ASN RSS https://amnat.org/ Latest press releases and announcements from the ASN en-us Fri, 03 Dec 2021 06:00:00 GMT 60 ASN Diversity Committee Call for Members https://amnat.org/announcements/NomDivCom.html The ASN Diversity Committee (DC) seeks to add 1–2 new members starting in January 2022. The DC works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusiveness to enhance the study of evolution, ecology, and behavior and to foster the career of its developing scientists. We pursue initiatives that support marginalized groups, which include helping to create an inclusive, accessible environment at the Evolution conference, the stand-alone ASN meeting, and our field in general. Members serve a 3-year term, and the committee typically meets about once a month. Many of the DC’s initiatives are created and operated with the DCs of our sister societies, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biologists. Past or ongoing efforts of the ASN DC include: Data collection and analysis regarding the demographic composition and climate of the ASN Creation of guidelines on best practices for awards procedures Events at Society meetings including Story Collider and mixers to build community among LGBTQ+ biologists, biologists with disabilities, biologists of color, biologists at PUIs, and parents Improving accessibility at Society meetings for scientists with disabilities, scientists of marginalized genders, and scientists who are nursing/caretaking Creation of the Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award to recognize individuals who have strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields Applicants must be members of ASN (join or renew your membership here) and have attended at least one Evolution conference or ASN stand-alone meeting in the past. We welcome participation from members of the community from all backgrounds and all countries, across all career stages (including graduate students and postdocs), and in all career paths. The deadline for applications (https://forms.gle/ygRtCAY7AXsLEpFKA) has been extended to Friday 10 December 2021. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at ASNdiversity@gmail.com. For more information about the Diversity Committee, see https://www.amnat.org/about/governance/Diversity.html <p>The ASN Diversity Committee (DC) seeks to add 1&ndash;2 new members starting in January 2022. The DC works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusiveness to enhance the study of evolution, ecology, and behavior and to foster the career of its developing scientists. We pursue initiatives that support marginalized groups, which include helping to create an inclusive, accessible environment at the Evolution conference, the stand-alone ASN meeting, and our field in general. Members serve a 3-year term, and the committee typically meets about once a month.</p> <p>Many of the DC&rsquo;s initiatives are created and operated with the DCs of our sister societies, the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biologists. Past or ongoing efforts of the ASN DC include:</p> <ul> <li>Data collection and analysis regarding the demographic composition and climate of the ASN</li> <li>Creation of guidelines on best practices for awards procedures</li> <li>Events at Society meetings including Story Collider and mixers to build community among LGBTQ+ biologists, biologists with disabilities, biologists of color, biologists at PUIs, and parents</li> <li>Improving accessibility at Society meetings for scientists with disabilities, scientists of marginalized genders, and scientists who are nursing/caretaking</li> <li>Creation of the <a href="https://www.amnat.org/announcements/NomIDEAaward.html">Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award</a> to recognize individuals who have strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields</li> </ul> <p>Applicants must be members of ASN (<a href="https://amnat.org/membership/beamember.html">join or renew your membership here</a>) and have attended at least one Evolution conference or ASN stand-alone meeting in the past.</p> <p>We welcome participation from members of the community from all backgrounds and all countries, across all career stages (including graduate students and postdocs), and in all career paths. The deadline for <a href="https://forms.gle/ygRtCAY7AXsLEpFKA">applications (https://forms.gle/ygRtCAY7AXsLEpFKA)</a> has been extended to Friday 10 December 2021. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at <a mailto:asndiversity="">ASNdiversity@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>For more information about the Diversity Committee, see <a href="https://www.amnat.org/about/governance/Diversity.html">https://www.amnat.org/about/governance/Diversity.html</a></strong></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2021 06:00:00 GMT Nominations for the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award https://amnat.org/announcements/NomEOWilson.html The Edward O. Wilson 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 15, 2022, to Ingrid Parker (imparker@ucsc.edu). Please indicate "E. O. Wilson Award" in the subject line.&nbsp; <p>The Edward O. Wilson 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 <a href="https://www.amnat.org/awards.html#Wilson">found 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 15, 2022, to Ingrid Parker (<a href="mailto:imparker@ucsc.edu?subject=E. O. Wilson Award">imparker@ucsc.edu</a>). Please indicate &quot;E. O. Wilson Award&quot; in the subject line.