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Posted: 10/18/2011
Expiration Date: 10/18/2021

Dear Society of Freshwater Science (SFS) Members:

Please take a moment to renew your SFS membership early this year. It can all be done online via the SFS homepage. Please also encourage your graduate students and colleagues to join SFS. Membership provides: 1) access to on-line SFS publications, including our journal, 2) reduced fees for annual meeting registration, 3) the potential for travel and research awards for students, 4) easy contact among members through the membership directory, 5) access to SFS educational materials and pictures, and 6) the possibility for earning professional certification of taxonomic skills with benthic macroinvertebrates through on-line and hands-on tests.

I also want to take a moment to update you on the progression of our name-change and annual meeting. We: 1) filed Articles of Amendment with the Illinois State Attorney General to change our name from NABS to SFS, 2) changed our Employee Identification Number with the US Internal Revenue Service, and 3) changed names on various bank accounts and registries. We have transitioned our web site, which boasts a modified but familiar logo, and the first issue of Freshwater Science, the new title of our journal, will appear in March 2012. Change has been rapid. Our annual meeting, and first as the Society for Freshwater Science, will be held in Louisville, KY from 20-24 May, 2012. The meeting theme is "Freshwater Stewardship: Challenges and Solutions"; its subtheme is "Aquatic scientists and a diversity of stakeholders sharing perspectives to better manage and sustain healthy freshwater ecosystems". Our plenary speakers will discuss the c hallenges and solutions to doing interdisciplinary and sustainability science, communicating our science, and engaging a broad array of public stakeholders to better manage rivers, lakes, and wetlands. At our Tuesday night mixer we will cruise the Ohio River on the 'Belle of Louisville' and 'Spirit of Jefferson' riverboats, and our Wednesday evening banquet will be held at the beautiful stadium of the Louisville Bats, a minor league club of the baseball Cincinnati Reds. Extramural activities include Bourbon Country tours to nearby distilleries and an afternoon at Churchill Downs, home of the legendary Kentucky Derby horserace. Expect good science and good fun! Please stay tuned for more on meeting events, registration, and abstract submission in the coming weeks. See you in Louisville in 2012 (www.gotolouisville.com)!

Best regards,
Joe Holomuzki
President, Society for Freshwater Science

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