Message from the Secretary
Changes to the SICB Constitution and Bylaws. At
its January 6, 2008 meeting in San Antonio, the SICB Executive
Committee proposed a number of changes to the SICB Constitution and
Bylaws. These changes and the rationale for each change have been
posted on the SICB web site since January. A Discussion Board is
available for members to ask questions and make comments. This
requires members to login (see below). Voting will occur on a ballot
that will be distributed later in the spring (around May 1).
Approval requires an affirmative vote by two-thirds of the members
The Society Secretary
is charged with overseeing elections and any measures placed on the
ballot. As our rules have been adjusted over the past several years
to accommodate advances in electronic communication, we lose a little
bit of the traditional interactions we once had, especially with
ballot measures such as the proposals for bylaws revisions that are
now before us. In the "old days," we would publish the proposals
in the paper newsletters that were mailed to members, we would
discuss them at the Society business meeting, and then vote.
Ultimately, only a very small segment of the society voiced their
opinions and voted. Today, our talented webmaster has set up an
electronic "Discussion Board" on our web site that allows members
to make comments and ask questions about the proposed bylaws changes.
This is the first time we have done this and while it is not quite
the same as the discussions that used to take place at the business
meetings, all members can participate in the discussion, not just a
few, and all members can vote. As always, we welcome your feedback
on the process and suggestions for making it better.
SICB Web Site
Matures. As we grow into our new web site, we are finding more
and better ways of serving SICB members and promoting the goals of
the Society. Here are some examples.
Directory. Membership has many benefits, however, now only
members can access the SICB directory. This requires that members
know their SICB ID number, which is sent to members in many
of the emails from SICB headquarters, or you can retrieve your
number through the SICB web site under the Members tab and click on
Another member benefit is access to our wonderful journal
Integrative and Comparative Biology (through the Publications
tab); issues go all the way back to the very first
American Zoologist in 1961.
Students are very important to SICB and have their very own tab on
the SICB web page. Under the "For
Students" tab we have developed a number of
resources and we continue to look for better ways to serve our
A calendar of many SICB activities, especially administrative
activities for Society-wide and divisional officers, is available on
the web under the Resources
Elections, Elections. Every year the Society elects a number of
Society-wide and divisional officers and a full schedule of these
elections is available under Resources > Elections.
Furthermore, we have posted a list of people that have been
candidates for offices in the past. This greatly helps nominating
committees. This list is not entirely complete and we will continue
to update it.