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 05:00:00 GMT Nominations for the Sewall Wright Award https://amnat.org/announcements/NomWright.html The American Society of Naturalists invites nominations for the 2022 Sewall Wright Award. The Sewall Wright Award was established in 1991 for a senior but highly active investigator who is making fundamental contributions to the Society’s goals in promoting the conceptual unification of the natural biological sciences. The winner of the 2022 Sewall Wright Award will be announced by the President during the annual meeting prior to the Presidential address.&nbsp; The recipient will be invited to write a paper for publication in a special section of the journal and will receive an honorarium of $1000. The recipient need not be a member of the Society. The ASN strongly encourages its members to submit nominations of deserving people, preferentially scientists in their prime period as active and influential researcher rather than nearing retirement, who have been successful at conceptually unifying the biological sciences in some way. Ideally, all areas of ecology, evolution, behavioral ecology, and genetics are represented among the nominees. Nominations will be held over for two years. The names of former recipients can be found here. For the 2022 Sewall Wright Award, the prize committee encourages nominations from the membership. A nomination should consist of a letter with a brief description of why the nominee is deserving of the award. Please send all nominations by January 15, 2022, via e-mail to Mark Urban (mark.urban@uconn.edu). Please indicate “Sewall Wright Award” in the subject line and let the filename of the nomination letter indicate the name of the nominee. <p>The American Society of Naturalists invites nominations for the 2022 Sewall Wright Award. The Sewall Wright Award was established in 1991 for a senior but highly active investigator who is making fundamental contributions to the Society&rsquo;s goals in promoting the conceptual unification of the natural biological sciences. The winner of the 2022 Sewall Wright Award will be announced by the President during the annual meeting prior to the Presidential address.&nbsp; The recipient will be invited to write a paper for publication in a special section of the journal and will receive an honorarium of $1000. The recipient need not be a member of the Society.</p> <p>The ASN strongly encourages its members to submit nominations of deserving people, preferentially scientists in their prime period as active and influential researcher rather than nearing retirement, who have been successful at conceptually unifying the biological sciences in some way. Ideally, all areas of ecology, evolution, behavioral ecology, and genetics are represented among the nominees. Nominations will be held over for two years.</p> <p>The names of former recipients can be <a href="https://www.amnat.org/awards.html#Wright">found here</a>.</p> <p>For the 2022 Sewall Wright Award, the prize committee encourages nominations from the membership. A nomination should consist of a letter with a brief description of why the nominee is deserving of the award. Please send all nominations by January 15, 2022, via e-mail to Mark Urban (<a href="mailto:mark.urban@uconn.edu?subject=Sewall Wright Award">mark.urban@uconn.edu</a>). Please indicate &ldquo;Sewall Wright Award&rdquo; in the subject line and let the filename of the nomination letter indicate the name of the nominee.</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 05:00:00 GMT Applications for the 2022 Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Awards https://amnat.org/announcements/NomYIAforms.html The Jasper Loftus-Hill Young Investigator’s Award of the American Society of Naturalists honors outstanding promise and accomplishments of young investigators who conduct integrative work in the fields of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavioral Ecology, and Genetics. Applicants working in any of these fields are encouraged to apply. The award honors outstanding promise and accomplishments of young investigators (3 years post-Ph.D., or in the final year of their Ph.D) who conduct integrative work in ecology, evolution, behavioral ecology, and genetics (see * below) . The award was established in 1984 to recognize exceptional work by investigators who received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application deadline, or who are in their final year of graduate school. The award commemorates Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974), an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who died tragically during the course of fieldwork three years after receiving his degree. Winners of this award will present a research paper in the Young Investigator’s Symposium at the ASN annual meeting and receive a $700 prize, a travel allowance of $700, cost of registration for the meetings, and a supplement of $500 in case of intercontinental travel. Four awards are made annually. Recipients need not be members of the Society. In order to apply for this award, applicants should go to&nbsp;https://forms.gle/BJfjQN4xsvyHkmtf8 to the Google form, where they will be asked to answer a few questions and upload their application (see ** below). The application should consist of one pdf, with the following (in this exact order): - CV (no page limit) - Research statement (3 page limit, including figures) - 3 reprints Additionally, two letters by individuals familiar with the applicant’s work should be uploaded by referees to https://forms.gle/CMhhK9dKVAahJA948&nbsp; (a Google form).