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The Southwestern Association of Naturalists minutes of the business meeting, 59th Annual Meeting, Universidad Autonoma del estado de Mexico, Valle de Bravo, estado de mexico, Asociacion Nacional de Universidades de Educacion Superior, Friday-Saturday, 20-21 April 2012/The Southwestern Association of Naturalists actas de la reunion de negocios ...

President Robert Dowler called the meeting to order at 0952 h with a quorum present and with Susana Perea-Fox translating. The membership approved minutes of the 2011 Board of Governors Meeting and Business Meeting for the 58th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN) at the University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas (published in The Southwestern Naturalist volume 56(3) and available on the SWAN webpage at http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/swan/).

President Dowler appointed Wilks Award finalists Jesus A. Fernandez and Sara B. Gonzalez-Perez to serve as tellers for the election of the Board of Governors. Inocencia Avalos and Xochitl Cisneros were appointed to help tally votes.

Michael Dixon reported on the 2011 income, expenses, and checkbook activity for Treasurer Phil Sudman as summarized in the minutes of the 2012 Board of Governors and Officers (BOG). Dixon then reported a summary of the 2013 proposed balanced budget of $98,200 that was approved at the meeting of the BOG on 19 April 2012. The minutes of that meeting summarize the discussion and proposal.

Dixon presented a roster of new members for approval. New memberships included 27 regular members, 36 student members, 16 new student membership awards, and four life members. There was a motion and second to approve the new members, and the motion carried.

Secretary Hayley Gillespie read a summary of the important discussion and actions taken at the 2012 meeting of the BOG on 19 April 2012.

President Dowler accepted nominations for the BOG class of 2015. A ballot vote was conducted and the election results are to be announced at the banquet on Saturday evening 20 April 2012.

The Trustees report was given by Loren Ammerman. She reported that there were three transactions of the Trustees for 2011, which are summarized in the 2012 minutes of the meeting of the Board of Governors, and that the current value of SWAN's assets are $595,517.

Beginning the committee reports, President Dowler reported for the Development Committee and summarized briefly their responsibility to promote fundraising for investment by the Trustees. The Development Committee will continue to work to increase membership in SWAN and to appeal to the membership for funds. He also reported that SWAN has the option to raise funds at annual meetings through auctions, which the Committee will begin at the 2013 annual meeting at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with a silent and live auction at the banquet.

Loren Ammerman gave the report for the Student Awards Committee and began by thanking the SWAN members that helped evaluate applications for the Howard McCarley Student Research Award and Clark Hubbs Student Poster Award: Michael Dixon, Michelle Haynie, Bruce Hoagland, Nicte Ordonez-Garza, Monte Thies, Julie Waits, Adam Ferguson, Amy Buthod, Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath, Ruth Moreno-Barajas, Armando J. Contreras-Balderas, and Cornelio Sanchez Hernandez. There were 13 applications for the Howard McCarley Student Research Award for 2012. Seven winners will be announced at the banquet and one additional award (for a total of eight awards) will be given beginning in 2013. There were 34 applications for the Clark Hubbs Student Poster Award. This year will be the first year to award first, second, and third place for the Hubbs Award; winners will also be announced at the annual banquet.

John Hunt gave the report of the Public Relations and Publicity Committee. The committee sent press releases for 2011 SWAN award winners (Blair Award, Packard Award, Sutton Award, Wilks Award, McCarley Awards, and Hubbs Award). The committee will continue to compose and distribute press releases in 2012.

President Dowler presented the report of the Membership Committee on behalf of chair Greg Wilson. President Dowler summarized the history of the free student memberships and encouraged the membership to nominate students who are not currently members of SWAN for these free membership awards. In 2011, 16 free student memberships were awarded (three from Mexico, 13 from the United States). President Dowler will direct the Membership Committee to take a more active role in trying to grow the membership of SWAN.

President Dowler gave a summary of the report of the Conservation Committee on behalf of Florence Oxley. The 2012 George Miksch Sutton Award goes to J. N. Fries and J. R. Gibson. 2010. Critical thermal maxima of captive-bred Devils River minnows (Dionda diaboli). The Southwestern Naturalist 55(4):544550. The award will be presented to the authors at the 2013 annual meeting.

President Dowler summarized the report of the Program Committee on behalf of chair Beth Leuck. In the past year, there has been concern about trying to find locations in advance for annual meetings of SWAN. The committee is pleased to accept an invitation for the 2013 annual meeting at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. For 2014, the BOG approved Oklahoma State University as the location of the annual meeting. President Dowler and Beth Leuck encourage the membership to suggest locations well in advance for future meetings.

President Dowler reported that Historian Karen McBee (who keeps the archives for SWAN) always is interested in acquiring photos and other information for deposition in the archives and encouraged the membership to submit relevant items to her directly.

Maria de Lourdes Romero Almaraz and Susana Perea-Fox presented the report of the international Relations Committee. The committee expressed deep sorrow for the passing of co-chair Bruce Stewart and thanked the BOG for renaming the Student Travel Award in honor of Bruce. The committee encourages students to apply as soon as possible for the travel awards, which have a deadline of 30 November each year. The committee also encourages members with bilingual skills to help with translations during sessions at annual meetings, even if they are not official moderators.

Stanley Fox reported for the Website Committee for chair Dan Hough. He summarized that the committee's activities for 2011 included online submission of abstracts, meeting registration, and updating the membership directory, listserv, and Student Advisory Committee page. Fox also presented website statistics that are summarized in minutes of the 2012 BOG meeting and noted that this is the first year that there were more hits from Mexican domains than from USA (.edu) domains. The SWAN listserv currently includes 1,204 members and there were 153 abstracts submitted online this year. The abstract submission process ran more smoothly than in previous years as accent marks were translated with fewer errors this year. There were 241 online registrations processed for the 2012 annual meeting. Fox thanked all members of the Website Committee for their hard work in maintaining and translating the SWAN website.

