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Report of the Economic Botany Section

Botanical Society of America, Botany 2003


For the 2003 Economic Botany Section of the Botanical Society of America Meeting in Mobile Alabama, a one-half day Symposium was organized by David Spooner entitled “Transgenic Plants: Science, Policy, Politics.” In addition to the Economic Botany Section, the symposium is supported by funds from the Genetics, Tropical Biology, Ecological, Physiological, and Systematics Sections. Six speakers are included in this Session; the program will be held on Tuesday afternoon and is organized as follows:


1:00 SPOONER, DAVID M. USDA, Agricultural Research Service. Introduction.


1:15 BRETTING, PETER K.*; J. W. RADIN. USDA/ARS, NPS, Beltsville, MD. Defining biotechnology: Increasingly important and increasingly difficult.


1:45 HORSCH, ROBERT B. Monsanto Corporation, St. Louis, MO. Development and use of transgenic plants.


2:15 ORTIZ-GARCÍA, SOL*; EXEQUIEL EZCURRA. Instituto Nacional de Ecología, México D.F., México. Transgenic maize in Mexico: Risks and reality.


2:45 BREAK


3:00 SNOW, ALLISON. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. A plant ecologist’s view of genetically modified (GM) crops.


3:30 PAARLBERG, ROBERT L. Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. The international policy struggle over GM crops.


4:00 RODEMEYER, MICHAEL. Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, Washington, DC. Policy implications of transgenic crop gene flow.


4:30 DISCUSSION


Daniel K. Harder, Secretary-Treasurer, Economic Botany Section BSA, invited the following eight media to this talk:


1. Bioscience
bioscience@aibs.org

2. Grain
grain@grain.org, Henk@grain.org, Janet@grain.org, Alexis@grain.org

3. AAAS and Science Magazine
mbradfor@aaas.org, bhanson@aaas.org, kkelner@aaas.org

4. Time Magazine
trippet@timeinc.com, debra_richman@timeinc.com, nadine_ferber@timeinc.com, jennifer_zawadzinski@timeinc.com

5. Reuters
editor@reuters.com

6. Associated Press
pr@ap.org

7. The Chicago Tribune
ctc-editor@tribune.com

8. The Wall Street Journal
Wsj.ltrs@wsj.com


In addition, a Tuesday afternoon session will consist of two posters and four contributed papers.


Dr. Peter Bretting will provide the Tuesday Economic Botany luncheon talk entitled "Shifting International Norms for Scientific Germplasm Collection and for Recording Traditional Knowledge."


Submitted by,


David Spooner,

Chair, Economic Botany Section



    1. Genetics Section (Stephen J. Novak)

2003 Genetics Section Report to the BSA Council

Claude W. dePamphilis received the 2002 Margaret A. Menzel Memorial Award at the BSA banquet in Madison, WI for his paper entitled "Riveting reverses editing in plant mitochondrial sequences." Co-authors on the paper included Lena Landherr, Todd Barkman, Joel McNeal, and Ned Young. The award recognizes the best presentation in the contributed paper session of the Genetic section and includes a certificate, $200.00, and a ticket to the BSA banquet.

Amanda L. Ingram received the 2002 Genetics section Poster Award for her work entitled "A new family of MITEs (miniature inverted-repeat elements) in Uniola paniculata L." Co-author on the poster included Jeff J. Doyle. The award included a certificate, $100.00, and a ticket to the BSA banquet.

Lena Hileman received the 2001 Graduate Student Research Award of $500.00. She presented her work in the contributed paper session of the Genetics section at the Botany 2002 meeting. Her paper was entitled "Floral symmetry genes are implicated in the developmental evolution of stamen number in the Antirrhineae (Veronicaceae)." This paper was co-authored by Elena M. Kramer and David M. Baum. As part of this award the Genetics section provided up to $500 to defray the cost of Lena's trip to Madison, WI.

The Genetic section received four proposals for the 2002 Graduate Student Research Award. The proposal submitted by Christine Edwards, University of Florida, was funded. She will receive $500.00 for her research, and up to $500 for reimbursement related to her attending and presenting at a BSA meeting in the next two years.

The Genetic section is one of the co-sponsors of a symposium at the Botany 2003 meeting entitled "Transgenic crops: science, policy, politics." The section committed $1200 to help sponsor this symposium.

At the Botany 2003 meeting in Mobile, AL, there will be 19 oral presentations and 10 posters given in the Genetics Section.

