The executive committee has announced that North American Section will be able to support undergraduate and graduate student travel to the XVII Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, to be held in Cairns, Australia, during July 13-18, 2014. Selected dues paying student members of the NAS-IUSSI (membership information) who plan to give either an oral or poster presentation at the conference will receive travel grants of $2000 each. They will also consider postdoctoral applicants who are within 12 months of having defended their thesis. They anticipate being able to fund a minimum of 15 students. Priority will be given to applicants making oral presentations, who can use the conference most effectively for professional advancement and engagement. Applicants will be selected to ensure a diversity of genders, ethnicities, study systems and questions, and geographic locations, and will span primarily teaching colleges and research universities. Each applicant will have to provide a cover letter, a title and abstract of the planned presentation, a curriculum vitae, a description of additional sources of funding to ensure their capacity to attend, and a supporting letter from their primary advisor. Applications are due by March 18, 2014. Materials should be submitted in a single compiled file (a pdf is preferred) to Sean O’Donnell (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the NAS/IUSSI Awards Committee. They will not accept incomplete or late applications. Prioritization of funding will be determined by five impartial committee members using cumulative ranking scores. Merit will be based on quality and relevance of the work, and need of the student. Recipients will be notified by March 28.
The Awards Committee has announced the winner of the 2013 George C. Eickwort Award. Congratulations to Dr. Clint Penick. Clint is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Biology at North Carolina State University, working with Rob Dunn. Clint earned his PhD in 2012 at Arizona State University Working in Jürgen Liebig’s lab. Clint shall receive a certificate, and a $1000 honorarium. The full award announcement can be found here.
For those of you planning to attend the IUSSI Congress in Cairns, Australia this summer, the deadline for submitting your abstract is drawing near. Submissions must be made by midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) January 30.
Other important updates on the Congress can be found here.
Congratulations to Amy Toth and Karen Kapheim, who are the new President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer, respectively. Starting January 1, Colin Brent (current President) will be replaced by Christina Grozinger, and Jay Evans will step down. We would like to convey our thanks to Colin and Jay for their service to our section.