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New developments with SFS

By President Matt Whiles

May 2016

Matt Whiles

We're in the final push for the Sacramento meeting, which is looking like one of the biggest regular meetings we've ever had; the last update I received indicated 936 have registered to attend. Joy Brigishella and the meeting planning committee have done an excellent job with the planning and there's a lot to look forward to with this meeting, including some spectacular field trip opportunities and a somewhat different approach to the off-site social event, which everyone is sure to enjoy.

As for new developments, you will soon be hearing about a Society for Freshwater Science Fellows program. Our membership includes many accomplished scientists who are leaders in their disciplines, and numerous individuals who dedicate substantial time and resources to benefit our society. We are developing this program to recognize our most accomplished and supportive members. Specifically, the SFS Fellows program will be a mechanism to formally recognize members of our society that have made significant contributions to their fields of study and to SFS. If the program is approved, the initial cohort of SFS Fellows will consist of past recipients of the SFS Award of Excellence and Environmental Stewardship Award that have been active SFS members for the past 10 years. This group will then vote on the first set of nominees; subsequently, all SFS Fellows will vote on nominees. Details on the program are forthcoming and hopefully it will be in place next year.

As mentioned in previous columns, we are also excited about the opportunity for our society to adopt a Diversity Statement that formalizes the inclusive spirit of SFS. We will vote on the diversity statement at the Business Lunch in Sacramento, and it is available here for review prior to the meeting.

We are also in the process of developing an endowment fund for our journal, Freshwater Science. The Endowed Publication Fund for Freshwater Science will provide a source of funds for financial assistance to authors who submit manuscripts for publication in Freshwater Science. Funds will be available for improving the quality, distribution, and access of papers published in Freshwater Science. Assistance may include, but will not be limited to, editorial assistance to authors whose primary language is not English, page charges, open access fees, and color figure charges. Awards will be funded with interest income generated by investment of capital in the Endowed Publication Fund. Once approved, a Journal Endowment Committee will be formed. The SFS Board of Directors, in consultation with the Journal Endowment Committee, will be able to receive grants, planned gifts, and other contributions for the Endowed Publication Fund.

As you can see, your SFS leadership has been busy this year, with these and other exciting developments that you will soon hear more about at the meeting. While there's currently a lot of excitement about "Running on Empty" the theme of our meeting in Sacramento, plans are also already well underway for the 2017 meeting in Raleigh. You will hear more about the theme and plans for SFS 2017 in Sacramento. The SFS leadership continues to work on new ways to make our meetings as inclusive, student friendly and relevant for early career scientists as possible; if you have ideas on how we can improve in these endeavors, or if you have other ideas on improving SFS in general, please let me or any of the SFS leadership know. I look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!

Matt Whiles

What's New
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  • Making Waves Ep. 25: Modeling Environmental DNA Movement in Streams, Arial Shogren more
  • September 2017 Issue of Freshwater Science now online more
  • Does Cultural Diversity Matter to Scientific Societies? Read the President's Environment more
  • SFS Student Presentation Awards! more
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  • Andy Leidolf appointed as SFS Executive Director



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