Eric Van Genderen and Michelle Hornberger, SETAC North America 39th Annual Meeting Co-chairs

Did you know that Sacramento is the birthplace of the Pony Express? At a cost of $10 per ounce, which is about $300 today, service between California and Missouri took just 10 days.

Registration for the SETAC North America 39th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 4–8 November, is now open! That means the Program Committee and SETAC staff have been hard at work pairing a technical and social program to please everyone’s palate. In addition to the full and diverse program of technical sessions that you’ve come to expect, we have an excellent line up of plenary speakers and social events for members and guests alike.

Plenary Program

Jessica Head, SETAC member and Assistant Professor at McGill University, will present “Epigenetics: Evaluating How Environmental Chemicals Affect Organismal Health.” Head’s research interests focus on how seemingly simple relationships between exposure to chemicals and toxic effect are modulated by “real-world” complexity (e.g., multiple stressors, variable genetic background, species-differences, variable histories of exposure).

Estelle Robichaux is the Assistant Director of Regional Engagement at COMPASS – Science Communication, which helps connect scientists and decision-makers on natural resource issues. Communicating the science of SETAC members with a range of audiences can be challenging, but it is necessary for many reasons (e.g., interactions with and informing the public, soliciting funding, affecting policy changes). Robichaux will share examples of what has worked, what hasn’t and the tools for successfully communicating science messages.

Kim Stanley Robinson is an award-winning author and widely recognized as one of the foremost living writers of science fiction. He is known for his technical detail and well researched-stories in the Mars Trilogy and, recently, in New York 2140, among others. Robinson has a unique perspective into a possible future that we are currently tracking towards and will articulate how this future might look like as well as new and unexpected challenges that SETAC scientists could face.

Social Program

Explore local art, wildlife, habitat and viticulture:

  • Birdwatching Tour in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (Sunday)
  • Clarksburg Winery tour and tasting (Sunday)
  • Sacramento Running Tour (less than three miles), including mural street art around downtown (Monday)
  • Delta Region Areawide Aquatic Weed Project Tour (DRAAWP) of areas targeted by water resource managers to combat invasive aquatic plants (Thursday)

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Guests have unique opportunities as well:

  • Amador Wine tours
  • Apple Hill fruit farms, wineries, bake shops…a popular destination since 1964
  • Professionally guided float tour of the Delta Ecosystem for wildlife viewing and natural beauty

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Keep an eye for more information next month, including updates on the student program. See you in Sacramento!

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