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A message to ABS members from Jennifer Fewell, ABS President:
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Posted Nov 21
Dear ABS Members,

One of our Fellows and Past President Dan Rubenstein has been nominated to two important leadership positions. The first is by Sigma Xi to run for NE regional director. Voting for that election is now open, and those of you who are also Sigma Xi members should have received access to your ballot.

The second position is Chair of the Biological Section G of the AAAS. Dan's nomination for this position advances an important connection from ABS to AAAS, and his representation would provide a platform for championing the value of Animal Behavior research to the broader scientific community. Elections for AAAS officers open on December 3, 2019 and close on January 6, 2020. Please read Dan's statement below:

The mission of ABS can be fostered from leadership positions within our society and by connecting to other societies where our mission can be championed.  With respect to the former, I served as ABS President and the additional three years as presidents elect and past president.  Once out of office I was asked to serve as the ABS liaison to AAAS from ABS as an affiliate organization.  In that role I have worked hard to have symposia aligned with behavior chosen for the national meetings.  Three of the last 4 years I’ve been successful in doing so, and this year behavior will be represented in Seattle in a symposium entitled  "Nature Conservation and Computational Technologies: Expanding the Scale”. In this symposium, we will showcase how animal behavior and machine learning algorithms can play many different roles in shaping conservation actions in accord with the meeting's theme of Envisioning Tomorrow’s Earth.  Having served in this capacity, I have been asked to run for chair the section G (Biology).  I ran last year, but did not campaign and lost.  I was asked again to run and I agreed and this time I am being more proactive in asking the ABS membership who are also members of AAAS’ biology section to vote for me. My aim is to help open up AAAS and make it more of a member organization where the public can learn and participate in biological projects that the biology section makes compelling, especially projects aligned with behavior.

Thank you, Dan Rubenstein.