ARO Member News

June 2011

In This Issue
ARO Member Dues
Other Conferences
JARO Update
DRF's 4th Clinical Research Workshop
Small Grant Support

ARO Member Dues

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Other 2011 Conferences of Interest

July 16-22

Mechanics of Hearing - The 11th International Workshop, Williamstown, MA

July 24-29
Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses, Pacific Grove, CA


August 7-27

MBL: Biology of the Inner Ear: Experimental and Analytical Approaches, Woods Hole, MA


August 19-21

Fifth International TRI Tinnitus Conference: The Neuroscience of Tinnitus, Grand Island, NY


August 24-26
International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research, Nyborg, Denmark


September 8-10

Nineteenth Annual Conference on Management of the Tinnitus Patient, Iowa City, IA


September 19-20
Ribbon Synapses Symposium, Göttingen, Germany


October 10-12

Aging and Speech Communication: 4th International and Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Bloomington, IN


November 20-23

2nd International Conference on Medical Bionics: Neural Interfaces for Damaged Nerves, Victoria, Australia



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Peter Santi, Ph.D., Editor ARO
JARO Update 


Paul B. Manis, Ph.D., JARO Editor-in-Chief


The past year has been a transitional one at the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (JARO). I assumed the helm from Ruth Anne Eatock as Editor in Chief at the ARO meeting in Baltimore, and would like to thank Ruth Anne for tremendous help during the entire transition process. Ruth Anne oversaw a number of "under the hood" changes for JARO during her tenure, all of which required significant work and negotiation, and for that we owe her a great debt. I would also like to thank all of the Journal's Associate Editors for their hard work during this transitional year. In February, Karen Avraham and Didier Dulon retired from their three-year tours of duty, and we are grateful for their excellent service. We are pleased to be joined by one new Associate Editor, Andrew Griffith (Bethesda). Finally, JARO uses a broad, international cadre of reviewers. We thank all of the reviewers for their hard work, and their efforts to keep the review turnaround times short. We also thank our friends as Springer, whose outstanding team solves a multitude of problems large and small to keep everything running smoothly.


There are a few changes in JARO that have been in the works for the past year that you should know about. First, the journal has gone entirely electronic this year. Paper copies are no longer mailed to members requesting them. (Sad to say, I was one of those few members who still got paper copies - I have issues 1, No. 1 to 11, No 4, with just a couple missing.) One "side effect" of going electronic is that color is now free in JARO, and I encourage authors to make use of this opportunity. Free color, no page charges, and automatic submission to PubMed Central - what a combination!


Second, publication will now take place 6 times a year, instead of 4. This was done both to increase the immediacy of the publications, and in part as a result of an increase in the number of papers that have been submitted to the journal. It also means that we need good cover pictures, even if they only appear on various websites. Potential cover pictures should be sent directly to the Editor in Chief at (or They should be high resolution, 600 dpi, TIFF or EPS files with any unnecessary lettering removed.


Third, by logging into the ARO website, you can directly find a link to the Springer site that will let you access JARO at any time. The link to JARO is at the right side of the the menu bar. As they become ready, articles are published in final format in the "OnLine First" section of the Springer website. In general, as we bundle each issue, we will choose the oldest papers in the on-line section first, and arrange them in some semblance of a topical order.


Fourth, Ruth Anne and her (and now our) editorial assistant, Sara Rosenbaum, launched a new web site, "JARO Online" ( This site contains information relevant to JARO that may not appear on the Springer site, including recent article highlights, information for the reviewers, and tips for authors.


Finally, you may have noticed the JARO has published a few reviews over the past few years, mainly from the Award of Merit recipients.  We would like to increase the number of review articles to "a few a year" (that is my precise technical term). Ruth Anne Eatock has agreed to serve as the "Associate Editor in charge of Reviews".  In general, we will solicit reviews in consultation with the editorial board and our colleagues around the world, but if you have a topic that you feel should be included in JARO, you can send Ruth Anne Eatock a 1-paragraph prospectus of your review, including information on your time frame and co-authors. We will consider it, and may even invite you. We presently have one review in press. I don't expect every issue to have a review article, but about three a year, including the Award of Merit recipient's review, seems appropriate.


JARO is quite healthy. For 2009, the most recent year for which ISI data are available, JARO maintained its top-ranking impact factor among otolaryngology journals (1st among 36). Here are a few other figures for you to ponder. Our 2010 acceptance rate was 38%. The average time from submission to first decision was about 29 days, although the distribution is decidedly not unimodal. We are on track to publish over 750 pages this year, following a trend that started about 2 years ago. In addition, Springer's production turnaround time has shortened over the past year. A major uncontrolled time to publication at present is the author's time to turn around the final proofs, which varies widely. When you get your proofs, please try to have your responses to the publisher's queries and address any other issues returned in under 48 hours.


