SNEC SciComm Challenge

Think you’re a science communication champ? Never practiced your scicomm skills, but want to dip your toe? Enter to participate the first ever SNEC SciComm Challenge!

Objective: Create an interactive exhibit to communicate scientific material to a general audience. Any AFS-relevant topics are welcome! Think you can explain the basis of your research in the form of a board game? Go for it! Want to pilot an extensions/outreach tool? Bring it on!

Voting & prizes: To cast votes, each attendee of the winter SNEC 2018 meeting will be given two tickets to give to her/his favorite exhibits. Prizes, provided by the UConn AFS student subunit, will be awarded to the top two contestants.

How to enter: Submit your name(s), topic/title, and requested accommodations: SNEC SciComm Challenge! Entries may be individual or team. Access to table space, electrical outlet(s), and wall space for hanging posters and the like may be requested in the form. Tentative topics/titles are requested to provide some flexibility, but titles must be finalized and submitted to the organizers by December 16th.

We hope you enjoy this new program! Thank you in advance for your support and participation!

 

Winter Science Meeting Recap

Matt Devine receiving his best student presentation award from Education Committee Chair, Karina Mrakovcich

Riding the momentum after a very successful 50th anniversary meeting, the Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) had the largest amount of people register for a one day meeting with 144 people registering for the 2018 Winter science Meeting!  The meeting was held on January 10 at the new University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, School for Marine Science and Technology building (SMAST East) in New Bedford, MA.  The meeting consisted of 21 platform presentations, a short award and dedication ceremony, and then a poster social with 19 poster presentations.  Students gave almost half of the poster and platform presentations, with seven student platform presentations and 11 student posters presentations.  There was a diverse range of topics during the meeting, from fish passage and juvenile white shark habitat use, to engaging stakeholders in order to fill data gaps.

During the awards section, SNEC presented the student poster and platform presentation awards from the 50th anniversary meeting held last February.  The Grace Klein-MacPhee Best Student Poster awards were given to: Kyle Grasso, for his poster titled: Testing for differences in juvenile growth rates of anadromous Alewife and Blueback Herring; and Anthony Dangora for his poster titled: Evaluating DIDSON as a tool to monitor juvenile River Herring in coastal freshwater lakes.  Both Kyle and Anthony were not in attendance to receive their awards.

Lucas Nathan receives his award from Education Committee Chair, Karina Mrakovcich

The Saul Saila Best Student Platform Presentation Award winners were: Matt Devine for his presentation, The lake effect: identifying optimal growth conditions for juvenile anadromous alewife; and Lucas Nathan, for his presentation: A tale of two watersheds: exploring riverscape drivers of Brook Trout genetic structuring.  Both Matt and Lucas were in attendance to accept their awards.

SNEC also presented two awards of special recognition to Don Danila and Carolyn Griswold.  Don and Carolyn have recently stepped away from an admirable tenure on the board of Directors for SNEC.  The SNEC Board of Directors wish to thank them both for their long-term service, dedication to the Chapter, and guidance along the way! A remembrance for Saul B Saila, a longtime member of the Chapter, was also held during the award ceremony; Saul passed away in late 2017.  Saul was the recipient of the prestigious Award of Excellence by the American Fisheries Society in 2001, which is the oldest major AFS award and the most prestigious presented to an individual. He also received the AFS Outstanding Educator Award in 1989 and in 1994 he received the Oscar E. Sette Award for outstanding Marine Fisheries Biologist from the Marine Fisheries Section of AFS.

Once the presentations were over, everyone in attendance was encouraged to take part in the Poster Social.  This was the first time SNEC held a poster Social during a one-day meeting.  Previously, poster presentations were scheduled during the middle of the meeting; however, members felt that there wasn’t enough time to network and view all the posters.  SNEC generated a lot of positive feedback with the new winter meeting format, and meeting attendees really enjoyed the poster social.  Keeping the winter meeting format this way will be discussed at our upcoming Board meeting.   Stay tuned for an announcement about our upcoming Summer Science Meeting in Rhode Island.  SNEC also plans to hold a workshop and social the day before the meeting, the location and date will be announced in early spring. We would like to thank everyone who came out to the winter meeting. Let’s keep riding this momentum into the summer!

Carolyn Griswold receives the Special Achievement Award from the Director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Jon Hare.

Don Danila receives the Special Achievement Award from Chapter President, Steve Dwyer.

Winter 2016 Recap

Branford House

SNEC members eat lunch at the Branford House.

The Southern New England Chapter winter meeting held a well-attended winter meeting on January 14 at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT. Total attendance was 110, which included 26 students. The program consisted of fourteen oral presentations and a Chapter-record eighteen posters. Three oral and nine poster presentations were given by students. The diverse presentations covered subjects such as anadromous alosids, fish migration, fish genetics and physiology, pollution effects, sampling techniques, and studies of age and growth and fecundity. Abstracts of all the papers and posters may be found here.

