Thanks for another great conference! So many of you gave in various ways, from organizing panels and speakers; serving as moderators, discussants or panelists; serving as reviewers in the paper competition; or presenting your research. Here are a few photos for those to reminisce. We had much to celebrate at the business meeting, including the top student and faculty research paper awards, to awarding Sabine Baumann with the 2016 Barry Sherman Teaching Award. We elected our new division officers, discussed some possible new initiatives (to be highlighted by Axel), and voted to move up the deadline for Named Awards nominations to February 15 of each year. This should encourage more submissions. We also celebrated meeting several of our goals set last year, including increased division membership (one of just two AEJMC divisions with YOY growth!), more international and graduate student outreach, and increased submissions and presentations at the Midwinter Conference. For further details, you may read the MMEE Division’s Annual Report.
Finally and on a somber note, we took some time to remember those we’ve lost. Our dear friend and PF&R chair for 2015-2016, Fred Schiff, unexpectedly passed away the week prior to AEJMC. His loss was felt by all of us, and he will be missed. After the meeting, we signed sympathy cards for Fred’s family and also that of John Dimmick, who we lost earlier this summer. We appreciate Fred and John for who they were and the valuable contributions they made. MMEE is the unique division it is, largely, because of the people behind it. That includes you! Thank you for all you do, and how you do it. On this note, I want to thank each of the 2015-2016 executive board members for their hard work, and especially Axel Roepnack for his time and attention to this year’s conference as Program Chair. I look forward with excitement to his leadership as MMEE’s Incoming Chair and the ideas that our new executive board will generate.
With appreciation to all ~ Amy Jo