Don Hauber, Richard Whitkus, and R. C. Jackson served on a Nominating Committee and reported to the Section at the 2002 meeting. The committee nominated Vance Baird as the new Genetics section Secretary/Treasurer. He has agreed to serve and his nomination was approved.

At the end of the 2002 Genetic section business meeting Stephen Novak became Chair and Council Representative, and Randall Small became Vice Chair. The Newsletter Editor position is still vacant.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen J. Novak



    1. Historical Section (Lee Kass)

To: William Dahl, Executive Director
From: Lee B. Kass, Chair
Date: 11 June 2003, revised 6:05 PM
Re: Historical Section Report for 2002-2003

In the summer of 2002 Betty Smocovitis, former section chair, asked Lee B. Kass to chair the section. Larry Davenport offered to serve as co Program Chair for the 2003 meeting. We announced a call for papers in the Winter issue of the Plant Science Bulletin (vol. 48, no. 4 pg. 30-31). We also asked for updated information on postal and email addresses because I found that many of the addresses were no longer valid.

It should be noted that I was not able to contact many members of our section by email because they do not use this mode of communication [especially if they are no longer affiliated with a college or university]. If we are to stay in touch with our section members by US mail we will have to use some of the funds in our budget for postage. This past year I paid the postage out of pocket.

We received 3 of the 4 abstracts that were promised for our section. Unfortunately, one of the proposed abstracts was from a faculty member who was laid off due to financial cutbacks at the University of Nebraska, and consequently she withdrew. I organized the contributed papers session for our section program in consultation with our co-chair. We included time for a discussion session/informal presentations. The session is scheduled for Tuesday July 29, 2003, from 3-4 PM. We also scheduled the Historical Section Business Meeting for Tuesday July 29, 2003 from 4-4:15 PM.

At the Business meeting we plan to elect the following officers:
Program Chair for m Botany 2004
Co-program Chair for Botany 2004
Vice Chair 2004-2007
Secretary for 2004-2007
Treasurer for 2004-2007

We also plan to discuss ideas for future symposia. One idea was a symposium on losing our history as a result of modern technology. Another idea is to support a symposium at Cornell University in conjunction with their centennial celebration of the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell in 2004. The Symposium titled "The Legacy of Liberty Hyde Bailey had been originally proposed for Botany 2001, but was postponed for lack of funding and because some speakers could not make the event. The Centennial Committee has asked me to inquire if the BSA Historical Section might be willing to sponsor the symposium at Cornell in the fall of 2004.

I have noted that the historical section has been allocated $400.00 --down from a previous allocation of $700.00 (10/1/01), which apparently was not used. If we plan to organize future symposia or other events, we may wish to request an increase in funding.

Respectively submitted,
Lee B. Kass
L. H. Bailey Hortorium, Department of Plant Biology
228 Plant Science Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14901



    1. Mycological Section (Awaiting New Spores)



    1. Paleobotanical Section (Kathleen B. Pigg)

Paleobotanical Section


Bonnie Jacobs served as Chair at the 2002 Madison meeting, Willy Taylor as Editor of the Bibliography, and Chuck Daghlian as Web Manager.


At the 2002 meeting in Madison, the Section sponsored an active program that included 42 contributed papers and 2 posters submitted by members of the Paleobotanical Section. The 2002 Isabel Cookson Student Award was presented to Marcela Martinez-Millan for " Leaf architecture of Anacardiaceae, phylogeny and biogeography". The presentation was co-authored with Sergio R. S. Cevallos-Ferriz, and Teresa Terrazal-Salgado. The 2002 Maynard Moseley Award went to Tatyana Livshultz, Cornell University for her presentation in the Developmental and Structural Section entitled: "Comparative morphology and development of staminal coronas in Dischidia (Asclepiadoideae, Apocynaceae)"


For the 2003 Mobile meeting, the Paleobotanical Section is hosting a total of 29 presentations, 2 posters, and several "new research" posters as well as cosponsoring a symposium along with the Systematics Section " Dating in the 21st Century: Theory and reality in finding a date for your clade." Eight of our members are participating in this symposium which is organized by Patrick S. Herendeen and Peter R. Crane.


Respectfully submitted,


Kathleen B. Pigg

Secretary-Treasurer



    1. Phycological Section (Martha E. Cook)

Annual Report of the Phycological Section, 2003


The Phycological section of BSA did not receive any requests for, and consequently did not fund any symposia in 2002. None of the general funds were spent.


