2003 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting
 
 

Workshops

Workshops scheduled in conjunction with the ASLO 2003 Aquatic Sciences Meeting will take place at the Salt Palace Convention Center. All of the workshops are free. Following is a list of the workshops scheduled to date, and we encourage you to continue to check the website for any additional information on the workshops.

Stable Isotopes Workshop
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2003
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 150 G

This one-hour seminar reviews the current uses of stable isotopes and isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) in aquatic sciences. It will review the fundamental principles of stable isotopes and the status of our ability to isotopically characterize all major and minor phases and components involved in natural cycles. Current instrumentation will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the principles of continuous flow techniques. Comprehensive bibliographies on selected instrumental topics will be distributed. The lecture is open to everyone and will be given by Chuck Douthitt, a technical representative from ThermoFinnigan. He will be available afterwards to analyze specific technical questions. The workshop is free.

ICPMS Workshop
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2003
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 150 G

This one-hour seminar reviews the current uses of ICPMS in aquatic sciences, covering elemental analysis, elemental ratios, isotope ratios, speciation and laser ablation. It will review making these measurements in aqueous samples and in solid phases. Current instrumentation including magnetic sector ICPMS, quadrupole (± collision cells), and time of flight ICPMS will be reviewed. Comprehensive bibliographies on select instrumental topics will be distributed. The lecture is open to everyone and will be given by Chuck Douthitt, a technical representative from ThermoFinnigan. He will be available afterwards to analyze specific technical questions. The workshop is free.

Public Policy Workshop
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Time: 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 150 DEF

Have you ever wondered how environmental policies and regulations are formed? Do you want to be more involved in policy, but aren’t sure where to start? Not sure if you should be communicating with Congress or a federal agency? ASLO Public Policy Representative Adrienne Froelich will address these issues and offer a hands-on policy experience for conference attendees interested in public policy.

The workshop will begin with a short presentation on the relationship between science, management and policy. Using examples from her experience working on Capitol Hill, Adrienne will provide tips on how individual researchers can get involved in public policy. Workshop participants will then have the opportunity to put those tips into practice during the second half of the workshop. Participants will work in small groups to draft a letter to government officials in response to a hypothetical policy situation and will formulate a strategy for distributing their letter. Pre-registration for this workshop is necessary so please contact Adrienne if you would like to participate by calling (202) 628-1500, Ext. 232, or by e-mail at afroelich@aslo.org.

Workshop on NSF Funding Opportunities for Freshwater Research
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 250 DE

Bring your lunch and join NSF program officer(s) for an informal discussion of funding opportunities in freshwater research in the Biological Sciences and GeoSciences Directorates. New programs and Foundation-wide funding initiatives can also be discussed, along with general tips for writing successful research proposals.

Popular Science Communication Workshop
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Time: 12:15 to 2:15 pm
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 250 C

Participants in this workshop will learn how to present science in an interesting way while retaining factual accuracy, the key to good science communication with a popular (general public) audience. Popular science communication aims to change scientific concepts and results from jargon-based language often understandable only to scientists, to news relevant to the lives of a general audience.

This workshop will explore science communication, specifically science writing, in language understandable to non-scientists. Participants will review examples of good science writing from newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post and magazines like New Scientist and Science News; “dissect” the structure of science news and feature articles; discuss how popular coverage of science has changed over time; and learn the basics of this craft. They will have an opportunity to try their hands at writing a popular article about research being presented at the conference, and individual critiques will be provided to interested participants.

The workshop is free, and pre-registration is appreciated so that the workshop presenters will be able to plan accordingly. If you plan to attend, please contact Cheryl Dybas, National Science Foundation by e-mail at cdybas@nsf.gov or by phone at 703-292-8070.

Other Open Meetings

Town Meeting on Emerging Research Issues for Limnology: An Opportunity For Community Input
Related To NSF’s Environmental Plans
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 250 AB

The National Science Foundation is seeking input from the scientific community on important basic research questions that need to be addressed in the coming decade, particularly with regard to better integrating physical, geological, and chemical limnology with ongoing programs. In December, ASLO convened a workshop of hydrologists, chemists, geologists, and ecologists to discuss emerging research issues in the field of freshwater science. A special session will be held on Tuesday morning to report the results of this workshop and to seek additional input from those attending the Salt Lake meeting. Participants can provide additional suggestions on critical research questions concerning inland waters and participate in a discussion of how ASLO can promote research and education efforts in limnology.

Education and Human Resources Committee
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 150 C

The ASLO Education and Human Resources Committee will meet to discuss: (1) progress on the K-16 Education Web Site; (2) mission statements for subcommittees; (3) federal job designation of “limnologist;” (4) the NSF/ASLO Workshop on Limnology, and, (5) other business. Non-members interested in these issues are welcome to attend.

Ocean Observatories Initiative Open Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 150 G

This town meeting will update the community on the progress of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), NSF’s proposed initiative to develop and construct the initial infrastructure for a network of seafloor observatories. It is envisioned that the OOI will provide the research community access to a broad range of long-term measurement from the air-sea interface to below the seafloor. This event will complement sessions associated with the meeting sub-themes “Spatial Patterns in Aquatic Systems” and “Extreme Environment on Earth and Beyond.” Panelists will define key issues and discuss science objective and challenges associated with incorporating biogeochemical sensors and micro-/nanotechnology into observatory networks.

National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) Information Session
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2003
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center – Room 150 G

Federal officials from the NOPP Interagency Working Group (IWG) will be joined by NOPP Program Office staff and others to provide a brief overview of recent developments in the NOPP program. Future plans for NOPP will be discussed, including an update on the evolving plans to develop routine ocean observations of U.S. coastal as well as open ocean waters. There will be ample opportunity for questions and comments from meeting attendees.

   

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