Division of Invertebrate Zoology (DIZ): 2007 Fall Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
mud, glorious mud!
quite like it for cooling the blood.
Flanders and Swan
summer I had the opportunity to visit two glorious mudflats, False
Bay, San Juan Island, Washington, and the nature reserve Verdronken
Land van Saeftinghe in the Netherlands. Happy as a clam, I dug
around in the muck to find worms, worms, and more worms, and even a
few molluscs and crustaceans. The richness of these habitats make
them magnets for invertebrate biologists. Their fragility in light
of human-caused environmental impacts has helped drive efforts to
control invasive species, pollution, and habitat destruction.
these worms will be featured in the plenary address at our next
annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, January 2-8, 2008, when Sally
Woodin, SICB Past President, tells us about "Worms I Have Known and
Loved or Spheres of Influence, Recruitment, and Community Dynamics."
Other highlights at this meeting include symposia sponsored in part
by DIZ on ecomorphological variation across aquatic flow regimes,
decapod crustacean phylogenetics, crustacean genomics, and evolution
vs. creationism in the classroom. Be sure to check the details in
the report from the DIZ program officer, Amy Moran, below.
would like to congratulate this year's winner of the Libbie Hyman
Scholarship, Johanna Cannon of Auburn University. I was able to meet
Johanna this summer at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor
Laboratories, where she was using her award to study invertebrates.
Sid Bosch has been serving as Chair of the Libbie
Hyman Memorial Scholarship Committee for the past four years and has
served as a member of that committee since 2001. I am extremely
grateful to him for all his years of service. Helping Sid on the
committee this year were Will Jaeckle and Bruno Pernet, who has
kindly agreed to chair the committee for the next three years. I
greatly appreciate all their work.
are also in order to our program-officer-elect, Jim McClintock. Jim
has actually already started his service by representing DIZ at the
program officers' meeting this fall in San Antonio. He and Amy
Moran, who is finishing her term, have worked hard to ensure that DIZ
has a strong presence in the SICB program. I thank them both for
their efforts. I also appreciate John Zardus' willingness to run
for this position.
year I mentioned that we were planning another auction to benefit the
Hyman Scholarship fund. Because of scheduling conflicts and a few
time constraints, we have decided to hold the auction at our 2009
meeting in Boston. This should give you plenty of time to sort
through your invertebrates memorabilia to consider what you might
donate as well as what you might need to make your collection
look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!
and field assistants penetrate the fog of False Bay.
Pernet and Louise Page really dig the worms of False Bay.
malacologists muck about in the Netherlands.
Message from the Program Officer
Dear DIZ members,
program committee met in San Antonio, TX at the end of October to
assess the conference venue and plan the 2008 meeting, and we can all
look forward to another great meeting in January. There were
slightly over 1000 abstracts submitted this year, meaning this will
be another in a string of large and well-attended meetings. DIZ is
co-sponsoring three standard symposia: (1) "Going with the flow:
ecomorphological variation across aquatic flow regimes,"
organized by Gabe Rivera and Rick Blob and co-sponsored by DIZ, DCB,
DEE, and DVM: (2) "Advances in Decapod Crustacean
Phylogenetics," organized by Jody Martin and Darryl Felder,
sponsored by DIZ, TCE, and DSEB: and (3) "Evolution vs.
Creationism in the classroom: Evolving Student Attitudes" (Eric
Lovely - organizer), which is a society-wide symposium co-sponsored
by DIZ and eight other divisions. We are also, along with DCPB,
co-sponsoring one of four late-breaking symposia, "Crustacean
Genomics" (Jonathan Stillman - organizer). The late-breaking
symposia, which are being held for the first time, promise to add an
exciting new dimension to the meeting. Each symposium has a web page
that can be accessed through the SICB meeting pages (http://sicb.org/meetings/2008/symposia/).
meeting will take place at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, which are right on the
historic Riverwalk; this area has a great ambiance and numerous
excellent indoor/outdoor restaurants. The convention center is right
across the street from the hotel. DIZ will be joining five other
divisions/groups (DDCB, DEDB, DEE, DSEB, AMS) for an evening social
in the Convention Center. Please plan to attend this fun event, and
watch the web page for announcements about the time and location.