Finally, thanks to ARO members for continuing to support the journal with your membership and with your submissions. Without your support there would be no JARO.

spARO - The ARO MidWinter Meetings 


Being a PhD student or a postdoc normally means spending a whole lot of time focused on a small part of a larger question. The ARO meeting provides us junior scientists with a great opportunity to discuss our work within a multidisciplinary meeting. For many of us, this meeting provides the best opportunity to figure out where your findings fit in within the bigger picture!


For those of you that don't know what spARO does, let me fill you in a little. This is the 5th year that spARO (the student, postdoc and medical resident contingent of the ARO) has been running as an organized group, and with all of the support we have had from both spARO members and the senior members of the ARO we have been growing stronger each year.


The event that most people will probably be familiar with is the social (bar) event we organize at the beginning of the ARO meeting. We run this early on because it provides a great opportunity for people who are attending the ARO meeting for the first time to meet up with others in the same situation. My first ARO was in Denver and it was the very first spARO social, I met some great people who have been my friends ever since. These guys were a bit further on in their PhD's than me and knew the ropes of the ARO, and a whole lot more about auditory neuroscience than me. The network of friends I have made through spARO have acted as mentors for me since. I think it's really important for us junior scientists to help each other out and have fun at the same time.


This year we organized a lunch time meet and greet event with the winner of the Young Investigators Award, Daniel Tollin from the University of Colorado Medical School. This provided a great opportunity to meet with someone who is excelling in the field and gain advice from him. The feedback from this event was so positive that we plan to make this a yearly event.


Next year we will be introducing a mentorship scheme for PhD students. The mentors will be postdocs who will meet with PhD students at the ARO to discuss any questions you may have. For example "How to plan a route to the end of your PhD" or "How do I find a postdoc position?" If you would like to act as a mentor at next year's ARO please email, we would welcome your support.


The current members of the spARO steering committee are Jeff Mellott, Erol Ozmeral, Will McLean and Wei Zhao. Finally, I would like to thank last year's ex-officio Stephen David and steering committee members Simon Jones, Judith Kempfle, and Yoojin Chung; all our committee representatives who sit on the ARO committees; the ARO Council; and Karen Avraham, who has been especially supportive of our efforts.


Jazz Grimsley, PhD

Ex-officio, spARO Steering Committee

DRF's 4th Clinical Research Workshop 


Are you interested in conducting clinical research but not sure exactly how to get started?  DRF's 4th Clinical Research Workshop is the solution!  Designed as an intensive "bootcamp," the workshop will combine morning lecture/didactic sessions, afternoon small group peer coaching and mentored workshop sessions, and evening large and small group leadership training sessions.  Mentoring will continue after the conference. The conference goal is to have every attendee apply what they learned to the completion of a research project. This workshop will:


ENHANCE the national clinical research effort in ORL-HNS and related communication sciences

BRIDGE the gap between basic training in clinical research methods and the development and execution of contemporary clinical studies
ARM young investigators with tools to transform their research ideas into feasible protocols that will form the basis of viable grant applications


What: DRF's 4th Clinical Research Workshop
August 10-14, 2011
Meeting space at the AAO-HNS headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia
Info: Visit for more information, including faculty list, schedule, registration and fellowship information

Reminder -
Call for Proposals: Small Grant Support 
The ARO invites proposals for funding of small grants (up to $1000) to support activities either in the US or internationally that would enhance our mission and visibility as the premier hearing research organization in the world. Some specific activities that could be considered include:

1. Sponsorship of an invited lecture for an ARO-member at a meeting, either national or international, particularly one at which ARO does not typically have a presence.

2. Partial support of small 'local' research meetings that serve as a venue for members to meet to discuss focused topics; student participation may be targeted in these grants.

3. Partial support of symposium at an international meeting, for presentations by ARO members, on a topic of interest to members of that society and attendees of the meeting.


Requirements:  applicants must be ARO members, and lectures/events must include a slide and/or other materials that acknowledge ARO support. The ARO will fund up to three grants per year.


This year's deadline for submission of application is October 1, 2011, for activities to take place in the 2012 calendar year.  Notification will take place by December 1, 2011.


Please send proposals to Darla Eastlack ( 


The Association for Research in Otolaryngology