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Stat March 28, 2018

Dr. Lynn Schnapp Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the ATS

Congratulations to Lynn Schnapp, MD, who has been elected ATS secretary-treasurer for the 2018-19 term. Dr. Schnapp is a professor of medicine and division chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. She is also an active clinician, and leads a research program that has been continuously funded by the NIH for over 25 years.

Dr. Schnapp previously served as chair of the ATS Respiratory, Cell and Molecular Biology Assembly, and on the ATS Executive Board. She is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders in the field, and working to increase the representation of women and other currently underrepresented groups.

Dr. Schnapp will begin her term on Tuesday, May 22 at the Plenary session during the ATS 2018 International Conference.

Lynn Schnapp MD

Congress Approves $3 Billion NIH Increase as Part of 2018 Spending Package

In the early morning of March 23, Congress passed a $1.3 trillion FY2018 omnibus government spending package that includes a $3 billion funding increase for the NIH — a victory for biomedical research and the ATS!

The bill also provides the CDC with a $840 million increase, as well as a significant $20 million funding increase for USAID’s global TB program. It was successfully passed without policy riders, such as those that would have exempted tobacco products including flavored cigars from FDA regulation and delayed or weakened some clean air standards.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 65 – 32, following a House vote of 256 – 167. Although President Trump tweeted that he was considering vetoing the omnibus because it did not include a “DACA” fix and enough border wall funding, he signed it into law later that day. Read more.

4th Annual BEAR Cage Finalists Announced at ATS 2018

Who will conquer the BEAR Cage to win $5,000? Join the ATS DDDD Committee during ATS 2018 in San Diego for the 4th Annual BEAR Cage competition, 1–3 p.m., Monday, May 21,in the in the Center for Career Development (Sails Pavilion, Upper Level). Listen to our finalists Sean Agbor-Enoh, MD, PhD; Carlos Barrero, MD; and Jatinder K. Juss, MD, PhD, FRCPC, present their exciting and innovative proposals to a panel of translational science experts, and take part in an informative Q&A with the audience. The competition promotes a discussion of translational research ideas in a unique “shark-tank style” learning environment, fueling real-time feedback and propelling strategic thinking

The ATS Named One of the Top 10 Websites for Critical Care Medicine Education

In a Journal of Intensive Care Medicine article, The Top Ten Websites in Critical Care Medicine Education Today, published March 8, 2018, the ATS’s main website,, was recognized as among the top 10 websites for critical care medicine education. As the number of websites offering clinical care information has increased, the study sought to evaluate websites using a new assessment tool, the Critical Care Medical Education Website Quality Evaluation Tool.

The ATS’s website, like others in the top 10, was recognized for providing details about the editorial process for website content, having “high quality and appropriately attributed graphics and multimedia,” as well as a privacy policy. It was the only society-based website to make the top 10. Additionally, the ATS Critical Care Assembly’s resources were recognized for the peer-reviewed articles, integrated self-assessment questions, text-based tutorials, and webinars, among other resources.You can read the article here.

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Last Reviewed: March 2018