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Societies Rules Changes
The EGM at the Cambridge meeting accepted motions for changes to the Rules to add a Membership Secretary to the list of Council Officers, and to facilitate the issue of the Bulletin in February as a precursor to the Spring AGM.
Molluscan Forum 2001
will find a notice and registration form for this years Molluscan Forum
enclosed with this Bulletin, and you can also download them from The Society's website. As previously, the Forum is designed to give research
students, first-time postdoctoral researchers, undergraduates doing
molluscan projects and amateurs the chance to talk, or present a poster,
about their work. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and supportive.
Last year, the Forum filled up completely, and I have already received
overseas registrations. If you are a supervisor, get your students to
sign up now! There is no conference fee, and The Society has set aside
some money to assist with travel and accommodation costs for contributors.
I hope that most participants will get support from their own institutions,
so that we can give meaningful support to the few who cannot get help.
Robert Cameron, President
Donation From George Crawford
The Society gratefully
acknowledges the receipt of a donation of £500 from Honorary Member
George Crawford MA, CBE. George studied Zoology at Cambridge, before
joining the Mollusca Section of the Natural History Museum in 1935.
Shortly after this, he took part in an expedition to Lake Titicaca,
where he concentrated on his first love, the Crustacea. He was Secretary
of The Society from 1938 to 1959, apart from the war years, which were
spent at Bletchley on Special Service. After the war, he entered the
Civil Service in the Ministry of Education, but remained an active member
of council until 1972, becoming President in 1960. The 1963 Proceedings
of The Society contains his presidential address on the Cost of
Scientific Research. As well as a professional civil servant, George
was a part-time farmer in Kent, with his wife, who died a few years
Conchological Society Web Site
The conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland web site: http://www.conchsoc.org/index.php has updated information on meetings, as well as news of British Molluscs.
In a paper that caught the attention of the popular press, Rogers and Chase (McGill University, Montreal) report that a component in the mucus coating the love dart of Helix closes off the partners copulatory bursa which digests foreign sperm, and as a result darted snails retain more of the partners sperm (Behav. Ecol. & Sociobiol. 50, 122-127).
Haslemere Conchology Exhibition
Haslemere Educational Museum (78 High St; tel 01428 642112) has an exhibition of sea and land shells and shell-inspired art from September 1st to October 6th.
For Sale - Back Numbers of Journal of Molluscan Studies
The following issues
are offered for sale to members, at £5 for each of the loose parts.
This is a small fraction of the annual subscription, and far less than
would be charged by commercial sellers! Bids are invited for the long
Enquiries to Dr
David Reid or Dr John Taylor
French Polynesia: Field Report 2000-2001