Organization Holds Its First Meeting At AERS Conference
Though very short notice prevented many who wanted to attend, there was still a strong turnout. Meeting participates included Jai Cole and Taconya Piper from Univesity of Maryland Eastern Shore; Tish Roberts from Rutgers; Reggie Graves, Eric Davenport and Al Prioleau from Morgan State University; Kelton Clark and Tone Rawlings form Univesity of Maryland College Park; and Landon Ward from Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Also at the meeting were Eric Wooden with VIMS and Maurice Crawford from NOAA.
SAAMES, founded by Kelton Clark, is a new organization that is dedicated to increasing African-American involvement in the Marine Sciences. Its goals are to increase the interest, knowledge, and visibility of the marine sciences in the African-American community.
To provide a forum for African-American scientists, SAAMES has recently launched the E. E. Just listserve. The response to the listserve was surprisingly strong. SAAMES decided to take advantage of the upcoming AERS meeting and by holding a forum for the graduate students to meet. AERS agreed to host the meeting and Tuck Hines Assistant Director of SERC provided on-site housing for participants, meeting facilities, and refreshments.
While all appreciated the informal setting, some expressed a desire to find out more about each others research. Another meeting is planned for students at AERS spring meeting in Norfolk. This meeting will include a structured format that will allow the participants to learn more about each others research and funding sources.
SAAMES founder, Kelton Clark,
provided information on this meeting. For more information about SAAMES or to subscribe to
the listserv, please email Kelly at email@example.com.
Send mail to KeltonClark@hotmail.com with questions or comments about this