Message from the Secretary
Best Student Paper Awards!
Congratulations to Elizabeth A. (Beth) MacDougall-Shackleton of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton. She won the DAB's Best Student Paper Award for her oral presentation titled "Effects of juvenile and adult experience on song preferences of female mountain white-crowned sparrows" (with S. A. MacDougall-Shackleton & T. P. Hahn). And congratulations to Elizabeth W. Freeman of the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Elizabeth won our Best Student Poster award for her poster, "Polyandrous parasitoid: mating behavior of the parasitic wasp Cotesia congregata (Say) [Hymenoptera: Braconidae]" (with K. M. Kester).
All graduate students are encouraged to compete for these awards at the Chicago meeting. There are actually three separate awards, each with its own cash prize: the best student poster award, best student paper award, and the A.M. Wenner Strong Inference Award (for the paper best exemplifying the use of strong inference in their experimental design). 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. Further information about support for graduate student attendance of the meeting of SICB can be found elsewhere in this newsletter. Check it out: SICB can usually provide for your lodging in exchange for a half day of help (e.g., running the slide projector for an afternoon).
There were several great symposia at the Atlanta meetings this year, and the Division of Animal Behavior helped with two of them. DAB co-sponsored "Intermittent Locomotion: Integrating the Physiology, Biomechanics, and Behavior of Repeated Activity," organized by Randi Weinstein and Bob Full. And we also contributed to a terrific society-wide pair of symposia on plant-animal interactions. For the first time, researchers of marine plant-animal interactions were brought together with those who study terrestrial systems. The two-day event was productive and enjoyable for all. The marine part of the symposium was organized by Dianna Padilla (DEE) and Kathy Van Alstyne, while the terrestrial part was organized by
modesty prevents. We are now gathering the papers from the terrestrial symposium for submission to the American Zoologist.
Our tradition of strong symposia will continue at the 2001 meetings in Chicago, with a symposium on "Vibrations as a Communication Channel," organized by our own Program Officer Peggy Hill. See her statement for more information on upcoming symposia. And as always please feel free to contact us if you have an idea for a symposium.