January 2015


Message from the President:

Welcome to 2015!

This is a big year for ASM. As of the start of the New Year, the following important changes have taken place within the society:

First, management services (e.g., membership, dues, access to online services) are now being handled by Christy Classi (cclassi@mammalsociety.org). Christy has worked with us in the past and knows ASM well … welcome (back) Christy!

Second, the Journal of Mammalogy and Mammalian Species are now being published by Oxford University Press. Information for authors – including access to the new author interface – can be found at:http://www.mammalsociety.org/journal-mammalogy.

Third, we have a new Secretary-Treasurer. Matt Hopton was elected to replace Ron Van Den Bussche, who is stepping down after many years of dedicated service in this position. Welcome to Matt and big thanks to Ron!                                                        

And, finally, if you still need to renew your membership in ASM for 2015 (or would like to become a new member), you can either contact Christy Classi directly or renew your membership online at: https://asm.wildapricot.org.

Looking ahead …

Plans for the 95th annual meeting are really coming together. The meeting will take place 12-16 June 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. Registration for the meeting is now open – early bird registration ends January 31st, so register soon! Abstract submission will be open during the month of February. More information about the meeting, including access to the registration and abstract submission forms, is available at:https://ksuconferences.com/mammalogists/

Not too much further down the road …

ASM’s centennial meeting will take place in 2019. This milestone provides an important opportunity not just to celebrate our rich history but also to consider the future of mammalogy. To help jump start this effort, the annual meeting in Jacksonville will include a “town hall” event during which we will begin the discussion of our future as a discipline and a professional society. What do we want ASM to be during our second 100 years? Join the discussion and help us chart the course for the future of our profession.

It’s awards season!

Or, at least the season to be applying for ASM awards. ASM provides more than $75,000 per year in support to students … be a part of these programs! Many of our student funding and award opportunities have early spring deadlines that are rapidly approaching. Some of these programs have online applications; the dates during which applications can be submitted are indicated below:

Graduate Student Honoraria - Jan 15 - Feb 15
Undergraduate Student Research Award - Jan 15 - Feb 15
Grants-in-Aid of Research - Feb 1 - March 1
ASM Fellowship in Mammalogy - March 15 - May 1
Shadle Fellowship - March 15 - May 1

Several other student programs solicit applications via other formats. Deadlines for these programs are:

African Graduate Student Research Fund – March 1
Student and Early Career Travel Awards – March 1
Latin American Student Field Research Award – April 15
Oliver P. Pearson Award – April 15

For all programs, additional information is available on the ASM website at: http://www.mammalsociety.org/grants


In closing, this has been a relatively information-heavy newsletter, meaning no shout-outs to recent professional accomplishments by mammalogists. There has been plenty of activity during the past couple of months … to read up on recent activities, please see the “What’s New” section on the ASM website (http://www.mammalsociety.org/).

If you have news items to contribute, please contact the Chair of our Informatics Committee, Sean Maher (asm.informatics@gmail.com).


Eileen A. Lacey, ASM President 

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