Adam Ferguson and Nicte Ordonez-Garza presented for the Student Advisory Committee. They announced a new program called "Lunch with a Scientist," in which students can sign up to meet for an informal lunch with professional scientists from the SWAN membership. The Student Advisory Committee always is looking for new members and is particularly in need of a member who can help manage the SWAN Facebook page. The Student Advisory Committee was charged by the President to develop a plan for a possible abstract translation service for The Southwestern Naturalist and requested that interested bilingual members please contact the committee to help develop this plan. President Dowler acknowledged and thanked the Student Advisory Committee for helping to increase student participation in SWAN.

Celia Lopez-Gonzalez gave the report for the Wilks Committee. There were 14 applications this year for the Wilks Award on a wide range of subjects. The winners will be announced at the banquet.

President Robert Dowler presented the report for the ad hoc Committee on the Disposition of Back Issues. There were no orders for back issues this year and back issues will continue to be maintained at Angelo State University.

President Dowler also presented the report for the ad hoc Long Range Planning Committee. This committee will be reinstated this year to help determine some changes to the journal, to help increase and retain membership in SWAN, and to address the problem of getting locations of meetings determined far enough in advance. Dowler asked members interested in these topics to join the committee.

Michael Kennedy gave the report of the Budget Oversight Committee. This committee examines all aspects of the finances of the Association and reported that all is in good order, showing SWAN to be financially sound. The committee thanks the Trustees for an outstanding job in managing funds of the Association.

Michael Kennedy also gave the Managing Editor's report. All four issues of The Southwestern Naturalist were published on time and within budget. Plans to go to the new 8.5 by 11-inch format of the journal were implemented this year. Kennedy thanked the Associate Editors who are stepping down this year (Gary Garrett, Joseph Shannon, Chris Taylor, and Rocky Ward). Several new Associate Editors were approved this year by the BOG (Mara Alexander, Neil Ford, Kimberlie McCue, Mark Pyron, and Lance Williams). Special thanks were extended to Troy Best (Editor, The Southwestern Naturalist) and Phyllis Kennedy for her work in support of the journal. Kennedy announced that the journal is always in need of good reviewers and encouraged the membership to help as they can. As Michael Kennedy and Troy Best are stepping down this year, the journal is looking for a new Managing Editor and Editor in addition to another Associate Editor for birds. Stanley Fox initiated a round of applause for Kennedy and Best for their many years of service to the journal.

Gary Schnell gave the report of the Honors Committee on behalf of Mark Eberle. With Sara Gonzalez-Perez translating, Schnell announced the winners of the W. Frank Blair Eminent Naturalist Award and the Donald W. Tinkle Research Excellence Award, which were approved by the BOG on 18 April 2012. These awards are announced in 2012 and presented at the 2013 annual meeting.

The W. Frank Blair Eminent Naturalist Award recognizes excellence in a lifetime of commitment to outstanding study or conservation of the flora or fauna of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America. The 2012 recipient of the W. Frank Blair Eminent Naturalist Award is Dr. Henry W. Robison. Dr. Robison began his education in biology in Arkansas during the 1960s and completed his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in 1971. He became an emeritus professor of biology at Southern Arkansas University in 2008 but continues his prolific career as a natural history writer.

His nearly 200 publications encompass a broad range of interests, especially in aquatic species--he has had one species of crayfish, one stonefly, and two caddis flies named in his honor. He is probably most widely known as coauthor of the books Fishes of Oklahoma and Fishes of Arkansas. He is also coauthor of the book Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas and is working on a book on the crayfishes of Arkansas. As stated by a colleague, the nominee "is the modern epitome of the 'consummate naturalist' having expertise, knowledge, and experience with hundreds of vertebrate and invertebrate species."

Another letter provided context for this record of study and publication. "With his congenial nature and spirit of cooperation, he has conducted fruitful collaborations with many colleagues over the decades to produce this body of knowledge. Most of these accomplishments were made working above and beyond his full time career as a valued faculty member and a dean at Southern Arkansas University, a career spanning 37 or so years. This in itself is testament to the extent of his interest and a measure of his determination to, in spite of other duties, study the biota in depth and make the results known to the scientific community, students, and general public through a range of publications targeted, respectively, to all those groups."

The Donald W. Tinkle Research Excellence Award is presented to a member who, in the past 10 years, has made a significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the biota of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America through scientific articles and books. The significance of these written works and their quality and quantity are factors in the selection of a recipient of this award. The recipient of the Donald W. Tinkle Research Excellence Award for 2012 is Dr. Stanley Fox.

When Fox began his professional studies, he did not reside within the lands of SWAN. He was only a seasonal migrant from New England. But shortly after earning his Ph.D.--nearly 40 years ago!--he came to live among us and never left.

In that time, he has mentored countless graduate students--'countless' in this instance because he has not kept count due to his busy schedule. In April 2012, his webpage mentions that he and his students are not able to conduct discussion groups because they are "all too busy this semester doing research, teaching, or something ... next semester!" The website was last updated in 2004.

His current students note that, "One of the best parts about working with Stan is his clear and vibrant passion for research and collaboration across the US-Mexican border. He is a strident supporter of academic collaboration with colleagues in both the US and Mexico. His involvement with, promotion of, and love for the Southwestern Association of Naturalists is evident from the first time you meet him. He has instilled the importance of quality research and involvement in societies like SWAN in all of his graduate students, and we feel this is one of his best and most redeeming qualities."

His research on lizards, snakes, turtles, and frogs during the past 10 years has been conducted in the southwestern United States, Mexico, South America, and a couple of other continents. His list of publications has reached nearly 80 articles, book chapters, and reviews. Over 40 of these were published in the past 10 years covered by the Tinkle Award. The journals include Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Conservation Biology, Copeia, Ethology, Evolution, Herpetologica, Journal of Herpetology, and--of course--The Southwestern Naturalist, among many others.

