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13 July 2017
Volume 18 Issue 7
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Exciting Activities and Presentations Planned Just for You – Check out the Minneapolis Meeting

Teresa Norberg-King and Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, SETAC Minneapolis Program Co-chairs

We’re well on our way to having a great SETAC North America 38th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 12–16 November in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The program review committee, which consists of ten volunteers from the program committee, recently met in Pensacola, Florida, to organize the program. The session and abstract acceptances have gone out, and now watch the website, msp.setac.org, as we will post the online program in the next few weeks.

We have selected sessions of local, national and global interest, and we’re excited to have additional events planned on Thursday, including poster corners to highlight important topics. Networking and social events at this face-to-face meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to build and strengthen relationships. Students are a crucial part of SETAC, and a great student program, including student party, offer unique opportunities for our future generation of environmental scientists.

We have superb keynote speakers lined up:

Glenn Begley Will Stegar Bonnie Keller

On Monday, Glenn Begley, CEO of BioCurate Pty Ltd in Australia and a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist, will highlight issues of research integrity and scientific reproducibility. He advises several biotechnology companies on these topics. His talk will address “10% of the time it works every time, or recognizing sloppy science.”

Will Steger is best known for his legendary polar explorations, leading teams on some of the most significant arctic expeditions in history. On Tuesday, the educator, environmental ambassador, writer, photographer and Minnesota resident will talk about his experience in witnessing the ongoing catastrophic consequences of climate change.

Bonnie Keeler will be our Wednesday keynote speaker. She is the director and lead scientist at the Natural Capitol Project, University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Keeler and her team use interdisciplinary tools and approaches to better communicate and quantify the value of nature.

We encourage you to check out the professional training courses this year, and include them in your schedule and take one of these on Sunday, 12 November. There are options for all-day courses or either morning- or afternoon-only courses. For the first time, we’re offering a workplace health and safety training course. This year, you can get or refresh your Red Cross first-aid and CPR certification. Please join us for one of these courses!

We also want to recognize and thank the many volunteers and SETAC staff for their efforts and support. 

Authors’ contact information: Norberg-King.Teresa@epa.gov and mart6831@stthomas.edu

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