SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
7 September 2017
Volume 18 Issue 9

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SETAC Minneapolis: Many Options for Science and Enjoying the Twin Cities

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

This November, meeting attendees of the SETAC North America 38th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 12–16 November, will share their science and exchange information and ideas that will help develop and find solutions to some of the most challenging environmental problems. We hope that we can continue to explore the ways to make the future a sustainable one for all of us. Using the meeting theme of “Toward a Superior Future: Advancing Science for a Sustainable Environment,” we have built a program that we believe will be stimulating and enjoyable for all participants. To further supplement the papers that have already been received and accepted for this year’s meeting, we are now accepting abstract submissions for late-breaking science until 27 October. The online program is also live and you can start planning your meeting itinerary.

As you make your reservations for hotels and travel, keep in mind a couple of key events and times:

Sunday, 12 November

Minneapolis skyline at night
  • Registration opens at 7:00 a.m.
  • Full-day training courses will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Morning courses will run from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., while afternoon courses run from 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • The opening ceremony kicks off at 6:00 p.m.

Monday–Wednesday, 13–15 November

  • Keynote speakers will present at 4:30 p.m. followed by the poster socials from 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.  

Tuesday, 14 November

  • Plan to attend the SETAC Community Interactive Town Hall event! More details will be available soon.

Thursday, 16 November

  • The poster social is earlier, 4:15 p.m.–5:35 p.m. Plan to stay for the closing ceremony starting at 5:45 p.m. to get a recap of the meeting and important information for future meetings. Also, attend for a chance to win a bike and paddle board, sponsored by Erin Bennett and Greg Schiefer, respectively.

In addition, scientific platform and poster sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. daily.

Check out the meeting news tab on the meeting page for updates! Minneapolis is a thriving metropolitan area that boasts of numerous parks and lakes, and is the 6th Best Bike City in the United States. The Twin Cities are recognized to be a “foodie’s” delight! Downtown has a unique feature called the Skyways, which are enclosed walkways usually located one or two stories above street level. The Skyway map can show you all the ways to get around town without facing down cold temperatures. With a network of transit, including the METRO Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, which has frequent, all-day service between stations and the airport, there are multiple, inexpensive options for exploring this fine city!

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  • SETAC Make-A-Difference Service Project: Restore Coldwater Spring in the Mississippi River
    Summer Street, Service Project, Program Committee
    • Bald eagle, credit: NPS/Gordon Dietzman
      Bald eagle, credit: NPS/Gordon Dietzman

      Join the fun and feel good about contributing to the local community! Work with your colleagues, the National Park Service and the Minneapolis Park Connection to restore Coldwater Spring from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m on Wednesday, 15 November. This 29-acre park with oak savanna, prairie and bluff top woodlands was an important crossroads for Native Americans and traders. In fact, it is the site of the first American settlement in Minnesota. This location is close to downtown and opportunities abound for wildlife viewing and photography. Bird watching is becoming a favorite activity at Coldwater Spring as the savanna and prairie restoration matures and attracts a larger number of species. Turkeys, deer and even coyotes are not uncommon, and native wildflowers bloom throughout the growing season. Check out the park online! This volunteering event will entail planting seeds and includes a park ranger-guided hike and talk about the history of the area. Fortunately, you won’t have to pack tools, supplies or gloves, the Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service will provide these items. The work is outdoors, and the event will take place rain or shine. The National Park Service will postpone if severe weather conditions arise. We welcome SETAC members, spouses and guests. Be sure to register in advance, and check in when you get on-site. Transportation will be provided. There’s a cost of $10.00, and we are seeking at least 15 participants.

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  • Take Advantage of Various Visibility Opportunities for Your Organization
    Tyler Linton and Michael Kierski, Fundraising Program Committee
    • Have you and your firm or organization considered supporting or contributing to the SETAC North America 38th Annual Meeting in the Twin Cities but just haven’t gotten around to it yet? There are still a variety of opportunities for your organization to raise its visibility while supporting the meeting.

      Plan to be an Exhibitor

      1. Showcase your organization to 1,800 environmental scientists, assessors, regulators and managers
      2. Expose your product or service globally to representatives of more than 40 countries
      3. Benefit from a 38-year history of cutting-edge science and a high-visibility trade show
      4. Exhibit your offerings to representatives from worldwide, regional, state and local governments, businesses, academic and nongovernmental organizations
      5. Promote your business with an ad in our printed meeting program, a long-lasting, take-home go-to resource for meeting attendees

      If you plan on becoming an exhibitor, do not wait any longer. There are only ten booths left! Visit for more information.

      Plan to be an Activity Sponsor! Sponsor a particular activity with any of the opportunities below to get special recognition for your generosity. Contact us anytime before the meeting.

