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Posted: 1/14/2011
Expiration Date: 1/14/2021

Greetings fellow NABS members,

I hope you are all well and having a productive fall.

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Mike Barbour, Jim Thorp, Judy Li, and Michelle Baker, with the help of the Schneider Group, for hosting an exceptional NABS annual meeting in Santa Fe, NM, this past June. The meeting was a tremendous success from a scientific, social and financial standpoint. Notwithstanding the cramped venue, we received many positive comments about this joint meeting with ASLO. I hope to see you at the 2011 meeting in Providence, RI, which is taking place from May 22-26, 2011. I am excited about this meeting because we will be inaugurating the NABS Instar Program, whose goal it is to recruit undergraduate students from under-represented groups to freshwater science. The theme of the 2011 annual meeting is "Responding to the Global Water Crisis". Plenary speakers include Charles Vörösmarty, Gene Likens, Don Blackmore, and Carol Couch who will discuss water and water policy issues at the scale of regions to countries. Sandra Postel will be giving a public lecture, followed by some musical entertainment. Several special sessions have been planned to highlight specific aspects of the global water crisis. Please stay tuned for more on meeting registration and abstract submission in the coming weeks.

I want to take this opportunity to update you on just a few of the activities happening within our Society. The NABS management team and Executive Committee is working on some subtle to substantive changes in the NABS operating model, and beginning to implement new initiatives as recommended by the 2009 Strategic Plan. One strategic plan initiative focuses on highlighting NABS members' expertise in engaging the public and policy makers on issues related to freshwater science. The Science and Policy committee has been actively engaged in addressing policy-relevant issues on behalf of the Society. Also, the Benthos News section of the NABS website has been updated more regularly to highlight important policy developments at government agencies and large-scale studies with broad implications for freshwater science. You can sign up for Benthos News RSS feeds through the NABS website or through Twitter (twitter@BenthosNews).

Finally, I'd like to encourage you all to please renew your NABS membership early this year. It can all be done online via the NABS homepage and click the blue "renew membership" button or by following the instructions below. Please encourage your graduate students and colleagues to join NABS and come to the Providence meeting in 2011. I look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,

Lucinda Johnson, NABS President
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