Bylaws



ARTICLE I. Name and Purpose

1.The name of this society shall be the Society for Stimulus Properties of Drugs (SSPD).

2.The purpose of SSPD will be to encourage the development of teaching and research, both basic and applied, relevant to understanding the stimulus properties of drugs (SPD). A primary concern of SSPD will be the dissemination of information concerning SPD among members of the society and among scientists in general. To accomplish this goal, the society will schedule meetings and undertake publica-tions for the exchange of scientific information regarding SPD.

3.Research on all aspects of stimulus properties of drugs shall be included in the society proceedings. Specifically included will be research on the actions of drugs as discriminative stimuli, contextual stimuli (state-dependent learning), conditioned stimuli, and unconditioned stimuli. Research on reinforcing proper-ties of drugs generally will be reported at other societies such as ISGIDAR that have been developed for that purpose.

4.The officers of the society shall represent the area of SPD to the general scientific public by answering queries and pro-viding consultation to funding agencies and other scientific organizations when requested.

5.The society shall be a nonprofit organization


ARTICLE II: Meetings

1.An annual business meeting shall be held concurrently with a major scientific meeting such as the Society for Neuro-science Meeting. The President and secretary shall announce and make arrangements for the business meeting. The President shall preside at the business meeting. The secretary shall cause the minutes of the business meeting to be recorded. At this meeting, each officer of the society shall report on his/her activities undertaken for the SSPD during the preceding year.

2.Scientific meetings shall be scheduled and arranged by the Executive Committee. Generally there will be one annual scientific meeting held concurrently with a major U.S. or international scientific meeting. Various meeting formats such as symposia, workshops, or poster sessions may be used. However, the annual scientific meeting shall include at least one free communications papers session. Papers submitted by a member, or submitted by an associate member and sponsored by a member, shall be included in the program without being subject to review, with those papers submitted first given prefer-ence should the time available restrict the number to be presented.

3.Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be scheduled by the president as required.

4.The president may arrange mutually sponsored programs in cooperation with other scientific organizations to be held as part of their meetings, should this appear advisable


ARTICLE III: Membership

1.There shall be three classes of membership in SSPD: (1) member, (2) associate member, and (3) affiliate. In general, it is intended that membership be readily available to all SPD investigators.

2.Members shall be individuals who possess an M.D. or Ph.D. degree or equivalent. Applications shall be made in writing to the secretary. All applications shall be reviewed by the Executive Committee, which must unanimously approve of each new member.

3.Associate members shall be individuals who have a bachelor's degree. Applications shall be made in writing to the secretary. Additionally, a letter of sponsorship must be sent by the applicant's thesis advisory or supervisor or by a member of the society. All applications shall be reviewed by the Executive Committee, which must unanimously approve of each new associate member.

4.Membership of both types shall terminate in the event of nonpayment of dues. Dues will be set annually by the Executive Committee, at an amount to cover the annual cost of the society's mailings and annual meeting. Dues shall be due January 1 of each year.

5.Affiliates shall be individuals or corporations who do not wish to be members in the society but who wish their names and addresses included in the membership list for reference purposes. Affiliates may participate in SSPD scientific meetings, receive SSPD mailings, and must pay dues of $100.00 per year, but cannot vote.

6.Individuals or organizations that wish to receive the newsletter but who do not meet the credentials for member, associate member, or affiliate member may purchase the newsletter by payment of an annual cost determined by the Executive Com-mittee.


ARTICLE IV. Officers

1.The SSPD shall have four officers: President, President-elect, Immediate Post-President, and Secretary/Treasurer. These four officers shall comprise the Executive Committee of the SSPD.

2.The President shall serve for two years, beginning in an odd-numbered year (e.g., 2003-2004). The tenure will overlap the two-year term of the Treasurer/Secretary, which will begin in an even-numbered year (e.g., 2002). During this term, the President will have primary responsibility for the scientific meetings and other activities of the society. Notwithstanding, all substantive actions of the President should be approved by at least three members of the Executive Committee before they are implemented. The President shall schedule, announce, and make arrangements for all SSPD meetings and plan the program of these meetings in cooperation with the President-Elect. The President will also represent SSPD to the scientific public and to government agencies.

