September 8, 2015
Dear SSE Colleagues:
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2015 AWARD WINNERS:
Those of us who were able to attend our annual Tri-Society meeting in Brazil enjoyed a beautiful venue, great hospitality and an excellent scholarly meeting. We also had many opportunities to meet and share experiences with our colleagues in the Sociedade Brasileira de Genética. As we had hoped, new collaborations were planned and links were forged
for greater exchanges between evolutionary biologists in North and South America.
Organizing this meeting presented many new challenges for all involved on both continents, and we were delighted to see it all come together so well. Without doubt, the greatest burden fell on the shoulders ofProfessor Dr. Reinaldo Brito of the Department of Genetics and Evolution, Federal University of São Carlos
. To Reinaldo must also go the lion’s share of the credit for the success of both the social and scholarly aspects of the meeting. Thank you Reinaldo and thanks also to all of your team from everyone in the SSE! This was an epic job and a landmark meeting.
If you could not attend the meeting in Brazil, you can still get a taste of what the meeting was like through links on the SSE home page. Thanks to many student volunteers, videosof 150 of the talks are now online
and can be accessed through the SSE web page
. For those of you who may be interested in the history and mission of the Society and its flagship journal, slides from the 2015 SSE Presidential address, On the Shoulders of Giants. Seven Decades of the SSE and Evolution
, are also posted.
Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for EVOLUTION 2016
: June 17-21, 2016
in Austin, Texas. Information about this meeting, as well and past and future meetings has now been consolidated on our new Tri-Society Meeting web page
The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the SSE to recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of Stephen Jay Gould. This year's award winner is Professor Francisco J Ayala, University of CaliforniaIrvine
and the title of his talk was "Copernicus and Darwin: Two Revolutions." The video of his talk will soon be available on the Society web page.
The R. A. Fisher Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution for an outstanding
Ph.D. dissertation paper published in the journalEvolution
during a given calendar year. This year’s Fisher Prize is awarded to Dr. Alison E. Wright
, for her paper: Alison E. Wright, Peter W. Harrison, Stephen H. Montgomery, Marie A. Pointer and Judith E. Mank. 2014. Independent stratum formation on the avian sex chromosomes reveals inter-chromosomal gene conversion and predominance of purifying selection on the W chromosome
The Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize is awarded annually by SSE to recognize the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist. The winner of the 2015 award is Dr. Katie Wagner
. Dr. Wagner received her PhD from Cornell in 2011, and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Swiss Federal institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, where she is collaborating with Dr. Ole Seehausen; she is also a current Instructor at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She will begin as an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming in the Fall of 2015. The committee was impressed by the breadth of her work, which has illuminated the HOW and WHY of adaptive radiation and given us a greater understanding of evolutionary processes that generate diversity.
The W.D. Hamilton Award for Outstanding Student Presentation
has been awarded to two students who presented outstanding talks at the annual meeting. The co-award winners were Maude Baldwin
, Harvard University "The evolution of sweet taste perception in hummingbirds
" and Sarah Fitzpatrick
, Colorado State University "Gene flow from an adaptively divergent source causes genetic rescue, not outbreeding depression, in two wild populations of Trinidadian guppies
." Congratulations to both of them!
SOCIETY NEWS AND UPDATES
- Recently, the SSE formed a Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) to provide a liaison between the governing SSE Council and SSE members who are presently students or postdoctoral fellows. The GSAC distributes bulletins to our student and postdoctoral members and also solicits feedback and organizes events such as the student-mentor mixer at our annual meeting. Cathy Rushworth (postdoc, UC Berkeley) and Karl Grieshop (PhD student, Uppsala University) are continuing on the GSAC this year, and we welcome new GSAC members Melissa Kemp (postdoc, Harvard University), Megan Kobiela (PhD student, University of Minnesota), and Aide Macias Munoz (PhD student, UC Irvine). For more information about GSAC, including how you might become involved, contact this year's GSAC representative to Council, Cathy Rushworth (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the SSE Secretary, Cynthia Weinig (email@example.com).
- Nominations for the Fisher Prize for 2016 (for papers published in Evolution in 2015) are open until January 31, 2016. Authors of eligible manuscripts may initiate a nomination upon acceptance of their manuscripts for publication. Nominations must include the final version of the manuscript, dissertation completion date, and a supporting letter from the Ph.D. supervisor or other individual familiar with the work. For more information see www.evolutionsociety.org under the “Awards” tab.
- Applications for Rosemary Grant Student Research Awards open on January 1, 2016 and must be submitted by April 1, 2016. Information is available atwww.evolutionsociety.org under the “Awards” tab.
AUGUST ISSUE OF EVOLUTION
- The SSW International Committee provides funds to support international travel and to support international collaborations among evolution-oriented scientific Societies. If you are interested in applying, further information can be found on the SSE web page (www.evolutionsociety.org) under the Awards tab.
Have you seen the latest issue of Evolution
? Browse the current issue and all past issues using your Society log in at: www.evolutionsociety.org
SSE Members can access Evolution from wherever you like from your iPad! The Evolution app has been recently updated.
You no longer need a special access code from the Society to access this app. Just use your Society log in! This is an exciting new development and we hope it will make for a more portable and friendly online version of the journal to stay current. Download
the FREE Evolution
app from iTunes today.
Thank you for supporting the SSE.
With best regards,
Daphne Fairbairn, President
Society for the Study of Evolution
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