December 2023

From the VP For Professional Activities (December 2023)

Elizabeth Creed, VP for Professional Activities

At the August 2023 OES AdCom Elections, I was elected the VP for Professional Activities, taking over for Steve Holt who resigned for personal reasons.  This office is not new to me as I previously served as the VPPA from 2010 – 2013. This change of office also meant that I resigned as Treasurer four months early (my term was to end in December 2023) and Bill Kirkwood, the OES Treasurer-Elect, stepped into the Treasurer’s position.

The last three months have been busy, especially with Student Branch activities.  We had the opportunity to be a sponsor for both the Region 9 Student Branch Regional Meeting (SBRM) in Cartegena, Colombia, at the end of October and the Sri Lanka SYW Congress in Chilaw the beginning of November.  While I attended the meeting in Colombia, Dr. Suleman Mazhar, the OES SBC Coordinator, attended the Sri Lanka event.  I would also like to thank OES member Dr. R. Venkatesan who delivered a key note talk on “Sustaining the Blue Planet: Climate Change and Oceans” at the Sri Lanka meeting.  The OES presentations at both events generated a lot of student interest in the society that will hopefully translate into both membership in the OES and the formation of OES Student Branch Chapters (SBC).  Both SBRM and Sri Lanka SYW Congress reports are in this issue.

The planning for 2024 activities is underway. Among other things, we will be sending out a quarterly newsletter to our student members, and another to our Young Professionals, highlighting opportunities and activities specific to each group. We also will be emphasizing senior member promotion, increasing our activities in Latin America, and involving more OES members in short term, low time commitment, volunteer activities within the Society.  A list of ways that you can become involved in the OES will be distributed in January.