Report From the August 2018 ESA Governing Board Meeting

August 22, 2018

The ESA Governing Board meets quarterly to discuss strategic initiatives, oversee the work of staff and volunteers, and advance new ideas to benefit the Society. A summary of activities is published after each meeting to inform members about board activities and decisions.

The Governing Board met via conference call in August 2018. During the meeting, former ESA President Rob Wiedenmann presented his findings from a life-table and modeling analysis conducted using ESA's membership data. The board discussed how those findings can be used in future planning. An article describing Wiedenmann's analysis will appear in the Fall 2018 issue of American Entomologist.

The board also:

  • Discussed the membership of the Linnaean Games Task Force and the task force's preliminary plans for gathering member input on whether the name of the games should be changed. The task force will convene in September to develop a robust and detailed plan for hearing from the membership.
  • Discussed the recommendations put forth by the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section, the Student Affairs Committee, and the Early Career Professionals Committee in recent statements in response to concerns about the "Scarabs" newsletter (see the July 25, 2018, issue of eNews for more information). Staff noted which recommendations have already been carried out, and the board discussed how best to consider and advance the remaining recommendations.
  • Discussed proposals from and March for Science for partnering with ESA. The board provided feedback on both proposals.

Members with questions about the outcomes from the August Governing Board meeting can contact ESA Executive Director David Gammel at

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