SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
2 November 2017
Volume 18 Issue 11

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Minneapolis Here We Come!

Dalma Martinović-Weigelt and Teresa Norberg-King, SETAC Minneapolis Program Co-Chairs

To help you get ready for the SETAC North America 38th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 12–16 November in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we encourage you to go to the meeting website. Under the “Program” tab, you will find information on the daily schedule, scientific program, social program, business meetings and affiliated activities. There are helpful links under each of these tabs. For example, in the daily schedule you can find the link to view the printed meeting program or online program where you can create your personal meeting itinerary and either download it as a .pdf or put it directly into your iCalendar. Use these tools to ensure you never miss a meeting or presentation that you want to attend!

SETAC Minneapolis themeUnder the “Scientific Program” tab, read about the keynote speakers and professional training courses. There is also helpful guidance for session chairs and presenters. Don’t forget to consider Twin Cities Craft Brewery Excursion on Monday to complete your meeting experience. You will find links to activities like the Women in SETAC Luncheon, Wednesday night Student Mixer, and other networking events. We encourage everybody to help our student program by participating in the Silent Auction. Consider both donating an item for the auction and bidding on items of interest to you. All proceeds benefit student members.

Speaking of supporting our students, please consider serving as a mentor. We are asking each mentor to contribute $30 for the Student/Mentor Lunch to help defray the cost of this event and enable more students to participate. To sign up please fill out this survey before 6 November. You can make your contribution at the SETAC registration desk. In order for us to plan for the right number and balance of mentors by sector, please respond to this invitation soon; we will confirm your attendance by 10 November via e-mail.

For the first time, we invite you, your family and friends to join us for the inaugural SETAC Town Hall. This public event will model SETAC’s civil discourse and tripartite approach to solving environmental problems. We will tackle water-related issues of local, national and global importance. The panelists include Deborah Swackhamer, Larry Kapustka, Edward Swain and Blair Paulik. Erin Bennet will serve as the moderator. So, mark your calendar to join us from 7:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 14 November, in the Schulze Auditorium at the University of St. Thomas. It is a short walk from the Convention Center, just past the Brit’s Pub – a local favorite lawn bowling spot.

Back by popular demand, a number of food carts will be available in the proximity of meeting rooms for an easy on-site lunch. While you are strolling around during the breaks and lunchtime, stop by the registration desk from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon to volunteer with Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service to improve habitats surrounding the Mississippi River. You can help create native seeds packets or aid with stratifying Kentucky coffee tree seeds without leaving the Convention Center!

Don’t forget to attend the Santa Endowment Fundraiser. For a donation to the Endowment Fund, a SETAC elf will take your photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the Monday Poster Social. The purpose of the SETAC North America Endowment Fund is to develop and grow invested funds in order to generate proceeds each year for use in supporting technical, scientific and educational activities consistent with the society’s mission. The goal of the Herb Ward Endowment Fund Challenge is to grow the fund to $400,000 by the SETAC North America 40th annual meeting in 2019.

When you click on the “Exhibits and Promotions” tab, you will see a list of exhibitors that will be at the meeting in Minneapolis. The exhibitor bingo is a great way to meet with the vendors while also having some fun and the opportunity to win valuable prizes. Additionally, if you still want to become an exhibitor, there is room available. Contact Linda Fenner, and she will help you reserve space for this meeting.

No SETAC meeting occurs without the generous support of many groups and individuals. We want to thank all of our supporters for their contributions, including SETAC Global Partners and Affiliates, SETAC North America Sustaining Members and Affiliates, and all meeting supporters and individual donations large and small. Contributions add up to make this meeting a success. If you, too, want to become a meeting supporter, there are meeting support options still available.  

Finally, look to the “Plan Your Trip” tab for how to get around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here you will find information on the light rail and bus schedules. Last but not least, click on the “Things to Do” tab to find out about area attractions and restaurant discounts while you and your family are in Minneapolis. There are many options to explore, including the Sculpture Garden and the Walker Art Center, the famed Guthrie Theater and Prince’s Paisley Park studios, or check out Target Field (MN Twins) and US Bank (Vikings) stadiums. SETAC attendees also receive a discount for the NBA basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs, which will start at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Target Center.

The Program Committee has worked tirelessly to bring you a meeting that will be memorable both professionally and socially. Now we are looking forward to joining you in Minneapolis and having lots of fun with all of you as we come together to share our science and experiences from the last year. See you in Minneapolis!

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