There is no other organization like the Texas Academy of Science, and it's a great privilege to work with so many talented and dedicated science researchers and educators within the Academy.   As we move into the fall and begin our planning for the 2017 annual meeting, I thought it would be a good time to provide some updates.

Additional Student Support: At the 2016 annual meeting in Junction, the Board of Directors voted to increase the Academy's support of our student members by providing complimentary membership and registration fee wavers for our award winners.  Specifically, (1) all undergraduate presentation award winners will receive a complimentary annual membership the year immediately after; (2) all graduate students selected to participate in the graduate student oral competition will also receive a complimentary membership the following year; and (3) all TAS grant recipients will receive a one-time annual meeting registration waiver the year in which they present their TAS-funded research.  This is effective immediately - if you received an award in Junction, this additional support is available for 2017!

Texas Journal of Science:  Andy Kasner and Alan Nelson continue to work tirelessly to get the Journal caught up.  Volume 67 (2015) should be going out within a month and the 2016 volume(s) will follow shortly thereafter.  By the 2017 annual meeting, I hope to report to everyone that the Journal will be caught up!  We are also now actively seeking new manuscript submissions so please consider the Texas Journal of Science as you prepare future manuscripts.

2017 Annual Meeting:  The 120th annual meeting will be held on the campus of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton.  The local host, Karen Grant, and program chair, Neil Gray, have been working their magic to make this a fantastic meeting, and we hope everyone plans to attend.  The Call for Abstracts is right around the corner!

Get Involved: TAS needs you!  One of the great things about TAS is its fundamental structure - the Academy's operations are handled exclusively by volunteers.  Danette Vines sent out an email recently calling for nominations to various board positions, and I encourage everyone to either consider running for one of those positions or volunteering on a TAS committee.  There are many opportunities available for you to make a difference in scientific research and education in Texas.

Jason L. Locklin
2016-2017 President

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