Texas Tech Graduate Student Elected to Help Direct Scientific Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Sept. 14, 2006
CONTACT: Gretchen Pressley, gretchen.m.pressley@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Sergio Solari, a graduate student of biology at Texas Tech University, has been elected as a student representative to the board of directors for the American Society of Mammalogists.

Solari was elected as a student representative after a long history of receiving awards within the organization. A member since 1997, Solari participated in two committees for the society’s 2003 meeting, held at Texas Tech. He earned the Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship in 2005, and the ASM Fellowship in Mammalogy in 2006.

The society, founded in 1919, is one of the world’s oldest and largest associations dedicated solely to the study of mammals. Its approximately 5,000 members study everything from the evolution, distribution, and conservation of mammals to how some human diseases may be related to certain species in the wild.

Solari began participating in some of the board’s activities earlier this year. His duties include assigning monetary values to research grants and scholarships for students, distributing scientific awards, deciding upon funding and fee issues and making official statements regarding federal and local environmental policies.

“If, for example, the government wants to set aside a protected area of land, we could submit a signed statement saying whether or not we agree,” Solari said. “Because of the reputation that the society has, credibility is given to those representing the protected land.”

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CONTACT: Sergio Solari, graduate research assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences, (806) 742-4173 or sergio.solari@ttu.edu.