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: J.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@ brynmawr.edu. 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. ucsc.edu.
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: <http://www.consecol.org>. 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 <http://esa.sdsc.edu>, e-mail: email@example.com 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; firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 <http://bcrc.bio.umass.
edu/sicbboston/jpc.html> or e-mail: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.