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2017 Election Results
June 2, 2017

The SBN Executive Committee thanks the Nomination Committee; Greg Ball (chair), Colin Saldanha, and Cheryl Sisk for putting together an excellent ballot of candidates for the positions of President-Elect and Secretary.

The SBN membership has elected Barney A. Schlinger as our new President-Elect. Barney will serve a six-year term: two years as President-Elect, two years as President, and two years as Past President.

The SBN membership has elected Brian C. Trainor as our new Secretary. Brian will serve a two-year term.

Congratulations to Barney and Brian, and our thanks to Christine Wagner and Karyn Frick for agreeing to run for office in the Society.


Barney A. Schlinger, Ph.D. obtained a B.S. at Tufts U. in Biology (1977) and a M.S. (1983) and Ph.D (1988) at Boston.U. His dissertation research with Gloria Callard investigated brain steroid-metabolism and behavior in birds.  His post-doctoral work in Psychology at UCLA with Art Arnold explored the neurobiology and endocrinology of birdsong.  He was appointed as Assist Professor (1993) in what is now the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP) at UCLA and became Full Professor in 2002.  In 2009 he was selected to Chair the IBP Department, a position he currently still holds.  He is broadly interested in the powerful ways in which steroid hormones influence the structure and function of the brain to control complex vertebrate behavior. He challenges dogma that the steroids that control brain and behavior are derived solely from the periphery. In songbirds, his lab finds that steroids are synthesized de novo in brain with actions independent of peripheral hormones. Much of his work has focused on the estrogen synthetic enzyme aromatase. By combining biochemical, anatomical, electrophysiological, molecular and behavioral approaches, his lab has convincingly demonstrated that estrogens are brain constitutive neuromodulators influencing avian auditory processing. His lab also strives to address problems that link laboratory study with general questions in ecology, evolutionary biology and ethology. He has studied a diversity of wild species, including jays and wild sparrows. He has developed a model system for understanding neuromuscular and hormonal control of a complex motor behavior, the courtship of wild male golden-collared manakins of Panamanian rainforests. This line of work has developed into a significant story that links behavioral neuroendocrinology with diverse areas of anatomy, physiology and evolutionary theory.  Over the years, he has received a number of honors including being a recipient of the Frank Beach Award from SBN (1993); an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and he is a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He has considerable administrative experience at UCLA. As a member of SBN from near the beginning he has had many roles including Secretary, 2007-2009; Chair, Nominating Committee, 2015; Chair, Awards Committee, 2009-2011; Chair, Organizing Committee for the 2007 Annual Meeting.  He was elected to the Advisory Board, 2003-2007; was a member of the Nominating Committee, 2000; Training Grant Committee, 2001; Frank Beach Award Committee, 2002-2004; Program Committee, 2003-2005; he organized workshops for the annual meetings in 2004 & 2005, an outgrowth of which was the current Public Education Committee. He is eager to help SBN and its members prosper and meet the challenges we face in our pursuit of scientific discovery and excellence.


Brian Trainor has been a member of SBN since 1999. A consistent theme of his research since that time has been to examine how experience modulates neuroendocrine systems that regulate social behaviors. Currently his lab applies this perspective in a rodent model of stress-related psychiatric disorders. His lab is investigating how opioid receptors and oxytocin systems mediate behavioral responses to social stressors in males and females. While this line of research has a more "translational" orientation, he has a strong comparative perspective that has long been a central theme of SBN. Over his career he's either led or collaborated on projects studying cichlid fish, domestic mice, pigs, poecillid fish, prairie voles, Siberian hamsters, tree frogs, and humans. These experiences have prepared him to engage with SBN members whose work is supported by agencies with a more translational approach (e.g. NIH) as well as those with more of a focus on integrative biology (e.g. NSF).  If elected secretary of SBN, he would like to work with the executive committee and other members to find ways to increase participation of post-docs and junior faculty in the society and annual meeting. He has worked on these issues to a limited extent as a member of the SBN program committee and as program committee chair. He has also served as chair of the membership committee. He would like to see SBN viewed as a "must-join" organization for our less senior members that provides an opportunity for scientific and professional growth.