A Message from the ASP President

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Summer!  This just might be my favorite season.  While it is almost always sunny and warm here in south-central Texas, the air is just a bit crisper and the sun a little more perfectly intense during these summer months.  As I have an academic appointment, and I do not teach over the summer, these months are crammed with an ambitious agenda of research, writing, and travel -- though I also have a deep desire to spend my summer days lazily swimming. I suspect many of you also have such competing demands for your summer. Nevertheless, one event we all look forward to each summer is the annual ASP meeting. 
 
Have you made arrangements to attend the 40th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., our society's Ruby Anniversary?  This year's meeting is sponsored by the National Primate Research Centers, George Washington University's (GWU) Columbia College of Arts & Sciences, Lab Diet, and Karger Publishers. The Program Committee has put together a fantastic program, available on the website, full of scientific workshops, symposia, and oral and poster sessions.  Several celebratory Society-sponsored social events are also listed. The meeting will kick off with the opening reception at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, sponsored by GWU and Friends of the National Zoo, and we are excited to bring back the student competition Data Blitz, which will start the scientific program on August 25. And, for the first time, ASP will be offering RACE credits for veterinary professionals at our meeting – please spread the word to the vets and vet techs you know and work with!
 
The deadlines for conference registration (July 15) and hotel reservations under the ASP block (July 25) are rapidly approaching.  We encourage you to stay at the conference hotel where you'll be in the midst of all the action, and to reserve through the ASP block.  The Society is contractually obligated to book a set number of rooms in the block - and if we fail to meet that number, the Society has to pay -- which means less dollars for ASP to support research grants and student travel awards. 
 
On Sunday evening (August 27), please plan to attend the Wiley Sponsored Reception in honor of Dr. Paul Garber.  Dr. Garber has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the society's journal, the American Journal of Primatology, for 10 years. 
 
It's not too late to sign up for the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event! This national initiative is an opportunity for scientists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research.
The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists and graduate students to meet with their elected officials without traveling to Washington, DC. Participants may either invite an elected official to tour their research facility or can meet at the lawmaker’s local office. Meetings will take place mid-July through October, depending on the participant’s schedule. ASP members who participate will receive one-on-one support and online training to prepare them for their tour or meeting. Participation is FREE for ASP members, but registration will close on July 18, 2017. Register here.
 
See you in Washington, D.C.!
 
My best,
 
Kimberley A. Phillips
President, ASP