SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
10 September 2015
Volume 16 Issue 9

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The “Buzz” of Excitement for SETAC Salt Lake City is Growing

Carrie Claytor and Elin Ulrich, SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting Program Co-Chairs

Salt Lake City

The SETAC North America Program Committee has been hard at work planning the SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting which will take place from 1–5 November in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. In 2002, Salt Lake City was also the site of a previous SETAC North America meeting. Much has changed since then, including the building’s new solar panels and Silver LEED certification, Salt Lake City’s expanded light rail system, and the new City Creek Center mall just across from the convention center.

This year's meeting theme, “Buzzing with Science: Cross-Pollination for Environmental Progress,” reflects the meeting location (Utah’s nickname is the Beehive State), an active area of SETAC research (pollinator health), and a strategy for solving environmental problems (cross-disciplinary approaches). Our technical program reflects this theme through robust, diverse and environmentally relevant topics:

  • Choose from twelve professional training courses (including Pesticide Risk Assessment for Pollinators) as well as an interactive game for environmental education, all on Sunday. Sign up for training courses by 15 September for discounted pricing and to ensure that minimum attendance is met!
  • Plenary speakers include Lynn De Freitas of Friends of the Great Salt Lake, Jim Cane of the USDA, David Montgomery of the University of Washington and SETAC’s own Elaine Dorward-King of the Newmont Mining Corporation.
  • Scientific presentations are organized in 96 platform sessions and full-day poster sessions from Monday through Thursday in seven topical tracks and special symposia.
  • The SETAC North America Horizon Scanning Workshop will take place on Wednesday and Thursday to analyze feedback on priority research areas identified in the Global Horizon Scanning surveys.
  • It’s not too late to submit an abstract and present your research! Late-breaking science abstracts for posters will be accepted until 21 October.
  • Student-focused programming includes the Student/Mentor Lunch, Noontime Seminar, Open Assembly Meeting, Student Mixer at The Hotel and Club Elevate, and a daily Student Corner in the exhibit hall.

If you need a little break from all this science, take advantage of the Social Program! Activities include trips to the Great Salt Lake, Park City, Wendover, the Utah Olympic Oval, and sites in Salt Lake City. Explore some interesting local spots on your own, like the Leonardo,  public library (complete with art gallery, rooftop garden, and beehives), the State Capitol, and Temple Square, just to name a few. Stretch your legs at the Melissa Schultz Memorial 5K Fun Run on Tuesday in Liberty Park. And be ready for a musical fight at Keys on Main, a dueling piano bar and host of the Tuesday night social. Support SETAC student activities by bidding on Silent Auction items and see which SETAC group (Board of Directors, Program Committee or Advisory Groups) brings in the most money and wins this friendly competition. The students will also be moderating another Reddit Ask Me Anything and are seeking volunteers to answer questions posed by the public. This year’s Make-a-Difference Service Project is again sponsored by Ramboll ENVIRON International Corporation and will include a Great Salt Lake Area cleanup. SETAC is also partnering with Friends of the Great Salt Lake and local area schools for the event.

The complete details for housing, and the technical and social programs can be found on the SETAC Salt Lake City website.  Registration is now open and if you register by 15 September you can save. 15 September is also the registration deadline for the professional training courses, so be sure to sign up while there is still space!  We hope to see all of you in Salt Lake City in November!

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