37th NORTHEAST ALGAL SYMPOSIUM
April 4-5, 1998
Sheraton Inn Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
REGISTRATION and ABSTRACT DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 20, 1998
Although we have traditionally met at MBL and still have a
foothold there for future meetings, this year we decided to be
adventuresome and try a new setting. So, mark your calendars and
join us at the 37th Northeast Algal Symposium on April 4-5, 1998 at
the Sheraton Inn Plymouth in Plymouth, MA. The Symposium
represents a broad gathering of phycologists who are interested in
the study of algae from a variety of different disciplines. This
wide scope of participants presents the perfect opportunity for
interactions with regional, and not so regional, colleagues and
graduate students, and also to hear about new research, exchange
ideas, and establish new professional connections. NEAS has had a
long tradition of being an exciting and fun meeting, and our agenda
this year promises more of the same!
The theme for this year's Symposium is "The Complexity of
Algae". We, as phycologists, know well that the complexity
observed within algal species offers many lessons towards the
understanding of cellular organization and processes, reproductive
events, and evolutionary mechanisms. Our Distinguished Lecturer
this year, Dr. Michael Wynne (University of Michigan), will address
"The Complexity of Algal Systematics: The Organisms! The Jobs! The
Future?!" on Saturday afternoon. His lecture is one we are all
looking forward to hearing.
On Sunday morning two additional invited seminars will round
out our program on algal complexity. Dr. JoAnn Burkholder
(North Carolina State University) will talk about the life strategy
complexities that surround blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate
Pfiesteria, and Dr. Michael Kuchka (Lehigh University) will speak
on the intricacy of coordination of nuclear and chloroplast genomes
in Chlamydomonas. These talks are a "must attend" on the last day
of the meeting!
We also look forward to hearing or seeing an oral or poster
presentation by each of you and the chance for you to talk about
your own algal research. Individual presentations are the backbone
of our meeting. We're dying to know all the hot or unusual data
you've gotten recently! So, now's the perfect time to spill your
guts! The more participant presentations there are, the more
exciting and intellectually stimulating our meeting will be!
Please plan to be a presenter.
Finally, do check out these interesting WWW sites for the
Plymouth area before arriving:
Registration and Housing Information
Pre-registration is encouraged and registration forms are
included in this mailing. Registration costs for regular
participants is $35, and for students and retired professionals is
$20. For those who are unable to register in advance, registration
is available at the door. This year, if it is impossible for you
to attend both days of the Symposium, we are offering a 1 day
registration fee of $25.
Hotel accomodations at the Sheraton Inn Plymouth should be
made directly by the individual participant. Rooms are $85 per day.
Each room has 2 double beds. Extra occupants (over 2) are $15 per
day. Roll out beds are available at $10 per night. The hotel
facilities include a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, health facility,
and saunas. Their restaurant, The Harbor Grille, is available for
breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The hotel also has a
Pub, which serves light meals. Other restaurants and fast food
chains are located nearby. Cooking is not permitted in the rooms.
Non-smoking and handicap rooms are available. Applicable taxes
total to 9.7% of the charge. Reservations must be made by March 3,
1998 and confirmed with a major credit card. For reservations,
individuals should call the hotel reservations desk at ph# (508)
747-4900, fax # (508) 746-2609. Please identify yourself as
attending the Northeast Algal Symposium.
Travel and Directions
The Sheraton Inn Plymouth is located at 180 Water Street,
Plymouth, MA 02360. To reach the Sheraton Inn Plymouth if driving
by car, from Route 3 take exit 6A (from Rt 3 south) or exit 6 (from
Rt 3 north) onto Route 44 east. Follow Route 44 to the waterfront,
turn left around the rotary onto Water Street. The Sheraton is the
3rd driveway on your left (approx. 100 yards). Guest parking is in
the rear of the hotel, enter through the rear entrance.
For those coming from greater distances, Plymouth is located
45 minutes from Boston, MA, 1 hour from Providence, RI, and 30
minutes from Cape Cod. The closest airports are Logan
International Airport (Boston; 40 miles) and T.F. Green Airport
(Providence; 67 miles). Those flying in might want to consider
flying in to Providence rather than Boston (even though Boston is
closer), since Southwest Airlines (which services Providence)
offers lower airfare rates.
Transportation from the airport to the hotel can be obtained
by 2 different means. First, one can take bus service through the
Plymouth/Brockton Lines. Their Plymouth terminal is located 2
miles (10 minutes) from the hotel. If you're not inclined to take
a bus ride, limousine service (actually a comfortable car) can be
arranged in advance through the Sheraton. When making your hotel
reservations with the Sheraton, mention that you also need to make
limo arrangements from the airport to the hotel. The Sheraton will
setup the appointment for you.
Student Grants to Attend NEAS
Grants are available through the Society for student members
to attend the meeting. The number and the amount of the awards
will depend upon the amount of money available in the Development
Fund, however, an emphasis is placed upon a student's proposed
contribution to the meeting. An application is included with this
mailing (see Call-for-Student Proposals). The application deadline
for Student Grants is Friday, February 20, 1998. All applications
should be sent to Dr. L.C. Colt, Jr., Biology Department,
University of Massachusetts Darthmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, N.