One supporter remarked that the nominee's research combines "thorough, labor-intensive descriptive studies with innovative tests of evolutionary theory. The resulting body of information is reminiscent of Donald Tinkle's own combination of thorough descriptive studies with state-of-the-art theory."

As summarized in the nomination letter: "There is one other reason that this award is particularly appropriate. Some of Stan's earliest research demonstrated the action of natural selection in the field (a finding for which he rarely receives sufficient recognition). That research was conducted using Uta stansburiana on the exact same study sites where Don Tinkle conducted his seminal research on the life and demography of the same species. In the early 1990's Stan and I returned to those study sites near Wink, Texas, to conduct research on the effects of tail loss. Some of the locals still remembered Dr. Tinkle and commented on what a nice man he was. Several of the locals also remembered that there had been 'another guy' who years later also studied lizards in the same area. I think Don Tinkle would be pleased to learn that Stan Fox (the other guy who studied side-blotched lizards near Wink) was honored with this award."

It is hard to come up with stories that can be repeated in public about the person who rode Susana's coattails to fame, but he has come a long way since the early days when he was the talk of talk radio for pulling tails off lizards! But we will do our best when the award is presented in 2013.

Local Representative Felipe de Jesus Rodriguez-Romero gave a brief announcement regarding transportation for the evening's picnic at Casa de la Tierra.

This concluded the committee reports. President Dowler then took up Old Business. Dowler announced that the BOG voted to rename the travel awards for students in honor of Bruce Stewart and that immediately after the business meeting there will be a memorial service for Bruce Stewart.

Dowler briefly reiterated that he has charged the Student Advisory Committee to come up with a plan for how an abstract translation service might work for The Southwestern Naturalist. President Dowler also announced that this year SWAN will make every effort to implement an online-only membership option.

Matt Watson gave a presentation about the location of next year's SWAN meeting at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The tentative dates are 4-7 April 2013. The BOG approved the 2014 meeting location of Oklahoma State University.

A round of applause was given to Susana Perea-Fox for her excellent translations.

Following a motion to do so, a second, and an approval, the Business Meeting recessed at 1150 h to reconvene at the banquet.

The Business Meeting reconvened at the annual banquet at 2134 h on Saturday 21 April 2012.

With Susana Perea-Fox translating, President Dowler thanked the local committee for hosting a wonderful meeting and announced the new members of the Board of Governors, class of 2015: Maria de Lourdes Romero Almaraz, Julie Waits, Sara B. Gonzalez-Perez, and Ricardo Lopez-Wilchis.

Celia Lopez-Gonzalez introduced special guest speaker Dr. Fernando Cervantes Reza, Curator of Mammals at the Biological Institute of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, who gave a presentation entitled, "The Importance of Documenting Biodiversity in Biological Collections."

Stanley Fox presented plaques for the 2011 W. Frank Blair Eminent Naturalist Award to William Duellman, who was not in attendance, and the 2011 Robert L. Packard Outstanding Educator Award in honor of the late Bruce Stewart.

Felipe de Jesus Rodriguez-Romero presented the Bruce Stewart Student Travel Awards: Erin Fender, Richard Swyden, Anthony Grow, Matthew Reid, Charles Battaglia, Marshall Bailey, Christopher Cheek, Adam Ferguson, Benjamin Smith, Skyler Delmott, Enrique Santoyo-Brito, Nicte Ordonez-Garza, and John Goetzinger.

Loren Ammerman, Chair of the Student Awards Committee, recognized the SWAN members who helped evaluate the applicants for the 2012 student awards: Michael Dixon, Michelle Haynie, Bruce Hoagland, Nicte Ordonez-Garza, Monte Thies, Julie Waits, Adam Ferguson, Amy Buthod, Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath, Ruth Moreno-Barajas, Armando J. Contreras-Balderas, and Cornelio Sanchez Hernandez. She announced the seven recipients of the Howard McCarley Student Research Awards ($1,000): Fiona Soper, Cornell University; Sarah Bartlett, Angelo State University; Danielle Alba, Oklahoma State University; Melissa Jones, Texas State University; Lily Swanbrow, Texas State University; Desirae Weyland, Texas State University; and Chelsea Blake, Texas State University. Ammerman also announced the 2012 recipients of the Clark Hubbs Student Poster Award: (first place, $600) Roberto Carlos Almazan-Nunez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapala, for his poster titled, "Effect of three successional stages in the community of frugivorous birds in a tropical dry forest of Guerrero, Mexico"; (second place, $400) Aileda Perez Perez, Universidad Autoonoma del Estado de Mexico, for her poster, "Movements of Kinosternon integrum in Tonatico, Estado de Mexico"; and (third place, $200) Sara Isabel Valenzuela-Ceballos, Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango for her poster, "Thermoregulation of Uta stansburiana at the south of its distribution."

Celia Lopez-Gonzalez, President-Elect, presented the Wilks Award to two recipients ($750 each): Jesus A. Fernandez, Louisiana State University, for his presentation, "Comparative biogeography of the arid lands of central Mexico/Biogeografia comparada de las zonas aridas del centro de Mexico," and Sara B. Gonzalez-Perez, University of Oklahoma, for her presentation, "Bats of Colima, Mexico: characterizing ecological aspects of distributions and habitats/Murcielagos de Colima, Mexico: caracterizando aspectos ecoloogicos de su distribucion y habitat." The Wilks Award Committee for 2012 was John Hunt, Karen McBee, and Ricardo Lopez-Wilchis.

Stanley Fox and Susana Perea-Fox read and the membership adopted the following resolution, which was authored by these two culprits, with help from their friends.

Whereas, the 59th annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists was held at the ANUIES Center and UAEMex at Valle de Bravo, Mexico, between 19-21 April 2012, and

Whereas we will proceed with these resolutions despite the fact that...

