November 2009 —The Award Committee is soliciting nominations for one or more Awards of Excellence. The PSA Award of Excellence honors scientists for a record of sustained scholarly activity, including teaching and service, who have had a major impact on the field of phycology. More
Hilda Canter-Lund Photography Award
Fall 2009 —The British Phycological Society offers an annual award (currently £150) for a photograph on a phycological theme that best combines the informative, technical and aesthetic qualities that Hilda Canter-Lund brought to her photomicrographs of algae. They welcome entries for the 2009 competition from all (not just BPS members). Photographs can be of a micro- or macroalga, marine or freshwater, taken by any photographic medium and should be submitted by November 31, 2009. Full details of the competition, including details on how to submit entries and the competition rules are available at the BPS website.
John West and Bruce Parker win Awards of Excellence
Summer 2009 — Congratulations to Bruce and John who were honored with the Phycological Society of America's Award of Excellence at the PSA meeting in Hawaii for lifetime achievements! Sincere thanks to our colleagues in Hawaii who provided for a wonderful, well-organized and rewarding PSA Meeting: Alison Sherwood, Kimberly Conklin, Akira Kurihara, Kimberly Peyton, Heather Spalding, Cheryl Squair, Matthew Lurie, Erin Cox, David Spafford, Daniel O'Doherty, Celia Smith, Eric Conklin, Gernot Presting, Coleman Connelly .
Advanced Biology Training Course in Antarctica
Spring 2009 — This National Science Foundation sponsored course will be held in Antarctica at the United States' McMurdo Station for one month, starting January 2010. This is an international course, open to all nationalities. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career faculty who are interested in the study of extreme environments and the biology of Antarctic organisms.. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on biological adaptations in an extreme environment, with an emphasis on rapid climate change in polar regions.
2009 Darbaker Prize in Phycology
Spring 2009 — The Botanical Society of America (BSA) is accepting nominations for the 2009 Darbaker Prize in Phycology. This award is presented for meritorious work in the study of microscopic algae, based on papers published by the nominee during the last two full calendar years (2007-2008). The award is limited to residents of North America, and only papers published in the English language are considered.
News from around the world
Spring 2009 — Dr. Thierry Chopin, from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, and Dr. Shawn Robinson, from Fisheries and Oceans Canada St. Andrews Biological Station, are the recipients of the 2009 Aquaculture Association of Canada Research Award of Excellence for taking the concept of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) from the laboratory to the realm of commercial production. IMTA is a practice that uses an ecosystem approach to aquaculture by growing multiple species that complement each other like finfish, mussels and seaweeds.