The 54th annual Southern Forest Insect Work Conference was held jointly with the Southwide Forest Disease Workshop 24-27 July 2012 (Tuesday - Friday) in Charlottesville, Virginia.
2012's banquet was a plated dinner with your choice of entrees: prime rib au jus or chicken stuffed with spinach and feta. Vegetarian plates (stuffed portobello mushroom) were also available.
Date: 24-27 July 2012
Place: Omni Charlottesville Hotel, 235 West Main St., Charlottesville, Virginia
Please see the linked Final Program. Thanks to all of the people who volunteered to moderate sessions.
NEW for 2012!!!
In addition to our familiar defined session topics, 2012's program included two sessions with no defined topic. These sessions were include a mixture of both forest entomology and pathology talks.
Graduate Student Session
The Graduate Student Session was on Wednesday, July 25. Presentation length was dependent on the number of students participating. Cash awards were given for the first and second place graduate student presentations!
The Poster Session and reception will be held on Wednesday, July 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM, and posters will be displayed throughout the meeting.
Posters should be no larger than 4' by 4'.
The Photo Salon was held on Thursday, July 26.
A.D. Hopkins Award and Roger F. Anderson Award
Nominations for the 2012 A.D. Hopkins Award, which recognizes outstanding record of service to Southern forest entomology
The 2012 Roger F. Anderson Award will be presented to an outstanding graduate student in Southern forest entomology
Southern Pine Beetle Working Group
The SPBWG meeting was held in conjunction with this year's SFIWC/SWFDW.
2012 SFIWC Food Drive
2012 once again hosted a food drive during the Southern Forest Insect Work Conference. All contributions will benefit the local Emergency Food Bank. You can find information about the services they provide at http://efb.avenue.org/. This site lists the types of food items they need. Cash or checks also will be gladly accepted.
All donations were taken to the Emergency Food Bank following the closing business meeting. The food bank is located close to the Hotel, and everyone is invited to come along when we present the donations.
The 2012 Frustrana Cup was a table shuffleboard tournament at Boylan Heights restaurant. The tournament was on Thursday, July 26, and started at 2 pm in order to finish before the evening banquet. The restaurant is located near the University of Virginia, and is accessible via a free trolley with stops near the hotel and the tournament site. All participants were strongly encouraged to sample the variety of liquid refreshments available at the site during the competition. As per tradition, all two-person teams were assembled randomly, just in case there were some shuffleboard sharks in our midst. Andy Londo has once again graciously volunteered to supply the trophies to the winners.