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Division of Evolutionary Developmental Biology (DEDB) - Fall 2000 Newsletter

Message from the Chair

Rudolf Raff

Message from the Program Officer

Mark Q. Martindale

In addition to the oral and poster presentations, the Chicago meeting will, as usual, host a number of exciting symposia. Those sharing co-sponsorship with DEDB are "Starting with Fins: Parallelism in the Evolution of Limbs and Genitalia," “Lesser Known Protostome Taxa: Evolution, Development, and Ecology,” and “Molecules, Muscles, and Macroevolution: Integrative Functional Morphology.” These symposia have been well planned and will be well worth attending so don’t miss out. See ya in the windy city! Aloha!

Message from the Student/Postdoc Representative

L. Patricia Hernandez

Greetings all! I hope that you have had a chance to check out meeting information on the SICB web page. If not, you definitely should. There is a link to all information about our upcoming meeting at http://www.sicb.org/meetings/2001/.
At http://www.sicb.org/meetings/2001/studentsupport.php3 you can find information regarding student support at the meeting. The deadline for applying for this support is November 17. I urge all of you to take advantage of this opportunity. For just a small time commitment (generally acting as projectionist for one session) SICB will pay for your housing during the meeting. Given this very generous support you may want to convince friends to join the society and present at the meeting. Student presentations are the backbone of this society and we happily accept new members.
I hope to meet many of you at one of several events planned for us at the next meeting. Please try to make time in your busy meeting schedule to attend these events, as they are a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow students and postdocs. The Student ‘First Timer’ Orientation is a great way to get to know many people within the society. It will be held Wednesday evening, January 3, from 5:30-6:15, and will allow you to meet other students, get helpful tips about presenting, and learn all about how your membership within the society can help you attain your goals. There will also be a Student Postdoctoral Luncheon sponsored by the SICB Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee on Thursday, January 4, from 11:30-12:50. This lunch is a nice way to learn more about the committee that serves your needs. Finally on Saturday, January 6, from 9-11 pm, there will be an SICB Society-wide Social in Honor of Students and Postdocs, a fantastic opportunity to talk to all the interesting researchers you have been wanting to meet.
After the meeting I will have more news regarding student and postdoc concerns. As always feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the upcoming meeting or any other issues. I can be reached at (860) 685-3206, or more conveniently at phernandez@wesleyan.edu. See you in January.