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SCAMIT History

Courtesy of Ann Dalkey (January 2003): SCAMIT’s Twenty Year Anniversary.

Publication Grants

Planning a taxonomic publication? SCAMIT can help! SCAMIT has a Taxonomic Publication Grants program that can help defray material costs of publication. Please feel free to apply!

Upcoming SCAMIT Meetings

Monday 29 August 2016 9:00–4:00
Review of Ed 11 changes and Kirk Fitzhugh at SCCWRP (large conference room, with remote attendance)

The topic of the meeting will be a quick review of Ed 11 Species List changes. There will also be a presentation by Dr. Kirk Fitzhugh (NHMLAC) entitled, “The epistemic failure of DNA barcoding.”: DNA barcoding was introduced in 2003 and has become a widely accepted technique that has been claimed to facilitate quick ‘identification’ or ‘delimitation’ of species of organisms. While there were criticisms of the approach early in its history, these seem to have largely fallen by the wayside for the fact that they lacked cogent foundations. Unfortunately, the scientific basis for barcoding stands on the popular misinterpretation that species have the ontological status of individuals, things, or entities. This has led to an inordinate obsession with the one term species, to the exclusion of addressing the more relevant question, ‘What are taxa?’ Answering the latter question shows that species are neither special nor do they lend themselves to the method spuriously called barcoding. Several consequences of the scientific characterization of species, and all taxa, will be considered in this talk as strong arguments against barcoding’s use in systematics.

Information on remote attendance will be provided closer to the date.

Tuesday 13 September 2016 9:00–4:00
State of SCAMIT — Executive Board and General Membership meeting at SCCWRP (large conference room, with remote attendance)

To further explore the “State of SCAMIT”, we are holding a combined Executive Board and General Membership meeting. The Executive Board meets once a year and this will be the first time general members are invited. There will be a series of short presentations on SCAMIT history and purpose, the tools SCAMIT has developed, and future opportunities and directions. We plan for lots of local attendance and SCAMIT will be providing lunch (FREE LUNCH)! For those who live out of the area and cannot attend in person, remote attendance will be available via Go To Meeting and the phone-in audio connection (just no free lunch). Information on remote attendance will be provided closer to the date.

Questions? Contact: Leslie Harris at lharris@nhm.org or Larry Lovell at llovell@lacsd.org.

Upcoming Meetings of Interest

July 16 – 21 2017
13th International Conference on Copepoda at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Los Angeles, California

Every three years since 1981 the World Association of Copepodologists (WAC) holds an international conference called the International Conference on Copepoda or the ICOC. These have become the most important global gatherings for all researchers and students of copepods. Each conference gives participants the chance to meet fellow researchers, talk with students and experts, borrow material and plan collaborations. Each meeting is unique, teeming with the individuality and culture of the host nation.
The next ICOC will be in 2017 in Los Angeles, CA, USA at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro. We are expecting 250 attendees from all over the world.
More information is available at the conference website

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