5 American Journal of Botany Special issue 18000 The editor Karl Niklas and the

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5. American Journal of Botany Special issue ($18,000). The editor Karl Niklas and the AJB editorial board recommend that the endowment be used to support a supplemental issue of AJB to publish BSA-sponsored symposia. The proposal was endorsed "in principle" by the BSA council, but decided that the money for the project had to be identified from other sources. Our committee felt that other initiatives should not be jeopardized in order to do this, although such a special issue could be of benefit to all members (not just those attending annual meetings) and would enhance the image of the society. 6. Conservation Committee symposium ($2500). This request for funds to sponsor an unspecified symposium was not given high priority since sections already receive some funds from the society which can be used for this purpose. Still, the Society may want to consider offering funds to the various sections and committees for symposia or other projects on a competitive basis. 7. Part-time fund raiser ($23,000). Funds would be used to hire a professional fundraiser who would work on increasing the size of the endowment fund for long term BSA initiatives and programs. Our committee felt, however, that funds should be used in the present year for the benefit of current members. BSA Report, Developmental and Structural Section Although our section did not hold a business meeting at St. Louis last year, we were present, both in the symposia that we sponsored, and in the students whose registration we paid 48
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for. We will be resuming normal activities with this meeting. We are sponsoring only one Symposium this year, “Open Space”, and will be evaluating its success at the section’s annual meeting. Respectfully submitted, Jean Gerrath, Section Chair Annual Report: Ecological Section of BSA The section sponsored four symposia at the IBC in 1999. Stephen Scheckler organized “ Archaeopteris , the world's first forest tree”, Brenda Casper organized “Rooting strategies and below ground competition”, Carol Baskin organized “Ecology and evolution of specialized seed dispersal, dormancy and germination strategies” and Maxine Watson organized “Developmental phenology and its influence on plant ecology”, along with their foreign co-organizers. Section money was used to defray registration expenses for the overseas speakers in these symposia. Because of the IBC, there was no student paper or poster competition in 1999. However, awards ($150 each) were presented to the 1998 competition winners at the 1999 BSA banquet. Jochen Schenk, UC Santa Barbara, won the best student paper award for his presentation “Directional, spatial patterns in a desert community”. Bruce Robart, Illinois State Universiity won for his poster “ Double functional pollination as a transitional stage in the evolution of the beaked floral form among taxonomic varieties of Pedicularis bractaeosa ”.
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