We received a nice coffee cup as a souvenir of the meeting, left it at the hotel room just to find out that we needed it for coffee the next morning, and

Mixiotes were served at the opening social. No gringo knew what they were or how you went about eating them, but we all ate them anyway and they were delicious, and

At ANUIES we had a dog barking loudly "helping" us to get to sleep, and a rooster waking us up at 0430 in the morning with his beautiful song. The dog stopped barking the second night (we guess he became mixiotes). But those at ANUIES were better off than Lulu Romero, Cornelio Sanchez Hernandez, Gary Schnell and company, who had a hotel at the side of the highway and heard trucks rolling by all night long, and

Karen McBee threw up all over herself in the taxi from Mexico City to Valle de Bravo, unable to cope with passing through 167 little villages, 195 speed bumps, and 302 curves. (Felipe warned everybody not to arrive in Mexico City!), and

Stan Fox got a terrible leg cramp scrambling out of the miniature taxi in an attempt to avoid Karen's projectile vomit. (Felipe warned everybody not to arrive in Mexico City!), and

Lulu Lozano-Vilano and Armando Contreras were seen drinking wine while their fish were drinking oil from an oil spill.

Let us proceed.

Whereas, the 59th annual meeting took place in the beautiful, picturesque town of Valle de Bravo, where the weather was lovely, the crowd was pleasant, and the presentations were of superb quality, and

Whereas, the posters were nicely hung from a clothesline and people had to walk through the forest to be able to view them, and

Whereas, the seats in room 1 were so comfortable that no one could stay awake during the presentations, and

Whereas, students left early for their social, were entertained at the planetarium, just to find out that the old people had caught up with them and had already drunk their share of beer, and

Whereas, old friends convened to update one another on their research from the previous year, and to share old stories, and

Whereas, we had beautiful opera singers at the opening social that almost no one seemed to notice and great charming folkloric dances at the picnic that everyone enjoyed, and

Whereas, we thank the local committee--especially Lorena Lopez and Felipe Rodriguez--for holding this special meeting of naturalists (not naturists, those are naked people), and to the staff that were extremely helpful and efficient in every sense of the word, and

Whereas, we want to remember the vitality of passion that our fellow SWAN member gave to this society, Bruce Stewart, who died suddenly last year. We will always remember you, Bruce, and the great influence you made to SWAN's cross-border interchange efforts, and the Student Travel Award is now the Bruce Stewart Student Travel Award,

Therefore, be it resolved that all of those in attendance at the 59th annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists express our sincere gratitude to the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, the city of Valle de Bravo, the organizers, and all of the participants (both students and professors) that make this meeting great.

President Dowler thanked everyone for coming, invited the membership to the 60th annual meeting in 2013 at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and declared the meeting adjourned at 2252 h.

Respectfully submitted,

J. Hayley Gillespie

Secretary

El Presidente Robert Dowler convoco la reunion a las 0952 h con un quorum presente y con Susana Perea-Fox traduciendo. Los miembros aprobaron las actas del Consejo Directivo 2011 y de la Reunion de Negocios para la 58a Reunion Anual de la Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN) en la Universidad de Texas en Tyler, Tyler, Texas (publicado en The Southwestern Naturalist volumen 56(3) y disponible en la pagina web de SWAN http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/swan/).

El Presidente Dowler nombro a los finalistas del Premio Wilks Jesus A. Fernandez y Sara B. Gonzalez-Perez para actuar como escrutadores para la eleccion para el Consejo Directivo. Inocencia Avalos y Xochitl Cisneros fueron designadas para ayudar a contar los votos.

Michael Dixon informo de los ingresos, gastos y movimientos de la chequera en 2011 por parte del Tesorero Phil Sudman tal como se resume en el acta del Consejo Directivo y Oficiales (BOG) 2012. Dixon a continuacion reporto un resumen del presupuesto balanceado propuesto para 2013 de US $98,200 que fue aprobado durante la reunion del BOG el 19 de abril de 2012. El acta de esa reunion resume la discusion y propuesta.

Dixon presento la lista de nuevos miembros para su aprobacion. El listado incluyo 27 miembros regulares, 36 miembros estudiantiles, 16 nuevas membrecias estudiantiles premiadas y 4 miembros vitalicios. Se propuso una mocion para aprobar los nuevos miembros y la mocion fue apoyada y aprobada.

La Secretaria Hayley Gillespie leyo un resumen de la importante discusion y las acciones adoptadas en la reunion del 2012 del Consejo Directivo el 19 de abril de 2012.

El Presidente Dowler acepto las nominaciones para el BOG, clase del 2015. Una votacion secreta se llevo a cabo y los resultados de la eleccion seran anunciados en el banquete de la noche del sabado 20 de abril de 2012.

El Informe de los Fideicomisarios lo dio Loren Ammerman. Ella informo que hubo tres transacciones de los Fideicomisarios para el 2011, que se resumen en las actas 2012 de la reunion del Consejo Directivo, y que el valor actual de los recursos de SWAN son US$ 595,517.

Iniciando los informes de los comites, el Presidente Dowler reporto por el Comite de Desarrollo y resumio brevemente su responsabilidad de promover la recaudacion de fondos para su inversion por parte de los Fideicomisarios. El Comite del Desarrollo continuara trabajando para aumentar el numero de miembros en SWAN y hacer un llamado a los miembros para obtener fondos. Tambien informo que SWAN tiene la opcion de recaudar fondos en las reuniones anuales a traves de subastas, mismas que el Comite iniciara en la reunion anual del 2013 en McNeese State University en Lake Charles, Louisiana, con una subasta silenciosa y una en vivo durante el banquete.

Loren Ammerman reporto por parte del Comite de Premios Estudiantiles y comenzo dando las gracias a los miembros de SWAN que ayudaron a evaluar las solicitudes para el Premio Estudiantil para Investigacion Howard McCarley y el Premio al Poster Estudiantil Clark Hubbs: Michael Dixon, Michelle Haynie, Bruce Hoagland, Nicte Ordonez-Garza, Monte Thies, Julie Waits, Adam Ferguson, Amy Buthod, Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath, Ruth Moreno-Barajas, Armando J. Contreras-Balderas y Cornelio Sanchez Hernandez. Hubo 13 solicitudes para el Premio Estudiantil para Investigacion Howard McCarley para 2012. Siete ganadores seran anunciados en el banquete y un premio adicional (para un total de ocho premios) se otorgara a partir de 2013. Hubo 34 solicitudes para el Premio al Poster Estudiantil Clark Hubbs. Este ano sera el primer ano que se premiara 1er, 2do y 3er lugar para el Premio Hubbs; los ganadores tambien seran anunciados en el banquete anual.

