Division of Invertebrate Zoology (DIZ): 2006 Fall Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
message you'll find a few photos from my summer at the Oregon
Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), where I taught an undergraduate
course. It was wonderful to live by the rhythms of the sun and moon
again, exploring the intertidal during early morning, fog-coated low
tides and seeing the amazing patterns of diversity as we visited the
fantastic habitats of Cape Arago and Coos Bay. It is truly a special
place! My experience has reminded me how important it is for
students to have the opportunity to study and do research at field
stations and how great our responsibility is to help them do this.
With this in mind, I am hoping to have another auction to benefit the
Libbie Hyman Memorial Scholarship Fund at our 2008 meeting. As you
might remember, the last auction, organized by Rachel Merz and her
crack team of arm-twisters, was so successful that the Executive
Committee matched the funds raised by the auction. So start checking
your closets and creative inventory-you'll be hearing more from
me about this in the near future!
Speaking of the Libbie
Hyman Scholarship, I would like to congratulate this year's
recipient, Chris Rieken, an undergraduate at the University of
Massachusetts at Dartmouth working on ascidian symbioses with Mary
Beth Saffo. I hope we will hear more about Chris' research at
future SICB meetings. There was an exceptionally large and talented
pool of applicants this year, making the job of this committee even
more difficult than usual. I thank Sid Bosch, who chairs the
committee, Amy Johnson, and Beth Okamura for their work.
Congratulations are in
order to our secretary-elect, Renae Brodie. Renae will be taking
over the invertebrate plume (perhaps a sea pen?) from Bob Thacker
after our meeting in Phoenix. I want to thank Renae and Larry Basch
for their willingness to serve. Our proposed by-law changes were
also approved, which should simplify the job of the student awards
Be certain to register
for the 2007 meeting in Phoenix. DIZ will be sponsoring a symposium
on Integrative biology of pelagic invertebrates organized by Alison
Sweeney and Sönke Johnsen. I suspect that many of us are
participating in the Mini-symposium honoring Dr. Steven Vogel
organized by Tom Daniel and Kate Loudon as well. As has become our
tradition, we will hold our social jointly with the American
Microscopical Society. I look forward to seeing you in Phoenix!
Message from the Program Officer
Dear DIZ members,
The SICB program
committee met at the end of September in Phoenix to plan the meeting
and view the conference venue, and I am happy to report that it is
shaping up to be another fantastic meeting! This year we have the
second-highest-ever number of contributed papers with 1,080 abstracts
total, only a few less than the record-setting meeting in New
Orleans. 87 abstracts came from DIZ members. At the meeting, DIZ is
sponsoring a symposium entitled "Integrative Biology of Pelagic
Invertebrates" organized by Alison Sweeney and Sönke
Johnsen. This symposium will provide an exciting look into recent
technological and scientific advances in understanding these
little-known animals. Other symposia of particular interest to DIZ
members are the symposium in honor of Steve Vogel's retirement,
which is a multi-day extravaganza of contributed presentations, and
Trish Morse's "Frontiers in Learning and Teaching Integrative
and Comparative Biology: The SICB Digital Library." Each symposium
has a webpage that you can access through the meeting page for more
The meeting itself will
be held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, which is right downtown and
within walking distance of many restaurants. The contributed talks
and poster sessions will be held in the Phoenix Convention Center
(right across the street from the hotel); most other events, such as
socials and plenary sessions, will be in the hotel. We have one
whole wing of the Convention Center to ourselves, so while most times
have ten or eleven concurrent sessions, the travel distance between
talks will be very short!
DIZ will again be
joining DEE, AMS, and the Crustacean Society for an evening social
(check the program schedule for dates). This year DSEB will be
joining us as well. Please plan to be there!
For 2008: At the 2008 meeting in San Antonio, DIZ will be the
sponsor or co-sponsor of three symposia. In no particular order,
these are: (1) "Going with the flow: ecomorphological variation
across aquatic flow regimes," organized by Gabe Rivera and Rick
Blob; DVM is the primary sponsor, and DIZ and DEE are co-sponsors.
(2) "Advances in Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics," organized by
Jody Martin and Darryl Felder, sponsored by the Crustacean Society
and DIZ; and (3) "Evolution vs. Creationism in the classroom:
Evolving Student Attitudes," which is a society-wide symposium
co-sponsored by DIZ. Congratulations to everyone for excellent
It is never too early
to be thinking about symposia for the 2009 meetings. Proposals will
be due next August; please feel free to contact me well in advance
with your ideas.
Have a great fall and
see you in January!
from the Secretary
hope everyone had a productive summer! I spent a month studying
sponges in the mangroves of Panama (right). If you would like to
share some of your recent activities, you can create or update your
entry in the database of invertebrate zoology researchers on the DIZ
website: http://sicb.org/ divisions/DIZ/ researchers.php3.
If you would like to participate, please send me a photo, graph, or
theoretical model from your research, along with a short title and a
paragraph describing the image. The image should be in jpeg or tiff
format, while the text can be MS Word or RTF format. Please e-mail
your submission to me: email@example.com.
Please note: if you have already submitted information to another
division's database, you can just let me know which division that
is, and we can link to your existing submission. I also welcome any
suggestions for improving the DIZ web pages.
