As Chair of the ABO section of the
AAA, I am pleased to comment on the research conference held this past fall and
on our fiscal position.
We held a successful midyear
conference October 6-7, 2000 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Research
conferences are an opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, refresh
perspectives and get new ideas. The conference represented 75 members from
Europe, the U.K., Australia, Asia, Canada and the U.S. It was, in that sense,
very much an international conference. There were eight concurrent research
sessions with approximately 23 paper presentations and another 14 papers in the
forum. Hopefully, many left the conference feeling that they had learned
something. The conference was also a financial success. Attendance was slightly
greater than budgeted and revenues exceeded expenses for this event. I'd like
to thank Dennis Bline and Tim Fogarty for their leadership in planning this
conference and also the many people who reviewed the conference papers, and who
volunteered to serve as moderators and discussants. A successful conference
depends critically on this "behind the scenes" work.
Plans are currently underway for the
next research conference. Ralph Greenberg is heading that effort. I urge you to
give him the same enthusiastic response when he calls you to review papers and
to moderate session or to serve as a discussant. Thank you for your work Ralph!
Thanks also to Jordan Lowe and
Kathryn Kadous who have been working for the section to set up concurrent
sessions at the Annual Meeting. To date they have received 41 submissions.
Again, you may be called upon to serve as a reviewer or a discussant!
The financial position of the section
continues to be healthy. We currently have a cash balance of slightly more than
$29,000 and anticipate finishing the year with a positive cash flow of more
than $9,000 for the year. Thus, we should have adequate cash to support
upcoming issues of BRIA and to finance the upcoming research conference. I see
these as the two primary activities of the ABO section and the reason for our
loyal and increasing membership.
It has been an honor to serve you
this year. In closing, I'd like to urge others to get involved in the section
by volunteering to serve in an officer position or to work on the newsletter,
or web site. We are always looking for new talent and energy. Please think
about it and contact me (Jane Kennedy, Chair), Tim Fogarty (past Chair),
Charles Davis (Chair-elect), or Stacey Whitecotton (Secretary/Treasurer). Thank