Conference Registration
for the

ßßß Northeast District Conference

April 15, 2000

at

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut

Welcome to our Conference Registration Website!

The Program
We are excited to reveal the program for our conference (subject to last-minute changes). You will notice that we hope you will arrive at the Smith Library Community Room for the conference at about 9 AM. Our keynote address will begin at 10 AM. The awards dinner is at 4 PM and so you can be on the road for home, we hope, before dark! If you have not yet registered for the conference, please do so below:

Attendance Registration
Each person attending the conference must register by filling out and submitting the Attendance Registration form. When you arrive at the conference, a $10 registration fee will be collected at the registration desk in the Community Room (#204) of the ECSU Library. Morning refreshments and lunch are complimentary. If you plan to attend the evening awards banquet, your ticket will cost an additional $15 at check-in. In order to have enough seating at the banquet, please be sure to register for your ticket on the Attendance Registration form. While we prefer electronic registration (above), if you have a friend who needs a paper copy of this form, you may download a printable version of the form.

Abstract Registration
Each oral or poster presentation must be registered by filling out the Abstract Registration Form. The information provided there is used to assemble the program, to publish the abstracts in Bios, and to assist our award winners in registering for the National Conference. To be included in the program, the Abstract Registration form must be received in Willimantic by April 7, 2000. While we prefer electronic registration (above), if you have a friend who needs a paper copy of this form, you may download a printable version of the form.

Specifications
Oral papers will be allotted a 20 minute presentation period. It is expected that 15 of those minutes will be for the presentation and 5 of those minutes will be reserved for questions. The session convener will stand at the end of 15 minutes to signal that you should conclude your presentation to allow time for questions. We will try to have the audiovisual equipment ready for your presentation, but early an early check-in is urged if you have requested, or bring your own, special equipment. We don't want you to lose any of your presentation time with set-up or troubleshooting. Posters should be designed to mount on our poster boards. These consist of two wings (each 12 inches wide; 4 feet tall) and a center-back (24 inches wide; 4 feet tall). The wings will be angled forward to allow the board to stand on a table. There will then be a small table area in front of the poster to display items, distribute handouts, etc. We will provide thumb tacks to mount your poster elements to the poster boards.

Awards
All papers by student members of ßßß will be judged for consideration in the awards competition. It is expected that an award will be given for a poster and an oral presentation in each presentation theme. The precise composition of the themes will be determined as we assemble the program from the abstracts that are submitted. For oral presentations the award is the Frank G. Brooks award. For poster presentations the award is the John C. Johnson award. Only verifiable members of ßßß are eligible for the awards. In addition to a handsome plaque for the sponsoring chapter, the recipient is given a $75 award for publishing the winning paper in Bios. First-place award winners are also granted $750 from the national ßßß office to defray expenses to travel to the national ßßß conference in Ponce, Puerto Rico held June 1-5, 2000. These awards will be presented at the awards banquet in Willimantic.

Keynote Address
Our Keynote Address will be given by Dr. David Pimentel of Cornell University. His presentation is entitled: "Ecology of Increasing Disease: Population and Environmental Pollution." This should provide us with connections between all levels of biology: molecular, cellular, organismal, population. Dr. Pimentel is a Professor of Insect Ecology and Agricultural Sciences in the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. He received his BS degree at the University of Massachusetts in 1948 and his PhD at Cornell University in 1951. His research spans the fields of basic population ecology, ecological and economic aspects of pest control, biological control, biotechnology, sustainable agriculture, land and water conservation, natural resource management, and environmental policy. Dr. Pimentel has published more than 490 scientific papers and 20 books and has served on many national and government committees including the National Academy of Sciences; President's Science Advisory Council; U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress; and the U.S. State Department.

Directions, Maps, and Parking
You may wish to print out a map and directions to the conference and the ECSU Campus Map. The campus police have agreed to relax parking enforcement for our conference. This means that all un-metered regular parking spaces on campus are available for your use. You should not park in any metered stalls (these are only found near the library), and illegal parking in marked handicap parking spaces is strictly prohibited by state and federal statute. Please be sure your vehicle is parked between two standard parking lines.

Special Needs
Eastern Connecticut State University complies with state and federal mandates for accessibility to its facilities. If we have at least 72 hours notice, ECSU should be able to optimize accessibility for your attendance at the conference. Please communicate any special needs you have along these lines to Dr. Ross Koning by email at: rkoning@snet.net.

Accommodations
If you are planning to stay overnight near Willimantic, the closest accommodations are at the Best Western Regent Inn, 123 Storrs Road, Mansfield Center, CT 06250. You can reach the Inn by calling 860-423-8451 and then hitting the zero (0) key, or you can make a reservation on the Best Western Website. The regular rate quoted to us recently was $77.50 for a room with two double beds and $86.80 for a room with one king-size bed. Room and sales taxes (12% total) are added on top of these prices. The manager recommended that reservations be made by March 15 to avoid disappointment; Friday is less booked than Saturday so far. Other hotels/motels are considerably farther away from Willimantic.

The Eta Omega Chapter of ßßß

Welcomes You to the

2000 Northeast District Conference

We hope your visit with us
will be enjoyable and educational.