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An Important Message from the Incoming Co-Editors of Journal of Phycology

Beginning in 2012, the incoming Co-Editors of the Journal of Phycology will enact additional guidelines for submission to the Journal. These guidelines are in keeping with their overall goals to broaden the Journal's readership, improve the review process, and increase the quality of articles published. They also plan a platform for rapid publication of high impact work, through a new Letters format. Please take a few minutes to read about these exciting changes.

Additional Guidelines for Authors (pdf)

Conditions for Rejection Without Review (pdf)


An Important Message from President Susan Brawley

December 1, 2011

Dear PSA Members,

The recent First Referendum on "phycology" in the Journal name produced a little more confusion than intended, but the EC's primary intent was to gather information from the membership, and we got it (i.e., more than 50 variations on a small set of suggested alternative titles for the Society's Journal, which are being evaluated). We'd probably all agree that the name of the Journal is not the most important factor in the success of our Journal. Instead, the essential ingredient is rapid publication of excellent science across the spectrum of our field.

READ THE ENTIRE MESSAGE HERE (PDF)


2012 Award of Excellence Nominations

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. The Award is a career achievement award for a living phycologist. Previous awardees can be found below.

Call for 2012 Nominations

The Award Committee is soliciting nominations for one or more Awards of Excellence. Recipients of the 2012 Award of Excellence will be chosen on the basis of their sustained scholarly contributions in, and impact on, the field of phycology, through a distinguished record of scholarly activity. Nominations will be welcomed for all fields of research on algae and also should highlight the candidate's service to PSA and/or other phycological societies. The Award is a career achievement award for a living phycologist. Membership in the PSA is not a requirement for nomination. See previous awardees below.

Nomination packages should include a single nominating letter from a PSA member highlighting the reasons for the nomination. The candidate should acknowledge his/her nomination and also provide a complete C.V. (including information relating to teaching and service). The committee requests 4 additional names (and contact information) submitted to provide letters of support. The nominator is required to confirm that these individuals have agreed to write letters. No additional letters will be required, but the nominee may submit an updated CV to the Committee.

Nominations will be welcomed for all fields of research/teaching on algae and also should highlight the candidate's service to PSA and/or other phycological societies. Inquires and/or materials should be directed to:

Tracy Villareal
Chair, PSA Award of Excellence Committee
Marine Science Institute
University of Texas at Austin
750 Channel View Dr.
Port Aransas, Texas 78373 USA

Phone 1-361-749-6732
Email

In order to receive full consideration for the award that will be made at the 2011 annual meeting of the PSA, the complete nomination package must be received by January 15, 2012.

Checklist for nomination

  1. Nomination letter from PSA member
  2. Letter from nominee acknowledging the nomination
  3. A current C.V. provided by the nominee
  4. Names and contact information for 4 potential referees.

The committee will solicit letters directly, but the referees must have confirmed their willingness to provide a letter. If they refuse to provide a letter, the Committee is under no obligation to search out new referees.

Past Recipients


The Deadline for PSA Grants-In-Aid of Research is November 1, 2011

This is a reminder for students that would like to be considered for the Grants-In-Aid of Research of up to $1,500 for this year must ensure that they submit to Eric W. Linton, Chair of the Grants-In-Aid of Research Committee, by electronic submission in PDF or Word .doc format:

  1. A complete application with all 12 items addressed.


  2. A curriculum vitae, which must include papers presented at meetings, publications, and grants and fellowships received.


  3. Two letters of recommendation. One from his/her major advisor and another from a member of the thesis committee.

REMINDER: Students that receive this award will have reporting requirements to the PSA of four items, such as a 1 page final report. Please see the application webpage for complete details.

Student reports from 2010 Grants-In-Aid recipients can be found on this webpage.

Additional information on the qualifications and criteria for this awards can be found here.

Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Eric Linton


2011 Algae Biomass Summit

The 2011 Algae Biomass Summit will be held October 25-27, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Summit agenda, opportunities for sponsorship and exhibiting, and registration can be found at this link.

In addition to the Summit, the Algal Biomass Organization and the University of Minnesota are presenting a pre-conference workshop and tours on Monday, October 24 focused on the challenges of developing the algae industry in northern climates. The morning workshops will be held at the McNamara Center on the University of Minnesota Campus. Afternoon tours will include virtual tours of the joint Algaedyne/St. Cloud University project and BioProcess Algae and an onsite tour of Saint Anthony Falls Research Laboratory.

More information and registration at: Algae: A Midwest and Northern Climes Perspective.


Phycological Newsletter Summer and Fall 2011 Issue

A high resolution copy (34MB) and lower resolution copy (2MB) of the Summer and Fall 2011 Phycological Newsletter are available for download using the links below.

Previous issues of the Phycological Newsletter are available for download on this PSA webpage.


Thank You 2011 Meeting Volunteers!

The Phycological Society of America appreciates the efforts of following people for providing a lovely meeting at the University of Washington in 2011.

The 2011 PSA annual meeting program is available for download.


PSA 2011 Banquet Photos

The PSA/ISoP banquet was held in Mary Gates Hall at the Unversity of Washington on July 16, 2011. Award winners and honorees for 2011 are depicted below. Congratulations to everyone! Many thanks to Michael Wynne who generously provided these photos.

Beth Gantt Susan Brawley and Bob Sheath

Left photo: Elisabeth Gantt was this year's recipient of PSA Award of Excellence for scholarly contributions in field of phycology throughout her career. Beth discovered the phycobilisome and is a leading researcher on both phycobilins and carotenoids. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a former President of both PSA and ASPB.

Right photo: PSA President Susan Brawley (left) honors the Journal of Phycology's Editor Robert G. Sheath (right) for his years of dedicated service. Bob began his term as journal editor in September of 2006 and will complete his term in December of 2011.

John Raven Triemer and Ciugulea

Left photo: John A. Raven gives an acceptance speech for the 2007-2008 Gerald W. Prescott Award that recognizes scholarly work in the form of a published book or monograph devoted to algae. Paul G. Falkowski (not pictured) and John A. Raven published "Aquatic Photosynthesis (Second Edition)" in 2007.

Right photo: The 2009-2010 Prescott Award was presented to two books. Richard E. Triemer (left) and Ionel Ciugulea (right) published the book "A Color Atlas of Photosynthetic Euglenoids" in 2010. Elizabeth Harris (not pictured) also earned a 2009-2010 Prescott Award. Her book entitled "The Chlamydomonas Sourcebook (Second Edition): Introduction to Chlamydomonas and Its Laboratory Use " was published in 2009.

Bucolo and Gabrielson Tobin Hamel and Gabrielson

Left photo: Philip Bucolo (left) was a co-winner of the Harold C. Bold Award for best student oral presentation at the 2011 PSA meeting. His talk was entitled "Effects of Macroalgal Chemical Extracts on Spore Behavior of the Antarctic Epiphyte Elachista antarctica". Bucolo is depicted with Bold Award Chair Paul Gabrielson (right).

Center photo: Elizabeth D. Tobin was the other co-winner of the Bold Award (photo taken by Ryan Harris). Her award winning talk was entitled "Motility During Pelagic-Benthic Life-Stage Transitions for the Harmful Alga, Heterosigma akshiwo and the Implication of Bloom Dynamics".

Right photo: Ken M. Hamel (left) won the Ralph A. Lewin Poster Award for best student poster at 2011 PSA meeting. His poster was entitled "Effects of Nitrogen on Rates of Photoacclimation by Invasive and Native Species of Gracilaria (Rhodophyta)". Hamel is shown with Lewin Poster Award Chair Paul Gabrielson (right).

