Asian Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America


Volume 3, No. 3, September 1999


I. MINUTES

The Business Meeting of the Asian Ecology Section of the ESA, was held Monday, 9 August, 1999 in conjunction with the mixer between 6:30 and 8:30 in the Spokane Room of the Doubletree Inn.  Jacoby Carter served as chair by request of Weixin Cheng outgoing Chair of the AES.

Ia. OFFICERS
Outgoing Chair:              Weixin Cheng  (wxcheng@cats.ucsc.edu)
Chair for 1999-2000:     Jianguo Wu    (jingle@asu.edu)
Chair elect:                     Yiqi Luo      (yluo@ou.edu)
Secretary:                       Jacoby Carter (jacoby_carter@usgs.gov)

Ib.FINANCIAL REPORT

None was provided at the mixer/business meeting.  Our balance as of March 31 1999 was $358.18.   Ellen Caldwell, ESA Conference coordinator, ordered the food for the mixer, so we don't have a estimated cost, yet.  A fuller accounting will be sent out in a future newsletter.

Ic. BY-LAWS CHANGE

In the June 1999 AES newsletter, Jianguo Wu proposed a change in the by-laws to extend the term of service for Secretary from one year to two years.   After a brief discussion the voting membership pass the resolution by unanimous consent.  See below for amended by-law.

Id. AES SPONSORED SYMPOSIUM

The AES and the International Affairs Section (IAS) jointly sponsored a symposium entitled "Exotic Invasive Species in Asia."  Young Choi and Jacoby Carter co-chaired the symposium.  Speakers from the India, Japan, Korea, and the United States, participated.   The symposium was well attended with the audience fluctuating between 20 and 50 people.   A special thanks to Young Choi and Jacoby Carter for presenting a successful symposium.   Thanks to the authors.

Ie. PROPOSED RESOLUTION FOR THE ESA EXECUTIVE BOARD

Young Choi brought before the AES body a resolution asking the ESA Executive Board to provide support for foreign symposium speakers to attend the ESA annual convention.   After much discussion the body passed the resolution with the provisions that: (1) an ad hoc committee modify the resolution to address the concerns raised during the discussion; (2) seek out support from the IAS and any other ESA sections that might be appropriate; (3) and submit the modified resolution to the Executive Board.

If. NEXT YEARS SYMPOSIUM
Jiangu Wu has offered to write the AES symposium proposal for the next Annual Meeting of the ESA.   His topic will be Urban Ecology: A comparison of East and West.

II. BY-LAW CHANGE

The new by-law regarding term of office for the Secretary now reads as follows (change in all caps):
      Article 7. DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY.
The Secretary shall keep the records of the Section, including a current membership and mailing list. The Secretary shall edit a newsletter for communication of the Section activities. The secretary shall serve for a term of TWO YEARS, and shall be eligible for reelection.

To view the complete by-laws point your browser to:
         http://ae.tamu.edu/bylaws.html

III.  RESOLUTION TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE ESA

All three provisions requested by the AES body during the business meeting were achieved and the resolution (see below) was distributed to several representatives of the Executive Board during the long-range planning meeting on Wednesday afternoon.   They promised to bring the resolution up before the Executive Board Meeting on Thursday morning, 12 August.   The ad hoc committee that prepared the resolution consisted of Jacoby Carter, Young Choi, and Richard Wetzler, Chair of the IAS.

RESOLUTION REQUESTING TRAVEL SUPPORT FOR FOREIGN SPEAKERS
TO THE ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Submitted By The Asian Ecology Section & International Affairs Section of the Ecological Society of America.

The international exchange of ideas and information is a necessity in ecology. Many issues (for example: the emission and effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gases; the loss of tropical forests; and the exchange of species and diseases between various regions of the world) are global and the discussion of them would benefit from the perspective of experts from outside of North America.  The Asian Ecology and International Affairs Sections of Ecological Society of America (ESA) note there is a pressing need for financial support of distinguished foreign ecologists, invited to ESA symposia.   This is especially true for ecologists from less developed countries.   To meet this need we respectfully request that the ESA set aside a fund to support the international travel of selected invitees to ESA symposia.  We also urge that clear and streamlined procedures, timelines and eligibility criteria be established.  We adopted this resolution on Monday, 9 August 1999, and now present it to the governing board of the ESA.

We suggest the following mechanisms and criteria, subject to approval by the Governing Board.

PROPOSED MECHANISM


PROPOSED SELECTION CRITERIA

In cases where funds are not sufficient to cover the costs of all the candidates for travel support, the ESA Governing Board should appoint a selection committee.  The following is a recommended set of criteria for selecting among proposed international speakers.


Respectfully submitted by:
  Jacoby Carter   (Secretary, Asian Ecology Section)
  Young Choi      (Member, Asian Ecology Section)
  Richard Wetzler (Chair, International Affairs Section)

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