Division of Vertebrate Morphology (DVM): 2003 Fall Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
It's that time again.
Time to start thinking seriously about preparing for the SICB meeting
in New Orleans this coming January. Now is the time to get that data
in order, set up your PowerPoint, download your video clips, and
register. Better to get everything ready now than to be generating
new graphs fifteen minutes before your talk is to begin (and we all
know that never happens). The New Orleans venue is, to use an all
too familiar term from your students, AWESOME! This may be why the
number of abstracts submitted for the meeting is way up. As always,
there will be a wealth of quality presentations expanding the
frontiers of vertebrate morphology. I would expect that after a day
of contributed talks, posters, and symposia, there will be a
continuation of presentations in the evening by DVM members.
Discussions will ensue on topics such as Alligator Swimming in Creole
Sauce, Muscle Fiber Architecture of Blackened Redfish, and
Comparative Masticatory Effort in Sampling Crawfish Ettouffée.
The meeting is set for January 5-9, 2004. While these dates do not
encompass a Saturday night to possibly reduce the cost of airfare,
New Orleans is a great place to spend the extra night either before
or after the meeting.
Last year was the
initiation of video night running concurrently with the DVM social.
We will continue the video night with contributions that are sure to
amaze, amuse, and educate the division. Please bring your videos on
tape or CD to the social. The videos can pertain to your research or
simply be an interesting observation related to animal morphology.
An extra event to be
included in this year's program is a celebration of the contributions
and accomplishments of Marvalee Wake. A mini-symposium has been
organized by Wyatt Korff. The mini-symposium will occur in the
regular sessions before the DVM social. At the social, we will
further celebrate. So come and raise a glass in honor of Marvalee
Wake, who has been an exceptional force in the field of vertebrate
morphology and provided so much service to the SICB.
I must congratulate Bret
Tobalske, whose term as DVM Program Officer will be ending after the
January meeting. Brett has organized the meeting presentations and
helped shepherd a number of symposium. His work is important for the
functioning of the DVM. Despite Bret leaving the position of Program
Officer, I am happy to announce that John Bertram will be taking over
Bret's duties. I look forward to working with John. Audrone
Biknevicius has graciously consented to remain as division secretary.
She has been invaluable in helping to mange the division. So come
April remember Audrone on National Secretary's Day.
Holding the SICB meeting
in New Orleans and eating hot and spicy food is the perfect
prerequisite for acclimating to southern Florida for the summer of
2004, where the International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
(ICVM-7) will be held. This is the second time that the ICVM has been
held in North America. Jeanette Wyenken has done a spectacular job in
getting everything ready in Boca Roton. At this point, symposia have
been organized that are sure to be of interest to all morphologists.
Finally, I would like to
make an appeal for your support to the D. Dwight Davis fund. This
fund is important in providing awards for student presentations. Each
year the best student paper is presented with an award from this
fund. It would be welcome to increase support for this award, so
please make a contribution to the Davis fund.
Have a productive and fun
fall, and I hope to see you all in the Big Easy.
from the Program Officer
New Orleans is going to be
fun! I spent the past weekend at the New Orleans Marriott hotel with
the other program officers, working out the schedule for the upcoming
meeting. We worked diligently, as we were dealing with over 1100
abstracts - the largest number submitted to the annual SICB meeting
for the past ten years. The hotel is adjacent to the French Quarter,
though, so we had time for fine food and a bit of gawking at the
non-stop party that appears typical of Bourbon Street after sunset.
Because of the large
number of symposia (12) and submitted abstracts, there will be up to
13 concurrent sessions this year. DVM has the largest number of
submissions among divisions. With over 200 abstracts under the
umbrella of "morphology," DVM will have a variety of paper
and poster sessions each day of the week. There is solid competition
for the D. Dwight Davis award, with 46 contenders for Best Student
Paper. This year will feature a quality poster experience for all
concerned, as the poster sessions will run from 3:30 until 6:00,
without concurrent papers to interfere with attendance at the
Members of DVM will find
several symposia of interest. These include the Society Wide
Symposia, one in honor of George A. Bartholomew and one in awe of the
comparative biology of ethanol consumption. There will also be
symposia on selection experiments as tools in comparative work,
thermal effects on growth in ectotherms, morphological innovations,
and recent advances in neurobiology. Of special note, DVM is hosting
a mini-symposium in Honor of Marvalee Wake as she embarks on her
retirement. This is a relatively formal, but not too serious, way to
sincerely thank her for her many contributions to SICB and DVM.
Back on the relaxing side,
we will have a divisional social after our business meeting on
Wednesday (7 January), and there will be a Society Wide social,
featuring a Zydeco band, on Thursday night (8 January).
So, as one might say in
the quarter: A bientôt (see you soon).
Message from the Secretary
Letter from William
E. Bemis (university of Massachusetts, Amherst):
By arrangement with our
publisher, I am posting for free downloading my PowerPoint
Presentations to accompany our textbook, Functional Anatomy of
the Vertebrates - An Evolutionary Perspective (otherwise
known as FAOV, 3rd edition; K.F. Liem,
W.E. Bemis, W.F. Walker & L. Grande; Brooks Cole, Philadelphia,
2001).These are the files that I use in my own teaching, and they
include virtually all of the figures from FAOV. To
download the files, go to:
and follow the
instructions to reach the links page. You will see that the files are
organized by chapter, with one file for each of the book's 22
I hope that you will find
these materials useful for your own teaching and presentations.
Southeast Regional DVM meetings
The first Southeast
Regional DVM meeting was held September 27, 2003 at James Madison
University in Harrisonburg, VA. There were 33 participants from
South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, D.C.,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. There were 20
talks, lots of food, and great conversation. Participants who stayed
until Sunday joined a hike up Furnace mountain to get great views of
the Shanandoah valley.
There was also an extended
discussion about the importance of regional meetings, the need to
make students (both graduate and undergraduate) aware of the value
and informal nature of these meetings, and the importance of greater
faculty attendance. Rick Blob expressed interest in hosting a
Southeast Regional meeting at Clemson University next year, although
he and others expressed some concern about the proximity of a fall
regional meeting to the ICVM at the end of July. (submitted by Roshna
Wunderlich, James Madison University)
International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
The 7th International
Congress of Vertebrate Morphology will held on 27 July - 1 August
2003 at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Please visit the ICVM-7 web site for registration, travel and housing
(submitted by Jeanette Wyneken, ICVM-7 convener, Florida Atlantic
Link to officer list on DVM page