SICB Regional Meetings

Southwest DVM/DCB meeting in San Bernardino, California (October 13-14)

A joint DVM/DCB Southwest Regional Meeting of SICB will take place at California State University at San Bernardino on the weekend of October 13-14. The plenary speaker will be Dr. Dave Carrier of the University of Utah.

We're hoping to attract participants primarily from the Southwest region of the U.S., but attendees from further afield will be most welcome. A prize will be awarded to the person (or lab) who travels the farthest to the meeting!

We hope that the meeting will become an annual event and rotate among the regional colleges and universities. We aim to bring morphologists and biomechanists together on a regular basis, foster collaboration between lab groups, and provide a friendly venue for student presentations.

The registration deadline is 29 Sep 2012. For more information and registration, you are invited to visit the meeting website:

We're looking forward to seeing you at Cal State San Bernardino!

The Host Committee,

Tomasz Owerkowicz

Kevin M. Middleton

Stuart S. Sumida


Southeast DVM/DCB meeting in Charleston, South Carolina (October 27)

A joint DVM/DCB Southeast Regional SICB meeting will be held on Saturday, October 27 at the College of Charleston, which is located in the historic district of downtown Charleston, SC.

We anticipate a full day of short talks (~10 minutes) covering topics pertaining to the morphology and biomechanics of vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. Student talks are especially encouraged, as the regional meetings provide a friendly environment in which to share research progress and new ideas. Talks will be interspersed with multiple breaks and a catered lunch, giving plenty of opportunity for informal discussion.

We anticipate registration costs to occur in the range of $30-$40; they are intended only to help defray the costs of hosting the meeting. We have reserved blocks of rooms in three hotels close to the College of Charleston campus (nights of October 26 and 27). Please see the meeting web site -

We will also send an email with more information on hotels. So far, we have 40 rooms reserved. To determine if we need more rooms, please let us know how likely you are to attend the meeting (i.e., certain to participate, likely to participate, unsure, not likely to participate), and, if you are likely to come to the meeting, whether you would require a hotel room. Please send your response and any questions to Andrew Clark (


Andrew Clark

Eric McElroy

Jason Vance


Northeast DVM/DCB meeting in Amherst, Massachusetts (November 3)

A joint DVM/DCB Northeast Regional SICB meeting will be hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst on 3 November 2012.

Housed in the new "green" Integrated Sciences Building on UMass' campus, the day-long conference will feature short research talks by students and faculty in the areas of functional morphology and biomechanics. The general session talks will last 5 minutes and will be interspersed with 10-minute "big picture" talks to inspire broader conversations throughout the day.

Lunch and snacks will be served (included in the registration fees) and we encourage participants to gather at the local Amherst Brewing Company after the talks have been completed.

The registration deadline is 5 Oct 2012. Please see for more information.


Sheila Patek

Betsy Dumont