Announcing a new society for Mesoamerican biology

OLIVER KOMAR (OOKOMAR at CC.OWU.EDU)
Mon, 26 Feb 1996 18:02:10 -0500 (EST)

ANNOUNCING A NEW SOCIETY...
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SOCIEDAD MESOAMERICANA PARA LA BIOLOGIA Y LA CONSERVACION

U.S. Contact: Oliver Komar
Department of Zoology
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware OH 43015
Telephone: 614-369-0175
email: ookomar at cc.owu.edu

21 February 1996
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ANNOUNCING....

The Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation was formed on
14 January 1996, at Lake Yojoa, Honduras, by a group of biologists from five
countries and numerous branches of the biological sciences. The new society
will serve biologists and conservationists throughout Central America and
southern Mexico, by publishing a news bulletin MESOAMERICANA, and by
sponsoring annual congresses in Mesoamerica. The official name is "Sociedad
Mesoamericana para la Biologi'a y la Conservacio'n. Persons interested in
the society, as members or potential officers, are invited to become
founding members, subscribe to the bulletin, and attend the first general
meeting of the membership in Tegucigalpa in June 1996. Institutions are
also invited to help found the society, the first ever of its kind in
Mesoamerica.

A QUARTERLY BULLETIN...

Members will receive the quarterly "Mesoamericana," which will
include news in Spanish and English of current projects, meetings, and
literature, as well as biographical sketches on founding members, and
short, non-technical articles of general use to biologists working in
Mesoamerica. The Society initially intends to publish technical articles
in proceedings of annual symposia or congresses. The first issue of
Mesoamericana will be published in June 1996. For more information about
the bulletin, contact its editor, Carlos Rene' Rami'rez Sosa, 4a. Avenida
Sur #1, Apopa, San Salvador, El Salvador (Tel: (503) 336-0152; email:
crrlc at cunyvm.cuny.edu).

HOW TO JOIN...

The cost of basic membership is $20 for 1996 (includes 3 issues
of Mesoamericana). One can become a founding member for $50. Institutions
can become founders for $200, which includes a subscription to the bulletin.
Founding members and founding institutions will be acknowledged in the
bulletin. Founding memberships will be available only through the end of
1996. Donations larger than $200 are welcome, and donors will be recognized
in print as benefactors. Membership fees or other donations may be sent to
Oliver Komar, Department of Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware OH
43015 (Telephone (614) 369-0175; email ookomar at cc.owu.edu). Checks should be
made out to "Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation" or "Sociedad
Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservacion."

Mesoamerican residents have lower membership costs, and can contact
directly one of the acting secretaries, Silvia C. Chalukia'n, at
Departmento de Recursos Naturales y Conservacio'n Biolo'gica, Escuela
Agri'cola Panamericana, Apartado 93, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
(Telephone (504) 76-6140; fax (504) 76-6234; email eapdrn at ns.hondunet.net or
eaphpcs at ns.hondunet.net).

NEXT MEETING IN TEGUCIGALPA...

All members are encouraged to attend the first meeting at the
Universidad Nacional Auto'noma de Honduras, Tegucigalpa, tentatively
planned for 21-22 June 1996, at which the Society's membership will
approve its statutes and elect a board of officers and trustees. The
meeting includes a one-day symposium on Mesoamerican biology, with
invited papers and an open poster session. Anyone interested in attending
the meeting and symposium may contact the society's acting president
Gerardo Borjas. Licenciado Borjas is the local organizing committee chair
and scientific program chair for the June meeting. He may be reached at
Apartado 30-357, Tonconti'n, Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras (telephone/fax
(504) 33-9576). Information on local lodging arrangements and registration
also will be available from Oliver Komar at the address given below.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

Oliver Komar
Department of Zoology
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware OH 43015
Telephone (614) 369-0175
Email ookomar at cc.owu.edu

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