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NEBC Meeting News

NEBC Meeting News , Vol. 116, No. 967, pp. 367­373, 2014 E Copyright 2014 by the New England Botanical Club NEBC MEETING NEWS April 2014. Bryan Connolly introduced the 2014 Distinguished Speaker, Dr. Pamela Diggle, Associate Department Head and Professor of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, and President of the Botanical Society of America. The title of Dr. Diggle's presentation was ``Learned Societies: Past, Present, and Future.'' As newly inducted President of the Botanical Society of America, Dr. Diggle began by asking, ``what does it mean to belong to a scientific or learned society and what actually occurs at society meetings?'' She postulated that the main function of learned society meetings is to foster the exchange of information and interests among scholars. But with today's technology, there are many ways of engaging and exchanging information remotely without meetings. Why, then, do learned societies continue to meet? What is the purpose in today's culture of learned society meetings such as those held by the New England Botanical Club? Her questions prompted Dr. Diggle to investigate the history and evolution of learned societies. She found that the stated purposes of learned societies include several common themes, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Rhodora Allen Press

NEBC Meeting News

Rhodora , Volume 116 (967) – Jul 1, 2014

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Allen Press
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New England Botanical Club
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NEBC MEETING NEWS
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0035-4902
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10.3119/0035-4902-116.967.367
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, Vol. 116, No. 967, pp. 367­373, 2014 E Copyright 2014 by the New England Botanical Club NEBC MEETING NEWS April 2014. Bryan Connolly introduced the 2014 Distinguished Speaker, Dr. Pamela Diggle, Associate Department Head and Professor of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, and President of the Botanical Society of America. The title of Dr. Diggle's presentation was ``Learned Societies: Past, Present, and Future.'' As newly inducted President of the Botanical Society of America, Dr. Diggle began by asking, ``what does it mean to belong to a scientific or learned society and what actually occurs at society meetings?'' She postulated that the main function of learned society meetings is to foster the exchange of information and interests among scholars. But with today's technology, there are many ways of engaging and exchanging information remotely without meetings. Why, then, do learned societies continue to meet? What is the purpose in today's culture of learned society meetings such as those held by the New England Botanical Club? Her questions prompted Dr. Diggle to investigate the history and evolution of learned societies. She found that the stated purposes of learned societies include several common themes,

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