The Phycological section of BSA held a mail ballot election and elected a new Chairperson. The new Chairperson is Dr. Martha E. Cook, Illinois State University, Department of Biological Sciences.


The Darbaker Prize for 2003 is currently under consideration. The Darbaker Committee consists of: Bob Bell (chair), Debashish Bhattachayra, Richard McCourt. The award will be announced at the BSA banquet on July 30, 2003, in Mobile, AL.


Respectfully submitted,


Louise A. Lewis, Chairperson, (outgoing)

Phycological Section



    1. Physiological Section (Denise Seliskar)

Physiological Section 2003 Annual Report


The Physiological Section met in Madison, Wisconsin in August 2002 with contributed paper and poster sessions, and a symposium co-sponsored with the Teaching Section. The paper session was chaired by Henri Maurice of the University of Southern Indiana. The symposium was entitled “Restoration of major plant ecosystems in the USA: Physiological research and teaching opportunities” and was organized by Anitra Thorhaug and Henri Maurice.


Our annual business meeting was conducted at our section luncheon.


For the 2003 meeting in Mobile, along with the usual contributed paper and poster sessions and the annual business meeting, we are co-sponsoring the symposium entitled “Transgenic crops: Science, policy, politics”.


Submitted by Denise Seliskar, Chairperson

Physiological Section



    1. Phytochemical Section (New Chair)



    1. Pteridological Section (Warren Hauk)

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PTERIDOLOGICAL SECTION

Presented at the Botanical Society of America Council Meeting

July, 2003, Mobile, Alabama


At the Botany 2002 meetings in Madison , WI, the Pteridological Section of the BSA co-sponsored with the American Fern Society a symposium titled “’Werthwhile’ Passions: exploring the plants and research themes that fascinated Dr. Charles Werth”. The symposium was organized by Christopher H. Haulfer and featured eight presentations commemorating the contributions of Charlie Werth to pteridology and the wider botanical community. In addition, the Pteridological Section had fourteen contributed papers and four posters.


The Edgar T. Wherry Award, for best paper presented as part of the contributed papers sessions was given to David S. Barrington, Yoko Yatabe, and Wu Sugong for their presentation entitled, “New insights into the phylogeny of Asian Polystichum (Dryopteridaceae) from expanded rbcL data.”


Two well attended field trips were sponsored: one titled “Ferns of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area” and a second titled “Ferns of the Baraboo Hills.”


The Pteridological section contributed $400 to the publication of the Annual Review of Pteridological Literature, Volume 15, 2001.


Submitted by President: Warren D. Hauk

Secretary/Treasurer: Karen Renzaglia

Pteridological Section, Botanical Society of America


21 July, 2003



    1. Systematics Section (Wayne Elisens)

2003 Annual Report
BSA Systematics Section


Wayne J. Elisens, chair; Andrea D. Wolfe, Secretary-Treasurer. 20 June, 2003


The BSA Systematics Section had two major accomplishments for the 2002-2003 term year, appointment of a new chair and financial support of two symposia.


Appointment of chair. Because of a vacancy for the chair position, Wayne Elisens was appointed chair of the BSA Systematics Section in November 2002. Andrea Wolfe continued in her service as Secretary-Treasurer (and ASPT Program Director).


Support of symposia at Botany 2003. The BSA Systematics Section supported two symposia at $500 each for the Botany 2003 conference:

1. "Dating in the 21st Century: Theory and Reality in Finding a Date for your Clade",

Organizers: Patrick Herenden and Peter Crane.

2. "Transgenic Crops: Science, Policy, and Politics", Organizer: David Spooner.

Funds were allocated to offset travel expenses for symposium speakers.


Respectfully submitted,




Wayne J. Elisens



    1. Teaching Section (Tim Gerber)

Teaching Section 2003 Annual Report


The Teaching Section met in Madison, WI in August 2002 with one contributed Tuesday morning (Aug 26th) paper session titled, “Strategies for teaching and learning.” The contributed paper session included nine presentations and was chaired by Robert Reinsvold, then at the University of Northern Colorado.


The teaching section business meeting followed the paper session. New section officers were elected at our business meeting. Elected were Tim Gerber, University of Wisconsin-La CrosseDenise (chair); Jim Mickle, North Carolina State University (Vice-chair); Stan Rice, Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Secretary/Treasurer); and Phil Gibson, Agnes Scott College (Program coordinator). Lunch was provided during the business meeting.


