The 2007 AIBS annual meeting, on the theme "Evolutionary Biology and Human Health," will be held 14–15 May 2007 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton Hotel. The program chair is 2007 AIBS president Douglas Futuyma, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. To register online, go to www.aibs.org/events/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2007.html
Plenary speakers and discussion groups will approach the meeting's topic through a variety of cross-cutting themes involving science, education, and public policy. Principles and methods of evolutionary biology are becoming increasingly important in many aspects of health science, among them understanding the human genome, the normal functions and malfunctions of human genes, and the origin and evolution of infectious diseases. These are some of the topics addressed in sessions on infectious diseases, genes and genomics, and human adaptation and malfunction. The rest of the meeting's program will be rounded out by events such as a contributed poster session, a diversity lunch, and AIBS awards.
The meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Natural Science Collections Alliance (separate registration is required; e-mail: email@example.com) and will be followed by a meeting of the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations, 15–16 May (contact: rogr...@aibs.org).
Monday, 14 May
Session A: Infectious Diseases
Session B: Genes and Genomics
Special Discussion Groups: Education and Other Topics
Tuesday, 15 May
Session C: Human Adaptation and Malfunction
Videos, slides, and transcripts of presentations made at the 2006 AIBS annual meeting, “Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy,” are online at http://client.blueskybroadcast.com/AIBS/ (direct link); they can also be found at the AIBS Virtual Library (www.aibs.org/virtual-library).
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AIBS is proud to recognize four outstanding students as Diversity Scholars for 2006. The AIBS Diversity Scholars program recognizes outstanding biology students from underrepresented minorities, as well as students with disabilities. Each will receive a $1000 travel award to present research at a scientific meeting of his or her choice; complimentary travel and registration to the 2007 AIBS annual meeting, “Evolutionary Biology and Human Health”; and a one-year complimentary membership in AIBS. This year’s scholars are
For more information on the AIBS Diversity Scholars Program, and for application information for 2007, please visit www.aibs.org/diversity/diversity_ scholars_program.html
On 18 September 2006, the USGS Coalition held its third annual Capitol Hill reception, featuring exhibits that illustrate the biological, geographic, geological, and hydrologic research that scientists at the US Geological Survey conduct.
AIBS is a founding member of the USGS Coalition. AIBS member societies that participate in the coalition are the American Fisheries Society, American Society of Agronomy, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, Botanical Society of America, Council of Science Editors, Crop Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Natural Science Collections Alliance, NatureServe, North American Benthological Society, Phycological Society of America, Society for Range Management, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry–North America, Soil Science Society of America, Weed Science Society of America, and The Wildlife Society.
AIBS member societies and organizations interested in becoming involved with the USGS Coalition should contact AIBS director of public policy Robert Gropp (e-mail: rgr...@aibs.org).
Mark Kurtz began work as BioOne’s director of business development on 30 October. Kurtz will be involved in the business, operational, and strategic management of BioOne as the organization’s services and benefits for publishers and subscribers expand. He replaces Todd Carpenter, who left BioOne to become managing director of the National Information Standards Organization.
Before joining BioOne, Kurtz served as senior publishing editor in the Society Relations Department of Sage Publications, where he managed a portfolio of society and association journals. From 1999 through 2004, he was director of publications and new media for the Archaeological Institute of America.
Kurtz is a graduate of Harvard University, with a master’s in the study of religion. Among his personal interests is the Dayton Peace Accords Project, of which he is chief operating officer.
Lauren Kane joined BioOne on 2 October as manager of publisher and library relations. In this newly created position, Kane serves as liaison between BioOne’s publisher and library communities and its key partners in sales, customer support, and technology services. She is also responsible for the administrative operations of the office. Kane was most recently associate editor and journal publishing manager at Blackwell Publishing’s Academic Journals Division.
Stacie Lemick, who has been an administrative assistant at BioOne since 2000, will be departing at the end of this year, but she will remain connected to BioOne through her work with SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), one of BioOne’s founding organizations.
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