&nbsp;(see ** below).&nbsp; Applicants are responsible for ensuring their letter writers submit their letters before the deadline (this can be done before submitting an application), as applications will not be considered complete without these two letters. * The standard timeframe covers anyone who graduated in 2019, 2020, or 2021 or who plans to defend in 2022. Time since PhD degree can be extended by 1 year for each child born or adopted during this period if the applicant was a primary care giver. Other forms of exceptional care giving responsibility (e.g. partner, spouse, aged parent, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. **Applicants and letter writers will be required to sign into an account registered with Google (does not have to be a gmail address) to upload their applications and letters, respectively. If you or your letter writers do not have a google account, please send materials directly to Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos. Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974) was an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who lost his life doing fieldwork recording frog calls in Texas, three years after receiving his degree from the University of Melbourne. An obituary appeared in Copeia in 1974 (Alexander, Richard D. "Jasper Loftus-Hills." Copeia 1974:812-13). The Golden Coqu&iacute; (in the photo above) was discovered on Puerto Rico by George E. Drewry, Kirkland L. Jones, Julia R. Clark, and Jasper J. Loftus-Hills. They had planned to name the species for its color, but when Loftus-Hills was killed in 1974, his colleagues chose instead to name it in his honor. A further description of Jasper Loftus-Hills appeared in Copeia 2015 (103:467-475), which is a retrospective on his mentor, Murray John Littlejohn (doi:&nbsp;http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/OT-15-274) The most gifted graduate student Murray ever worked with (in his own estimation) was Jasper Loftus-Hills, whose Ph.D. thesis “Auditory function and acoustic communication in anuran amphibians” was completed in 1971. Jasper followed in Murray’s footsteps to Austin and then went on to Cornell University and the University of Michigan. He was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver while doing night fieldwork on Gastrophryne in Texas in 1974. The 1992 Gastrophryne paper coauthored by Jasper and Murray is a lucid analysis of the state of the art in character displacement and reinforcement, two terms burdened with a long history of confusion. (Loftus-Hills, J. J., and M. J. Littlejohn.&nbsp;1992.&nbsp;Reinforcement and reproductive character displacement inGastrophryne carolinensis&nbsp;and&nbsp;G. olivacea&nbsp;(Anura: Microhylidae): a re-evaluation.&nbsp;Evolution 46:896–906.) &nbsp; <p>The Jasper Loftus-Hill Young Investigator&rsquo;s Award of the American Society of Naturalists honors outstanding promise and accomplishments of young investigators who conduct integrative work in the fields of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavioral Ecology, and Genetics. Applicants working in any of these fields are encouraged to apply.</p> <p>The award honors outstanding promise and accomplishments of young investigators (3 years post-Ph.D., or in the final year of their Ph.D) who conduct integrative work in ecology, evolution, behavioral ecology, and genetics <strong><a href="#time">(see * below</a></strong>) . The award was established in 1984 to recognize exceptional work by investigators who received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application deadline, or who are in their final year of graduate school. The award commemorates Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974), an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who died tragically during the course of fieldwork three years after receiving his degree.</p> <p>Winners of this award will present a research paper in the Young Investigator&rsquo;s Symposium at the ASN annual meeting and receive a $700 prize, a travel allowance of $700, cost of registration for the meetings, and a supplement of $500 in case of intercontinental travel. Four awards are made annually. Recipients need not be members of the Society.</p> <p>In order to apply for this award, applicants should go to&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;"><a href="https://forms.gle/BJfjQN4xsvyHkmtf8" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">https://forms.gle/BJfjQN4xsvyHkmtf8</a> to the Google form, </span></span>where they will be asked to answer a few questions and upload their application <span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;"><a href="#time">(<strong>see ** below</strong>)</a></span></span>. The application should consist of one pdf, with the following (in this exact order):<br /> - CV (no page limit)<br /> - Research statement (3 page limit, including figures)<br /> - 3 reprints</p> <p>Additionally, two letters by individuals familiar with the applicant&rsquo;s work should be uploaded by referees <span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;">to <a href="https://forms.gle/CMhhK9dKVAahJA948" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">https://forms.gle/CMhhK9dKVAahJA948&nbsp;</a> (a Google form).