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Schneider, Edward [1], Snow, Allison [2], Osborn, Jeffrey M. [3], Diggle, Pamela K. [4].

The sectional organization of the Botanical Society of America: Where are we, and where do we go from here?

Scientific disciplines have undergone tremendous changes in the last few decades, but the Botanical Society of America’s (BSA) sectional organization has remained relatively unchanged. The Executive Committee of the BSA is looking for advice from our membership to evaluate this organization to help us stay relevant and grow. The BSA currently includes 15 disciplinary Sections and four geographical Sections, and these are listed below. In Spring 2005, the Society conducted a membership survey requesting feedback on the current sectional organization and suggestions for possible changes. This discussion session will report the results of that survey and then engage the audience in further dialogue. The primary questions to be addressed include the following: 1) Do the current disciplinary sections of the Society fit with your area of expertise? 2) Does the current disciplinary sectional organization serve to recruit and retain new members from your area of expertise? 3) Does the current disciplinary sectional organization serve to recruit and retain new members from across the botanical/plant sciences? 4) Can you suggest new sections, or new disciplinary/subdisciplinary topics that you think should be added to help the Society grow and develop? 5) Do you perceive a need for regional sections? 7) Can the Society improve the way that Sections are currently operating? 8) What should be the role of our Sections? Current BSA Sections: Disciplinary Sections: Bryological and Lichenological; Developmental and Structural; Ecological; Economic Botany; Genetics; Historical; Mycological; Paleobotanical; Phycological; Physiological; Phytochemical; Pteridological; Teaching; Systematics; and Tropical Biology. Geographical Sections: Midcontinent; Northeastern; Pacific; and Southeastern.

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1 - Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, California, 93105-2126, USA
2 - Ohio State University, Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology, 300 Aronoff Laboratory, 318 W. 12Th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210-1293, USA
3 - Truman State University, Biology Department, Division Of Science, 100 E Normal Street, Kirksville, Missouri, 63501-4221, USA
4 - University of Colorado, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCB 334, Boulder, Colorado, 80309, USA

Botanical Society of America.

Presentation Type: Discussion Session
Session: D 8-1
Location: 412/Hilton
Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
Time: 3:30 PM
Abstract ID:592

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