ASN RSS https://amnat.org/ Latest press releases and announcements from the ASN en-us Thu, 02 Feb 2023 06:00:00 GMT 60 Nominations for the Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award https://amnat.org/announcements/nominate-idea.html 2023 Call for Nominations The American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists announce the call for nominations for the 4th annual ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award. The IDEA Award will be given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient(s) will be invited to present a plenary lecture at the following year’s Evolution meeting. Each recipient will also receive a plaque and a $1000 honorarium (shared among recipients if more than one). ***Eligibility Note: No contemporary officer, editor, member of diversity committee, or meeting organizer of the three societies is eligible for the award. Membership in any of the three societies is not required to nominate someone or be nominated for this award.*** &nbsp; How to apply Nominations should be submitted by February 10, 2023. Nomination packages should include: Nomination Letter: A single letter of support (1-2 pages) including biographical information (name, title, organization) of the person or group being nominated, along with a short description of the activities supporting the nomination. The letter must also include a section on the nature of impact the person or group has had on inclusivity, diversity, and equity in the field. For self-nominations, this letter should be written by another person who is familiar with the activities of the nominee. Biosketch: A brief biosketch or list of activities (maximum 3 pages) for the person/group nominated. Optional supplementary material: any material you believe clarifies the activities of the nominee relevant to this award (maximum 3 pages).&nbsp; Please contact committee chair Andrea Sweigart at sweigart@uga.edu with any questions. DEADLINE: February 10, 2023 Click here to access the application. About the IDEA Award The ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award was created in 2019 by the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB). The IDEA Award is given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient will receive a plaque at the annual meeting of ASN/SSB/SSE and a $1000 honorarium. Nominations are due in January of each year. <h3>2023 Call for Nominations</h3> <p>The American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists announce the call for nominations for the 4th annual ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award. The IDEA Award will be given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient(s) will be invited to present a plenary lecture at the following year&rsquo;s Evolution meeting. Each recipient will also receive a plaque and a $1000 honorarium (shared among recipients if more than one).</p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">***Eligibility Note: No contemporary officer, editor, member of diversity committee, or meeting organizer of the three societies is eligible for the award. Membership in any of the three societies is not required to nominate someone or be nominated for this award.***</span></i></p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><strong>How to apply</strong></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nominations should be submitted by <strong>February 10, 2023</strong>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nomination packages should include:</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;">Nomination Letter: A single letter of support (1-2 pages) including biographical information (name, title, organization) of the person or group being nominated, along with a short description of the activities supporting the nomination. The letter must also include a section on the nature of impact the person or group has had on inclusivity, diversity, and equity in the field. For self-nominations, this letter should be written by another person who is familiar with the activities of the nominee.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Biosketch: A brief biosketch or list of activities (maximum 3 pages) for the person/group nominated.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;">Optional supplementary material: any material you believe clarifies the activities of the nominee relevant to this award (maximum 3 pages).&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>Please contact committee chair Andrea Sweigart at sweigart@uga.edu with any questions.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>DEADLINE: February 10, 2023</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctgg-I4bKSnQ53k1Z9gT0mgeYCPiCiGuh5Wqiy7nJRZQRTlQ/viewform?usp=sf_link"><b>Click here</b> to access the application</a></span>.</span></p><hr/> <h3>About the IDEA Award</h3> <p>The ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award was created in 2019 by the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), the <a href="http://www.evolutionsociety.org/">Society for the Study of Evolution</a> (SSE), and the <a href="https://www.systbio.org/">Society of Systematic Biologists</a> (SSB). The IDEA Award is given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient will receive a plaque at the annual meeting of ASN/SSB/SSE and a $1000 honorarium. Nominations are due in January of each year.</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2023 06:00:00 GMT Applications for the 2023 Student Research Awards https://amnat.org/announcements/apply-student-research-award.html The ASN Student Research Awards support research by student members that advances the goals of the society: the conceptual unification of ecology, evolution, or behavior. Each award consists of a $2,000 check to the candidate. An applicant must must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, must have passed to candidacy in a Ph.D. program or equivalent, and must be at least one year from completing the Ph.D at the time of the award. Projects in all types of research (i.e., laboratory, field, theory) are encouraged. A total of ten proposals will receive awards. Proposals will be judged on originality, strength, and significance of the questions being addressed, prospects for significant results, and the match between the proposed research and the ASN mission. If not already a member of the ASN (student membership is international and US$20), awardees are expected to join ASN at the time of the award. Applications include four elements: 1) A two-page proposal describing the research project for which support is requested; 2) A budget with justification (one page); 3) a short curriculum vitae (two pages); 4) a statement from the Ph.D. supervisor that verifies that the applicant meets the three eligibility requirements listed above (e.g. provides the date when the student passed their qualifying/candidacy exam), and confirms the supervisor’s support for the proposed project (max. one page). This is not a reference letter regarding the applicant&#39;s personal merits, so should be given to the applicant to attach directly to their application. For detailed instructions, or to apply, please click here! Judging: Applications will be reviewed by a committee of six persons: three faculty-level researchers and three graduate students. Senior-level appointments are made by the President-Elect. Members each serve for three years; the longest-serving committee member serves as chair in her/his final year on the committee. Graduate student appointments are made from the Graduate Council, in consultation with the President-Elect.Examples of past winning proposals: As part of ASN&#39;s commitment to mentor the next generation of biologists, we are providing some examples of past proposals that have won the SRA. Note that these proposals are diverse in format, and no proposal is perfect! But all winning proposals, including these examples, clearly articulate an interesting or important need in ecology or evolution, and clearly demonstrate how their proposed work will address that need. To further help guide potential applicants, our awards committee has annotated some of these proposals to highlight what makes each proposal great. Proposals are posted with permission of their student authors (thank you!). Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 <p>The ASN Student Research Awards support research by student members that advances the goals of the society: the conceptual unification of ecology, evolution, or behavior. Each award consists of a $2,000 check to the candidate. An applicant must must hold a bachelor&rsquo;s degree or equivalent, must have passed to candidacy in a Ph.D. program or equivalent, and must be at least one year from completing the Ph.D at the time of the award. Projects in all types of research (i.e., laboratory, field, theory) are encouraged. A total of ten proposals will receive awards. Proposals will be judged on originality, strength, and significance of the questions being addressed, prospects for significant results, and the match between the proposed research and the ASN mission. If not already a member of the ASN (student membership is international and US$20), awardees are expected to join ASN at the time of the award.</p> <p><a href="https://forms.gle/ovoVAmbYyotBM4uY7">Applications</a> include four elements: 1) A two-page proposal describing the research project for which support is requested; 2) A budget with justification (one page); 3) a short curriculum vitae (two pages); 4) a statement from the Ph.D. supervisor that verifies that the applicant meets the three eligibility requirements listed above (e.g. provides the date when the student passed their qualifying/candidacy exam), and confirms the supervisor&rsquo;s support for the proposed project (max. one page). This is not a reference letter regarding the applicant&#39;s personal merits, so should be given to the applicant to attach directly to their application.</p> <p>For detailed instructions, or to apply, please <a href="https://forms.gle/ovoVAmbYyotBM4uY7"><b>click here</b></a>!</p> <p><strong>Judging: </strong></p> <p>Applications will be reviewed by a committee of six persons: three faculty-level researchers and three graduate students. Senior-level appointments are made by the President-Elect. Members each serve for three years; the longest-serving committee member serves as chair in her/his final year on the committee. Graduate student appointments are made from the Graduate Council, in consultation with the President-Elect.</p><p><b>Examples of past winning proposals:</b></p> <p>As part of ASN&#39;s commitment to mentor the next generation of biologists, we are providing some examples of past proposals that have won the SRA. Note that these proposals are diverse in format, and no proposal is perfect! But all winning proposals, including these examples, clearly articulate an interesting or important need in ecology or evolution, and clearly demonstrate how their proposed work will address that need. To further help guide potential applicants, our awards committee has annotated some of these proposals to highlight what makes each proposal great. Proposals are posted with permission of their student authors (thank you!).</p> <ul> <li><a href="/dam/jcr:e934d356-4a70-4a7c-9857-d29cd9042a9d/Meadley_Dunphy_Shannon_SRA_annotated.pdf">Example 1</a></li> <li><a href="/dam/jcr:4d47b6f2-debd-4ad9-a532-05d18178a922/Orteu_Anna_SRA_annotated.pdf">Example 2</a></li> <li><a href="/dam/jcr:0f9d4c5d-2406-46a5-8d1a-8df5e82ad8f0/Summers_Jeremy_SRA_annotated.pdf">Example 3</a></li> <li><a href="/dam/jcr:57641bc5-50dd-48cd-b980-73e8720082b9/Usui_Takuji_SRA_annotated.pdf">Example 4</a></li> </ul> Thu, 22 Dec 2022 06:00:00 GMT Nominations for the Distinguished Naturalist Award https://amnat.org/announcements/nominate-distinguished-naturalist.html The ASN Distinguished Naturalist Award is given to an active investigator in mid-career (within 20 years of completion of the PhD) who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms.&nbsp;Time since PhD degree can be extended in light of parental leave. Other forms of exceptional caregiving responsibility [e.g., partner, spouse, aged parent, etc]. or extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Individuals whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history will merit special consideration. The recipient need not be a member of the Society. The award will consist of an especially appropriate work of art and a prize of $2,000. The ASN strongly encourages its members to submit nominations of deserving people. The names of former recipients can be found here. Nominations will be held over for two years. The application packet should in the form of a single PDF consisting of a letter of nominations, curriculum vitae of the candidate including a publication list, and three key publications to be send electronically by January 31, 2023, to Dan Simberloff (dsimberloff@utk.edu). Please indicate "Distinguished Naturalist Award" in the subject line.&nbsp; <p>The ASN Distinguished Naturalist Award is given to an active investigator in mid-career (within 20 years of completion of the PhD) who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms.&nbsp;Time since PhD degree can be extended in light of parental leave. Other forms of exceptional caregiving responsibility [e.g., partner, spouse, aged parent, etc]. or extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.</p> <p>Individuals whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history will merit special consideration. <em>The recipient need not be a member of the Society</em>. The award will consist of an especially appropriate work of art and a prize of $2,000.</p> <p>The ASN strongly encourages its members to submit nominations of deserving people. The names of former recipients can be found <a href="https://www.amnat.org/awards.html#distinguished">here</a>.</p> <p>Nominations will be held over for two years.</p> <p>The application packet should in the form of a single PDF consisting of a letter of nominations, curriculum vitae of the candidate including a publication list, and three key publications to be send electronically by January 31, 2023, to Dan Simberloff (<a href="mailto:dsimberloff@utk.edu?subject=Distinguished Naturalist Award">dsimberloff@utk.edu</a>). Please indicate &quot;Distinguished Naturalist Award&quot; in the subject line.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2022 06:00:00 GMT