The section thanks Robert Reinsvold who served as past Program Coordinator.


For the 2003 meeting in Mobile, along with the contributed paper sessions and annual business meeting, a symposium titled: “Methods and myths about conducting research in botany education” organized by Marshall Sundberg and James Wandersee will be co-sponsored by the section and McGraw Hill Higher Education


Submitted by Tim Gerber, Chair

Teaching Section



    1. Tropical Biology Section (Susana Magallón)

2003 Annual Report of the Tropical Biology Section

Botanical Society of America




The Tropical Biology Section had a change of officers at the 2002 Madison meeting. Susanne Renner is thanked for her excellent service as Chair during the past three years. I will act as chair and treasurer for the 2002-2005 period.

The Tropical Biology Section received five abstracts for oral presentations, and one abstract for a poster presentation. The five oral presentations will be delivered in one session, followed by the Section's annual business meeting. I will also attend BSA's council meeting.

The Tropical Biology Section's annual allotment will support a symposium entitled "Transgenic crops: science, policy, politics".

Submitted by

Susana Magallón
Chair, Tropical Section



    1. Midcontinent Section (Needs Chairperson)



    1. Northeastern Section (Joanne Tow)

NORTHEASTERN SECTION ANNUAL REPORT


REPORT ON ANNUAL FIELD MEETING


This year's annual Joint Field Meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Botanical Society of America, the Long Island Botanical Society, the Torrey Botanical Society, and the Philadelphia Botanical Club took place June 22-June 26th 2003 at the New York Institute of Technology, Central Islip Campus. The campus is located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. The areas visited included a unique 300 year-old maritime holly forest on a barrier island, the globally rare Dwarf Pine Plains, a northeastern mixed hardwood forest on a terminal moraine, an unusual pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, and the remnants of the largest prairie east of the Mississippi. Plant communities seen included salt marsh, fresh water bog, kettle holes, swamps, ponds, rivers, ocean, LI Sound and forests. The field trips started Monday morning and ended late Thursday morning at the Hempstead Plains in Nassau County. The evening lectures included the following: A talk about Long Island’s varied plants and plant communities found on the Greenbelt trails, by the president of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, Tom Casey; "100 years of change in the orchid flora of Long Island, New York.” by the President of the Long Island Botanical Society, Dr. Eric Lamont; “The Blight and Immune System of the American Chestnut Tree" by The Long Island Director for New York State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation , Dr. John E. Potente; and “Forests from the ice age to the present”, by Professor emeritus of botany and ecology at Queens College, Dr. Andy Greller. The field meeting was chaired by Joanne Tow; the Treasurer was Karl Anderson. There were 50 participants; this total included day-trippers and full-timers. Next year's meeting is scheduled for The Bruce Peninsularin Canada.


Respectfully submitted,


Joanne Tow, Field meeting Chair and

Chair, Northeastern Section, BSA



    1. Pacific Section (Dieter Wilkin)



    1. Southeastern Section (James L. Mickle)

Southeastern Section Annual Report, 2003


The Southeastern Section held its annual section meeting concurrently with the annual meeting of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society during the Association of Southeastern Biologists meetings held at Howard University, Washington, D. C. Prof. Thomas Wentworth, North Carolina State University, presided due to the absence of the section chair. Several Announcements of section and BSA business were made, and Prof. Lytton Musselman, Old Dominion University, was elected section chair for a three year term. The positions of secretary/treasurer and activities chair remain open.


Respectfully submitted,


Jim Mickle



E. Representatives to other Organizations

    1. AAAS (Linda Graham)

Report of AAAS Representative:


Linda Graham substituting for Pat Herendeen


I attended the Feb, 2003 meeting of AAAS held in Denver, Colorado and represented the BSA at the Biological Science (heretofore abbreviated as BioSci) Section Business meeting held on Feb. 14. There were 5200 attendees at the AAAS meeting as a whole; approximately 20 were present at the BioSci section business meeting.


Topical Lectures: Affiliated societies were asked to suggest Topical Lecturers for the 2004 meeting to be held in Seattle, nominations to be handled through the BioSci Section Steering Committee. As a method for increasing visibility of the BSA, at its April meeting, the BSA Executive Committee endorsed nomination of Alison Snow, and agreed to provide her travel expenses if she is chosen as a topical lecturer and agrees to participate. I completed the nomination process via AAAS web-based form prior to the deadline of April 28.


