SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  12 September 2013
Volume 14 Issue 9

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Stage is Set for a Fantastic Week in Nashville

Burton Suedel and Frank Bailey, Program Committee Co-Chairs

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. (Photos courtesy of Ryan Otter)

SETAC is pleased to announce its SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 17–21 November 2013 at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., USA. The Opryland facility not only has first-class meeting areas but also unique scenic gardens and a fine selection of restaurants and bars.  During the meeting, the always spectacular annual Opryland Christmas Light Show will be in full swing.

The conference theme for this year’s meeting is "Harmonizing Science across Disciplines." Fitting with this theme, we have an exciting slate of distinguished keynote speakers from varied disciplines:

  • Jeanne Briskin, Research Coordinator, Hydraulic Fracturing Research, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development will talk about "Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts on Drinking Water."
  • Paul T. Anastas, Yale University, will talk about green chemistry’s impact on society.
  • William Purcell, former mayor of Nashville and now with Jones Hawkins & Farmer, PLC, will speak about policy and litigation and whether scientific research is keeping pace with regulations.

There are several special symposia included in the technical program: two of the highlights will be a symposium on Mercury Characterization and Contaminated Site Remediation, to be led by keynote speaker Jeremy Smith from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a regionally significant symposium on the Kingston Tennessee Coal Fly Ash Spill, to be led by keynote speaker Craig Zeller from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to the great science and networking opportunities that you are accustomed to at a SETAC meeting, the conference venue and hotel are in the same location this year, providing convenient access for meeting attendees staying at the conference hotel.  If you want to take a break from the meeting, Nashville is known as Music City USA and features numerous attractions, from music-based to historical, including the world-famous Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Zoo, Cheekwood Botanical Garden, Schermerhorn Symphony Center and The Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson).  SETAC will provide transportation throughout each day of the meeting to downtown Nashville for attendees staying in the SETAC block at the Opryland Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

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