&nbsp;<a href="#time">(<strong>see ** below</strong>)</a>.&nbsp; </span></span>Applicants are responsible for ensuring their letter writers submit their letters before the deadline (this can be done before submitting an application), as applications will not be considered complete without these two letters.</p> <hr /> <p id="time">* The standard timeframe covers anyone who graduated in 2019, 2020, or 2021 or who plans to defend in 2022. <strong>Time since PhD degree</strong> can be extended by 1 year for each child born or adopted during this period if the applicant was a primary care giver. Other forms of exceptional care giving responsibility (e.g. partner, spouse, aged parent, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.</p> <p>**<strong>Applicants and letter writers will be required to sign into an account registered with Google</strong> (does not have to be a gmail address) to upload their applications and letters, respectively. If you or your letter writers do not have a google account, please send materials directly to <a href="mailto:d.ortizbarrientos@uq.edu.au?subject=YIA%20Application">Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos.</a></p> <hr/><p>Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974) was an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who lost his life doing fieldwork recording frog calls in Texas, three years after receiving his degree from the University of Melbourne. <a href="/dam/jcr:50a091cd-227f-4bff-9f60-687a6679b1d8/JLH%20obituary.pdf">An obituary appeared in <i>Copeia</i></a> in 1974 (Alexander, Richard D. &quot;Jasper Loftus-Hills.&quot; <em>Copeia</em> 1974:812-13).</p> <p>The Golden Coqu&iacute; (in the photo above) was discovered on Puerto Rico by George E. Drewry, Kirkland L. Jones, Julia R. Clark, and Jasper J. Loftus-Hills. They had planned to name the species for its color, but when Loftus-Hills was killed in 1974, his colleagues chose instead to name it in his honor.</p> <p>A further description of Jasper Loftus-Hills appeared in <i>Copeia</i> 2015 (103:467-475), which is a retrospective on his mentor, Murray John Littlejohn (doi:&nbsp;<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/OT-15-274">http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/OT-15-274</a>)</p> <blockquote>The most gifted graduate student Murray ever worked with (in his own estimation) was Jasper Loftus-Hills, whose Ph.D. thesis &ldquo;Auditory function and acoustic communication in anuran amphibians&rdquo; was completed in 1971. Jasper followed in Murray&rsquo;s footsteps to Austin and then went on to Cornell University and the University of Michigan. He was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver while doing night fieldwork on Gastrophryne in Texas in 1974. The 1992 Gastrophryne paper coauthored by Jasper and Murray is a lucid analysis of the state of the art in character displacement and reinforcement, two terms burdened with a long history of confusion.<br /> (<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">Loftus-Hills, J. J., and M. J. Littlejohn.&nbsp;</span><span class="NLM_year" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">1992</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">.&nbsp;</span><span class="NLM_article-title" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">Reinforcement and reproductive character displacement in<i>Gastrophryne carolinensis</i>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<i>G. olivacea</i>&nbsp;(Anura: Microhylidae): a re-evaluation</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">.&nbsp;</span><span class="citation_source-journal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px; font-style: italic;">Evolution </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">46:</span><span class="NLM_fpage" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">896</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">&ndash;</span><span class="NLM_lpage" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">906</span><span class="citation_source-journal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px; font-style: italic;">.</span>)</blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 05:00:00 GMT Nominations for the Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award https://amnat.org/announcements/NomIDEAaward.html 2022 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 3rd 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.*** Nominations should be submitted by January 15, 2022. Continue reading for nomination instructions. 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 someone 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). Please contact committee chair Benjamin Blackman at bkblackman&nbsp;[at]&nbsp;berkeley.edu with any questions. DEADLINE: January 15, 2022 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>2022 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 3rd 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>***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.***</i></p> <p>Nominations should be submitted by <strong>January 15</strong><strong>, 2022</strong>. Continue reading for nomination instructions.