Harumi Sugimatsu and Robert Wernli
Welcome to the December 2020 issue of the Beacon. I guess we could use as a theme the title of one of Clint Eastwood’s movies—The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Why? Well, the pandemic is definitely Ugly! The Bad is what it is doing to all of our conferences, symposia and meeting planning. But the Good is what our societies have done to overcome the Bad and the Ugly and succeeded in putting on our first Global OCEANS 2020: Singapore – U.S. Gulf Coast conference and several other on-line events that will be highlighted in this issue. Congratulations to all for doing a Very Good job in spite of the Bad and Ugly situation.
With our Global OCEANS 2020 conference in mind, be sure to read the report on this virtual, yet very successful, event. Congratulations to the dual LOCs that came together and made this event happen with only three months to complete their task. And, that included the Student Poster Competitions (SPC) with competitors from each of the two original events. The results and the winning posters are included. And, a report on our OES award winners, who received their recognition on line at the Global event, is also included. Congratulations!
Our members have been active around the world, especially our student members. We have reports from the Japan and Malaysia chapters, the student chapter in Croatia on their Breaking the Surface conference and workshop, and the WIE and OES student chapter in Ecuador that held their on-line New Age in Oceanography conference. And, last but not least, Canada’s Memorial University of Newfoundland hosted the OES AUV2020 conference, which also had to become virtual, yet was very successful.
The Journal EIC again provides recently released papers that are available to our members and our VP for Technical Activities provides the latest on our technical committee activities and how you can get involved. Also included are updates on our technical committee chairs and new Distinguished Lecturers. Welcome aboard!
Our members are continually active as highlighted in our VPPA’s report on the WIE activities at our virtual Global OCEANS conference. There are also excellent articles on a two-week on-line event addressing Best Practices for Global Ocean Observations and also a report on sustaining long-term ocean observations that directly supports the UN Decade of Ocean Science for a Sustainable Development.
We also take pride in our members. Be sure to see the latest Member Highlights and also “Who’s Who in the OES” that showcases one of our most active members and proves the benefits of being involved in your society.
There is a wealth of other information and articles in this issue that we hope you enjoy. And, as always, we’ll close by inviting you to participate in your society. Submit articles and material for the Beacon. Or . . . volunteer for other society activities as a participant or an elected officer. It’s your society and it is here to help you reach your professional goals. Enjoy.