FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2023
Contact: Beth Beard
LIAN GUO AWARDED THE EMMELINE MOORE PRIZE
FROM THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY
(Grand Rapids, Michigan) August 21, 2023 – Lian Guo, Ph.D., research coordinator with California Sea Grant, received the Emmeline Moore Prize at the American Fisheries Society (AFS) 153rd Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. AFS President April Croxton presented the award to Guo at the Business Meeting of the Society. The prize recognizes the efforts of an individual Society member who has demonstrated exemplary service to the cause of equal opportunity of access to higher education in fisheries and/or professional development in any of the disciplines of fisheries science or management. The award is named for Emmeline Moore, the first female president of the Society, who served from 1927 to 1928.
For the last five years, Dr. Guo has made significant contributions to the Equal Opportunities Section as president and outreach coordinator with her direct efforts leading to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (DEIJA) programming, recruitment of keynote speakers, symposia planning at multiple AFS annual meetings, the first-ever LGBTQ+/BIPOC social, section awards coordination, participation on the AFS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Standing Committee, co-host of the AFS Diversity and Inclusion Podcast, and work on national-level Sea Grant initiatives.
Guo embodies the idea of “being the change.” She is a natural-born leader that knows when to speak, when to listen, and when to elevate others. She is empathetic, psychologically flexible, and a strategic thinker who derives joy from supporting and empowering others. On a committee, she is quick to extend a helping hand, a kind word, or encouragement. She is careful to consider the perspective of multiple groups and/or individuals before taking action, not only because it is the ethical thing to do, but also because she truly knows and believes in the value of these differing perspectives.
“Lian is not just focused on the problems of today. Instead, she has the forethought and vision to consider what AFS will look like in the future. Lian’s extensive list of service, outreach, awards, as well as presentations, publications, and professional experiences is impressive to say the least. She embodies the spirit of the Emmeline Moore Prize,” said Croxton.
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Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.