Invertebrate Auction, which was originally scheduled for the 2008
meeting, is being postponed until 2009 in Boston due to scheduling
conflicts. However, there are several other exciting activities to
look forward to at the San Antonio meeting. SICB members will be
able to attend a special showing of the new IMAX movie "Volcanoes
of the Deep Sea," which is premiering in San Antonio during the
meeting, and Randy Olson will also be giving five screenings of his
new film "Flight of the Dodo."
meeting will be held in Boston, and DIZ will be the sponsor or
co-sponsor of two symposia: "The Biology of the Parasitic
Crustacea," organized by Jeffrey Shields, and "Courtship,
marriage, and the art of forming a lasting relationship: current
perspectives in symbiosis research, a tribute to Leonard Muscatine,"
organized by Michele Nishiguchi. Congratulations to these organizers
on their excellent proposals!
enjoyed my three years as Program Officer for DIZ very much, and I
would like to thank Jim McClintock, the new DIZ program officer, for
filling in for me at this year's Program Committee meeting (the
dates of this year's program meeting in October coincided with my
deployment to Antarctica). It's never too early to think ahead
about symposia for 2010 - proposals will be due in August 2008; so
please contact Jim well in advance with your ideas.
See you in
from the Secretary
Dear SICB members,
Like many of you, I will be happy
to travel to a warm place for our next annual SICB meeting. Since
the last meeting, the SICB website has been overhauled and is now
nicer looking and more user-friendly. I encourage you to check your
personal information on the member list at the bottom of the DIZ
page; updates can be done online. Please also consider adding your
profile to our DIZ Researchers database. A paragraph describing your
work and a photograph can be emailed to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DIZ page is also the place to check and post announcements. If
you would like to post an announcement, please email me a pdf
brochure and a line for the webpage. Divisional members can be sent
email announcements as well, but these must be approved and
disseminated by us.
For those of you with artistic
inclinations and the photomicrographs to prove it, consider entering
your best work in the Annual Ralph and Mildred Buchsbaum
Excellence in Photomicrography Contest
(http://www.sicb.org/meetings/2008/events.php3#photo) at the upcoming meeting in San Antonio.
Finally, thank you to everyone who participated in the
elections. The Bylaws concerning chair terms and responsibilities
passed with overwhelming support (see below). We welcome our new
Program Officer, Jim McClintock, and also Bruno Pernet, the
new chair of the Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship committee. A
big thank you to Amy Moran and Sid Bosch for their service.
Message from the Graduate Student - Postdoctoral Affairs Committee
summer I had the opportunity to participate in a two-week research
cruise in the Bahamas led by principle investigator, Joe Pawlik.
This was a tremendous opportunity, both to collect data and to
network with nearly thirty scientists (in an intimate research vessel
setting, at that). This experience highlights the networking
advantages of involvement in SICB - Joe Pawlik was my undergraduate
professor, but we did not reconnect until I organized a symposium at
SICB and invited him to present. Annual meetings are a great venue
for learning about interesting and diverse research, but also for
networking. If you are looking for a postdoctoral position, the SICB
annual meeting provides ample opportunity for you to have valuable
'face-time' with prospective sponsors. If you are looking for a job,
at the SICB annual meeting you can potentially present your research
to future search committee members, whereas at specialty meetings
your audience is likely to include competitors and collaborators who
are already familiar with you and your work. So, as the next annual
meeting approaches, strategize about whom you want to meet and how
you can extend the network that will be critical to your future
academic development. I f you have any interest in becoming more
active within the society (e.g., planning a symposium), do not
hesitate to consult me or the other SICB officers.
