News and Announcements

JFR Publishing Frequency Change:

Beginning in 2020, the Journal of Foraminiferal Research will be published quarterly online, with two issues combined into a single printing that will be mailed twice per year.

Cushman Foundation Reception at GSA

The 2018 Cushman Foundation Awards Reception will be held Tuesday November 6th, 2018 from 7:00 PM-11:00 PM at: 

CharBlue Steak and Seafood
14 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis

CharBlue is within walking distance from the Convention Center and the convention hotels.  The reception will feature a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Please stop by the Cushman Foundation booth at GSA for more information.  Directions and a map will be available.

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

Please join us for sessions sponsored by The Cushman Foundation at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (Indianapolis, Indiana, 4-7 November 2018). Details of the sessions can be found at

T120. Cushman Foundation Symposium: Hothouse to Coldhouse Transitions at Southern High Paleolatitudes during the Cretaceous and Cenozoic

T91. Evolution of Paleontological Art

T116. New Developments in Geochemical Proxies for Paleoceanographic Research

T121. Insights from Microfossils, Palynology, and Their Modern Analogs: From Traditional to Emerging Techniques

T122. Oceans and Climates through Earth History: From Proxy Reconstructions to Model Assessments (Posters)

T124. Integrated Biostratigraphy (Posters)

T132. Applications of 3D Printing and Other 3D Methods to Experimental Paleontology

T175. Late Jurassic through Early Cretaceous Geologic Time Scale

Watch for details regarding the Cushman Foundation Awards Reception on 6 November; check the CF Facebook page:

FORAMS 2018, 17-22 June 2018, Edinburgh Scotland

The Forams 2018 symposium, organized by Kate Darling and Bill Austin, was held in the lovely and historic city of Edinburgh Scotland from 17-22 June.  The well-organized meeting included a vast array of oral and poster presentations, which revealed that our subdiscipline is applying numerous cutting-edge methods to make great strides in understanding our organisms of choice. A total of 424 delegates, from 40 countries, attended the meeting. The session program included three plenary talks during the morning, three parallel symposium sessions during the afternoon, daily poster sessions, and several options for a mid-week field trip. Eighteen students received funding from the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research to help defray their costs to attend Forams 2018.  These students were from eight countries (Austria 1; Czech Republic 1; France 1; Israel 4; Japan 1; Norway 1; UK 1; US 8). The Foundation sponsored a reception open to all delegates the evening of 19 June, where delectable finger foods such as Scottish smoked salmon pretzels and diverse beverages were served.  During the reception, Brian Huber gave a presentation regarding the Foundation’s history and activities, including introducing student travel award recipients.  Immediately after the reception, the Foundation also partially sponsored a traditional Ceilidh dance, where approximately 200 delegates danced Scottish reels and disco well into the night. The Foundation looks forward to Forams 2022, which will be convened in Perugia, Italy.

Cushman Foundation Grants and Awards

Inaugural BAT Award (Buzas Award for Travel to Visit the Cushman Collection)

Jenny Rashall, a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected to receive the first annual BAT award. Her advisor is Dr. Merlynd K. Nestell. Jenny’s research involves updating the benthic and planktic foraminiferal taxonomy for the Cretaceous Washita Group in North Texas, first studied extensively by Loeblich and Tappan.

Awarded each year in April, the Buzas Award for Travel was established in 2017 by Dr. Martin A. Buzas, Past Director and President of the Foundation, and his family to support research at the world-famous Cushman Collection of foraminifera at the US Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA.  The award is open to graduate students and professional researchers who can demonstrate a need to use the collection and associated facilities. For more information and to apply, please visit

The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research

Nominations are sought
for the Joseph A. Cushman Award, which was established to honor living researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the field of foraminiferology. Nominations are considered at the Cushman Foundation Board of Director's annual business meeting, which occurs each year in conjunction with the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. A nomination letter and up to three support letters should each be a maximum of two pages. The nomination letter must include a 300-word summary of the reason for nomination. The nominator of the awardee will have primary responsibility for writing the citation to be read at the Cushman Foundation Annual Reception. Nominations and supporting letters received by 1 September will be considered during the subsequent CF Board of Director's business meeting. Nominations received after 1 September will be considered during the following calendar year. Nominations may remain active for up to three years. For more details visit: