AMS Southeast Chapter
Dear AMS-Southeast Members and Friends,
It was wonderful to see many of you at the Fall 2016 meeting at Appalachian State University, and to welcome several new members to the chapter. It was a great day of thought-provoking papers, candid discussion of issues related to diversity/equity/inclusivity, and many enjoyable informal conversations over coffee and meals. Thank you to all who presented, and to our hosts at Appalachian State University, especially Reeves Shulstad and her well-organized team of student volunteers.
Thank you, too, to Elizabeth Keathley for moderating our discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Discussion group secretaries and scribes, if you have not already done so, please sent your notes to Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org so that she may collect these notes to share with the chapter and elicit ideas about how we might collectively and individually pursue constructive paths forward on these issues. One important program that I’m sure many of us are aware of, but that I would like to mention nonetheless, is UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, aimed to help with “pipeline” issues: http://research.unc.edu/carolina-postdocs/about/
I am very happy to announce that at the business meeting J. Brooks Kuykendall was elected our new chapter president, and will serve a term of 2016–18. We are also pleased to announce that Furman University (Greenville, SC) has generously offered to host our Spring 2017 meeting. Hosts Laura Kennedy and Patricia Sasser are working to secure a keynote speaker, and the Program Committee will be preparing a call for proposals that we expect to include alternative presentation formats such as lecture-recitals, in keeping with support expressed for these options at the Fall chapter business meeting. The meeting is planned to take place on a Friday evening and Saturday all day. The two dates that are being considered are Friday, February 17–Saturday, February 18 and Friday, March 17–Saturday, March 18.
Please notify one of your chapter officers immediately if there is a major conflict with either of those weekends, particularly a conference or concert involving a large number of graduate students and faculty in the chapter. We will work with our Furman hosts to avoid major conflicts, while also working to accommodate the keynote speaker’s schedule.
Thanks to all for your participation in and support of the chapter’s activities!
Helena Kopchick Spencer
J. Brooks Kuykendall