Darthmouth, MA 02747-2300 Fax # (508) 999-8196.
Alternatively, we are also looking for students who would be
willing to work the registration desk, man projectors, and be
gophers in exchange for free registration. If you are willing to
serve the Society as a student worker during the meeting, please
check the appropriate box in your registration form. Students that
are selected will be notified by email prior to the meeting.
!!!! BEST-EVER AUCTION !!!!
At this year's NEAS meeting Glen Thursby and Craig Schneider
will host an after-banquet auction on Saturday evening! All
proceeds will go to the Student Fund (Development Committee). What
can YOU do besides bring lots of $$$ to this event? If you have an
item of phycological (or other) interest to donate to the auction,
contact either Glen (401-782-3178) or Craig (860-297-2233). Just
about anything will be acceptable, including but not limited to
books and old reprints, pet algae, or valuable memorabilia, e.g.
old Elvis records and souvenirs of Graceland, NEAS t-shirts or mugs
from the Pleistocene, and last but not least, compromising pictures
of colleagues. This last item is particularly desirable if your
pictured colleagues will be at the meeting and have Big Bucks $$$
to blow. We would hate for any auctionable photograph to find its
way to a phycological web site without the person(s) depicted in
the photo having had the chance to purchase it. I WOULD COME IF I
February 20 (Friday)
1. NEAS Registration (via snail mail)
2. Call-for-Abstracts (accepted by email only)
3. Student Attendance Grant Application
March 3 (Tuesday)
1. Hotel Reservations at the Sheraton Inn Plymouth
Please print your email address clearly or enclose a self-addressed
envelope or postcard for acknowledgment.
Preferred presentation category: _____ Oral _____ Poster
Are you willing to present a poster if all oral slots are filled?
_____ Yes, _____ No
Projection requirements for oral presentation:
_____ 33 mm slides, _____ overheads, _____ video,
_____ other (please list)
For Students Only:
a) Would you like to compete for a student award?
_____ Yes, _____ No
If yes, list the name of your major professor:
b) Would you be willing to serve as a student worker in exchange
for free registration?
_____ Yes, _____ No (if selected you will be refunded
your registration fee)
If yes, check which day(s) you would be willing to work.
_____ Friday evening, _____ Saturday, _____ Sunday morning
Abstracts will be accepted by email only (except in unusual cases),
and should be followed by a faxed hard copy. Abstracts are to be
no longer than half of an 8.5" x 11" paper, single spaced, using a
12 point type font, with 1" margins on top and sides. To submit an
abstract, attach a formatted text file to your email and send to
<email: tracy at utmsi.zo.utexas.edu> no later than February 20, 1998.
Duplicate hard copies should be faxed to #(512) 749-6777. PC or
Mac files in Word or WordPerfect are recommended, processing of
text using other wordprocessing programs is not guaranteed. If you
are unable to send an electronic version by email, then send a
diskette containing a file (indicate PC or Mac) with the abstract
to Tracy Villareal, The University of Texas at Austin, Marine
Science Institute, 750 Channelview Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373-
5015, ph# (512) 749-6732. Retyping of abstracts will be done only
to correct transmission errors or obvious typos.
TITLE IN ALL CAPS. Joby Chesnick1 and Tracy Villareal2. 1Joby's
affiliation and address; 2Tracy's affiliation and address.
Begin text of abstract here...
REGISTRATION and MEMBERSHIP FORM
DUE DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 1998 !!!
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Registration forms with payment must be received by FEBRUARY 20,
1998. Banquet tickets cannot be guaranteed without advance
registration. There will be no refund of registration fees after
March 20, 1998. Receipts will be provided at the registration desk
Annual Membership Dues ($10.00 Professionals;
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2 Day Registration Fee ($35.00 Professionals;
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Banquet and Social ($30.00 Professionals; $20 Students) .$
TOTAL MEMBERSHIP AND REGISTRATION FEES . . . . . . . . . . . .$
FYI: Here is a list of excursions that you may be interested in
taking either before or after the conference. Note that these
trips are not organized by NEAS and should be planned individually.
1) Whale-watch boat rides
2) Plymouth Plantation (a living museum and re-enactment of
life in early Massachusetts)
3) Ocean Spray Cranberry World
4) Plymouth Wax Museum
5) Mayflower II (a recreation of the ship, the Mayflower).
Send your REGISTRATION, MEMBERSHIP and CALL-FOR ABSTRACTS by
FEBRUARY 20, 1998 TO: TRACY VILLAREAL, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT
AUSTIN, MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE, 750 CHANNELVIEW DRIVE, PORT
ARANSAS, TX 78373-5015
If you need additional information, please contact Joby Chesnick,
Biology Department, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042. <email:
chesnick at lafayette.edu>
chlamy at acpub.duke.edu