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SICB 1998 Annual Meeting Co-Sponsors

    SICB is pleased to have six co-sponsors for the 1998 Annual Meeting: Animal Behavior Society, American Microscopical Society, Ecological Society of America, International Society for Reef Studies, Julia B. Platt Club and The Crustacean Society. Each co-sponsor brings more value and different perspectives to the meeting. More information on these societies is listed below.

    Animal Behavior Society

    The Animal Behavior Society (ABS) was founded in 1964 to promote the study of animal behavior in the broadest sense, including studies using descriptive and experimental methods under natural and controlled conditions. Membership is open to persons engaged in the scientific study of animal behavior, or interested in advancing such study. Current members' research activities span invertebrates and vertebrates, both in the field and in the laboratory, and include experimental psychology, behavioral ecology, neuroscience, zoology, biology, applied ethology and human ethology as well as many other specialized areas. Some of the advantages of membership are a subscription to Animal Behaviour, a quarterly newsletter, laboratory exercises for teachers of animal behavior, regularly updated listing of graduate programs in animal behavior, membership directory, regularly updated book list and film list, a career brochure, and the opportunity to attend ABS' annual and regional meetings at reduced rates, and present papers at these meetings. For further information regarding ABS membership, contact Jennifer Fewell, Department of Zoology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1501; E-mail:

    American Microscopical Society

    The American Microscopical Society (AMS) stands among the oldest of scientific societies in North America. The society grew out of the first National Microscopical Congress, convened in 1878 by members of the medical and dental professions and biologists interested in applying light microscopy to their work. AMS is an international society that seeks to encourage all kinds of biological applications in microscopy. The society publishes a journal that reports the results of research in invertebrate biology, holds annual meetings on research using microscopy, and organizes workshops on techniques of microscopy or on the biology of organisms studied by microscopy. The society has published manuscripts reporting results of microscopical research continuously since 1880. The journal Invertebrate Biology (IB) publishes reports of research on all aspects of the biology of invertebrates, not only microscopy, but research involving cell and molecular biology, ecology, physiology, genetics, systematics, behavior and biogeography. Inquiries regarding AMS in general should be addressed to the AMS Secretary: Dr. Stephen L. Gardiner, Department of Biology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; 610/526-5094; Fax 610/526-5086; e-mail: sgardine@ Inquiries regarding publication in Invertebrate Biology should be addressed to the editor: Dr. Vicki Pearse, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; 408/459-5065; Fax 408/459-4882; e-mail: vpearse@cats.

    Ecological Society of America

    Founded in 1915, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) is the nation's leading professional society of ecologists, representing over 7,500 researchers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 62 other nations. The purpose of the society is to: 1.) promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; 2.) raise the public's level of awareness of the importance of ecological science; 3.) increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and 4.) ensure that appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers. The society publishes four scientific journals, including the new, all-digital Conservation Ecology at: <>. ESA also holds an annual meeting every August which attracts over 3,000 attendees and 2,000 presented papers. More information on the society can be found at the ESA Web page <>, e-mail: or 202/833-8773.

    International Society for Reef Studies

    The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) was formed in 1980 and presently has over 800 members in over 50 countries worldwide. The principal objective of the society is to promote the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge and understanding of coral reefs, both living and fossil. The ISRS works with Springer-Verlag in producing the quarterly scientific journal Coral Reefs. Contributed papers concentrate on quantitative and theoretical reef studies, including experimental field and laboratory work and modeling, and the application of scientific principles and results to management and conservation. The society newsletter, Reef Encounter, is published twice per year. Each year ISRS members organize an annual meeting somewhere in the world. Every four years the ISRS co-sponsors the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS). In cooperation with the Center for Marine Conservation, the ISRS sponsors the Sollins Graduate Fellowship for Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies which is offered annually to an outstanding graduate student. The annual dues for an individual membership in ISRS is $70 or a family membership is $80. Membership includes a subscription to Coral Reefs and Reef Encounter, and reduced registration fees for international meetings. Student membership costs $20 and includes all of the above except Coral Reefs. Inquiries about membership in the society should be directed to: Dr. Callum Roberts, ISRS Corresponding Secretary, Department of Environmental Economics and Environmental Management, University of York, York, YO1 5DD, United Kingdom, Fax: +44 1904 432998; Membership dues may be sent directly to ISRS, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897, USA. Dues payment may be by check drawn on a U.S. bank or by Visa or MasterCard.

    Julia B. Platt Club

    The Julia B. Platt Club (JBPC) is a new, broadly interdisciplinary forum for evolutionary morphology and development. Its goal is to promote exploratory and provocative approaches to this exciting field. JBPC will serve as the "sister club" of the J.B. Johnston Club (a group founded by R.G. Northcutt and M.S. Northcutt 17 years ago as a forum for comparative neurobiology). Like the J.B. Johnston Club, JBPC will meet on the day preceding a major national meeting, in this case, the day preceding the SICB 1998 Annual Meeting. Also like the J.B. Johnston Club, JBPC takes its name from an historical person: Julia B. Platt, who was one of the forerunners of contemporary evolutionary developmental biology. Although she never achieved permanent academic employment, her discoveries of cranial mesoderm formation in sharks and the role of neural crest and of neurogenic placods in head formation continue to be cited and important. The club's name honors her, and the continuing interests in the field she helped to create. JBPC will meet at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel, Boston Mass. on January 2, 1998. This is the same meeting hotel for the SICB meeting (January 3-7, 1998). A separate JBPC registration fee of $60 ($70 on-site) will cover programming costs, space and equipment rental for the day, as well as coffee breaks. For more information, visit the JBPC Web site at < edu/sicbboston/jpc.html> or e-mail:

    The Crustacean Society

    The Crustacean Society (TCS) was formed in 1979 by scientists recognizing a need for an organization and journal to satisfy the requirements of crustacean biologists. Raymond Manning has recounted how much of the early support for TCS came from the informal Crustacean Club that convened at the ASZ Annual Meetings (J. Crustacean Biology, 10: 735-750, 1990). Today TCS has more than 800 members in over 50 countries. The membership works actively to support the twin TCS purposes of advancing the study of crustaceans and enhancing the exchange of information among persons interested in carcinology. The official publication of the society, the Journal of Crustacean Biology, is dedicated to all aspects of crustacean biology. It is now in its 16th year under the editorship of Arthur Humes. TCS also publishes a newsletter, the Ecdysiast, with announcements of meetings, publications and other activities of interest to carcinologists. The society holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the SICB Annual Meeting. The society also sponsors summer meetings in the U.S. and abroad (Amsterdam in 1998, Lafayette, La. in 1999, Puerto Vallarta in 2000, and Melbourne in 2001). TCS sponsors and co-sponsors symposia on a wide range of topics, including the upcoming "The Compleat Crustacean Biologist: A Symposium Recognizing the Achievements of Dorothy M. Skinner" scheduled at the SICB 1998 Annual Meeting. As a reflection of their wide-ranging interests, society members are able to participate in contributed paper sessions of any SICB division at the Annual Meeting; TCS affiliation is signaled in the program by a crustacean logo. For more information about TCS, contact the Secretary Frank Barnwell, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, 1987 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108, 612/625-5700, e-mail:


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