North Central Branch Newsletter

December Newsletter from NCB President Andy Michel

I suspect everyone has been busy over the last month with ESA’s annual meeting, Thanksgiving holiday, end of semester deadlines, and even more so since the winter holidays are approaching.  Given the time considerations, I thought a good approach this month would be to highlight upcoming NCB deadlines. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

NCB AWARDS. All nomination packets for NCB awards must be received by December 16.  Please see the NCB Awards website for more information.

NCB-SWB JOINT MEETING PRESENTATION AND POSTER SUBMISSION.  If you plan to give a 10-minute presentation or a regular poster presentation, your deadline to submit is December 16. Please see the submission site.

NCB-SWB JOINT MEETING EARLY REGISTRATION. Registration is open and early registration ends on February 14. 

ESA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL. Don’t forget to renew your ESA membership and retain membership with NCB! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO NCB STUDENTS! Graduate and undergraduate students from the NCB did very well in presentation and poster competitions at ESA’s annual meeting.  The NCB had 4 universities represented in the top 6 for the overall number of student awards: University of Nebraska (#2), The Ohio State University (#3), Iowa State University (T#6) and the University of Minnesota (T#6).

LINNAEAN GAMES TEAM SUBMISSION. The deadline for signing up Linnaean Teams to compete at the 2020 NCB/SWB-ESA meetings in Oklahoma City, OK will be Monday, January 13, 2020. The competition will be limited to a maximum of 10 teams. The first team from each university will be given priority, but an additional team from a given university could be considered toward the deadline if it is helpful in filling out a 10-team slate. Departments wishing to submit a team should contact Daniel Young AND Andy Michel by the January 13 deadline and provide:

  1. names of up to four team members 
  2. up to two alternates
  3. the coach name(s)
  4. A set of 16 toss-up question sets  

Questions will be sorted and randomized so that no team receives a question they submitted. Once vetted, questions will be aggregated and randomized by NCB Linnaean Gamesmaster Extraordinaire, Deane Jorgenson.  NCB President, Andy Michel, will oversee all steps of the team and question submission process.

In addition, WE WELCOME ANY LG QUESTIONS SENT BY ANY NCB MEMBERS!!!! Please email them to Dan Young and Andy Michel.

2020 D&I BREAKFAST AT NCB-SWB JOINT MEETING. Mark your calendars! All students and early career professionals (ECPs) are cordially invited to join us at the Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast at the Joint Meeting of the North Central and Southwestern Branch in sunny Oklahoma City, OK from 7:30-9:30am on Wednesday, March 18th. Breakfast will be free to the first 50 people to show up. While networking with other students and ECPs, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the professional journey of three scientists at different career stages, how their identity has affected that journey, and how we can better support the next generation of diverse entomologists in being successful. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in an icebreaker to heighten your awareness of power dynamics in academia. Help us continue to move Entomology into the 21st Century!






Andy Michel
NCB President, 2019-2020

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