</p> <p>Nomination packages should include:</p> <ol> <li>Nomination Letter: A single letter of support (1&ndash;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 someone familiar with the activities of the nominee.</li> <li>Biosketch: A brief biosketch or list of activities (maximum 3 pages) for the person/group nominated.</li> <li>Optional supplementary material: any material you believe clarifies the activities of the nominee relevant to this award (maximum 3 pages).</li> </ol> <p>Please contact committee chair Benjamin Blackman at bkblackman&nbsp;[at]&nbsp;berkeley.edu with any questions.</p> <p><strong>DEADLINE: January 15, 2022</strong></p> <p><a href="https://forms.gle/NqRZRybNynUXtyJj7"><b>Click here</b> to access the application</a>.</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> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 05:00:00 GMT Call for Nominations for ASN President, Vice President, and Treasurer https://amnat.org/announcements/NomASNOfficersANN.html Members of the American Society of Naturalists are encouraged to submit nominations for the Executive Committee (EC). Elections will be held in 2022 for President, Vice President, and Treasurer. The President serves on the EC from 2023-2027, acting as President in 2024. The Vice President serves on the EC from 2023-2025, acting as VP in 2024. The VP organizes a symposium to be presented at the meetings in 2023 and edits the symposium papers for publication in The American Naturalist. The Treasurer serves on the EC from 2023-2028, acting as Treasurer from 2023-2025 and Past Treasurer from 2026-2028. Names of nominees for specific offices should be submitted by December 1, 2021, to Nate Morehouse (morehonn@ucmail.uc.edu) Please indicate “ASN Nomination” in the subject line. As you contemplate nominations, you may want to check the current and past officers for reference.The PRESIDENT leads the ASN Executive Council and selects the membership of the award and officer nomination committees. The President selects the President’s Award for the “best” paper in The American Naturalist in the past year, gives the ASN Presidential Address and presents the Society’s awards at the annual meeting, and represents the ASN in multiple other ways through the year. The President serves on the Executive Council for five years, including one year as President-Elect and three years as a Past-President. The VICE PRESIDENT organizes the Vice President’s Symposium for the annual meeting and edits the special supplement to The American Naturalist that contains the papers derived from the VP Symposium. The Vice President is also the Society’s liaison for the organizers of the annual meeting. The Vice President serves as a member of the Executive Council for three years, two as a regular member and one as ex officio member. The SECRETARY records and publishes the minutes of the annual meeting of the Executive Committee and ensures that elections for Society offices are conducted in a timely manner. In addition, the Secretary works closely with the President with respect to the normal running of the Society, documents the Executive Committee’s actions, sees that the ASN Officer’s Handbook and website are up to date, and coordinates communication between the Executive Committee, other societies’ Executive Committees, the University of Chicago Press, and ASN membership. The Secretary serves for a three-year term, and then remains a voting member for three years as Past Secretary. The TREASURER manages the accounts of the ASN, tracks all revenues and expenses, arranges for official annual financial reviews and tax return preparation, files tax returns, makes payments for all annual awards and travel reimbursements related to the annual meeting, keeps track of revisions to the award amounts and reimbursement policies, and prepares the annual Treasurer’s Report. The Treasurer also convenes a Finance Committee comprised of two other members of the Executive Council, for making investment decisions as needed. The Treasurer serves on the Executive Council for six years, three as a regular member and three as Past Treasurer. <p>Members of the American Society of Naturalists are encouraged to submit nominations for the Executive Committee (EC). Elections will be held in 2022 for President, Vice President, and Treasurer.</p> <ul> <li>The President serves on the EC from 2023-2027, acting as President in 2024.</li> <li>The Vice President serves on the EC from 2023-2025, acting as VP in 2024. The VP organizes a symposium to be presented at the meetings in 2023 and edits the symposium papers for publication in <em>The American Naturalist</em>.</li> <li>The Treasurer serves on the EC from 2023-2028, acting as Treasurer from 2023-2025 and Past Treasurer from 2026-2028.</li> </ul> <p>Names of nominees for specific offices should be submitted by December 1, 2021, to Nate Morehouse (<a href="mailto:morehonn@ucmail.uc.edu?subject=ASN Nomination">morehonn@ucmail.uc.edu</a>)</p> <p>Please indicate &ldquo;ASN Nomination&rdquo; in the subject line.</p> <p>As you contemplate nominations, you may want to check the <a href="https://www.amnat.org/about/governance/execcomm.html">current</a> and <a href="https://www.amnat.org/about/history/past-ec.html)">past officers</a> for reference.