Provasoli Award

Coauthors (left to right) Matt Ashworth, Curt M. Pueschel, Marvin W. Fawley, M. Dennis Hanisak, and Frederick W. Zechman were awarded Luigi Provasoli Award for the most outstanding paper published in the Journal of Phycology in 2010. The paper is entitled "An Unrecognized Ancient Lineage of Green Plants Persists in Deep Marine Water" and can be downloaded using this link.


PSA 2011 Election Results

Congratulations to the following members who were elected by the membership to positions as officers of the Society or members of the Journal of Phycology's Editorial Board:

Vice-President/President-Elect: Linda Graham

International Vice President: Michael Guiry

Secretary: Alison Sherwood

Student Representative: Matthew Bennett

Editorial Board: Juliet Brodie, Geoff McFadden, Karina Nielsen, and Karen Steidinger

Bylaw Changes:

Editorship of the Journal: Approved

Duties of Officers: Approved

Appointment of Committee Chairs: Approved

Finally, thank you to all members who made nominations, ran on the ballot, and/or voted in the 2011 election!


2011 PSA Meeting, Schedule of Events

PSA Program Director, Dale Casamatta has posted the following schedule of events for the 2011 PSA meeting in Seattle, Washington.


2011 PSA Meeting, Talk and Poster Details for Presenters

Poster dimensions are constrained at 46 inches tall by 46 inches wide (push-pins shall be provided). Due to the large number of abstracts submitted, talks will be limited to 15 minutes in total (12 minutes, with 3 minutes for questions). Alas, due to the great turnout expected, we will have to be rather strict about time restraints. Symposium speaker will have 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers. All classrooms will have both Mac and PC capabilities, but we ask that everyone save their talks as PowerPoint files to ensure no compatibility issues.

Dale Casamatta
PSA Program Director


2011 PSA Meeting, Genomics Workshop Update

Advanced/intermediate and beginner genomics workshops are scheduled for Tuesday July 12, 2011 (one day before the PSA meeting's opening mixer). Detailed information about these workshops can be found on this pdf document.


Things to Do in Seattle That Don't Involve Algae

What can one do in Seattle?

Everyone knows that Seattle is one of the neatest cities in the US, with excellent music (Alice-In-Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc.), literature (Frank Herbert, Rick Steves, etc.) and artistic endeavors (much to long to list). In addition, Seattle boasts a bevy of leisure activities. Thus, I am pleased to present a mere fraction of some of the possibilities in no particular order.

Please view the activities list (pdf format) here.

Dale Casamatta
PSA Program Director


2011 PSA Meeting, Lodging Information

A number of hotel rooms have been made available at a discounted rate for participants. Both the Watertown, ($139.00 + tax, single/double occupancy, 1-206-826-4242, ask for the Phycological Society of America rate) and University Inn ($119.00 + tax, single/double occupancy, 1-206-632-5055, ask for the Phycological Society of America rate) are close to the UW campus, and within walking distance. Dorm rooms at the UW campus are also available and may be reserved through this link.


Algae and Human Health Symposium (Flyer)

The Phycological Society of America, a scientific society that includes all aspects of basic and applied research on algae, invites participation by health professionals in its annual meeting in Seattle, July 13-16, 2011. Of particular interest is the symposium "Algae and Human Health", which will be held in Kane Hall, on the University of Washington campus on July 15 (Saturday), 8:30-12:00. The symposium (organized by Drs. Pat Tester and Wayne Litaker will highlight positive and negative effects of algae on human health. Speakers will include Dr. Lora Fleming (MD, MPH, PhD, MSc) of the University of Miami and European Centre for Environmental Human Health, who will speak on ciguatoxins and brevetoxins; Dr. Lorraine Backer (PhD, MPH) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who will speak on cyanotoxins; Dr. Sherwood Hall (PhD) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who will speak on saxitoxins and domoic acid poisoning; and Dr. Prannie Rhatigan (Irish General Practitioner and author of The Irish Seaweed Kitchen) who will speak on "Algae in the Kitchen: Sea Vegetables for Everyday Health".