John Hunt informo por parte de la Comision de Relaciones Publicas y Publicidad. El comite envio comunicados de prensa de los ganadores de los premios SWAN 2011 (Premio Blair, Premio Packard, Premio Sutton, Premio Wilks, Premios McCarley y Premio Hubbs). El comite continuara redactando y distribuyendo comunicados de prensa en 2012.

El Presidente Dowler informo por parte del Comite de Membrecias en nombre del Jefe Greg Wilson. El Presidente Dowler resumio la historia de las membrecias estudiantiles gratuitas y alento a los miembros a nominar a los estudiantes que no son miembros actuales de SWAN para estos premios de membrecia gratis. En 2011, 16 membrecias estudiantiles gratuitas fueron otorgadas (3 de Mexico, 13 de Estados Unidos). El Presidente Dowler dara instrucciones al Comite de Membreciias para que asuman un papel mais activo en el intento de hacer crecer el numero de miembros de SWAN.

Presidente Dowler presento un resumen del informe del Comitei de Conservacioi n en nombre de Florence Oxley. El Premio George Miksch Sutton para 2012 va a J.N. Fries y J. R. Gibson. 2010. Critical thermal maxima of captive-bred Devils River minnows (Dionda diaboli). The Southwestern Naturalist 55(4):544-550. El premio serai entregado a los autores en la reunioi n anual de 2013.

Presidente Dowler resumio el informe del Comite de Programas en nombre de la Jefa Beth Leuck. En el ui ltimo ano, ha habido preocupacion por tratar de encontrar sedes con antelacion para las reuniones anuales de SWAN. El Comite se complace en aceptar una invitacioi n para la reunioi n anual de 2013 en McNeese State University en Lake Charles, Louisiana. Para 2014, el Consejo Directivo aprobo a Oklahoma State University como sede de la reunion anual. El Presidente Dowler y Beth Leuck alentaron a los miembros a sugerir sedes con mucha antelacioi n para futuras reuniones.

El Presidente Dowler reporto que la Historiadora Karen McBee (quien guarda los archivos de SWAN) siempre esta interesada en adquirir fotos y otra informacioi n para su depoi sito en los archivos y alentoi a los miembros a presentar los objetos pertinentes a ella directamente.

Maria de Lourdes Romero Almaraz y Susana Perea-Fox informaron por parte del Comitei de Relaciones internacionales. El comitei expresoi su profundo pesar por el fallecimiento del Co-Jefe Bruce Stewart y agradecieron al BOG por cambiar el nombre del Premio Estudiantil para Viajar en honor a Bruce. El comitei alienta a los estudiantes a solicitar tan pronto como sea posible para los premios para viajar, que tienen como fecha limite el 30 de noviembre de cada ano. El comite tambien alienta a los miembros con habilidades bilingues para ayudar con la traduccion durante las sesiones en las reuniones anuales, incluso si no son los moderadores oficiales.

Stanley Fox informo del Comite del Sitio Web por parte del jefe Dan Hough. Resumio que las actividades del comite durante el 2011 incluyeron el enviio de resui menes y la inscripcion para la reunion en-linea, y la actualizacion del directorio de miembros, listserv y la pagina del Comite Asesor Estudiantil. Fox tambiein presentoi estadiisticas del sitio web que se resumen en las actas de la reunion del BOG 2012, y senalo que este es el primer ano en que hubo mas visitas de dominios mexicanos que de EE.UU. (.edu). El listserv de SWAN actualmente incluye 1,204 miembros y hubo 153 resumenes enviados en-linea este ano. El proceso de envio de resumenes funciono mejor que en anos anteriores debido a que las palabras acentuadas fueron traducidas con menos errores de este ano. Hubo 241 inscripciones procesadas en-linea para la reunioi n anual del 2012. Fox agradecioi a todos los miembros del Comite de Sitio Web por su ardua labor en el mantenimiento y la traduccion de la pagina web de SWAN.

Adam Ferguson y Nicte Ordonez-Garza informaron por parte del Comite Asesor Estudiantil. Anunciaron un nuevo programa llamado "Almuerzo con un cientifico," en el cual los estudiantes pueden inscribirse para reunirse durante un almuerzo informal con cientificos profesionales que son miembros de SWAN. El Comitei Asesor Estudiantil siempre estai buscando nuevos miembros y se requiere especialmente de un miembro que pueda ayudar a manejar la pagina de SWAN en Facebook. El Presidente encargoi al Comitei Aseso Estudiantil desarrollar un plan para un posible servicio de traduccion de resumenes para The Southwestern Naturalist y pidio que los miembros bilingues interesados por favor contacten al comitei para ayudar a desarrollar este plan. El Presidente Dowler reconocio y agradecio al Comite Asesor Estudiantil por ayudar a aumentar la participacioi n de los estudiantes en SWAN.

Celia Lopez-Gonzalez reporto por parte del Comite Wilks. Hubo 14 solicitudes este ano para el Premio Wilks en una amplia gama de temas. Los ganadores serain anunciados en el banquete.

El presidente Robert Dowler informo por parte del Comite ad hoc de Disposicion de Tomos Anteriores. No hubo pedidos de tomos anteriores este ano y los tomos anteriores se siguen manteniendo en Angelo State University.

