North Central Branch Newsletter
February Newsletter from NCB President John Ruberson
Less than four weeks and counting -
The NCB meeting is getting very close – under four weeks out - and preparations are reaching fever pitch. Christelle Guedot, Chris Williamson, and the rest of the Local Arrangements Committee continue to work like burying beetles on a cadaver trying to get things ready for a great meeting. Please make sure you thank these folks when you see them at the meeting, as we wouldn’t have much of a meeting without them. Program Chair Joe Louis also is wrapping up an excellent program, and you can view it online to prepare. We are truly fortunate to have so many dedicated people who devote so much time and energy to successful meetings.
New Branch Officers:
Congratulations to Andy Michel (The Ohio State University) on his election as NCB President-Elect for 2018-2019, and to Clint Pilcher (DuPont Pioneer) on his election as NCB Member-at-Large for 2018-2021! We also want to extend our great thanks and appreciation to Deane Jorgenson (nominated for President-Elect), and Rob Morrison and Raul Villanueva (nominated for Member-at-Large) for their willingness to be nominated for positions and to serve if elected. Y’all are great folks!
Registration and Lodging:
The deadline for hotel reservations is Monday, February 26th so if you haven’t made reservations, please do so as soon as possible! Not many rooms are left. Registration is still open and will be throughout the meeting itself, but the Early Bird rates have ended. More detailed information about the meeting is available on the website.
Student Paper/Poster Judges Needed:
We are in critical need of judges for the student oral and poster competitions, which will be held on Monday morning (March 19, 2018). Please consider volunteering! Please contact Student Awards Chair, Adam Varenhorst if you are interested in judging. Also, please advise Adam if you have any potential conflicts of interest (e.g., student advisees) in the competition.
Early Career Professionals:
ECP Networking Event: Starting at 7:30 PM on Monday (March 19), Early Career Professionals, and any other interested parties, are invited to an informal dinner and drinks at the Free House Pub in Middleton – 1902 Parmenter Street. We have a room reserved and the restaurant will be offering happy hour prices for everyone’s first beverage. You can either walk there from the hotel (10-15 minutes one way) or ride the complimentary Middleton Trolley. If you would like to attend, please notify Ben Jaffe so he can inform the restaurant of expected numbers.
What's Cool In and Around Madison, You Ask? From Our Wonderful Local Arrangements Folks:
We look forward to hosting you all in beautiful Middleton/Madison this coming March! We have a great program thanks to Joe Louis and to all the presenters and symposia organizers. The Madison area has a lot to offer, including extensive bike/hiking trails, museums and art galleries, outdoor parks, nature centers, and botanical gardens, as well as great restaurants and breweries. We are also proud to say that Wisconsin was the home of the great wildlife ecologist and conservationist Aldo Leopold, and if you are interested in a half-day to full day trip about 1hr drive from the Conference Center, you can go visit the Aldo Leopold Shack. The Conference Center is located in Middleton, WI, which is adjacent to Madison. On Monday afternoon and evening, there will be a bus taking students to the student mixer in downtown Madison at the Essen-Haus. This bus will be available free of charge to any conference participant, so please take advantage and go visit downtown Madison! Also, see the attached for more great things to see and do. Christelle Guédot, Local Arrangements Committee Chair
Starting at 4 pm on Tuesday afternoon of the meeting (March 20th), folks are invited to go to the Capital Brewery for a tour and tasting. The visit itself lasts about 40 minutes, and visitors will receive a commemorative glass and either 4 samples or one pint of their award-winning beer. The cost is $5.00 per person (to be paid onsite), and visitors can either walk there from the hotel (it takes about 10-15 minutes one way) or ride the complimentary Middleton Trolley. If you would like to attend, please notify Ben Jaffe as soon as possible so he can inform the brewery of expected numbers.
More information about the meeting will continue to come, so keep your cheese on for Madison!