Irish Seaweed Kitchen book cover Food Prepared by Dr. Prannie Rhatigan

Additional activities in the afternoon on July 15 will include cooking demonstrations by Dr. Rhatigan and nutritional discussions with Drs. Rhatigan and Gaile Moe at Seattle Pacific University and contributed papers and posters at the University of Washington on all aspects of algae and human health, including a presentation by the PSA Committee on Nutrition and Functional Foods. A Sustainable Seafoods/Sea Vegetable Dinner (menu) at the University of Washington Faculty Club will be held on the evening of the 15th .

A special one-day registration fee of $80 will be offered to Health Professionals (advance registration required and open on March 25, 2011). More information at about the PSA meeting can be found this webpage. The PSA encourages health professionals who do related research to present contributed papers (see the registration website for information on May 2nd due date for abstract submission). At registration, health professionals may also sign-up for a cooking demo ($25), a ticket ($27) for the evening dinner at the UW Faculty Club, and a marine algal field trip ($25); the field trip will be on July 12. Many other aspects of this meeting may be of interest to health professionals; program and registration information for the entire meeting is available at the PSA meeting 2011 webpage. The PSA gratefully acknowledges the co-support of these activities by Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, Inc., Acadian SeaPlants, Ltd., and the University of Washington's NSF/NIEHS-funded Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Studies.

Contact for additional information:

Dr. Patricia Tester 1-252-728-8792

Dr. Susan Brawley 1-207-581-2973


Offical PSA Facebook and Twitter Sites

Facebook and Twitter users can now connect to PSA. Facebook and Twitter links have been added to every page of the PSAalgae.org website. PSA hopes to use these resources to enhance communications to society members by posting offical announcements on these sites. These Facebook and Twitter sites are open to the general public and may also be used as means of "algal outreach". The Facebook page was created and is currently maintained by Amber Bratcher and Hilary McManus. The Twitter page was created and is currently maintained by Matthew Bennett and Mine Berg.


PSA 2011 meeting registration and abstract submission website is online

The registration and abstract submission site is online and is hosted by the The Schneider Group, Inc. The Schneider Group has managed registration services for previous PSA meetings and will manage both registrations and abstracts for the 2011 event.

Participants may register and submit an abstract in any order at the same time or can register or submit now and then come back and complete the process at a later date. Registration is required for acceptance of abstracts however. The abstract submission deadline is May 2, 2011. Registration rates increase after this date.

PSA will hold its annual meeting on 13-16 July 2011, at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Tim Nelson will serve as our local host.


PSA 2011 meeting update

Greetings everyone,

We apologize for the delay in registration for the 2011 PSA/ISoP meeting, but we are experiencing a brief delay. However, a draft of the symposia and other relevant information can be found on the meeting webpage, and final details of the program will be posted there within two weeks.

Thank you very much for your patience, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone in Seattle!

Dale Casamatta
PSA Program Director


Phycological Newsletter Winter and Spring 2011 Issue

A high resolution copy (8MB) of the Winter and Spring 2011 Phycological Newsletter is available for download on this webpage.


PSA begins collaboration in 2011 with BSA to award Darbaker Prize:
Nominations close April 1st

At the request of the Botanical Society of America (BSA), the PSA will collaborate with the BSA to award the Darbaker Prize for meritorious studies of microscopical algae. Nominations are now open and will close April 1, 2011. The PSA has appointed the 2011 Darbaker Committee, which was then also appointed by the BSA to meet the terms of the BSA's Darbaker Endowment. The Prize is awarded to a resident of North America for "meritorious studies of microscopical algae published in English ... based primarily on papers published during the last two calendar years" (i.e., 2009, 2010). The awardee receives a certificate and monetary prize; this is an additional opportunity for us to recognize splendid work by a phycologist, including younger scientists. The awardee will be recognized at both the PSA and BSA annual meetings. Please participate in the nominations for this distinguished prize. At this website, the nominator must submit pdf copies of the recent papers (2009, 2010) of the nominee that should be considered by the Committee, and a statement about the merit of the nominee's research.

