SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  October 2010
Volume 11 Issue 11

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Regional Spotlight: Pacific Northwest SETAC

In addition to our usual regional activities this year, PNW SETAC is very excited to be the host regional chapter for the 2010 SETAC North America annual meeting in beautiful Portland, Oregon, 7–11 November at the Oregon Convention Center. This is the same location where the highly successful 4th SETAC World Congress – 25th Annual SNA meeting was conducted in 2004. Many of our outstanding PNW SETAC members, alongside dedicated SNA members, the SNA Board and the SNA staff have been busy preparing another excellent national meeting. We want to thank the Planning Committee Co-Chairs Kim Anderson, Oregon State University, and Bill Stubblefield, Oregon State University, as well as the exceedingly efficient SNA staff, for their efforts and leadership. If you are interested in helping onsite during the meeting, please contact Volunteer Co-Coordinator April Markiewicz, Western Washington University (why should we have all the fun?)

The national meeting features a new session format, an excellent plenary speaker line-up, and the introduction of a scientifically relevant and timely special session: the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill special session. Chaired by Gene Mancini and Bob Hadid, this special session will feature three sessions: the first is a panel presentation on Tuesday morning that will address critical issues related to the toxicity of the oil and dispersants, as well as to the response, and what was learned; the second is the poster presentations scheduled for Wednesday; the third is the special all-day session Thursday with 15 platform presentations and a final question and answer period afterwards. A good cross-section of affiliations will be featured. This session is scheduled to receive media attention, featuring SETAC as a recognized scientific community responding to global contaminant crises.

The 2010 Planning Committee received a record number of abstract ideas and abstracts for a SNA meeting, with 18 special sessions and 21 short courses offered. The Social Program Committee put together a trip to Mt. St. Helens, a wine tasting adventure and a 2-hour tour on a jet boat along the 6 river mile corridor of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The SETAC social dinner is scheduled for Tuesday night at the fabulous Portland Art Museum, where members can stroll among the modern art featured among three floors while sipping drinks, eating canap├ęs and listening to a local jazz duo. A stream planting service project in Vancouver, WA, sponsored by Weston Solutions, is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. All volunteers are invited to attend a post-event dinner and drinks at the Widmer Brothers Brewing Pub in Portland.

Poster session at PNW Chapter annual meetingIn other chapter news, the 19th Annual PNW SETAC meeting was conducted 15–17 April at Fort Worden State Park in scenic Port Townsend, WA, located on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. The meeting began Thursday afternoon with a concurrent short course and special session. The short course featured the WebICE risk assessment program taught by Sandy Raimondo of USEPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory in Gulf Breeze, FL. The special session on "Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Development," chaired by Irv Schultz, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories at Sequim, WA, will receive an encore, because it will also be featured as a session during the SNA meeting. Members were given opportunities to reconnect and socialize during a Thursday night reception, featuring local foods, beer and wine, and braved the rain during the Friday night BBQ at the beach shack located on the shores of the Puget Sound. Friday and half of Saturday were filled with platform and poster presentations. Along with a generous donation from the BC Ministry of Environment, and in keeping with one of our chapter's goals of encouraging student participation, this year PNW SETAC was pleased to financially support 20 students for a total of $3790 in travel funds. We congratulate our student members who received awards for best platform and poster presentations.

Western Washington University students at luncheonThe 2011 PNW SETAC annual meeting will be conducted at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, WA 14–16 April. Please be sure to mark your calendars. Students are particularly encouraged to attend and contribute as presenters and volunteers. The Vancouver Hilton is a beautiful LEEDS-certified building and is across the street from a sculpture park and year-round Farmer's Market, and offers easy access to the Columbia River and Portland nightlife. Our regional group supports the largest geographic area of any SNA regional chapter, serving the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. In order to accommodate our members, we are continuously exploring new locations for future meetings. Some ideas for future locations include Vancouver, BC, Portland, OR, and Corvallis, OR. If you have an idea for meeting locations, as well as special topics and short courses, any of our board members can be reached through the PNW SETAC website.

Evening barbecue at Fort Worden meeting siteTo learn more about the PNW SETAC regional chapter, please visit our website. Many thanks are due to the technical expertise and efforts of our Treasurer, Teresa Michelsen, Avocet Consulting, for her efforts in developing and maintaining the website. The website has the advantages of allowing members and non-members alike to learn about the Chapter's activities, current news, meet and e-mail the Board members, join and renew memberships, pay dues, register for upcoming meetings, download meeting materials and our newsletter, and update contact information. This is a fantastic resource that greatly expands our abilities to reach and network with our members and the broader regional scientific community.

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