Division of Ecology & Evolution (DEE): 2005 Fall Newsletter
In this newsletter:
Message from the Chair Fred Janzen, Secretary Anthony Steyermark
and Program Officer Emily Carrington
DEE officers hope that you all have had a productive summer and that
your scholarly pursuits continue to go well. At the same time, we
recognize the tremendous personal and professional disruptions
recently suffered by our many colleagues in the Gulf Coast region and
wish them all a speedy recovery.
are looking forward to a great meeting in Orlando in January. This
year DEE is co-sponsoring three symposia, one of which is a
"Ecological Immunology: Recent Advances and Applications For
Conservation and Public Health"
"Integrating Function over Marine Life Cycles"
"Ecophysiology and Conservation: The Contributions of Energetics"
addition, we will again be having our traditional joint social with
the Division of Invertebrate Zoology and The Crustacean Society. The
time and location will appear in the meeting schedule, so be sure to
check it out. For those who haven't attended, these socials are a
fun way to meet new acquaintances and to cement old friendships. See
don't forget to attend the DEE business meeting as well. We need
your input and participation to keep DEE vibrant and in a leadership
position within the Society. To that end, Tony and I have begun
informally discussing how DEE can enhance student participation and
foster cross-disciplinary interactions to help ensure a healthy
long-term future for the Society. One way to more effectively promote
the importance of SICB membership to our non-SICB ecological- and
evolutionary-oriented colleagues and students is to incorporate novel
activities at SICB meetings. For example, we might choose to
implement an Adopt-A-Student program where a voluntarily matched pair
of new student and SICB veteran exchange e-mail prior to the meeting,
meet at the opening social, share a SICB- and/or DEE-supported meal
together on the first day, or whatever seems best. Alternatively (or
in addition), we might consider becoming more involved in targeted
recruiting and support of specific individuals for Society membership
and career guidance. Should we be pro-active in extending SICB's
reach to new members from underrepresented groups and to engage these
individuals in integrative and comparative scientific activities?
Both student-oriented activities and research/education opportunities
that focus on national priorities such as these will promote
life-long membership in and commitment to SICB. Please provide your
input on such ideas!
this vein, please also continue to develop creative ideas for
symposia to be held at future SICB meetings. DEE will support you.
Here is one symposium possibility to spur your thinking: we might
consider exploring the fast-growing roles of computational biology in
our discipline. How much should we rely on computers? Will organismal
biologists and natural historians, among others, be sidelined by this
change of emphasis? Will/should we lament the loss of relatively
noncomputational fields? We look forward to your ideas, so contact us
directly or attend the business meeting!
meeting will mark the completion of the first year of Fred's term
as Chair and Tony's term as Secretary and the end of Emily's term
as Program Officer. At the same time, we are pleased to announce the
recent election of George Bakken as DEE Chair-Elect and Jennifer
Elwood as DEE Program Officer-Elect. Jennifer will officially assume
her office at the end of the meeting and George will do the same
subsequent to the 2007 meeting in Phoenix.
always we will be contacting you in the near future to ask if you
would be willing to serve as a judge for the best student paper and
poster competitions. We have had a great response from the members
of the division for the last three years. Consequently, people have
had to judge at most three presentations, and we have tried to match
presentations with judges' areas of interest. So, please seriously
consider serving as a judge for the student presentation at the next
SICB meeting in Orlando.
Link to officer list on DEE page