-Susan Brawley
2011 PSA President


The Deadline for PSA Croasdale Award is March 1, 2011

This is a reminder for students that would like to be considered for the Croasdale, an award to encourage graduate students to broaden their phycological training by defraying the costs of attending phycology courses at biological field stations. Students must ensure that they submit to Eric W. Linton, Chair of the Grants-In-Aid of Research Committee by electronic submission in PDF or Word (.doc) format:

  1. A complete application
  2. An unofficial copy of your transcripts, if possible.
  3. One letter of recommendation from his/her major advisor, sent directly to
    Dr. Eric Linton.

NOTE: Beginning this year students that receive this award will have four reporting requirements to the PSA,

  1. A final 1 page report.
  2. Provide financial accounting with receipts
  3. A photo of themselves doing something meaningful at the course, such as collecting samples or attending a lecture.
  4. A short paragraph of what the student did with the PSA funding suitable for posting on the PSA Website

Please see the application webpage for complete details.

Additional information on the qualifications and criteria for this awards can be found at this PSA webpage.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Eric W. Linton, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics
Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Phone: 1-989-774-3969
iChat: lintonericw


PSA Call for Nominations

Dear Colleague,

We are requesting your help. The PSA needs dedicated and capable individuals to fill the following positions:

  • PSA Vice President/President Elect
  • You can nominate 2 people
  • International Vice President
  • You can nominate 2 people
  • Secretary
  • You can nominate 2 people
  • Student Member Representative
  • You can nominate 2 people
  • Editorial Board Members
  • You can nominate 4 people
  • Editor for the Journal of Phycology
  • You can nominate 4 people

    We would appreciate your taking the time to nominate individuals who you think would be able and willing to fill these positions. Finding the proper individuals is critical for maintaining a dynamic and growing Society capable of representing the full range of phycological research.

    An email from Wiley.com was sent February 16, 2011 to all PSA members. This email contains your PSA member specific link to access the nominations form.

    The nominations period will close on March 1, 2011 at midnight (EDT).

    Sincerely,
    Wayne Litaker
    Elections Committee Chair


    PSA Annual meeting Genomics Workshop

    Dear PSA members

    The PSA education committee will be hosting a genomics workshop at this year's PSA/ISOP annual meeting in Seattle.

    The organizing committee is conducting a poll to see what is important to potential attendees, so that we can create a workshop that will best fit everyone's needs.

    Please visit doodle poll and fill in your answers. We greatly appreciate it! If you have other, specific questions or comments about the genomics workshop, please contact Robin Kodner.

    Thanks!
    -The PSA Education Committee


    2011 Prescott Award: Call for Nominations

    The Phycological Society of America is soliciting nominations for the Prescott Award presented to the author(s) of the most outstanding scholarly book and/or monograph (excluding edited volumes) in English devoted to phycology published during the past two years.

    Because this award has not been given for several years, we are seeking nominations for two awards: one for books published from 2009-2010 and another for books published from 2007-2008.

    The Prescott Award was established in 1982 by students, friends and colleagues of Dr. Gerald W. Prescott, a Founder and former president of The Society and distinguished teacher and researcher at Willamette University, Albion College, Michigan State University, and The University of Montana.

    The Award shall consist of a certificate and a monetary prize to be presented at the 2011 Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA July 13-16th.

    Previous Awardees can be found on this webpage

    Please send your nominations, including author(s), title and publisher by February 18th 2011 via email to Jeremiah Hackett.


    Deadline for Contributions for the Winter/Spring PSA Newsletter: January 21, 2011

    Dear PSA members,

    Greetings and Happy New Year!