Affiliated societies were also encouraged to nominate members who are also AAAS members as AAAS Fellows (the yearly list of which is published in Science). Society Presidents are natural nominees, so I encouraged recent past presidents to join AAAS (if not already members) and provide CV information so that I can nominate them via the BioSci Section steering committee next spring.


I agreed to attend the 2004 AAAS meeting as representative of BSA. My goal will be to identify ways to increase the visibility and participation of the BSA and its members at this important national meeting.


Respectfully submitted,


Linda Graham



    1. AIBS (Pat Gensel)

Report of BSA Representative to the AIBS Council


AIBS continues to do a very fine job in Public Policy, becoming more involved in advising Congressional representatives on biological (and botanical) issues (and actually in being sought out as such a resource), via individual interactions and public presentations at meetings and hearings by the Public Policy staff (currently two people), holding of public roundtables (three were held in the past year), and through letters as needed, or petitions. BSA has supported this initiative and I recommend it be continued.


BioOne is doing well, the budget is in good shape, SPARs and related revenue generating organizations are doing well. Minority recruitment efforts are underway; at present there is a diversity scholarship program- contact AIBS for details. IBRCS, which is a project to develop input concerning NEON at NSF is also developing well.


Some issues that were presented for discussion at the spring AIBS Council meeting include the following: 1) Meeting attendance is down. AIBS will continue to consider the best format for its annual meeting - anyone with ideas is welcome to submit them to me, Richard O’Grady or Gary Hartshorn (current President). It is recommended that there be a Presidential Summit meeting every five years and that the meeting be scheduled at a time when government officials can attend. 2) there is a need for publicizing exciting breakthrough research in organismal biology and thus articles are needed for submission to the UPI project with CSSP (i.e., articles written for the public that will be released to newspapers). 3) individual membership is declining, but perhaps no worse than in other societies.


Much of the day was spent in brainstorming about particular issues, such as Biological Education- curricula and workforce issues; Biological Research Funding Challenges; and Biological Research Infrastructure (IBRCS and NEON). Ideas were put forward by each group considering these, which will be developed further, hopefully into new initiatives by AIBS.


Submitted by


Patricia G. Gensel

BSA Representative to the AIBS Council




    1. CSSP (Scott Russell)

Report of Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) Representative


American Chemical Society Building, 1155 16th Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Past-Past President Pat Gensel represented BSA for one day of the CSSP meeting, December 7-10, 2002, as I was in Australia for a research visit. I attended and represented BSA at the 25th annual meeting of CSSP, May 3-6, 2003.


The meeting began on Saturday, May 3, with a keynote address by Marty Apple. His address built on many of the same themes that he presented in his keynote address at our Botany 2002 meeting last summer concerning the importance of pursuing federal monies. Research is one of the “optional” items in the federal government, as compared with Medicare, Social Security, and military expenditures. The people favor doubling the NSF budget and can see the benefit, but it is a hard sell in Washington. His evangelistic message is that all of us need to help. Dr. Marilu Goodyear, CIO and Vice Chancellor of University of Kansas spoke on “Scholarly Libraries and Science Journals: Adversaries or Partners?”—a talk that focused on BioOne. Her discussion was accompanied with a discussion that non-profit societies will no longer be able to count on the same revenue stream to support their journals. Dr. Michael Maccoby of Maccoby Group presented a talk on “Strengths and weaknesses of narcisstic leadership” in which he discussed personality types with respect to society leadership. Dr. Roger Herman of The Herman Group presented “Futuristic Lectures: Emerging Megatrends.” His talk focused on the next generation, changes in communication, electronic connectedness, and how it will affect the way we do things in the future. URL: http://www.herman.net/ free email listserv. Dr. Karen Stephenson of NetForm completed the session with a discussion of “Organizational Trust Networks” in which she reported her study in which she quantified connections between persons in similar organizations at different levels and what it could tell us.


Sunday, May 4 was occupied by committee meetings, including a myriad of topics. I attended a group that discussed the Internet and scholarly communication. During this meeting we discussed many topics and agreed to organize links. A science editor from UPI also visited and discussed how scientific organizations could help with interpreting news in the sciences. She was particularly interested in follow-up “op-ed” pieces targeted to appear within about a week of a major science story (e.g., genome project, cloning humans, etc.). A second round of committee meetings occurred before lunch in which I attended a meeting on “Science Policy and the State Department” which was remarkably interesting. The guest was Dr. Norman Neuriter, who is the director of scientific liaison. He has developed a system of professional interns (mostly professors on sabbatical) who work within the State Department to develop policy in key areas of technology. A critical area of concern is the slowness with which visas are issued to foreign nationals who participate in research in the US. There are many instances of delay and the system is one that seems to forget what is learned on prior investigations of researchers. This was followed up on Monday by a presentation from a Department of State undersecretary (Dr. Neuriter’s boss). The afternoon included committee reports. Individual presentations by research experts covering broad areas of what is the future in mathematics, physics, and biochemistry were interspersed throughout the three days.


