Patrick Reynolds, professor of biology and interim dean of faculty, has been elected president of the American Microscopical Society. Until last spring Reynolds served for 12 years as an editor of the Society’s quarterly journal Invertebrate Biology, the last six as editor-in-chief. In his new post, Reynolds will serve two years as president-elect, then two as president, and one as past president.
The American Microscopical Society grew out of the first National Microscopical Congress, convened in 1878 by medical and dental doctors and biologists interested in applying light microscopes in their work. The AMS has long encouraged all kinds of biological applications of microscopy, including study of protozoa, algae, fungi, vascularplants, bacteria, invertebrates and vertebrate histology and cytology.
Its journal is one of the oldest scientific journals in the United States having started in 1878. Invertebrate Biology publishes reports of research on all aspects of the biology of invertebrates–not only microscopy, but research involving the fields of cell and molecular biology, ecology, physiology, genetics, systematics, behavior and biogeography.