The IAAAM Executive Board was pleased to award Dr. Frances Gulland with the Mark Keyes Award for Marine Mammal Conservation at the 47th Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Gulland, Senior Scientist at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA and Commissioner at the Marine Mammal Commission has been a leader in the fields of marine mammal medicine, research and conservation since 1994. Dr. Gulland has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts on marine mammals and is coeditor of the CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine. She is a Past-President of IAAAM and has served as Chair of the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events and as a member of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team. In 2011 Dr. Gulland was appointed by President Obama to serve as one of the Commissioners of the Marine Mammal Commission and since her appointment has been a leader in recovery efforts for the critically endangered vaquita and Mekong River dolphin. Congratulations Frances! 

Dr. Katie Colgrove presents the Mark Keyes Award for 2016 to Dr. Frances Gulland.

Dr. Katie Colgrove presents the Mark Keyes Award for 2016 to Dr. Frances Gulland.

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During the IAAAM business meeting on Sunday, May 22nd, the IAAAM Board changed slightly after a unanimous vote. Your IAAAM Board members are

Past President - Lisa Murphy (new)
President - Pam Tuomi (new)
President-Elect - Martin Haulena (new)
Treasurer - Tonya Clauss
Secretary - Michael S. Renner
Board Member for Membership - Hendrik Nollens (new)
Board Member for Education - Kathleen Colegrove
Board Member for Communications - Michael B Briggs

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The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine would like to thank the sponsors of this year's IAAAM Conference. We greatly appreciate your support. 

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Sponsor

Cyber Cafe Sponsor

Conference Apparel Sponsor

Sand Tiger Shark Sponsors

Lined Seahorse Sponsors

ACZM Credit Workshop Sponsor

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Based on our By-Laws, changes made to the Constitution and/or By-Laws must be presented to the membership for a vote and the proposed changes must be made available at least 30 days prior to the vote. There are a few proposed changes to the IAAAM Constitution and By-Laws so the IAAAM Executive Board is making these changes available to you prior to a vote during the annual business meeting in Virginia Beach. You may access a copy of the proposed changes here. Note the proposed changes are explained in the comments on the right of the document.

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The IAAAM Student Liaison Committee is pleased to announce the five awardees for the 2016 Student Travel Award Competition: 

  • Dr. Laura Thompson, a post-doctoral fellow at Mystic Aquarium, for her work: Complement Activitation in Belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) and Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) in Response to Nitrogen Bubbles; Evidence of a Less Reactive Immune Response in Deep vs. Shallow Diving Marine Mammals
  • Dr. Susan Fogelson, a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, for her work: In Vitro Antimicrobial Susceptibilities of Genomically Characterized Aquatic Mycobacterium chelonae-abscessus Complex Isolates
  • Dr. Molly Martony, the veterinary intern at the National Marine Mammal Foundation & Sea World San Diego, for her work: Establishing Marginal Lymph Node Ultrasonographic Characteristics in Healthy Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
  • Megan Strobel, a veterinary student at the University of Florida, for her work: Auditory Evoked Potentials and Behavioral Considerations with Hearing Loss in Small Cetaceans: Application as a Standard Diagnostic Test In Health Assessment
  • Dr. Estelle Rousselet, a veterinary resident at the University of Florida, for her work: Clinicopathological Findings and Immune Function in Florida Manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris)

The Student Liaison Committee congratulates the awardees and we look forward to seeing their presentations at our upcoming conference! 

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