El Presidente Dowler tambien informo por parte del Comite ad hoc de Planes a Largo Plazo. Este comitei serai restablecido este ano para ayudar a determinar algunos cambios en la revista, para ayudar a aumentar y mantener las membrecias de SWAN y para abordar el problema de conseguir sedes para las reuniones con suficiente antelacion. Dowler pidio a los miembros interesados en estos temas unirse al comitei .

Michael Kennedy informoi por parte del Comitei de Escrutador de Presupuesto. Este comitei examina todos los aspectos de las finanzas de la Asociacion e informo que todo esta en orden, mostrando que SWAN es financieramente solvente. El comite agradece a los Fideicomisarios por un trabajo sobresaliente en la gestion de los fondos de la Asociacion.

Michael Kennedy tambiein dio el informe del Editor Administrativo. Los cuatro tomos de The Southwestern Naturalist fueron publicados a tiempo y dentro del presupuesto. Los planes de ir por el nuevo formato de la revista, 8.5 x 11 pulgadas, se llevaron a cabo este ano. Kennedy agradecio a los Editores Asociados quienes dejan el puesto este ano (Gary Garrett, Joseph Shannon, Chris Taylor y Rocky Ward). Varios nuevos Editores Asociados fueron aprobados este ano por el BOG (Mara Alexander, Neil Ford, Kimberlie McCue, Mark Pyron y Lance Williams). Se extendio un agradecimiento especial a Troy Best (Editor, The Southwestern Naturalist)^ a Phyllis Kennedy por su trabajo en apoyo de la revista. Kennedy anuncioi que la revista siempre requiere de revisores buenos y alentoi a los miembros a ayudar como puedan. Como Michael Kennedy y Troy Best dejan el puesto el presente ano, la revista esta en busca de un nuevo Editor Administrativo y un Editor ademas de otro Editor Asociado para aves. Stanley Fox inicio una ronda de aplausos para Kennedy y Best por sus muchos anos de servicio a la revista.

Gary Schnell informo del Comite de Honor en nombre de Mark Eberle. Con Sara Gonzalez-Perez traduciendo, Schnell anuncio los ganadores del Premio W. Frank Blair Naturalista Eminente y el Premio Excelencia Investigacional Donald W. Tinkle, que fueron aprobados por el BOG el 18 de abril de 2012. Estos premios se anunciaron en 2012 y se presentarain en la reunioi n anual del 2013.

El Premio Naturalista Eminente W. Frank Blair reconoce la excelencia y dedicacioi n en toda la vida en el estudio o conservacion sobresaliente de la flora o fauna del suroeste de los Estados Unidos, Mexico y Centroameirica. El ganador del Premio Naturalista Eminente W. Frank Blair para 2012 es el Dr. Henry W. Robison. El Dr. Robinson comenzo su educacion en biologia en Arkansas durante los anos 1960 y termino su doctorado en Oklahoma State University en 1971. Se convirtio en profesor emerito de biologia en Southern Arkansas University en 2008, pero continua su prolifica carrera como escritor de historia natural. Sus cerca de 200 publicaciones abarcan una amplia gama de intereses, especialmente en especies acuaiticas--se han nombrado en su honor una especie de cangrejo de rio, un Plecoptera y dos Trichoptera. El es probablemente mais conocido como coautor de los libros Fishes of Oklahoma and Fishes of Arkansas. Tambien es coautor del libro Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas y estai trabajando en un libro sobre los cangrejos de rio de Arkansas. Como dijo un colega, el candidato "es el epitome moderno del 'naturalista consumado' cuenta con pericia, conocimiento y experiencia con cientos de especies de vertebrados e invertebrados."

Otra carta proporciono contexto para este record de estudio y publicacion, "Con su agradable presencia y ganas de cooperacion, ha realizado colaboraciones fructiferas con muchos colegas a lo largo de las deicadas para producir este cuerpo de conocimiento. La mayor parte de estos logros se consiguieron trabajando mais allai de su carrera de tiempo completo como miembro valioso de la facultad y decano de Southern Arkansas University, una carrera que abarca 37 anos mas o menos. Esto por sii mismo es un testimonio de la magnitud de su interei s y una medida de su determinacion, a pesar de otros deberes, a estudiar la biota a profundidad y hacer que los resultados sean conocidos por la comunidad cientifica, estudiantes y publico en general a traves de una serie de publicaciones dirigidas, respectivamente, a todos esos grupos."

El Premio Excelencia Investigacional Donald W. Tinkle se otorga a un miembro que, en los ultimos 10 anos, ha hecho una contribucion significativa al conocimiento y entendimiento de la biota del suroeste de los Estados Unidos, Mexico y Centroamerica a trares de articulos cientificos y libros. La importancia de estos trabajos escritos y su calidad y cantidad son factores en la seleccioi n de un ganador de este premio. El ganador del Premio Excelencia Investigacional Donald W. Tinkle para el ano 2012 es el Dr. Stanley Fox.

Cuando Fox comenzo sus estudios profesionales, no residia en las tierras de SWAN. No era mas que un migrante estacional de Nueva Inglaterra. Pero poco despues de obtener su doctorado--hace casi 40 anos!--se vino a vivir entre nosotros y se quedoi .

Durante su estadia, el ha sido mentor de innumerables estudiantes de posgrado--"innumerables" porque no ha llevado la cuenta debido a su apretada agenda. En abril de 2012, en su paigina web se menciona que eil y sus estudiantes no son capaces de llevar a cabo grupos de discusioi n porque todos estain "demasiado ocupados este semestre investigando, ensenando, o algo asi...proximo semestre!" El sitio web fue actualizado por ui ltima vez en 2004.

Sus estudiantes actuales cuentan que, "Una de las mejores partes de trabajar con Stan es su pasion clara y vibrante para la investigacioi n y la colaboracioi n a travei s de la frontera MeixicoEstados Unidos. Ei l es un animador estridente de colaboracioi n academica con los colegas de los EE.UU. y Mexico. Su participacion en, promocion de y amor por la Southwestern Association of Naturalists es evidente desde la primera vez que lo conoces. Ei l ha inculcado la importancia de la investigacioi n de calidad y la participacion en sociedades como SWAN en todos sus estudiantes de posgrado y creemos que esta es una de sus mejores y mas redentora de sus cualidades."

