Cal-Neva Elections & Awards! More Travel Awards! Reno-Tahoe Session Moderators! Student Quiz Bowl!
AFS Cal-Neva Newsletter
29 May 2019
Elections for President and Treasurer!

Let your voice be heard! In 2019 the Chapter will elect two new Executive Officers, to the offices of President and Treasurer. Electronic voting will open on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:00 am PST and will close on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm PST. 

We are fortunate to have the following candidates. For President: Dave Lentz and Brian Mahardja; For Treasurer: Chris Hogle and Jose Setka. 
You may cast your electronic vote at a Survey Monkey link. You will need to be a dues-paid member of AFS and the AFS Cal-Neva Chapter for 2019 in order to cast your vote. We will be sending an email message soon to all dues-paid members that will include voting instructions and a verification code which you will need to enter on the electronic ballot. If you have any questions about this election, or if you have not received the email message and believe that you are eligible to vote, please contact Kathleen Berridge (Secretary) at or Ramona Swenson (Nominations and Bylaws Chair) at to have your dues-paid membership verified and to receive the verification code.

See the candidates' statements and get more information here
Important Update to Cal-Neva Travel Awards!

Now due JUNE 18, 2019! 

The Cal-Neva Chapter is aiming to help more of its members to attend the special Joint Annual Conference of the AFS and TWS in Reno, NV from September 29 - October 3, 2019. The 2019 Cal-Neva Semi-Annual Travel Awards will be adjusted to provide additional awards. 

There will be two categories of awards with up to five awards each, for a total of up to 10 awards. The two categories of awards are: the Travel Award for Professionals and the Travel Award for Young Professionals. Travel support will cover the cost of registration ($550 for Professionals and $380 for Young Professionals). 

Get more information and the application forms here
Moderate a Session at the AFS-TWS Conference in Reno

Looking for a way to network and contribute at the 2019 AFS/TWS Joint Meeting in Reno?  Be a moderator for a contributed paper session.
One of the best ways to develop your professional network is to act as a session moderator at a conference in your field. Not only does this associate your name with a topic area, but you'll also have the opportunity to connect with your peers and meet top researchers in your field.
The Program Committee is seeking moderators for over 20 Contributed Paper Sessions. There are a variety of sessions covering topics  from Fish Health to Marine Fish Ecology and sessions are available throughout the week.  If interested in volunteering please contact Laurie Earley ( and Steve Brumbaugh ( before June 10th.  

Get more information about moderating a contributed session here
Students - Sign Up a Team for the Quiz Bowl at the Joint AFS-TWS Annual Conference in Reno

School up, young fishheads! Show off your fisheries smarts at the Quiz Bowl during the AFS-TWS Annual Meeting! Impress your professors, earn bragging rights, and compete for a Grand Prize. The winning team will compete against the TWS Quiz Bowl Champion for a Grand Championship!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. AFS Quiz Bowl
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. AFS & TWS Champions Round

Initiate your team registration by emailing: Register interest by May 30 to receive further mailings/info, and confirm team composition later. Sample questions provided to teams once registered.

"Pokal" by Wolday, Mekonnen / Larvik Museum is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Time to Recognize a Colleague or Organization: Cal-Neva AFS Chapter Call for Award Nominations - Deadline July 15, 2019

Each year the Cal-Neva Chapter award individuals and entities for their professional achievement, service, and contributions to fisheries science and the profession.  Please consider recognizing a worthy person or group for one of the Cal-Neva Awards.  To nominate an individual or group for one of the awards, please provide a one-page summary of the contributions and accomplishments of the nominee that specifically aligns with the award category.   Please send your nominations to the Cal-Neva AFS email:  The nomination deadline is July 15, 2019.
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