Arlyn Burgess, Associate Director for Operations and Strategic Initiatives at the Data Science Institute (DSI) at the University of Virginia, will give the keynote address at this year’s OFWIM Conference on Monday morning, October 6.
The University will formally transform the DSI into a new School of Data Science (pending final approval) and Ms. Burgess serves on the leadership team for this transition. The school’s establishment comes at a time when the amount of available data in the world is more than doubling every two years and there is a shortage of qualified data scientists. Ms. Burgess brings a unique perspective and believes that data science can be integrated into any field of study.
Congratulations to new officers installed at our 2018 Business Meeting:
President – Becca Scully President-Elect – Karen Horodysky Member-at-Large – Chelsea Krause
In addition, Michael Barbour was elected to a new term as Treasurer. Service awards were presented to outgoing president Joe Kirby (now serving as Past President) and outgoing member-at-large Karen Horodysky.
For next year’s Conference, OFWIM will return to the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Join us October 6-10 for a full agenda of posters and presentations, with opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing on the side.
Over 40 OFWIM members and other professionals attended our 2017 conference at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. We had fine weather for field sessions and a full slate of posters and presentations that explored new ways of sharing fish and wildlife data with decision makers and the general public.
Our September pre-conference newsletter is now available. Read up for a list of presentation topics, details on field sessions, and a preview of the bonus map-making workshop. This newsletter also contains photos and brief bios of Executive Committee candidates for 2017-2018. Vote online or in person at the business meeting October 4.