Monday, May 5 continued general discussions and talks. Two talks centered on allegations about events suggesting that the current administration was tampering with the formulation of scientific policy. One example was a lay board appointed to examine policy with regard to cloning and other issues. Members of this board were recommended, but never approved until all but about two persons on the original recommended board had been replaced. There was also concern about editing scientific data to support policy. This was followed by a talk by an undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security announcing a competitive research grant program that they have initiated. A reception at the close of the day recognized several persons and the CSSP on its 25th anniversary. Tuesday, May 6 began with breakfast near the Capitol at “The Monocle” followed by a visit to talk to the Chair of the Science Committee of the House of Representatives. This was cancelled, with regrets, but we got to sit in the chamber for about an hour and took pictures of all. This was followed by presenting a special award for his support of science to Senator Kit Bond (of Missouri), Chair of the Senate Science Committee. Afterwards we met with our State Legislators individually. I was able to meet my Representative, Tom Cole (R-OK), talked to a staffer at Senator Inhofe’s office and dropped off literature at Senator Nickels’ office.


Respectfully submitted, -Scott Russell, President, BSA



    1. Natural Science Collections Alliance (NCSA) (Larry Skog)


A N N U A L R E P O R T


SUBJECT: Highlights of Natural Science Collections Alliance Activities-2003

TO: BSA Council

FROM: Laurence E. Skog, BSA Representative to Natural Science Collections Alliance

DATE: 11 July 2002


During 2002-2003 the Natural Science Collections Alliance [NCSA], formerly the Association for Systematic Collections [ASC] held its annual meeting in Berkeley, California sponsored by the UC Berkeley Museums, 5-6 June. The theme of the meeting was “Natural Science Collections: New challenges & new opportunities” to look at how the collections and the institutions that hold them are evolving at a rapid pace in today’s world of information technology and virtual objects, global marketplace and faltering economy, and the fading distinctions between university and freestanding museums.


The annual meeting included an array of programs including six tracks of presentations, panels and poster sessions on diverse topics such as biodiversity conservation, digital libraries, and sharing science. Featured was NSCA’s new communications toolkit – Dinosaurs to DNA: The Power of Natural Science Collections—to use in building awareness by funders and public officials of the value of collections. Tours of the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and the California Academy of Sciences were offered to attendees.


Within the NSCA organization change occurred with the stepping down of Director Roberta Faul-Zeitler in mid-May. At this point, a new director has not been named.


Throughout the year NSC Alliance continued to distribute, in addition to the printed monthly newsletter, called the Alliance Gazette, an on-line bi-monthly newsletter of NSCA activities, called Washington Initiative, which highlighted recent news about systematic collections, as well as actions in Congress affecting members. The electronic newsletter is available to NSCA member institutions and societies, and can be sent to interested recipients on request. This source is particularly valuable in highlighting funding sources available from NSF. Information on NSCA, the annual meeting, and the electronic newsletter detailing the NSCA activities for 2002 is available at the NSCA website at www.nscalliance.org.




    1. National Research Council Commission on Life Sciences Board of Basic Biology (Jenny Richards)

National Research Council Commission on Life Sciences Board of Basic Biology


There has been no activity involving the National Research Council Commission on Life Sciences Board of Basic Biology.


Respectfully submitted,


Jennifer Richards, Secretary

Botanical Society of America



REMINDERS:


  • All-Society Mixer: 8:30 – 10:00 pm, MCC, Grand Ballroom (Pre-function)

  • BSA New and Prospective Member Social: Tuesday, 29 July 2003, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, MCC, 204A

  • Annual Business Meeting: Tuesday, 29 July 2003, 4:45 – 5:45 pm, MCC, 204A

  • BSA Mixer: 30 July 2003, 6:00 p.m., Adam’s Mark, 1st Floor (Pre-function)

  • BSA Banquet: 30 July 2003, 7:00 pm, Adam’s Mark, Ballroom I-II (ticket required).
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