The 52nd annual Southern Forest Insect Work Conference was held 28-31 July 2009 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The meeting started on a Tuesday to avoid the need for Sunday travel.
The banquet was 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 were available.
Place: Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront, 1600 E. Beach Blvd., Gulfport, Mississippi
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.
Frustrana Cup: Beach badminton tournament (weather permitting). Two-person teams based on a random drawing competed for the coveted title.
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 ended on Friday (July 31st) instead of the normal Thursday ending.
Call for Graduate Student Session presentations: The Graduate Student Session was held on Wednesday, July 29th from 2:30-5:15. Presentations were allotted 12 minute slots with an additional 3 minutes for questions.
Poster Session: The Poster Session was held on Thursday, July 30th from 4:30-6:00. Poster submissions were 4' by 4'.
Photo Salon: The Photo Salon was in conjunction with the Poster Session (similar to 2008) and was held Thursday, July 30th from 4:30-6:00. More Information