52th Annual SFIWC
July 28-31, 2009
Final Program - NEW
The 52nd annual Southern Forest Insect Work Conference will be 28-31 July 2009 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The meeting starts on a Tuesday this year to avoid the need for Sunday travel.
The 2009 SFIWC registration form is here (as a .doc and .pdf file). The registration fee is $180 ($110 for students and retired members). Extra banquet tickets are $39. Please be aware that an additional $8.00 fee applies to all Canadian and other non-U.S. checks.
This year's banquet will be a poolside seafood boil, featuring Louisiana crawfish and gulf shrimp, cooked with Cajun spices, new potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, and stewed onions; fried catfish fillets with cocktail and tartar sauce; pulled BBQ pork with fresh yeast rolls; Southern fried chicken; creamy coleslaw and mustard potato salad; baked beans; hush puppies/sweet cornbread; banana pudding/peach cobbler for dessert; and a cash bar. Vegetarian plates also are available; please be sure to mark your preference on the registration form.
The hotel requires a portion of our bill to be paid 30 days prior to the meeting and would like to have a reasonably accurate head count in advance for food preparation, so I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE everyone to send in their registration forms and fees to me as early as possible. Pre-registration will be accepted until July 13.
Date: 28-31 July 2009
Place: Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront, 1600 E. Beach Blvd., Gulfport, Mississippi
Phone reservation: 228-864-4310. Ask for the "Southern Forest Insect Work Conference" group rate.
Parking is FREE.
Visit http://www.marriott.com/gptcy for hotel information.
Room rates are $80.00 per night plus tax. Remember, this low rate is valid only until June 30, and only for the first 90 rooms (first 30 on Monday, July 27). Make your reservation right away!
Please send any agenda items for the 2009 SPB Working Group (SPBWG) meeting at this year's SFIWC in Gulfport to Steve Clarke at email@example.com. Notes from the 2008 SPBWG meeting, held at the 2008 SFIWC in Chattanooga, are now available at http://www.sfiwc.org/past.html, next to the 2008 Proceedings.
This year's Frustrana Cup will be a beach badminton tournament (weather permitting). Two-person teams based on a random drawing will compete for the coveted title. No glass containers permitted on the beach, so plan accordingly.
Program: Please see the attached Program (as a .doc and .pdf file). Thanks to all of the people that volunteered to moderate sessions. Notice that the Opening Business Meeting and the official start of the meeting are on Wednesday (July 29th) this year, not Tuesday the traditional start of the meeting. The entire program has been shifted forward one day, and the meeting ends on Friday (July 31st) instead of the normal Thursday ending. Please let me (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have any questions.
Call for Graduate Student Session presentations: The Graduate Student Session will be on Wednesday, July 29th from 2:30-5:15. Presentations will be allotted 12 minute slots with an additional 3 minutes for questions. Titles, authors, and affiliations along with any questions should be sent to Carla Dilling (email@example.com) or Kelly Felderhoff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Poster Session: Poster submissions need to be in by July 6th to Ligia Cota Vieira -email@example.com. The Poster Session will be held on Thursday, July 30th from 4:30-6:00. Please contact Ligia Cota Vieira (firstname.lastname@example.org) for poster submissions and any questions. Poster submissions should be 4' by 4', and materials to hang posters will be provided for you. Poster set up will be Tuesday, July 28th from 3:00-5:00. Space is limited.
Photo Salon: The Photo Salon will be in conjunction with the Poster Session (similar to last year) and will be held Thursday, July 30th from 4:30-6:00. Please contact Laurie Reid (email@example.com) with pictures that you would like to submit or any questions. More Information
Hope to see you in Gulfport on July 28!