Call for IUSSI-NAS Position Nominations

We are seeking to fill several empty seats in various committees for IUSSI-NAS and want your nominations fro these positions.

1. President Elect: The President Elect serves on the Executive Committee for 3 years; first as President-Elect, then President, then as former President.

2. Secretary/Treasurer: The Secretary Treasurer will serve for 3 years and is in charge of record keeping and funds of the Section.

3. Nominations Committee (1 position): The new member of the Nominations Committee would join the two current members and serve for 3 years in organizing elections.

4. Awards Committee (3 positions): These members will join two current members to collectively oversee administration of all awards for the Section.

Please nominate yourself or other members who you feel would be well qualified for the job (self nominations are very much encouraged). After nominees have been identified, an election will be held. Additional information on these positions can be found here.

Please send your nomination to by September 2, 2016.

Thank you for your participation!

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Awardees Announced for Jeanne, Nutting and Tschinkel Grants

Our hard-working Awards Committee (Stephen Pratt [chair], Terry McGlynn, and Chris Smith) have announced the awardees for this year’s crop of research grants. These recipients were selected from a wide field of applicants and are deserving of our congratulations. The official announcement can be found here.

Jeanne Social Wasp Research Grant – Cameron Fay

Nutting Termite Research Grant – Mark Janwiecki

Tschinkel Ant Natural History Research Grant – Brian Haney

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Recipients of Eickwort and La Fage Awards Announced

Sabrina Amador Vargas has been named the winner of the 2015 George C. Eickwort Student Research Award. Sarah received a US$1000 honorarium in celebration of her outstanding research contributions on the behavior and neuroanatomy of acacia ants. Sabrina received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, working under the advisement of Dr. Ulrich Mueller.

Qian “Karen” Sun is the 2015 recipient of the Jeffery P. La Fage Student Award for Research on Social Insect Pests for her work on the behavioral, chemical, and evolutionary mechanisms of corpse management in termites. Karen is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky, advised by Dr. Xuguo “Joe” Zhou.

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Election Results

Election results for NAS-IUSSI were announced during our business meeting in Minneapolis. Our next president-elect is Olav Rueppel. He is filling the spot just vacated by Sean O’Donnell who has just assumed the presidency from Amy Toth.

We also had two committee positions filled. Jennifer Jandt will now serve on the Nominating Committee and Chris Smith will round out the Awards Committee.

Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your willingness to contribute your time.


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