MEETING HISTORY

From the By-Laws of the Southern California Academy of Sciences: The Academy shall hold an Annual Meeting at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors.

In the early 1900’s, dinner meetings were held at some special place, followed by a program including a well-known speaker. Beginning in 1961, all-day meetings were organized to provide an opportunity for the membership to give presentations. The first of these was held at Long Beach State College (now California State University, Long Beach). In the following years, the Annual Meeting was held at many other State Universities, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, University of Southern California, and other private colleges and universities. In November 1969, twelve scientific societies joined with the Academy ''to enrich the scientific community of Southern California,'' and sponsor two-day annual meetings. Several societies now offer special sessions at these meetings. Traditionally held in early May, these two-day events (changed to one-day in 2017) include themed symposia and contributed paper sessions, a distinguished plenary speaker, and an early evening poster session open to all disciplines of the natural and social sciences. The Annual Meeting is open to both professional and student scientists and to encourage student participation at the college level, Best Paper and Poster Awards are selected. The high school students in the Research Training Program now give a poster alongside the professional scientists and college students.

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ANNUAL MEETING LOCATIONS

Year

Location

2021

Virtual Meeting

2020

CANCELLED due to COVID 19

2019

California State University, Northridge

2018

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

2017

Santa Monica College

2016

University of Southern California

2015

Loyola Marymount University

2014

California State University, Channel Islands

2013

California State University, Long Beach

2012

Occidental College

2011

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

2010

California State University, Los Angeles

2009

Marymount College

2008

California State University, Dominguez Hills

2007

California State University, Fullerton

2006

Pepperdine University

2005

Loyola Marymount University

2004

California State University, Long Beach

2003

California State University, Northridge

2002

Claremont McKenna College

2001

California State University, Los Angeles

2000

University of Southern California



PLENARY SPEAKERS

Year

Plenary Speaker

Affiliation

Title

2020

CANCELLED due to COVID 19

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2019

Dr. Donald R. Prothero

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Reality check: How science deniers threaten our future

2018

Dr. Greg Rouse

UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Deep Discoveries in the 2000's: Bone Eaters, Green Bombers, Ruby Seadragons, and more

2017

Dr. Sharon Walker

University of California, Riverside

Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology: A Wastewater Case Study

2016

Dr. Larry G. Allen

California State University, Northridge

The Return of the Kelp Forest King, Giant Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas), off California

2016

Dr. Virginia Naples

Northern Illinois University

The gaping truth: Adaptations for a sabertooth lifestyle

2015

Dr. William Lynn

Loyola Marymount University

Interdisciplinarity: Science And Ethics In The Urban Century

2015

Dr. Murray Daily

California State University, Long Beach

Parasitic Diseases Of Stranded Marine Mammals

2014

Dr. Milton Love

University of California, Santa Barbara

What I Did On My Fall Vacations – Submersible Research on the Fishes of Southern California Oil/Gas
Platforms

2014

John Calambokidis

Cascadia Research

Long Term Studies, Collaborations, and New Tools Reveal Trends in Status and Behavior of Whales and
the Impacts of Human Activities

2013

Dr. Alan Miller

California State University, Long Beach

Decadal Monitoring of Intertidal Invertebrates: Questions, Answers, Questions

2013

Dr. William Ailor

The Aerospace Corporation

Defending Earth from Asteroids

2012

Dr. Steve Weisberg

SCCWRP

 

2012

Dr. David Cummings

Point Loma University

Environmental Reservoirs of Antibiotic Resistance

2011

Dr. Eric Strauss

Loyola Marymount University

The Frontier of Urban Ecology: The Challenge of Rejuvenating America’s Cities

2011

Dr. John A. Long

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Extraordinary 380 Million Year Old Fish Fossils from Australia Reveal Major Steps in Early Vertebrate Evolution

2010

Dr. Jed Fuhrman

University of Southern California

Changing Views of Marine Microbes

2010

Dr. Jerry Schubel

Aquarium of the Pacific

Scientists, Decision-Makers, and the Public: Communicating, Cooperating, and Collaborating

2009

Dr. Bill Patzert

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

 

2009

Dr. Ann Bull

Minerals Management Service

Outlook for California Offshore Energy

2008

 

 

 

2008

Dr. William Hamner

UCLA

 

2007

 

 

 

2007

 

 

 

2006

Dr. Mark Gold

Heal the Bay

 

2006

Dr. Stuart Sumida

California State University, San Bernardino

 

2005

Dr. Brian Fagan

 

 

2005

Dr. James Powell

 

 

2004

Dr. Donald Reish

California State University, Long Beach

 

2004

Dr. Walter Pitmann

Columbia University

 

2003

 

 

 

2003

 

 

 

2002

Dr. Walter Fitch

University of California, Irvine

 

2002

Dr. Gregor Hodgson

UCLA

 

2001

Dr. Alan Mearns

NOAA

 

2001

Dr. Blake Gumprecht

University of Oklahoma

 

2000

Dr. Wheeler North

Cal Tech

 

2000

Dr. Dorothy Green

LA and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council