meetings provide an outstanding opportunity for students and postdocs to share
their research results in a more intimate venue (aka less pressure) than
national meetings often allow. Two regional meetings are planned for fall 2000:
10th Annual Northeast Regional Meeting of DVM will be held October 22-23 at
University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Programming Committee include Willy
Bemis, Beth Brainerd, Nate Kley and Bill Bassham. See the complete
announcement below. Please address questions and contributions to Bill (firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of DVM 2nd has been organized by Howard
(Sandy) Whidden, Jennifer White, and Bill Hammer and will be held at Augustana
College (Rock Island, IL) on November 18th and 19th. See the complete
announcement below. Contact Sandy (email@example.com
or Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org
for additional information.
OF REGIONAL MEETINGS FOR FALL 2000
Annual Northeast Regional Meeting of the Division of Vertebrate Morphology
are happy to announce the 10th Annual Northeast Regional Meeting of the
Division of Vertebrate Morphology (NRMDVM, at which we should work on a simpler
name for this group). The meeting will be held at UMass Amherst on Saturday
October 21 and Sunday October 22 in Rooms 203 and 319 Morrill Science Center.
Programming Committee for this meeting will be Willy Bemis, Beth Brainerd, Nate
Kley and Bill Bassham. As is the tradition of the NRMDVM, there will not be any
concurrent sessions so that all attendees will have the opportunity to hear all
talks. Also, we strive for informality and maximum student participation. We
offer the chance for participants to give short or long presentations depending
on the stage of their research project (i.e., 10 or 20 minute contributions can
be proposed to the programming committee). This design has worked well in the
past because it offers participants a chance to speak briefly about a project
that is still in its early stages. We especially encourage tenured faculty
members to consider offering shorter contributions, perhaps using the "one
slide" format that has been so well received by attendees of past meetings.
Lauder will open the meeting with a plenary lecture on fish locomotion at 9:00
AM on Saturday morning. The oral contributed paper session will begin at 10:15
and continue (with coffee and lunch breaks) until as late as necessary on
Saturday afternoon. The oral contributed paper session will resume on Sunday
morning at 9:00 and continue (with coffee and lunch breaks) until as late as
necessary on Sunday afternoon. Persons planning to present a poster should plan
to arrive in time to set up the poster before noon on Saturday and to leave it
on display until at least noon on Sunday.
materials related to contributions must be submitted via e-mail to
. Be sure to put NRMDVM as the first word in the subject
line of your e-mail to us. The deadline for receipt of titles, decision as to
oral or poster contribution, and proposed talk length will be October 1. No
abstract fee is charged for making a presentation. The program will be posted
on the meeting website.
meeting registration fee will be $10 for undergraduates, $20 for graduate
students and postdocs, or $40 for faculty. The fee covers costs for name
badges, printed copies of the meeting program, contact information for all
pre-registered participants, coffee and tea breaks, a simple Saturday night
meal, bagels and cheese on Sunday morning and a sandwich buffet for Sunday
and Northampton are major tourist destinations in October, so please book your
hotel rooms early to avoid disappointment and extra expense. A block of rooms
has been reserved for our group at the UMass Campus Center Hotel (5 minutes
walk from the meeting site and with a parking garage; the rate is about $90 per
room double occupancy; see maps and reservation information at
Other hotels within short driving distance of the meeting site include Howard
Johnsons (Hadley, Massachusetts
and The Lord Jeffery Inn (Amherst, Massachusetts;
A new Holiday Inn in Hadley will be open by the date of the meeting. The small
city of Northampton, Massachusetts is 9 miles from the meeting site. It is
known for its many artistic and cultural offerings and excellent restaurants.
The most interesting hotel in Northampton (because it is in the center of
everything) is the Hotel Northampton (http://www.hotelnorthampton.com/
Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the Division of Vertebrate Morphology
Departments of Biology and Geology at Augustana College would like to invite
you to the Second Annual Midwest Regional Meeting of the Division of Vertebrate
Morphology. The meeting will be held the weekend of November 18th and
19th on the Augustana campus in Rock Island, IL, and the organizers are Howard
(Sandy) Whidden, Jennifer White, and Bill Hammer. We will initially
schedule all events for Saturday the 18th,
but if there is sufficient interest we will contact all registered participants
and propose additional sessions for Sunday morning.
keeping with the spirit of last year's Midwest Regional meeting at Ohio
University, and with the tradition set by the Northeast Regional meetings, this
meeting will be a friendly and informal opportunity to get together to discuss
vertebrate morphology. Student presentations are encouraged, and since
Augustana is strictly an undergraduate institution
we will especially welcome participation by undergraduates. There will be
opportunities for both oral and poster presentations, and there will be no
concurrent sessions. We will also try to accommodate talks that vary in
length from 5 to 20 minutes, to encourage presentation of all stages of
deadline for registration is November 1, and the registration fee is $10 for
undergraduates, $20 for graduate students and postdocs, and $30 for faculty
members. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, bag lunch
with drink, and buffet dinner on Saturday, and also a continental breakfast on
Island is one of the Quad Cities, and lies at the intersection of Interstates
80 and 74. It is approximately three hours from Chicago, and is served by
the Quad City Airport in Moline, IL, which is just a 15-minute drive from
campus. Rooms have been reserved in the Four Points Sheraton, in downtown
Message from the Program Officer
The Chicago meeting promises to be exciting and hectic for DVM members. Each day will include 4 to 6 concurrent sessions of contributed papers that will be competing for our warm bodies with 4 to 5 symposia. Four of the 12 symposia at this year's meeting are sponsored or cosponsored by DVM:
1. "Molecules, muscles, and macroevolution: Integrative functional morphology," organized by Miriam Ashley-Ross, Alice Gibb and Lara Ferry-Graham.
2. "Motor control of vertebrate feeding: Function and evolution," organized by Michael Alfara and Anthony Herrel.
3. "Stability and maneuverability," organized by Frank Fish and Bob Full.
4. "Science, entertainment, and teaching: Bringing cutting edge biology to the public and teaching community," organized by Stuart Sumida and Elizabeth Rega.
In addition to these four, a number of other symposia will be of interest to many members of DVM (e.g., "Vibration as a communication channel,: DAB/DNB; "Starting with fins: Parallelism in the evolution of limbs and genitalia," DEDB; "Taking physiology to the field: Advances in investigating physiological function in free-living vertebrates," DCPB; "Ontogenetic strategies of invertebrates in aquatic environments," TCS/DIZ.)
An issue I would like to see us discuss at this year's business meeting is the question of how many symposia represent too many. Prior to becoming program officer I was inclined to argue that we should limit the number of symposia in order to reduce conflicts with the contributed paper sessions. Now that I am one of the folks faced with the decision of which symposia proposed for the Anaheim Meeting should be rejected or postponed, I am not confident that we should limit promising symposia. I see the contributed paper sessions and poster sessions as the heart and soul of meeting. Nonetheless, symposia play a larger role in conveying to the community and public the vitality and contributions of our field. Please join us at the business meeting to discuss this issue.
Don't forget that John Pearse and Martin Feder have asked Paul Sereno to be the opening speaker at the Chicago meeting. Paul has accepted the offer. The plan is to have Paul talk the first evening and then have a society-wide social.