Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists
The American Society of Mammalogists will meet 24–28 June 2009 at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Conference and registration information are available by following the link on the ASM web page ( www.mammalsociety.org) or at http://mercury.bio.uaf.edu/asm2009/. Full details were published in the February 2009 issue of the Journal of Mammalogy, 90:254–255.
OLIVER P. PEARSON AWARD
This award honors Oliver P. Pearson's remarkable 6 decades of work in Latin America and his steadfast support for Latin American mammalogists of all ages and degrees of professional development. The award offers financial support to young professional mammalogists who hold academic or curatorial positions in Latin America, to help them establish or consolidate their research programs. A single award in the sum of $5,000 will be given each year. Up to an additional $2,000 is offered for the recipient to attend the mammal meetings of the year following the award. The funds may be used to carry out fieldwork, purchase supplies or specialized equipment, attend scientific meetings, visit collections or other academic institutions, and other research-related activities.
Applicants may be of any nationality. At the time of application, he or she must have the following qualifications: 1) a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree conferred within the previous 5 years; 2) an academic (post-doctoral, teaching, curatorial, or other comparable research-oriented) position in a Latin American institution; and 3) membership in the American Society of Mammalogists.
Acceptable formats for application materials include pdf (preferred) and Word (doc and rtf files). Letters scanned in jpeg format are also acceptable. Applications should include the following 4 elements: 1) A one-page statement that describes a) the nature and responsibilities of his or her academic position, b) professional interests and goals for the next few years, and c) detailed justification documenting how and why the award would benefit the applicant's research program; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a copy of 1 published or accepted research paper; 4) 2 letters of recommendation from established professionals familiar with the applicant, based either in Latin America or abroad.
To be considered, all application materials must be sent electronically to Dr. Enrique P. Lessa, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org (Phone: +598 2 525 8618 ext  143) by APRIL 15. Recipients will be announced at the annual banquet of the American Society of Mammalogists, but awardees need not be present to receive the award.
The recipients will be announced at the Annual Banquet of the American Society of Mammalogists, but awardees need not be present to receive the award.
ONLINE ACCESS FOR JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY AND MAMMALIAN SPECIES
Journal of Mammalogy and Mammalian Species are now available online to all ASM members with back issues available via JSTOR. Members will also receive print copies of the Journal for an annual membership fee of $45 for regular members ($35 for students), or they may elect to receive online only versions of both publications for an annual fee of $30 ($20 for members in developing countries). Institutions may subscribe at a rate of $205 for print and online access to the Journal, $55 for online-only access to Mammalian Species, or $250 for both publications.
PDF files for the first 739 Mammalian Species accounts (1969 to 2003) are also available online via the URL below: http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Biology/VHAYSSEN/msi/default.html.
MAMMALIAN SPECIES ACCOUNTS
Twenty-four to 30 accounts are planned for publication in 2008. Each account is 2–14 pages in length and Reviews the biology of a particular species in a standard format.
Mammalian Species accounts are produced by assignment only. Upon written request to the Editor for Mammalian Species, exclusive privileges to produce an account will be granted for 3 years; a 1-year extension may be requested if a manuscript is near completion at the end of the initial assignment. At the Editor's discretion, assignments not submitted at the end of this period may be cancelled. A maximum of 5 species may be reserved at 1 time. No free copies are given to authors; page charges may be paid on a voluntary basis.
Mammalian Species will be available online only to all ASM members, beginning in 2006; print copies will no longer be published. Orders for yearly sets of accounts within the past 5 years should be sent to Christy Classi, ASM Association Manager, 810 East 10th Street, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044; 785-843-1235; FAX -1274; email@example.com. Individual accounts are no longer available for purchase. Requests for assignment of species and other editorial queries should be addressed to Meredith Hamilton, Editor of Mammalian Species, Department of Zoology, 430 Life Sciences West, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, 405-744-9685; FAX -7824; firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAMMAL IMAGES LIBRARY
The Mammal Images Library is a non-profit educational service of the American Society of Mammalogists. The goal of the library is providing images of mammals for educational purposes worldwide. The present collection consists of >1,500 images depicting >800 species, 440 genera, 100 families, and 19 orders. More than 110,000 images aDre now in use at >3,000 institutions in about 50 countries. Images suitable for optical projection for nonprofit, educational purposes may be viewed and obtained on the Society's website at http://www.mammalogy.org/imagelibrary/index. Please remember to credit the photographer and the library if images are used for optical projection.
In addition to optical projection for nonprofit instruction, many of the images can be employed (with permission) for other purposes, including commercial uses. For permission to use images for purposes other than nonprofit optical projection, contact the committee chair: Ryan Rehmeier, Department of Biology & Environmental Science, Simpson College, 701 North C Street, Indianola, Iowa 50125; email@example.com; 515-961-1823; FAX 515-961-1498.
The Library continually seeks new images for the collection and urges anyone having images to contribute them. For information about contributing images, contact the committee chair. The committee thanks the hundreds of people that have contributed images thus far.
