The change in the title of the Bulletin to The Malacologist has been made for two reasons: first, to emphasize that this newsletter is about a group of people and their collective interests and activities, and secondly to avoid possible confusion with the former title of the Journal, which was the Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London. To avoid changes to The Society's rules, the 'official name' is still the Bulletin of The Malacological Society of London so if enough of you wish, we can revert to the former name.
The Society has recently revised and extended its Awards and Grants and these can be found here. The winners, who were announced at the Annual General Meeting, are listed here, and Dr McIvor, the Annual Award winner, gives an account of her work here. News of forthcoming meetings can be found, as usual on our diary page. This issue also contains an authoritative briefing on snail-borne diseases, with the report by Russell Stothard on our April meeting held at the Linnean Society's rooms, and a first hand account of the impact of the Tsunami on Sri Lankan land snails, together with the underlying geological background. I am very grateful to authors for their prompt delivery of text and illustrations.
Please send contributions for the next (February) issue to me by mid January. Contributions of articles, mini-reviews, and additions to news items from non-malacological journals will be especially welcome. I include those news items which I come across, but they are necessarily only a selection of what is out there.
Please keep articles and abstracts simple and succinct, avoiding or explaining specialist terms. Where appropriate, include a reference to a more detailed account, and an illustration. Please make the content of emails clear in the header, or I may delete them unread as 'spam'.
Dr S E R Bailey
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