Jody L. Sindelar, Ph.D., professor of public health, has been named president of the newly formed American Society of Health Economists (ASHE). Sindelar, who studies the economics of smoking, alcohol and illicit drugs, is a founding member of ASHE, a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research in the United States. She was program chair for ASHE’s inaugural conference, to be held in Madison, Wis., in June 2006. The biennial meeting will provide a forum for emerging ideas and empirical results in health economics research through over 400 paper and poster presentations, as well as multiple plenary sessions.