During the summer
elections, you voted to approve all of the proposed changes to our
divisional bylaws. The changes allow us to conduct electronic
balloting and provide a clearer definition of officers' terms. We
also removed DIZ membership as a requirement for participation in the
best student presentation awards. This change will simplify the
judging of student awards; similar changes have been made by the
other SICB divisions.
At the 2007 Meeting, we
will be seeking nominations for the next DIZ Program Officer. The
term of office begins in January 2008. Please let one of your DIZ
officers know if you are willing to serve as Program Officer, or if
you know of any potential candidates.
This is my last
newsletter, as my term ends this year. Thank you for this
opportunity to serve SICB! You have elected Renae Brodie to be the
new DIZ Secretary - please attend the 2007 Business Meeting and
welcome her in this role!
Message from the Graduate Student - Postdoctoral Affairs Committee
graduate students and post-docs!
SICB annual meeting in Phoenix is approaching and I hope that you
will remember to plan to attend the student/post-doc "Welcome
and Meeting Orientation" on Wednesday, January 3rd at 5:30pm.
This is particularly important if this is your first time to attend
the meeting. The goal of this orientation is to introduce you to the
logistics and etiquette of the meeting as well as helping you develop
a strategy for networking with senior colleagues at the meeting. You
will find that the SICB annual meeting holds many opportunities for
collaboration. In addition to meeting potential collaborators (or
post-doctoral sponsors), the interdisciplinary nature of the meeting
uniquely provides you with an opportunity to make yourself known to
members of future hiring committees.
in the week (Saturday, January 6th at 6pm ) there will be a graduate
student workshop entitled, "What Editors Want" that will
provide you with inside information about the editorial process that
can only improve your future publication experiences. This meeting is
nominally for students, but is open to all.
a society-wide social will be held in honor of students and post-docs
on Saturday at 8pm. I look forward to seeing you all there!
Message from the Student Awards Committee Chair
Another meeting is upon
us, and we have many students vying for DIZ's Best Student Paper
awards. I encourage all post-graduate members who are attending the
meetings in Phoenix to sign up as judges. Just email me
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and indicate the following to sign up:
- your area of
- the days you are
available to judge
- whether you can
judge papers, posters, or both
I will be putting the
schedule together in late November, and I will email your assignments
and judging instructions in early December. I would like to thank
past judges and ask for their continued help. If you have not
volunteered as a judge, I strongly encourage you to. Judges are
often in short supply yet are necessary to continue to offer student
awards. If you have any questions about what is required of a judge,
please email me (email@example.com).
See you in January!
Message from the
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Committee ChairIsidro Bosch
This year the
scholarship was awarded to Chris Rieken, an undergraduate at UMASS
Darmouth who works with Harvard University professor, Mary Beth
Saffo. Chris was the committee's unanimous choice among 13 highly
qualified student applicants. He submitted an excellent proposal for
consideration by the scholarship committee and his letters of support
indicated that his potential as a marine scientist is outstanding.
The Hyman Scholarship supported Chris' summer studies of
apicomplexan parasites in molgulid ascidians. Chris collected sea
squirts from the intertidal and subtidal zones in the Passamaquoddy
Bay region of New Brunswick, where he worked from the Huntsman Marine
Science Centre in St. Andrews. Many of the animals are now in
culture at the MBL in Woods Hole, where Chris and Mary Beth are
continuing their studies. We are very pleased that the work
supported by the scholarship has been very productive.
As Chair of the
scholarship selection committee I would like to take this opportunity
to acknowledge the outstanding work and dedication of Beth Okomura
and Amy Johnson, who have completed two terms as members and will now
serve DIZ in other roles. Beth and Amy's keen insights as well as
their commitment to the goals of this scholarship and to the memory
of Libbie Hyman were truly outstanding. I am thankful for the
opportunity to have served with them.
deadline for the 2007 field season will be March 9. As always,
monetary contributions for the scholarship fund will be
greatly appreciated. We are working towards an ultimate goal of
providing two annual scholarships. Please send contributions to:
SICB Business Office, Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1313
Dolley Madison Blvd., Suite 402, McLean, VA 22101. Checks should be
made payable to SICB and marked as a "Contribution to the Libbie
H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Fund." All contributions are tax
This scholarship, in
memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's foremost invertebrate
zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses OR to do
research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater or terrestrial
field station. The Hyman scholarship is intended to help support a
first field station experience for a first- or second-year graduate
student or an advanced undergraduate student.
which must be submitted on-line, must include:
A one to two page
description of the proposed coursework or research
Two (2) letters of
recommendation from faculty members
both undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate course work.
Deadline: MARCH 9,
Notification of Awards:
APRIL 9, 2007.
Application forms and
further information are available on the web at:
For more information
Dr. Isidro Bosch
Chair, SICB Libbie
Hyman Scholarship Committee
Department of Biology
SUNY Geneseo, NY 14454
Call for Exceptional
The annual Ralph and Mildred Buchsbaum Excellence in
will take place at
the SICB meeting in Phoenix, January 4-7, 2007. For more details see our News section
Link to officer list on DIZ page