Su investigacion sobre lagartos, serpientes, tortugas y ranas durante los ultimos 10 anos se han llevado a cabo en el suroeste de Estados Unidos, Mexico, America del Sur, y un par de otros continentes. Su lista de publicaciones es de cerca de 80 articulos, capitulos de libros y evaluaciones de libros. M!s de 40 de estos fueron publicados en los ultimos 10 anos cubiertos por el Premio Tinkle. Las revistas incluyen Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Conservation Biology, Copeia, Ethology, Evolution, Herpetologica, Journal of Herpetology, y--por supuesto--The Southwestern Naturalist, entre muchos otros.

Un partidario comentoi que la investigacioi n del candidato combina "estudios descriptivos de naturaleza completa y ardua con pruebas innovadoras de la teoriia de la evolucioi n. La informacioi n resultante es una reminiscencia de la combinacioi n de minuciosos estudios descriptivos con la teoriia actual del propio Donald Tinkle."

Como se resume en la carta de nominacion: "Hay otra razon por la que este premio es particularmente apropiado. Algunas de las primeras investigaciones de Stan demostraron la accion de la seleccioi n natural en el campo (un hallazgo por el cual rara vez recibe suficiente reconocimiento). Esa investigacion se realizoi con Uta stansburiana en exactamente los mismos sitios donde Don Tinkle llevo a cabo su investigacion seminal sobre la vida y la demografia de la misma especie. A principios de 1990, Stan y yo regresamos a los sitios de estudio cerca de Wink, Texas, para realizar una investigacion sobre los efectos de la perdida de la cola. Algunos de los lugarenos todavia recordaban al Dr. Tinkle y comentaron lo buen hombre que era. Varios de los lugarenos tambien recordaban que habia habido "otro tipo" que anos mas tarde tambien estudio lagartijas en la misma zona. Creo que a Don Tinkle le complaceria saber que Stan Fox (el otro hombre que estudioi las lagartijas cerca de Wink) fue honrado con este premio."

Es difiicil contar las historias que se pueden repetir en publico acerca de la persona que monto los faldones de Susana a la fama, pero el ha recorrido un largo camino desde los primeros diias en que era la comidilla de programas de radio por tirar de las colas de lagartijas! Pero haremos todo lo posible cuando el premio sea otorgado en 2013.

El Representante Local Felipe de Jesui s RodriiguezRomero dio un breve anuncio sobre el transporte para el picnic de la tarde en la Casa de la Tierra.

Esto concluyo los informes de los comites. El Presidente Dowler retomo los Asuntos Viejos. Dowler anuncio que el BOG votoi a favor de cambiar el nombre del premio para viajar para estudiantes en honor a Bruce Stewart y que inmediatamente despues de la reunion de negocios habra un servicio en memoria de Bruce Stewart.

Dowler brevemente reitero que le ha encargado al Comite Asesor Estudiantil formular un plan para un servicio de traduccioin de resuimenes que pueda funcionar para The Southwestern Naturalist. El Presidente Dowler tambien anuncio que este ano SWAN hara todo lo posible para implementar una opcioi n de membresiia en-liinea solamente.

Matt Watson dio una presentacion acerca de la sede de la reunion SWAN del proximo ano en McNeese State University en Lake Charles, Louisiana. Las fechas tentativas son del 4 al 7 de abril, 2013. El BOG aprobo la sede de la reunion del 2014 de Oklahoma State University.

Una ronda de aplausos recibio a Susana Perea-Fox por sus excelentes traducciones.

Araiz de una mocion para ello, apoyo y su aprobacion, la Reunion de Negocios tuvo receso a las 1150 h para reiniciar en el banquete.

La Reunion de Negocios se reunio nuevamente en el banquete anual a las 2134 h el saibado 21 de abril de 2012.

Con Susana Perea-Fox traduciendo, el Presidente Dowler agradecioi al comitei local por organizar una reunioi n maravillosa y anuncio los nuevos miembros del Consejo Directivo, clase de 2015: Maria de Lourdes Romero Almaraz, Julie Waits, Sara B. Gonzalez-Perez, y Ricardo Ayala.

Celia Lopez-Gonzalez presento como invitado especial al Dr. Fernando Cervantes Reza, Curador de Mamiferos del Instituto de Biologia de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, quien hizo una presentacioi n titulada "La importancia de documentar la biodiversidad en las colecciones bioloi gicas."

Stanley Fox entrego placas del Premio Naturalista Eminente W. Frank Blair, 2011, a William Duellman, quien no estuvo presente y el Premio Educador Sobresaliente Robert L. Packard, 2011, en honor al fallecido Bruce Stewart.

Felipe de Jesui s Rodriiguez Romero presentoi los Premios Estudiantiles Bruce Stewart para Viajar: Erin Fender, Richard Swyden, Anthony Grow, Matthew Reid, Charles Battaglia, Marshall Bailey, Christopher Cheek, Adam Ferguson, Benjamin Smith, Skyler Delmott, Enrique Santoyo-Brito, Nicte OrdonezGarza y John Goetzinger.

