steering Committee and a member of the Committee on Committees and the Publications and Finance Committees. She is a past associate editor of Physiological Genomics, a current member of the American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology editorial board and the editor-in-chief of APSselect, APS’ monthly collection of the “best of the best” research articles. Honors include the APS Takeda Distinguished Research Award and the American Gastroenterological Association’s Grossman and Funderburg Awards. Samuelson was elected a Fellow of the APS (FAPS) in 2015. “Our Society should be a leader on a national level to promote the value of science and to support member activities to highlight discoveries in the field of physiology,” Samuelson said.
Jeff M. Sands, MD
Emory University, School of Medicine
Jeff M. Sands, MD, is a professor of medicine and physiology and the director of the renal division at Emory University in Atlanta. He received his medical degree from Boston University before completing his residency at the University of Chicago, postdoctoral training with the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI) and nephrology training at Emory University. Sands has received numerous awards for his work, including the APS Gottschalk Award, the American Heart Association Distinguished Achievement Award and the American Society of Nephrology’s Brenner Lecture.
An APS member for more than 30 years, Sands was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology from 2001 to 2007 and is a current editorial board member of Physiological Reviews. Sands has been especially active in the Renal Section and served as awards chair, treasurer, section chair and program representative. He served as an APS councilor from 2003 to 2006 and was the Finance Committee chair from 2009 to 2014.
Scott Steen, FASAE,CAE
Secretary & Executive Director
American Physiological Society
Scott Steen, CAE, FASAE, was appointed as the executive director of the American Physiological Society in July of 2018. The Society is a global leader in expanding knowledge related to biological function, championing the importance of physiology for achieving breakthroughs in health, disease and our understanding of life. Previously, Scott led two science-focused organizations: the American Ceramic Society – a science and engineering society - and, most recently, American Forests. During his tenure at both organizations, he presided over substantial increases in revenue, membership growth, innovation, and member engagement.
While Scott was president & CEO of American Forests, membership tripled, the organization launched several new, high profile initiatives, and operating revenue nearly doubled. The organization also received media coverage in such outlets as The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and NPR, and was named one of the best managed environmental charities in America by Outside Magazine. Scott has also served as chief strategy officer at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and chief operating officer of the Center for Association Leadership, a think tank and education center for association managers and leaders. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a fellow of ASAE, and a frequent author and speaker on topics that include managing organizational change, creating cultures that support innovation, storytelling as a leadership tool, branding, member engagement, and future trends in association management.
Sue Bodine, PhD
University of Iowa
Sue Bodine, PhD, FAPS, is a professor of internal medicine at the University of Iowa. She earned a doctorate in kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. A member of APS since 1989, she was elected a Fellow of the APS in 2017.
Bodine has served as associate editor for the American Journal of Physiology—Endocrinology and Metabolism, the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology, and was most recently on the editorial board of the journal Physiology. She is an active member—and former councilor—of the Environmental and Exercise Physiology (EEP) Section. Awards include the Edward F. Adolph Distinguished Lectureship of the APS EEP Section. Bodine is also a member of the National Institutes of Health grant review panel on skeletal muscle and exercise physiology. “I am committed to working hard for the [APS] membership to advance the Society and physiology research,” Bodine said.
Jason R.Carter, PhD
Montana State University
Jason Carter, PhD, is vice president for research, economic development and graduate education at Montana State University (MSU). Prior to joining MSU, he was associate vice president for research at Michigan Technological University (MTU). Carter received his doctorate in the biological sciences from MTU, and has been adjunct/visiting faculty at the University of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic.
Carter has served on several APS committees, including the Joint Program Committee, Committee on Committees and the Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation (NCAR) Section Steering Committees. He is the co-founder and former president of the Michigan Physiological Society and an associate editor of the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. Carter’s honors include research recognition awards from the NCAR, Central Nervous System and Teaching Sections and APS research and teaching career enhancement awards. Leadership roles outside of APS include president-elect of the American Kinesiology Association in 2017 and a seat on the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Council on Research. “I value creativity, hard work, humility and the value of networking. I will bring these unique experiences and perspectives to [APS] Council in an effort to advance APS,” Carter said.
Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, PhD
US Army Institute of Surgical Research
Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, PhD, FAPS, is a research physiologist at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Prior to her current position, she was an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also earned her doctorate in pharmacology.
Hinojosa-Laborde has been an APS member since 1990 and has served on the International Physiology, Long-Range Planning, Strategic Planning and Porter Committees, and was the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section representative to the Committee on Committees. She was elected a Fellow of the APS in 2017 and is a member of the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology editorial board. Service outside APS includes membership and former chair of the American Heart Association’s Women and Minorities Leadership Committee. “My focus will be to ensure that APS remains relevant to its members and continues to contribute to the success of the future leaders of APS,” Hinojosa-Laborde said.