Message from the Student Awards Committee Chair
meeting is upon us, and we have 23 students vying for DIZ's Best
Student Paper and Poster awards. I encourage all post-graduate
members who are attending the meetings in San Antonio to sign up as
judges. Typically, I will ask a judge to review 3 to 4 talks. To
sign up for judging, just email me (email@example.com)
and provide the following information:
area of expertise
days you are available to judge
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.
past judges for their time and effort, and ask for their continued
help. If you have not volunteered as a judge, I strongly encourage
you to volunteer. Judges are often in short supply yet necessary to
continue to offer student awards. If you have any questions about
what is required of a judge, please email me
See you in
Message from the
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Committee Chair
Isidro Bosch (past chair)
We had a
particularly strong group of 15 candidates for the Hyman Scholarship
in 2007 and the selection of one recipient among such a talented
group was difficult. The recipient chosen showed real excellence,
great promise, and will genuinely benefit from this award. This year
the scholarship was awarded to Johanna Cannon, a second year Ph.D.
student who plans to study the phylogeny and evolution of development
in Pterobranchs as a member of Ken Halanych's research team at
Auburn University. After an outstanding undergraduate career at Bryn
Mawr, where she gained a strong background in Oceanography and
Ecology, Johanna has been very busy taking graduate courses in
Genomics, Developmental Biology and Molecular Biology at Auburn
University. The Hyman Scholarship supported her participation in the
Marine Invertebrate Zoology course at Friday Harbor labs this past
summer ('07). The selection committee felt that the experience of
working in a marine station setting and the hands-on knowledge of the
diversity of invertebrate animals in the Pacific northwest would be
great assets to Johanna as she went on with her dissertation
we welcomed three new members to the Libbie Hyman Scholarship
Committee: Will Jaeckle, Bruno Pernet and John Zardus. From this
point on Bruno Pernet will serve as Chair. This is especially
noteworthy because, like past chair Amy Johnson, Bruno is a former
recipient of the Libbie Hyman Scholarship. Bruno and Will
participated in this year's selection process. My own three-term
tenure now comes to an end and I wanted to give special thanks to Amy
Johnson, Beth Okamura, Will Jaeckle, and Bruno Pernet for helping to
make my tenure as chair stress-free and enjoyable. This was an
interesting and gratifying experience that I highly recommend to
scholarship is awarded in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's
foremost invertebrate zoologists. For nearly 30 years the
scholarship has provided assistance to students wishing to
participate in a first significant field experience at a marine,
freshwater, or terrestrial field station. Coursework or research
activities focusing on invertebrates are both supported. A
goal of DIZ and SICB is to increase the
number of awards that can be given out to at least two per year.
In support of these goals, as well as that of
maintaining the continuity of the scholarships, monetary
contributions may made using the SICB web site (click on Donate
to SICB on the SICB home page www.sicb.org)
or they may be sent to:
H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dolley Madison Blvd., Suite 402
should be made payable to SICB and marked as a "Contribution to
the Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Fund." All
contributions are tax deductible.
application deadline for the 2008 scholarship is March 7. Completed
applications, which must be submitted on-line, must include:
one to two page description of the proposed coursework or research
brief description of previous experiences in field stations
(2) letters of recommendation from faculty members
of both undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate course work
forms and further information are available on the SICB web site at
of Biological Sciences
State University, Long Beach
Beach, CA 90840
Changes to DIZ Bylaws (both passed)
I. Item 1.
The current Bylaws do not reflect
our current practice for the Chair-Elect term. A change is proposed
to Article V, to state: "The Chair-Elect shall be elected
triennially. The Chair-Elect should attend the annual meeting that
follows her/his election. At the end of this annual meeting, the
Chair-Elect shall automatically become Chair for three years. He/She
shall serve as Past Chair during the succeeding two years."
II. Item 2. Chair responsibilities
A second change moves a
responsibility from the Past-Chair to the current Chair, moving the
statement "He/She shall sign all proposals to federal granting
agencies on behalf of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology" from
Article VII to Article VI.
Link to officer list on DIZ page