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Date:8/22/2008

search Institute, who sent Donald Dafoe to four meetings while attending one himself and half of another.

"With this ability to send a representative, there is no excuse for a seat held by an academic or industry representative to go unrepresented at a meeting that's scheduled at a minimum six months in advance," said Simpson.

Consumer Watchdog analyzed attendance records for all members of the ICOC since 2006. There were six regular meetings in 2006, seven in 2007 and five so far this year. Not included in the analysis were five special meetings conducted by telephone conference call focused on hiring a new president. There were a total of 18 regular meetings over the period analyzed. Not all were members the entire time. Shestack with a 28 percent and Chandler with 43 percent emerged with the worst attendance rate records over the longer time period.

Here's a look at attendance by member (or designee) including the number of meetings they were eligible to attend and the rate of attendance:

Ricardo Azziz -- 14 of 14 -- 100 percent

David Baltimore -- 10 of 10 -- 100 percent

Robert Birgeneau -- 16 of 18 -- 89 percent

Keith L. Black -- 2 of 2 -- 100 percent

Floyd Bloom -- 6 of 6 -- 100 percent

David Brenner -- 11 of 11 -- 100 percent

Susan Bryant -- 17 of 18 -- 94 percent

Marsha Chandler -- 3 of 7 -- 43 percent

Marcy Feit -- 12 of 18 -- 67 percent

Michael Friedman -- 15 of 18 -- 83 percent

Leeza Gibbons -- 5 of 6 -- 83 percent

Michael Goldberg -- 13 of 18 -- 72 percent

Brian E. Henderson -- 14 of 15 -- 93 percent

Edward Holmes -- 4 of 6 -- 67 percent

David Kessler -- 10 of 13 -- 77 percent

Robert Klein -- 18 of 18 -- 100 percent

Sherry Lansing -- 16 of 18 -- 89 percent

Gerald Levey -- 11 of 18 -- 61 percent

Ted Love -- 15 of 18 -- 83 percent

Richard Murphy -- 5 of 10 -- 50 percent

Tina Nova -- 10 of 18
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