In 1992, the Library instituted a program whereby grants in the form of images can be obtained by educational institutions in developing countries. About 40 grants to applicants from 20 countries have been awarded thus far. Institutions can select up to 50 images of their choice, and can reapply annually. Information about the program can be obtained from John O. Whitaker, Jr., Department of Life Sciences, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809. The Mammal Images Library urges ASM members to assist this effort by supplying information to appropriate institutions.
The ASM Membership Committee has devised a method of providing membership in ASM to mammalogists from outside the United States and Canada who wish to become members, but simply cannot afford to. Some members already sponsor ASM membership for foreign mammalogists on a continual basis. However, others who are unable to provide a full membership on a continual basis, may wish to contribute a partial membership or a full membership during some years. Such is now possible through contributions to the Sponsor Fund. The Fund will be handled as follows:
a. From time-to-time, a form on which a member can state his or her name, address, and amount of donation to the Sponsor Fund will be printed in the back of the Journal of Mammalogy and on the reverse of the mailing label that accompanies the Journal.
b. When money in the Fund reaches any multiple of the current amount for annual dues, dues for a mammalogist in need of sponsorship will be paid. Contributions will be used directly to sponsor foreign members: the Fund will not be of the type from which only the interest is used to pay memberships.
c. Money in the Fund will be managed through the Secretary-Treasurer's office.
d. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be designated as the sponsor of record.
e. At the end of 3 years members of the Membership Committee will verify that sponsored individuals still need and want sponsorship. Sponsorship from the Fund could extend to a maximum of 5 years.
Members should submit names and mailing and e-mail addresses of foreign mammalogists in need of sponsorship to the chair of the Membership Committee: Michael R. Gannon, Department of Biology, Penn State University, 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601-3760; 814-949-5210; firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAILING AND ADDRESS CHANGES
Members and subscribers are advised that the Journal of Mammalogy is mailed in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Address changes MUST be in the hands of Christy Classi, ASM Association Manager, 810 East 10th Street, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044; 785-843-1235; FAX -1274; email@example.com by the 1st day of the month of mailing. United States addresses must have zip codes. Address changes are expedited if former address, with zip code, is included.
The Journal of Mammalogy accepts submissions of manuscripts via the Internet. The online system, AllenTrack, allows authors to submit manuscripts online and will speed transmission of manuscripts between reviewers and editors. Submit manuscripts at http://jmamm.allentrack.net.
BUDDY SYSTEM FOR AUTHORS
ASM has a “buddy system” to assist authors who are not native English speakers. “Buddies” are mammalogists who have offered to preview manuscripts that need editorial revision for English. Authors interested in having a manuscript previewed should contact the Journal Editor or an Associate Editor for Journal of Mammalogy. Individuals interested in having their names added to the list of "buddies" should contact Alicia Linzey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
10TH INTERNATIONAL MAMMALOGICAL CONGRESS
The IMC-10 will be held in Mendoza, Argentina, from 9–14 August 2009. This is the 1st time the IMC/ITC conference will be held in South America. The organizers want to assemble the greatest diversity of researchers in the field of Mammalogy and to provide a forum for a stimulating exchange of ideas and promotion of collaborative and integrative research among members of our worldwide scientific community. This also is a fantastic opportunity for the promotion and consolidation of an increasing number of mammal societies in South America.
Mendoza is known as “la tierra del sol y del buen vino” [the land of sun and good wine]. It is located in the Andean foothills and offers a wide range of activities and excursions such as a trip to the highest peak in America. The city is well connected either by plane or bus, with frequent flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.
Proposals for symposia are welcome at this time. Standard presentations and poster sessions will be included in the congress. Please send inquires or information to Ricardo A. Ojeda, Chair IMC-10, GiB, IADIZA, CRICYT; CC 507, 5500 Mendoza, ARGENTINA, Tel: ++54-261-5244114, or email@example.com. Preliminary registration can be made at this e-mail address. The Congress website ( www.cricyt.edu.ar/imc10) will be linked to that of the International Federation of Mammalogists ( http://www.mammalogyinternational.org) and to the meetings page of the ASM website.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AUSTRALIAN MAMMAL SOCIETY
The 55th meeting of the Australian Mammal Society will be held 6–9 July 2009, at the University of Western Australia, Perth. Inquiries regarding submission of papers and posters, and about registration, campus accommodations, field trips, etc. should be directed to the Local Chairman Shelley Barker at Shelley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS – NESCent POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS, SABBATICAL SCHOLARS, WORKING GROUPS, AND CATALYSIS GROUPS
The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is now accepting proposals for postdoctoral fellows, sabbatical scholars, working groups and catalysis meetings. Proposals for postdoctoral fellowships are accepted at the December 1 deadline only. Proposals for sabbatical scholars, working groups and catalysis meetings are accepted twice a year, with June 15 and December 1 deadlines. Proposals for short-term visitors are considered four times a year, with deadlines on January 1, April 1, July 1 and September 1. For more information, please see our website at https://www.nescent.org/science/proposals.php.
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