Harumi Sugimatsu and Robert Wernli
Welcome to the March 2019 issue of the Beacon. The latest changes to all our committees and volunteers can be found on the inside of the front and back covers. More importantly, as pointed out by our President’s article, that the CORVID-19 virus has had a significant impact on many international conferences. This includes the postponement to August for our OCEANS 2020 Singapore conference. Please refer to our website to find the latest on our society events.
Of particular interest in this issue is the report on the history of our society newsletter by our former society president, and our official photographer, Stan Chamberlain. It is certainly our honor to help continue the excellent history of this publication.
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. OES participation in the several OTC conferences is covered. We also have a call for Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) along with a report on two recent lectures. In addition, the latest is provided by our new VP for Professional Activities. And, there is a lot more going on than our two OCEANS conferences as documented by our VP for Workshops and Symposia, with his review of the 2019 events and info on this year’s upcoming events.
There is plenty going on in our chapters as reported in the articles from Malaysia, Japan and Canadian Atlantic. We also have the WS report from India. Our student chapters are active and expanding as shown in the report from Ecuador. The benefits at the OCEANS conferences for our Young Professionals and students is highlighted in the latest Blast from the Past article. Get involved and supercharge your career.
We also take pride in our members. Be sure to see the latest articles on Member Highlights, Member Awards and “Who’s Who in the OES.” And, in this issue is our call for nominations for this year’s society awards. Also in this issue is an excellent article addressing how the problem of increasing marine debris is being addressed.
Unfortunately, we also report on those members who have been lost recently in the obituary section, which unfortunately includes our former Beacon Editor-in-Chief Fred Maltz and also AUV expert Dick Blidberg.
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.