The East Coast Section exists to nurture a community of protozoologists in the eastern U.S. and Canada and to support the Society of Protozoologists in any way possible, especially by recruiting undergraduates and graduate students to careers in protozoology. The East Coast group of protozoologists was originally a loose organization of protozoologists residing along the eastern seaboard that existed mainly to hold short annual meetings that would be attractive to young researchers in terms of low cost and short travel distance. After holding several meetings and becoming established, the group petitioned the Executive Committee of the Society of Protozoologists in late 1999 to be recognized formally as a section of the Society. This was granted, and the new East Coast Section has adopted a more formal system of governance consisting of a Steering Committee of several members, one of which is designated as a voting representative of the Section on the Executive Committee of the Society. The East Coast Section will continue to be an organization committed to providing meeting venues easily accessible to undergraduates or graduate students who otherwise might not be able to come to an annual meeting of the entire Society.
The East Coast Section originated with a meeting hosted at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, in the summer of 1989 by the late Gary Grimes. That meeting was such a success that the participants decided to keep meeting on at least a biannual basis, avoiding years in which the annual meeting of the Society of Protozoologists is held in the East.
The second East Coast meeting was in 1991 at Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT. Subsequent meetings were held at:
Because the ISOP meetings will be held in Providence, RI and Halifax, NS in 2007 and 2008, there will be no separate section meetings until 2009.
Prof. D. Wayne Coats
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, MD 21037
Dr. Christine Sunderman
101 Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn, AL 36849
Dr. Jan Mead
Emory University/Atlanta VA Medical Center
1670 Clairmont Rd.
Decatur, Ga 30033
American Type Culture Collection
10801 University Blvd.
Manassas VA 20110-2209
Tel: (703) 365-2700 X2291
The Steering Committee of the East Coast Section ISOP has adopted the following resolution that would ask the Society's Executive Committee to change the name of the East Coast Section to the North American Section. We are now submitting the resolution to North American members for your vote. If the resolution is approved, we will ask the Executive Committee to change the Section's name. ISOP members residing in North America are encouraged to read the resolution and respond by Monday, January 8, 2007.
A resolution to change the name of the "East Coast Section" of the International Society of Protistologists to the "North American Section"