Charles H. Lang, PhD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Charles H. Lang, PhD, is a professor of cellular and molecular biology and associate dean of graduate studies at Penn State College of Medicine. He earned his PhD from Hahnemann Medical College in Pennsylvania and pursued postdoctoral training at Louisiana State Medical Center. Among his honors is the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award.
An active member of APS, Lang was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Physiology—Endocrinology and Metabolism from 2010 to 2016. He has served on numerous APS committees, including Membership, Finance, Section Advisory, Committee-on-Committees, and the Endocrinology and Metabolism Steering Committee. Lang is a past APS Endocrinology and Metabolism Section chair. He also served on the editorial board of Physiology and Physiological Reports and is an APS Minority Travel Fellows mentor.
Merry L. Lindsey, PhD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Merry L. Lindsey, PhD, is a professor of physiology and medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and is director of the Mississippi Center for Heart Research. She received her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed postdoctoral studies at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Lindsey has been honored multiple times in the area of cardiac physiology, receiving UMMC’s Silver, Gold and Platinum Level medallions for Excellence in Research. She is a 2016 recipient of the tiny Heart Hero Award given by the Saving tiny Hearts Society.
Lindsey has been active as a member of several APS committees, including the Section Advisory and Nominating committees and the Women Subgroup Task Force. She is a past chair of the APS Translational Physiology Interest Group and the Cardiovascular (CV) Section, as well as a former CV programming co-chair. Lindsey is the current deputy editor of the American Journal of Physiology—Heart and Circulatory Physiology and topic editor for Comprehensive Physiology and has published in several other APS journals, including the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology, the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology and Physiological Genomics.
Ronald M. Lynch, PhD
University of Arizona Health Science Center
Ronald M. Lynch, PhD, is a professor of physiology at the University of Arizona and director of the Arizona Research Institute for Biomedical Imaging. He received his PhD in physiology and biophysics from the University of Cincinnati and completed postdoctoral studies with the NIH and NHLBI’s Laboratory of Kidney & Electrolyte Metabolism. Lynch has received the Furrow Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, the Flinn Merit Award and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ National Research Service Award.
Lynch has served APS in multiple capacities, including as Joint Program Committee chair and ex-officio Council member from 2007 to 2013. He is also a past member of the APS Cell Section Steering and Public Affairs committees and is a current member of the Science Policy Committee. Lynch also served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology and the American Journal of Physiology—Heart and Circulatory Physiology and as an APS representative to the Experimental Biology meeting board.
David L. Mattson, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
David Mattson, PhD, is a professor of physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). He was awarded his doctorate in physiology from MCW as well. Mattson has served on the editorial boards of several APS journals, including the American Journal of Physiology—Heart and Circulatory Physiology, American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology, American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology and Physiological Genomics. He is active in the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section, having served as the section’s representative to the Committee-on-Committees and Joint Programs Committee. Mattson is also a current member of the American Heart Association’s Milwaukee board of directors.
Timothy I. Musch, PhD
Kansas State University
Timothy Musch, PhD, FAPS, is a University Distinguished Professor in the kinesiology, anatomy and physiology departments at Kansas State University. He received his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin before pursuing postdoctoral studies at Southwestern Medical School in Texas. Musch is an APS fellow and has received a number of APS honors, including the Arthur C. Guyton Award, Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section Honor Award and Journal of Applied Physiology Top Reviewer for 2013 and 2016.
An APS member for more than 40 years, Musch has served on a variety of APS committees, including Public Affairs, Animal Care and Experimentation, and Education.
Larissa A. Shimoda, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Larissa Shimoda, PhD, is a professor of medicine and director of bench research in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Marquette University before completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Among Shimoda’s professional honors are the APS Giles Filley Memorial Award and Henry Pickering Bowditch Lecturer Award.
Shimoda has been an active APS member since 1993, when she attended her first Society meeting. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Physiology and Physiological Reports and has been an associate editor of American Journal of Physiology—Lung, Cellular and Molecular Physiology since 2015. Shimoda is a current member of the Respiration Section Steering and Porter Physiology committees and was the Respiration Section Chair from 2014 to 2017.
Ex-Officio Members of CouncilKirsteen Browning, Joint Program Committee Chair
David Gutterman, Publications Committee Chair
Laura McCabe, Science Policy Committee Chair
Jeffrey Osborn, Education Committee Chair
Scott Steen, Secretary & Executive Director
Sean Stocker, Section Advisory Committee Chair
Paul Welling, Finance Committee Chair