Loren Ammerman, Jefa del Comite de Premios Estudiantiles, reconocio a los miembros de SWAN que ayudaron a evaluar a los candidatos para los premios estudiantiles del 2012: Michael Dixon, Michelle Haynie, Bruce Hoagland, Nicte Ordonez-Garza, Monte Thies, Julie Waits, Adam Ferguson, Amy Buthod, Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath, Ruth Moreno-Barajas, Armando J. Contreras-Balderas y Cornelio Sanchez Hernandez. Ella anuncioi a los siete ganadores de los Premios Estudiantiles para Investigacion Howard McCarley (US $1,000): Fiona Soper, Cornell University; Sarah Bartlett, Angelo State University; Danielle Alba, Oklahoma State University; Melissa Jones, Texas State University; Lily Swanbrow, Texas State University; Desirae Weyland, Texas State University, y Chelsea Blake, Texas State University. Ammerman tambien anuncio los ganadores del 2012 del Premio al Poster Estudiantil Clark Hubbs: (el primer lugar, US$600) Roberto Carlos Almazan-Nunez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapala, por su poster titulado "Effect of three successional stages in the community of frugivorous birds in a tropical dry forest of Guerrero, Mexico"; (segundo lugar, $400) Aileda Pe rez Pe rez, Universidad Auto noma del Estado de Mexico, por su poster: "Movements of Kinosternon integrum in Tonatico, Estado de Mexico"; y (el tercer lugar, $200) Sara Isabel Valenzuela-Ceballos, Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango para su poster, "Thermoregulation of Uta stansburiana at the south of its distribution."

Celia Lopez-Gonzalez, Presidente Electo, anuncio dos ganadores del Premio Wilks (US$750 cada uno): Jesus A. Fernandez, Louisiana State University, por su presentacion "Comparative biogeography of the arid lands of central Mexico/Biogeografiia comparada de las zonas airidas del centro de Meixico." y Sara B. Gonzalez-Perez, University of Oklahoma, por su presentacion, "Bats of Colima, Meixico: characterizing ecological aspects of distributions and habitats/Murcielagos de Colima, Mexico: caracterizando aspectos ecoloigicos de su distribucioinyhaibitat." El Comite del Premio Wilks para 2012 fue de John Hunt, Karen McBee y Ricardo Loipez-Wilchis.

Stanley Fox y Susana Perea-Fox leyeron y los miembros adoptaron la siguiente resolucion, que fue escrita por estos dos culpables, con la ayuda de sus amigos.

Puesto que, la 59a reunion anual de The Southwestern Association of Naturalists se llevo a cabo en el Centro de ANUIES y UAEMex en Valle de Bravo, Mexico, del 19 al 21 de abril, 2012, y

Puesto que vamos a proceder con las resoluciones a pesar del hecho de que..

Nos dieron una bonita taza para cafe como recuerdo de la reunion, la dejamos en la habitacion del hotel solo para descubrir que la necesitabamos para el cafe de lamanana siguiente, y

Sirvieron mixiotes en la reunion de apertura. Ningun gringo sabia lo que eran o como comierselos, pero de todos modos todos nos los comimos y estaban deliciosos, y

En ANUIES teniamos un perro ladrando muy fuerte "ayudandonos" a dormir, y un gallo despertandonos a las 4:30 de la manana con su hermoso canto. El perro dejo de ladrar la segunda noche (suponemos que se convirtioi en mixiotes). Pero a los que se hospedaron en el ANUIES les fue mejor que a Lului Romero, Cornelio Sanchez Hernandez, Gary Schnell y compania, que se hospedaron en un hotel al lado de la carretera y escucharon camiones rodando toda la noche, y

Karen McBee vomito sobre ella en el taxi de Ciudad de Mexico a Valle de Bravo, incapaz de hacer frente a los 167 pequenos pueblos que atravesamos, 195 topes y 302 curvas. (Felipe advirtio a todos que no llegaran a la Ciudad de Mexico!), y

Stan Fox tuvo un terrible calambre en la pierna al tratar de salir del taxi miniatura en un intento de evitar el voi mito explosivo de Karen. (Felipe advirtioi a todos que no llegaran a la Ciudad de Mexico!), y

A Lulu Lozano-Vilano y a Armando Contreras se les vio bebiendo vino mientras que sus peces bebiian petroi leo de un derrame de petroi leo.

Vamos a proceder.

Puesto que, en la 59a reunion anual tuvo lugar en el bello y pintoresco pueblo de Valle de Bravo, donde el clima era precioso, la gente era agradable y las presentaciones fueron de excelente calidad, y

Puesto que, los posters fueron cuidadosamente colgados de un tendedero y la gente tenia que caminar a traves del bosque para poder verlos, y

Puesto que, los asientos en la sala 1 eran tan comodos que nadie podia permanecer despierto durante las presentaciones, y

Puesto que, los estudiantes se fueron temprano a su evento social, fueron entretenidos en el planetario, solo para descubrir que los viejitos se habiian adelantado y bebido su parte de la cerveza, y

Puesto que, viejos amigos se reunieron para actualizarse unos a los otros en sus investigaciones del ano anterior y compartian viejas historias, y

Puesto que, tuvimos lindos cantantes de opera en la reunion social de apertura de quienes casi nadie pareciia darse cuenta y bailes folkloi ricos con gran encanto en el picnic que todos disfrutamos, y

Puesto que, agradecemos al comite local-especialmente a

Lorena Lopez y Felipe Rodriguez-por ser anfitriones de esta reunion especial de naturalistas (no naturistas, esas son personas desnudas) y al personal quienes fueron extremadamente serviciales y eficientes en todos los sentidos de la palabra, y

Puesto que, queremos recordar la vitalidad de la pasion que nuestro companero miembro de SWAN le dio a esta sociedad, Bruce Stewart, quien murio repentinamente el ano pasado. Siempre te recordaremos, Bruce, y la gran influencia que tuviste en los esfuerzos de SWAN por intercambios transfronterizos, y el Premio Estudiantil para Viajar ahora es el Premio Estudiantil Bruce Stewart para Viajar,

Por lo tanto, se resuelve que todos los asistentes a la 59a reunion anual de la Southwestern Association of Naturalists expresamos nuestro sincero agradecimiento a la Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, la ciudad de Valle de Bravo, los organizadores y todos los participantes (estudiantes y profesores) por hacer una reunioi n inolvidable.

El Presidente Dowler agradecio a todos por venir, invito a los miembros a la 60a reunion anual en 2013 en McNeese State University en Lake Charles, Louisiana, y declaro que la reunion concluyoi a las 2252 h.

Respetuosamente,

J. Hayley Gillespie

Secretaria
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