3.The President-Elect shall serve in this office for one year before becoming President. During this year the President-Elect shall develop advance plans for SSPD meetings to be held during the following year. The President-Elect shall assist the President to develop and implement the current meetings of the society, to as great a degree as requested. Arrangements for meeting rooms shall be the responsibility of the President-Elect. The President-Elect also will act as editor of any newsletter issues and will be responsible for bulk mailings to the membership.

4.The Secretary/Treasurer shall serve for two years, beginning in an even numbered year (e.g., 2002-2003). The tenure will overlap the two-year term of the President, beginning in an odd numbered year (e.g., 2003-2004). The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep financial records and minutes of SSPDs actions, shall keep SSPD membership records, shall act as membership chairman, shall supervise the nomination and election of new officers, shall collect membership dues, and shall be responsible for any property of the society.


ARTICLE V. Committees

1.The Executive Committee shall consist of the president, president-elect, immediate past-president, and secretary/treasurer.

2.Actions shall be taken by individual members of the Executive Committee only if approved by at least three members of the committee.

3.Other committees may be selected temporarily by the Executive Committee to perform specified functions. Such committees may consist of members or nonmembers of the society as required. Normally, the terms of such ad hoc committees shall not exceed two years.


ARTICLE VI. Election of Officers

1.The secretary/treasurer shall be responsible for the election of new officers.

2.The procedures for nomination and election shall be as follows:

A.In June, a request for nominations should be mailed to all members of the society. Members should be asked to nominate themselves if they are willing to serve in an office, or to nominate another member whom they have ascertained is willing to serve if elected. Nominations shall be made in writing to the secretary. A member may nominate himself or be nominated for only one office in any given year. There is no upper limit to the number of nominations for each office, and all candidates who are legally nominated must be included on the final ballot. Current officers cannot hold the same office consecutively.

B.If fewer than three nominations are received for any office, the secretary shall request the Execu-tive Committee to nominate one, two, or three candidates, as required, so as to obtain a total of three nominations for each office. The secretary shall obtain permission for each of the nomi-nees.

C.Before September 1, a ballot of all nominees shall be sent to all members and associate members. Voting shall be the Haer preferential voting system in which each voter rank-orders the candidates for each office in order of prefer-ence. Ballots shall be returned to the secretary.

D.About October 1, the secretary and one other member of the society, selected in advance by the President, shall open the ballots and tally the votes. Each nominee shall receive 1, 2, 3 or more points from each ballot, depending on the rank assigned to that nominee on the ballot. For each office, the most preferred candidate receiv-ing the greatest number of points is elected.

E.The new officers shall be notified and shall take office on January 1. Outgoing officers should turn over all society records to the new officers on or before January 1.


ARTICLE VII. Finances

1.The secretary/treasurer shall manage the finances of SSPD and report to the membership annually on the financial status of SSPD.

2.Some money income will result from dues and this can be used to defray specific categories of expenses, including the following: postage, newsletter printing costs, expenses for meeting facilities, stationary supplies.

3.SSPD monies derived from dues cannot be spent for the following items without advance approval by the majority of members present at the annual business meeting: Travel expenses, secretarial expenses, honoraria for invited speak-ers, stipends for students to assist at meetings, awards for papers.

4.The President and/or Executive Committee may apply for and obtain outside funding from government or private agencies to support the costs of scientific meetings, teaching sessions, publications, etc. Expenditure of such funds shall be exempt from the limitations described in 3 and 4 (above).


ARTICLE VIII: Amendments

1.Amendments to these bylaws may be sent to the secretary so that they are received at least 30 days prior to the annual business meeting. Amendments should be re-viewed by the Executive Committee and circulated to the members before the annual business meeting. Amend-ments must be voted on favorably by a majority of the members and associate members attending the annual business meeting and by three-quarters of all the members and associate members voting via a mail ballot that shall describe the amendment and reasons for its adoption.






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