About the Society Committees

The Executive Committee (ExCom) is the governing body of the society.

Society Operations

  • Financial Oversight Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Treasurer, Ted Vlamis)
    The Financial Oversight Committee is responsible for ensuring fiscal responsibility and developing financial management policies for the Society’s funds.
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  • Development Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Vice President, David Polly)
    The Development Committee evaluates existing development programs, initiates new development goals, identifies new revenue sources for SVP and implements the fundraising plan for each year.
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  • Government Affairs Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Vice President, David Polly)
    The Government Affairs Committee promotes and responds to government-related issues that affect vertebrate paleontology, including research and education as well as preservation and protection of paleontological resources. This committee also fosters professional relationships with other scientific organizations that share SVP’s legislative goals.
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  • Nominating Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Secretary, Jaelyn Eberle)
    The Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying and recruiting qualified candidates for the annual election to elect officers and members-at-large of the Executive Committee.
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  • Membership Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Secretary, Jaelyn Eberle)
    The Membership Committee reviews and updates SVP policies related to joining the society, renewing membership and offering opportunities or honors to particular members. This committee is responsible for determining each year’s honorary members and also reviews and selects awardees for the Jackson School of Geosciences Student Member Travel Grants and Institutional Membership: a Program for Institutions of Developing Nations.
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Professional & Education

  • Preparators Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Xiaoming Wang)
    This committee coordinates activities relevant to preparation of fossils at the annual meeting and during the year through a listserv. These activities include a preparation symposium or session and staffing of a preparation demonstration table at the annual meeting and coordinating the information about preparation on the SVP website.
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  • Education & Outreach Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Xiaoming Wang)
    The Education and Outreach Committee coordinates activities related to Web inquiries about SVP or about paleontology and school programs; develops and implements programs for the general public regarding the importance of vertebrate paleontology and evolution; and monitors challenges to the teaching of science, including evolution. This committee has also sponsored symposia, short courses and publications on its own or in collaboration other professional and amateur scientific associations.
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  • Student & Post-Doctoral Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Xiaoming Wang)
    The Student and Postdoctoral Liaison Committee, chaired by a student member, is responsible for organizing events to benefit student and post-doctoral members at the annual meeting and to maintain communication among student and post-doctoral members over the year.
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Publications & Media

  • Publications Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Paul Barrett)
    This Committee oversees the SVP print publications (The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, the Memoir series and any special SVP publications). Activities include receiving, coordinating reviews and editing manuscripts and illustrations; and recommending opportunities, sales of publications and new media initiatives (i.e. CD-ROM products, etc.) relevant to the print publications. The Publications Committee reviews policies about submission to the journal, the number of papers to publish each year and fees related to publication, paper reprints and PDF reprints.
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  • Archives Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Paul Barrett)
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  • Communications Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Paul Barrett)
    This committee is the result of the merging between the old Website and Social Media and Media Liaison Committees. This committee is responsible for the maintenance and enhancement of the SVP Web site. This committee has liaisons with the Publications Committee and the Education and Outreach Committee. This committee also arranges for members of SVP to present their scientific findings to the press by writing, reviewing or facilitating press releases each year; by organizing the press conference at each annual meeting, and by cultivating contacts with the media. The ultimate goal is to raise the profile of SVP with the media and the public and to enhance communications within the membership.
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Annual Meeting

  • Annual Auction Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Anjali Goswami)
    The Auction Committee implements the auction at the annual meeting and publicizes and solicits donations of items to be sold at the auction.
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  • Program Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Anjali Goswami)
    The Program Committee is responsible for gathering, reviewing and organizing submitted abstracts, and for planning a comprehensive program of oral presentations and posters for the annual meeting. The Program Committee reviews proposals for symposia and also oversees production of the Abstract Volume as a Supplement to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
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  • Host Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Anjali Goswami)
    The Host Committee, working with the SVP Business Office, is responsible for planning and implementing the annual meeting. This committee generally consists of SVP members affiliated with the host institution(s) for the annual meeting.
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  • Award Committee
    (ExCom Liaison: Member at Large, Anjali Goswami)
    The SVP Award Committee is responsible for the review of applications annually for the various SVP awards. Each Panel Chair leads a panel for the review and selection of the award annually to be presented at the SVP Annual Meeting. Click on each individual Panel Chair to email them or click on the award name to see a detailed panel listing.
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