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The twentieth annual meeting of the American Society of Naturalists was held at the University of Chicago December 31, 1901, and January 1, 1902, and the occasion proved to be a noteworthy one in many respects. The holding of an annual meeting in Chicago, "so far west," was regarded at first as a rather uncertain experiment, but the number in attendance and the quality of the material presented showed very clearly that Chicago, for various reasons, is far from being an unfavorable place for meetings of even the most purely scientific character.
The lecture by L. O. Howard of the Department of Agriculture on "International Work with Beneficial Insects," was a good illustration of the economic value of scientific methods applied to the study of destructive parasitic diseases of various trees and plants. The annual discussion had for its subject "The Relation of the American Society of Naturalists to Other
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NATURALISTS AND AFFILIATED SOCIETIES.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):109–110. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480020039005
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