      Activity Sponsorship
      Breakfast: Senior Resource Group $500 ($1,000 exclusive buyout)
      Breakfast: New Member $500 ($5,000 exclusive buyout)
      Breakfast: Guest Spouse (3 available) $500 ($1,000 exclusive buyout for 1)
      Early Career Social $1,000 ($3,000 exclusive buyout)
      Closing Ceremony Raffle/Give-away $500
      Coffee Break(s) $400
      General Meeting Sponsorship $1,000 and up
      Opening Reception $10,000 (exclusive buyout)
      Poster Social(s) $500
      Thursday Poster Corner $1,000 (exclusive buyout)
      Student Mixer $500 ($3,000 exclusive buyout)
      Student Travel Award Program $250 and up

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  • Planning Your Trip? Plan to Come Early and Stay Through Friday!
    Teresa Norberg-King and Dalma Martinović-Weigelt, Program Co-Chairs, and Dawn Perkins and Alice Kells, Social Events, Program Committee
    • Sign Up to Take the Tour of the Como Park Conservatory and Raptor Center

      We’ve set up this event from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Sunday, 12 November. These are two of the favorite sites for visitors in the metro area.

      Como Zoo

      Conservatory and Como Zoo: A must see in the Twin Cities is the Como Park Conservatory, which is a unique opportunity to experience one of the few remaining Victorian style conservatories in the country. Covering around one acre, the glass conservatory was built in 1915 and is home to around 50,000 plants from 1,684 separate species. In a behind-the-scenes tour, you will learn how the conservatory staff keeps the plants looking lush and green year-round. Following the group tour of the Conservatory, participants will be able to do a self-guided tour of the Como Park Zoo at the same location. The Como Park Zoo is home to 25 animal habitats featuring orangutans, gorillas, giraffes, lions, tigers, polar bears and more. The tour includes lunch at the zoo. This is a small but fantastic zoo in a great park in between St. Paul and Minneapolis.


      Raptor Center: Whether you are an avid birdwatcher or are simply interested in learning about raptors or animal rehabilitation, a tour of the Raptor Center should be a part of your visit to the Twin Cities. The center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, and conservation of eagles, hawks, owls and falcons. The Center is located at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in St Paul, about 20 minutes from the Convention Center. This facility rehabilitates around 800 sick and injured raptors each year, at the same time training veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation. Guides will show you the birds currently onsite in their indoor and outdoor enclosures. They will provide an interactive presentation with select raptors, feeding them while on their gloves, and explaining the differences between the species. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to see some of the most magnificent birds that call Minnesota home.

      A Second Brewery Tour Has Been Added

      The Tuesday night Twin Cities Craft Brewery Excursion sold out, so we've added another for Monday night. Come join us to explore the Twin Cities exploding craft brewery scene! We will visit two popular Minneapolis taprooms located in the epicenter of the brewery boom, Inbound and 612Brew. Our outing includes a behind the scene tour at one brewery, a pint of beer at each taproom, round-trip transportation from the Convention Center, a fun and knowledgeable tour guide, and all gratuities. Also feel free to bring a clean, empty growler to take away your favorite ale to enjoy later. Register soon – this is a popular tour!

      Things To Do On Your Own

      1. Explore Public Art.  The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis launched six interactive map tours that make it easy to explore public art. There are six geographically organized tours within Minneapolis: North, East, Downtown, Southeast, South and Southwest. Don’t miss the Sculpture Garden and the Walker Art Center.
      2. Visit the club that made Prince famous, First Avenue, or take the public tour of Prince’s Paisley Park mansion.
      3. Visit the Raptor Center on your own.
      4. Brewery tour on your own.
      5. Tour the Science Museum in St. Paul.
      6. Walk, shop and eat along the 12-block area of Nicolet Mall (near the Convention Center).
      7. Shop at the Mall of America and remember, no sales tax on clothes or shoes in Minnesota!
      8. Take a stroll to view the Stone Arch Bridge.
      9. Visit the Mill City Museum, ruins of the former world's largest flour mill.
      10. Visit the oldest basilica in the country, the Basilica of St. Mary.
      11. Check out the architecture and take in a show at one of the many theatres: Guthrie Theater, Fitzgerald Theater or Ordway Center for Performing Arts. Watch a touring Broadway show at the historic State Theatre or the Orpheum Theatre.
      12. Tour the new stadiums, Target Field (MN Twins) and USBank Stadium (Vikings).
      13. View the Mary Tyler Moore statue at the Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet & 5th.
      14. View the Minneapolis skyline from the river front at one of the few lighthouses still on the Mississippi at Boom Island Park.

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