Letter from the NCB President

August Newsletter from NCB President John Ruberson

Happy August!

It's hard to believe that summer is passing so quickly. We are making progress toward our 2018 North Central Branch Meeting, March 18-21, of next year. 

Early Career Professionals

A big thank you to the four folks who are willing to be nominated to serve as the ESA-NCB Early Career Professional representative to the National ESA ECP committee. The nominees are Kacie Athey, Alison Gerken, Hannah Penn, and Scott Williams. Their nomination information is attached. Please go this website and rank the candidates in order from 1 to 4, with 1 being your top choice. Please submit your votes no later than 5 pm CDT on Friday, August 25th, and only ECP members are permitted to vote.

2018 Meeting Symposia Wanted

We are now open to receive 2018 NCB symposium proposals. This year you can submit your proposal online. Proposal submitteers will be required to provide:

  • Session title
  • Summary Statement of the Goal or Concepts, and Objectives
  • Brief Symposium Description (50 words or less)
  • List of several speakers you plan to invite to participate in the symposium
  • Additional comments (not required)
  • Total time required: 2 or 4 hours
  • Organizer names and contact information

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Dr. Joe Louis (pictured at the National Mustard Museum - see below). The deadline for symposium proposal submissions will be October 1, 2017.

Approximate Meeting Deadlines that will be Coming:

  • Symposium submissions: Open now to October 1, 2017
  • Awards nominations: Open October 1 to December 1, 2017
  • Paper/poster submissions: Open November 1 to December 1, 2017
  • Registration (early-bird): Open November 1 to January 15, 2017
  • Housing: Open November 1 to February 15, 2017

It Cuts the Mustard!

We conducted a site visit at the 2018 meeting hotel – the Madison West Marriott - at the end of July, and the facilities will be very nice and convenient for the meeting (with indoor pool and decent exercise room). The hotel is located in Middleton, Wisconsin, about 6 miles from downtown Madison and the campus of the University of Wisconsin. But don’t fret over the distance - Middleton itself is not without its impressive attractions – check out the National Mustard Museum, founded by Barry Levenson (pictured)! Check out the video on YouTube.

Hotel Layout and Information

This map shows the layout of the meeting room area, and shows how easy it will be to get around. The area below the blue rooms is a large lobby area. There is ample meeting space. Parking at the hotel will be free, for those of you who drive, and there will be free wifi in the meeting area and the guest rooms. Room rates per night - $134 for 1-2 occupants, $144 for 3-4 occupants, government rate will be honored for government employees. There will be a free shuttle to the airport that runs from Sunday afternoon until Friday night, so it is not active on Saturdays or Sunday mornings. 

More information about the meeting will be coming soon, but I look forward to seeing many of you in Madison next March! Please be thinking about how you can participate and share your great ideas with the Branch.

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