October President's Slate

The 2018 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium is a week away. Our co-hosts, Jim Hayward [UC Berkeley] and Jason Herum [UC Davis] have lined up a beautiful venue in Lake Tahoe CA, and Heather has pulled together another great itinerary! In addition to several continuing education workshops, including the Diving Safety Officer Orientation, there are at least four opportunities to dive Lake Tahoe, including an in-water vendor demo spread over the 9th and 10th of October. If you are interested in enrolling in any of these opportunities, please contact the AAUS office ASAP as space is limited (aaus@aaus.org).

The Annual AAUS Business/DSO Meeting will be held on Thursday (October 11th) from 9 to 5ish. Agenda items include the committee reports, Human Factors Forum findings, the OSHA exemption workshop report, other emerging issues (i.e., the standards manual, corporate memberships, professional liability insurance, and the increase in AAUS annual dues), updates on ongoing initiatives (i.e., DSO Certification, dive logging software, and international outreach), as well as an introduction to the new website. Time permitting we will also open the floor to a variety of DSO Google Group topics (including “workmans comp for students”, “testing new dive gear”, “swim test/watermanship skills evaluation”, as well as lessons learned from incidents, accidents, and administrative issues). If we can’t get to all of this during the DSO meeting we have time built into the Science Symposium schedule on Friday and Saturday to pick up these discussions. If there are any topics you would like to add to the agenda, please forward your request to the AAUS office ASAP.

As always the Annual Symposium will offer several opportunities to network with colleagues and catch-up with old friends. In addition to lunch breaks during the Science Symposium, there is a Campfire Social on Wednesday evening on the grounds of Granlibakken, as well as the Bubble Breaker/Poster Session on Friday evening at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. The meeting will conclude with the Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night. I look forward to seeing you all in Lake Tahoe, and to discussing any issues face to face!

Marc Slattery
University of Mississippi

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