    Recently, I took over as Phycological Society of America Communications Director and Newsletter editor. I extend sincere thanks to our previous Newsletter editor Juan Lopez-Bautista and co-editor Dale Casamatta, who produced a number of very nice Newsletter editions. Fortunately for me, Juan is continuing for a short time as co-editor (in addition to his new position as Vice-President/President-Elect of the Society) so we hope the transition will be smooth and I look forward to serving the Society.

    To that end, please send me your phycological news, notable information about yourself or colleagues, any announcements and application deadlines for upcoming courses, grants, and meetings.

    The deadline for contributions for the winter/spring PSA Newsletter: January 21, 2011.

    Sincerely,

    Louise

    Louise A. Lewis
    Editor, PSA Newsletter

    University of Connecticut
    75 North Eagleville Road
    Storrs, CT 06269-3043 USA

    Phone: 1-860-486-6723


    Deadline for PSA Hoshaw Travel Awards is February 1, 2011

    NOTE: This date is earlier than previous Hoshaw deadlines so that students will know by the registration deadline if they have received a travel award or not.

    This is a reminder for students that would like to be considered for the Hoshaw Travel Awards for this year's meeting must ensure that they submit to Eric W. Linton, Chair of the Hoshaw Travel Awards Committee by electronic submission in PDF or Word .doc format:

    1. A complete application as described on the Hoshaw webpage.

    2. One letter of recommendation from his/her major advisor.

    Additional information on the qualifications and criteria for this award can be found at the Hoshaw webpage.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Eric W. Linton, Ph.D.
    Bioinformatics
    Department of Biology
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

    Phone: 1-989-774-3969
    iChat: lintonericw


    PSA 2010 Election Results

    Congratulations to the following members who were elected by the membership to positions as officers of the Society or members of the Journal of Phycology's Editorial Board:

    Vice-President/President-Elect: Juan Lopez-Bautista

    Membership Director: Deborah Robertson

    Communications Director: Louise Lewis

    Editorial Board: Mark Littler, Rick McCourt, Kirsten Müller, and Hwan Su Yoon

    The membership also approved the Executive Committee's proposed bylaw revisions to establish the office of International Vice President.

    Thank you to all PSA Members who stood for office and to the other members of the PSA Election Committee: Chuck Amsler, Simona Augyte, Eileen Cox, Elisabeth Gantt, Wiebe Koostra, Wayne Litaker, Richard McCourt, Jeff Morris, and Hwan Su Yoon.

    Finally, thank you to all members who made nominations and/or voted in the election for participation in PSA governance!

    M. Dennis Hanisak, Chair
    2010 PSA Election Committee


    PSA Award of Excellence, 2011 Nominations

    The Award Committee of the Phycological Society of America is soliciting nominations for one or more PSA Awards of Excellence. The PSA Award of Excellence is a career achievement award for a living phycologist. A list of previous awardees can be found here. Recipients of the Award of Excellence shall be chosen on the basis of their sustained scholarly contributions in, and impact on, the field of phycology, through a distinguished record of scholarly activity. Nominations will be welcomed for all fields of research/teaching on algae and also should highlight the candidates' service to PSA and/or other phycological societies.

    Nomination packages should include a single nominating letter from a PSA member highlighting the reasons for the nomination. Four additional names and contact information must be submitted with the nomination letter to provide letters of support. The committee will contact referees directly. The candidate will be asked to provide a complete C.V. (including information relating to teaching and service). Previous nominees will be considered if new nomination materials are submitted. Inquires and/or materials should be directed to Tracy Villareal Chair, PSA Award of Excellence Committee, Marine Science Institute, University of Texas at Austin, 750 Channel View Dr., Port Aransas, Texas 78373 USA. In order to receive full consideration for the Award that will be made at the 2011 annual meeting of the PSA, the complete nomination package must be received by January 20, 2011.


    PSA Fundraiser

    The Phycological Society of America seeks to raise a total of $25,000 in Endowment interest income and donations to double student support. Please read more about the PSA fundraiser at this website.


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