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AFS Cal-Neva News & Updates
20 July 2017
In this edition you will find the Annual Chapter Meeting recap, messages from the outgoing President and the President-Elect, Chapter member milestones, upcoming meetings, fish news, opportunities and jobs.  See the highlights here, and use the links to delve deeper into the topics that interest you!
2017 Cal-Neva Annual Meeting Recap

After 20 years, Cal-Neva AFS returned to the North Coast to hold the 51st Annual Meeting in Eureka.  It was a huge success with over 300 students and professionals in attendance.  The chapter recognized 4 professionals for the work they've completed in the field, along with 7 students for presentations (both oral and poster) highlighting their research.  Thank you all for attending and participating in this meeting and we look forward to seeing you all in February 2018.

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Laurie Earley
Message from the Incoming President, Laurie Earley

Wow, what a year! Remembering back to Reno (when I was elected for the President-Elect position) I recall having a variety of emotions, from being nervous to the feeling of excitement over this opportunity to serve the Chapter. I knew that my first priority, planning the 2017 annual meeting, was going to be a challenge.  No doubt, I couldn't have organized this meeting alone, and I had a great group of professionals and students on the planning committee, that helped to make our 2017 meeting a success.  Additionally, the individuals that participated in continuing education courses, field tours, plenary session, symposia, technical sessions, and our poster session, are another reason why the meeting was a huge success.  I can't thank everyone enough for all the hard work and dedication that goes into planning and participating in our Annual Meetings.
Read more from Laurie here.
Message from the President, Joe Merz

It is hard to believe a year has already come and gone.  As the August 2017 National AFS meeting approaches, I prepare to transition to past-president and I will pass the president baton to the very capable hands of Laurie Earley. This is a time for reflection. Our Chapter has much to be proud of over the past year. With Laurie's leadership and the support of some wonderful and dedicated volunteers, we had our 51st Annual Chapter Meeting in Eureka, CA.
We provided support to students and subunits through project and travel grants, outreach, and participation with subunit members, honored our award recipients for their efforts in representing our profession at the highest levels, and provided continuing education classes for professionals and students.  This included the initiation of 2 new student subunits.  We also provided comment letters on everything from scientific research permitting to dam removal.

John Hamilton. AFS member and recently retired USFWS biologist.

Last month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized the 38-year career of one of our fellow colleagues, John Hamilton.  John has been a member of the American Fisheries Society since 1979.  Over his 38 years, he has worked in Michigan, Alaska, and served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines.  For the last 15 years, John has been the hydropower branch chief for the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office.  
Trawl for a meeting that interests you

Save the Date! November 14 - 17, 2017. Hosted by the Palouse Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society in McCall, Idaho.

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) cordially invites you to attend the 68th Annual North West Fish Culture Concepts (NWFCC) workshop on December 5-7, 2017 in Redding, California. This year's theme is Conservation, Mitigation, and Recreation. Invited plenary speakers include CDFW Director Charles H. Bonham, Deputy Director Stafford Lehr and Fisheries Branch Chief Kevin Shaffer. Potential topics at this year's event include Fish Health and Nutrition, Engineering and Technology, Innovative Husbandry, Fish Genetics and Breeding, Warm Water and Marine Aquaculture, Climate Change and Hatcheries, and Hatchery contributions to Restoration and Conservation..

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Save the Date! 2018 Chapter Meeting

52nd Annual Cal-Neva Chapter Meeting.
February 28 - March 2, 2018.
San Luis Obispo, California.
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Angle for opportunities and jobs

AFS Student Section tweeted great resources for students transitioning into current job seekers. See how to build a professional resume or CV as well as how to prepare an engaging elevator pitch.
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