In the lead-up to our annual meeting in Anchorage, we’ll be highlighting the winners of this year’s AOS awards on the blog. This week, the 2019 Marion Jenkinson Service Award.
The Marion Jenkinson Service Award is given to an individual
who has performed continued extensive service to the American Ornithological
Society (AOS), including holding elected offices but emphasizing volunteered
contributions and committee participation. The award honors Marion Jenkinson
Mengel, who served the American Ornithologists’ Union as treasurer and in other
capacities for many years, and consists of a framed certificate and an
honorarium. The 2019 award is presented to Dr. Alice Boyle.
Alice is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of
Biology at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She earned a B.Mus. in
viola performance at the University of British Columbia, then changed her
career path to avian ecology, completing her Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of
Arizona. Following her Ph.D., she spent the next five years on prestigious
postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Western Ontario and British
Columbia before taking up her present faculty position in 2012. While Alice has
an impressive record of research achievement, with 34 publications in ecology
and ornithology, she has also tirelessly served the Cooper Ornithological
Society, American Ornithologists’ Union, and now AOS in the six years since she
became a faculty member at Kansas State. From 2013 to 2016, for example she
served on the COS Board, simultaneously serving on their Student Presentation
Awards Committee and chairing their Publications Committee from 2014 to 2016. When
the AOU and COS began to jointly publish The
Auk and The Condor, she became
co-chair of the societies’ joint Publications Advisory Committee. Alice
continues to chair this committee today, and provided leadership throughout the
merger of the two societies in 2016 and the transition to the new journal
publishing partnership with Oxford University Press in 2018. She also chaired
the committee to identify a new editor for The
Auk in 2018.
In recognition of her outstanding and diverse service to AOS
and its predecessor societies, the society is proud to name Alice Boyle as the
recipient of the 2019 Marion Jenkinson Service Award.
This year, AOS is providing a record amount of travel funding — over $125,000 — to students and postdoctoral researchers attending our upcoming annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. These awards make it possible for early-career ornithologists who lack other funding sources to participate in our annual meetings, present their research, and take advantage of professional development opportunities. Congratulations to all of this year’s travel award recipients, and thank you to the awards committee for their hard work in evaluating the applications!
AOS members should have received an email last week reminding them of important upcoming dates and deadlines! In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of AOS dates you may want to add to your calendar.
2019 Meeting: Our 2019 annual meeting will be June 24-28 in Anchorage, Alaska. Registration is open now, and we hope you’ll be joining us to celebrate the summer solstice at 61° North latitude!
Symposium and Round Table proposal deadline: 15 December 2018
Abstracts submission & travel grant deadline: 15 February 2019
Early Bird Registration deadline: 15 March 2019
Council & Officer Nominations: We invite all members to submit nominations for four AOS Elective Councilor positions, AOS Secretary, and AOS Treasurer. Nominations require the consent of the nominee and should be emailed to AOS Secretary Andy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 30 November 2018.
Student Membership Awards: Please encourage eligible ornithology students to apply for AOS Student Membership Awards, which provide one year of free AOS membership to interested students who have not previously been members of the society. Deadline: 31 December 2018.
Proposals are due on 1 October 2018 for workshops and on 15 December 2018 for symposia and round-table discussions (see below).
We seek a suite of thematic sessions at AOS on a wide range of timely topics that highlight exciting advances in ornithological research, management, education, and conservation. Proposals for symposia, lightning sessions, and round-table discussions that emphasize the theme of the 2019 AOS conference (Birds on the Edge: Dynamic Boundaries) are especially encouraged.
DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS
Symposia provide an opportunity to bring together invited experts to share their results and experience related to a new or timely topic in ornithology. The talks within a symposium should be focused around a central theme and allow for thorough coverage of that theme. Organizers may request half- or full- day sessions; morning sessions include six 15-min timeslots, afternoon sessions include twelve 15-min timeslots, and all-day symposia include eighteen 15-min timeslots. Talks should be multiples of 15-min and each symposium may include a summary or panel discussion in its final 1-2 timeslots.
Lightning Symposiaconsist of pre-timed 5-min invited talks that address a common theme/question in ornithology. The organizer(s) of a lightning symposium will ensure that all talks are preset to 5-min with slides advancing automatically.
Workshops are hands-on learning exercises where participants sign up in advance, engage for the entire workshop, and leave with some new skill or knowledge set. Workshop proposals should include the estimated and maximum number of participants; any required additional costs or charges to participants; and time, space and resource requirements (e.g., computing, room size/type, projection equipment, large table, field access, on-site printing). Workshops may be scheduled before (all day, 24–25 June) or during (evenings, lunch hour, 26–28 June) the main conference.
Round Tables are meetings that provide opportunities for individuals interested in a specific topic to meet in a programmed time to converse on current issues, discuss future directions, or generate planning documents. Round tables are not intended to include formal presentations.
Organizers and invited speakers for all symposia, workshops, and round tables are expected to pay for full conference registration and are responsible for their own travel expenses. Organizer(s) of accepted symposia will be responsible for compiling and submitting abstracts for the presenters in their symposium. Instructions and deadlines will be provided to the organizers when they are notified of acceptance of the symposium. Organizer(s) will also be responsible for inviting and confirming attendance by prospective speakers at their symposium.
All proposals for workshops must be received by 1 October 2018.
All proposals for symposia and round-table discussions must be received by 15 December 2018.
Send questions to the AOS Scientific Program Committee Chair, Courtney Conway (via email to AOS19AK@gmail.com) with the subject AOS Symposium/Workshop.
In 2018, AOS established a new service award meant to carry on the tradition of the Cooper Honorary Member Award, one of the oldest awards in ornithology. The new award is made in honor a senior ornithologist who has given extraordinary service to the AOS or its predecessor societies, the AOU and COS. The Executive Committee tasked the Service Awards Committee with recommending a name. After an extensive search, they choose to honor Dr. Peter Stettenheim. Peter’s service to ornithological societies was extensive. He was a Life Membership, Elective Member, and Fellow, Council Member, and Vice President of the AOU (2001-02). He was Editor of The Condor and Life Histories of the Birds of North America (a.k.a. BNA), Honorary Life Member of the Cooper Society; and Patron and Investing Trustee of the Wilson Ornithological Society. Peter was a well-respected expert on avian anatomy and functional morphology, but had a broad appreciation and interest in ornithology. Peter passed away in 2013, and was known by many of us as a kind and gentle giant.
The 2018 Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award is presented to Anna Chalfoun. Anna has had a distinguished record of service to our former ornithological societies over the past decade and now AOS. She served on the Miller Award Committee, the COS Nominations Committee in 2015, the Scientific Program Committee for the last NAOC, chaired the COS Student Awards Committee, COS President-Elect, the societies Merger Advisory Committee, and now is on AOS Council and our Conservation Committee.
In recognition of her outstanding and diverse service to the AOS and earlier ornithological societies, the society is proud to name Dr. Anna D. Chalfoun as the first recipient of the 2018 Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award.