</p><p>The <strong>PRESIDENT </strong>leads the ASN Executive Council and selects the membership of the award and officer nomination committees. The President selects the President&rsquo;s Award for the &ldquo;best&rdquo; paper in <em>The American Naturalist </em>in the past year, gives the ASN Presidential Address and presents the Society&rsquo;s awards at the annual meeting, and represents the ASN in multiple other ways through the year. The President serves on the Executive Council for five years, including one year as President-Elect and three years as a Past-President.</p> <p>The <strong>VICE PRESIDENT </strong>organizes the Vice President&rsquo;s Symposium for the annual meeting and edits the special supplement to <em>The American Naturalist </em>that contains the papers derived from the VP Symposium. The Vice President is also the Society&rsquo;s liaison for the organizers of the annual meeting. The Vice President serves as a member of the Executive Council for three years, two as a regular member and one as ex officio member.</p> <p>The <strong>SECRETARY</strong> records and publishes the minutes of the annual meeting of the Executive Committee and ensures that elections for Society offices are conducted in a timely manner. In addition, the Secretary works closely with the President with respect to the normal running of the Society, documents the Executive Committee&rsquo;s actions, sees that the ASN Officer&rsquo;s Handbook and website are up to date, and coordinates communication between the Executive Committee, other societies&rsquo; Executive Committees, the University of Chicago Press, and ASN membership. The Secretary serves for a three-year term, and then remains a voting member for three years as Past Secretary.</p> <p>The <b>TREASURER</b> manages the accounts of the ASN, tracks all revenues and expenses, arranges for official annual financial reviews and tax return preparation, files tax returns, makes payments for all annual awards and travel reimbursements related to the annual meeting, keeps track of revisions to the award amounts and reimbursement policies, and prepares the annual Treasurer&rsquo;s Report. The Treasurer also convenes a Finance Committee comprised of two other members of the Executive Council, for making investment decisions as needed. The Treasurer serves on the Executive Council for six years, three as a regular member and three as Past Treasurer.</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 05:00:00 GMT Applications for the 2022 Student Research Awards https://amnat.org/announcements/AWAStuResearch.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. Detailed Instructions: The two-page proposal should describe a specific research project for which support is requested.&nbsp; While some background and context is appropriate, the proposal should not be a general overview of the applicant’s complete dissertation.&nbsp; The proposal should have a title at the top of the first page.&nbsp; The proposal should be single-spaced, have 1-inch (2.5&nbsp;cm) margins all around, and be written in a 12-point standard font on letter-sized paper (e.g., 8.5 &times; 11 inch).&nbsp; A list of references should follow but is not included in the 2-page limit. The budget and budget justification should clearly support the specific proposed project. If total costs of the project exceed $2000, some indication of how the applicant intends to find support for remaining costs should be given. The CV should meet the same formatting requirements as the project description. All materials should be compiled into one PDF.&nbsp; The PDF filename should be in the format Lastname_Firstname_SRA (example: Hartt_Lucie_SRA.pdf). Send your application via e-mail to Alice Winn (winn@bio.fsu.edu)&nbsp; with “ASN Student Research Award [last name]” in the subject line. Deadline for submission of all materials is February 1. 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. &nbsp; <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>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&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>Detailed Instructions:</p> <ol> <li>The two-page proposal should describe a specific research project for which support is requested.&nbsp; While some background and context is appropriate, the proposal should not be a general overview of the applicant&rsquo;s complete dissertation.&nbsp; The proposal should have a title at the top of the first page.&nbsp; The proposal should be single-spaced, have 1-inch (2.5&nbsp;cm) margins all around, and be written in a 12-point standard font on letter-sized paper (e.g., 8.5 &times; 11 inch).&nbsp; A list of references should follow but is not included in the 2-page limit.</li> <li>The budget and budget justification should clearly support the specific proposed project. If total costs of the project exceed $2000, some indication of how the applicant intends to find support for remaining costs should be given.</li> <li>The CV should meet the same formatting requirements as the project description.</li> <li>All materials should be compiled into one PDF.&nbsp; The PDF filename should be in the format Lastname_Firstname_SRA (example: Hartt_Lucie_SRA.pdf).</li> <li>Send your application via e-mail to Alice Winn (<a href="mailto:winn@bio.fsu.edu?subject=ASN Student Research Award">winn@bio.fsu.edu</a>)&nbsp; with &ldquo;ASN Student Research Award [last name]&rdquo; in the subject line.</li> <li><strong>Deadline for submission of all materials is February 1.</strong></li> </ol> <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>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Oct 2021 05:00:00 GMT