Prior to the start of the meeting program, Parent Society President Ron Essig, a long-time Chapter member, briefly addressed attendees on some AFS issues. He noted that another Chapter member, Abigail Archer, is on the Program Committee for the 2016 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Kansas City, MO during August 21-25. Jason Vokoun of the University of Connecticut urged members to attend the April 3-6 Annapolis, MD Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference, which is an effort of the AFS Northeast Division. In a brief ceremony, Chapter Past President Heidi Fitzpatrick passed the Chapter gavel to current President Glenn Chamberlain.

Student Award

Jason Vokun receives best student paper award for Lucas Nathan.

 

Lucas Nathan of the University of Connecticut was announced as the Saul B. Saila Best Student Paper Award winner for the 2015 Chapter summer meeting. His presentation was entitled “Delineation of Brook Trout landscape-level genetic structure among headwater stream networks: isolates or metapopulations?”

Members were reminded to contact any of the current officers to make nominations for Chapter offices, volunteer for committees, or join the Chapter’s Board of Directors. Members are also requested to nominate deserving individuals and organizations for various Chapter awards. These include the Award of Excellence, Irwin Alperin Outstanding Member Award, Lesa Meng Aquatic Conservation Award, Outstanding Organization Award, and the Special Achievement Award. Please send all award nominations to Chapter Professionalism Chair Bill Duffy at [email protected].

Poster Session

Winter Poster Session

Meeting Directions

For those attending the AFS SNEC Winter Science Conference on January 14, 2016 at the Avery Point campus of UConn, here is some useful logistical information regarding the event.  Conference Registration will be available on site at the door.

The  Conference will be held in the Auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Academic Building (disabled accessible).  For individuals with mobility concerns, there is handicap parking in front of the Branford House, and there is a limited-capacity elevator on the first floor of the Academic Building (ACD) – accessed from within the student center/Mort’s cafeteria.  Please call us with your questions, or concerns, on the limited-mobility access points to the Auditorium at 860-405-9278.

We wanted to let you know that morning coffee and continental breakfast will be available in ACD 208; the afternoon poster session from 1-2PM will also be in this room.  Lunch will be provided for you and will be held in the Branford House, the beautiful, castle-like building in the middle of the campus from 12:10pm-1pm.

If you are new to the campus, here is a link to the campus map:   http://averypoint.uconn.edu/directions/.  We suggest parking in Lots A or B, which are located along the water as you drive onto campus, on the right-hand side.

Winter Meeting Recap

After a postponement due to a snowstorm, the Southern New England Chapter winter meeting was held on February 24th at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus in Narragansett, RI. Total attendance was 84, which included 21 students. The program consisted of twelve oral presentations and eight posters, of which four oral and five poster presentations were given by students. The presentations were in various topical areas and included subjects such as marine ichthyoplankton, freshwater, anadromous, and marine fishes, modeling and genetics. Abstracts of all the papers and posters may be found here.

The Saul B. Saila Best Student Paper Award was presented to Patrick Vogt of the University of New Haven, whose presentation at the summer 2014 Chapter meeting was entitled “The Physical Effects of Catch and Release Angling on Paralichthys dentatus in Long Island Sound”.Winter_2015_Saul_Saila

During the Chapter business meeting Carolyn Griswold gave a tribute to Grace Klein-MacPhee, a long-time Chapter member from the University of Rhode Island, who had a distinguished career that focused on larval fishes. In a subsequent Chapter Board of Directors meeting the Best Student Poster Award was re-named as the Grace Klein-MacPhee Best Student Poster Award in her honor.

Student members are urged to apply for the SNEC Student Travel Awards of $500 (paper or poster presenter) or $200 (meeting attendee) for the Parent Society Annual Meeting, which can be made through the Chapter website through late spring. These grants are to be used to defray the cost of travel and other expenses associated with the 2015 AFS Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. The forthcoming June Chapter meeting will be held in Massachusetts with the date and place to be announced in the near future. At this time, a venue at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is under consideration. Chapter members are reminded that nominations for Secretary-Treasurer will be needed prior to this meeting. Please contact any of the current officers to make a nomination, to volunteer for this office, or to join the Chapter’s Board of Directors. Members were also requested to nominate deserving individuals and organizations for various Chapter awards. These include the Award of Excellence, Irwin Alperin Outstanding Member Award, Lesa Meng Aquatic Conservation Award, Outstanding Organization Award, and the Special Achievement AwardSend all award nominations to the Chapter Professionalism Chair Bill Duffy at [email protected]