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19 March 2015
Volume 16 Issue 3
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Noteworthy Talks to View Again and Again!

Sarah Bowman, All-in-Digital Ad-Hoc Committee

The SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, happened almost four months ago. While it was only my fourth SETAC North America (SNA) annual meeting, it was the best SETAC meeting that I have ever been to. I don’t know about you, but I am counting down the weeks until the next SNA meeting (33 left). In the meantime, I found a great way to get my SETAC fix from the comfort of my own home.

You have propably heard by now that SNA began recording select sessions in Nashville and continued this new endeavor in Vancouver. Unlike the Nashville talks, the Vancouver talks were recorded individually and not as entire sessions, so they are much easy to access. My personal goal is to view one presentation per week, and I challenge each of you to do the same! With 33 weeks until the next SNA annual meeting, there are enough recordings to watch – up to five talks per week! You can find an overview of the individual talks and sessions at vancouver.setac.org.

Wednesday Keynote LackeyThe first talk I would like to highlight is the Wednesday night keynote by Robert T. Lackey, Professor of Fisheries Science at Oregon State University. He was an entertaining speaker who described the interface of science and policy. Lackey has more than 27 years of experience in government and academia, working on various natural resource management issues. At the beginning of the talk, Lackey describes a call from the Vancouver Program Committee asking him to provide a keynote talk that is controversial and requires the audience to think more deeply about their science. Lackey delivered. If you work in government, academia or business, you should listen to this talk. It may make you question your own science and it will likely pull you out of your comfort zone. It’s definitely an interesting and relevant talk for scientists, policymakers or someone that works at the intersection of the two.

HG Reduction Arctic SnowSecondly, I would like to highlight a talk given by Erin Mann, who was also a winner of a SETAC Endowment Fund Student Travel Award at the meeting. SETAC gave out more than 100 student travel awards in Vancouver and ten of the Vancouver student travel award winners gave platform presentations in sessions that were recorded. Mann, from Memorial University of Newfoundland, gave a great talk on her thesis research titled “The Influence of Chloride Concentration on Hg Photochemical Reduction in Arctic Snow” in the Mercury Fate and Biogeochemistry Part 2 session.

Finally if your talk was recorded, I encourage each of you to view your own recorded talk. Was it everything you envisioned it to be? If not, perhaps you can benefit from other resources in the SETAC Learning Center. For example, two free webinars by Jude Schneider and Liz Bradford, communications experts from Cardno Entrix, explain how to give successful poster and platform presentations.

Feel free to share relevant recordings with colleagues inside and outside of SETAC – that’s right, the recordings are free for anyone to view. Enjoy!

Author’s contact information: SarahRBowman@gmail.com

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