Division of Animal Behavior (DAB): 1999 Fall Newsletter
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Message from the Secretary
This year's SICB Annual meeting in Atlanta January 4-8, 2000 promises to be superb, in terms of both the symposia and the contributed papers. Of particular interest to DAB are the coordinated symposia on plant-animal interactions. These are society-wide symposia, with interesting formats. One symposium is entitled "Terrestrial Plant-Animal Interactions" and has been organized by May Berenbaum and myself, while the other is entitled "Marine Plant-Animal Interactions" and has been organized by Dianna Padilla and Kathy Van Alstyne. What makes these symposia special is the way they are coordinated. Although they are two, separately organized symposia, we have scheduled alternating sessions, so that marine and terrestrial speakers will have an opportunity to hear each other present. The speakers of this symposium include well-established contributors to the field, as well as several new "hot shots." The symposia have also drawn a number of contributed papers and posters. There will be a small party for the speakers of these symposia, which will then open up into a larger social for all of SICB.
This year's meeting is particularly good for members of DAB, due to the number of symposia of interest to those who study behavior. In addition to the plant-animal interactions symposia, the following topics will be covered:
I invite all of you to attend our business meeting, where we will discuss future symposia, society-wide business, initiatives DAB might pursue and ways to facilitate interactions between DAB and our sister divisions. Watch the Web site for this year's program of events for the Atlanta meeting.
The DAB officers encourage you to propose and organize a symposium of your own. Topics that can be approached from a variety of biological disciplines are particularly encouraged. While there is a certain amount of work to be done by the symposium organizer, we are willing to help. I have found the experience of organizing symposia rewarding, both intellectually and in terms of my career. If you have an idea for a symposium, please contact our program officer, Peggy Hill, our chair, Steve Nowicki, or me; our e-mails are in the sidebar to this message, and we'll be at the Atlanta meetings.
Opportunities for Graduate Students
Support for Meeting Attendance:If you are a graduate student or have graduate students attending the Atlanta meetings, make sure they are aware of the Student Support Program. In past years, SICB has been able to provide a room (shared) or waive registration for almost all students requesting such aid. In return, the student serves for a day and a half as a room monitor, slide projectionist or registration assistant. If you or your student did not check the box for Student Support on the abstract transmittal form, contact the SICB business office for more information and application materials.
Grants-in-aid of Research: SICB has instituted a program of awards to support graduate student research. For more details and application materials, send in the postcard included in this issue of the newsletter.
Best Student Paper Awards! The DAB offers an award for the Best Student Poster, and two different awards for best student oral presentations -- the Best Student Paper Award and A.M. Wenner Strong Inference Award (for the paper best exemplifying the use of strong inference in their experimental design). These are actually two separate awards (each with its own cash prize) that are most often given to separate papers.
All graduate students are encouraged to compete for these awards at the Atlanta meetings. To be eligible for the DAB student paper awards, the applicant must be a member of SICB and our division. The student must indicate their intention to compete on the abstract transmittal form. Eligible papers must be original research by a graduate student or a Ph.D. whose degree was awarded no more than one year prior to the time of the meeting.
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