Thursday, October 13, 2011

Special Meeting and Social Function Descriptions

CERF is pleased to invite you to the special meeting and social functions happening during the conference. Please see the descriptions below for more details. There are events for networking, student activities, and just plain fun. You won't want to miss any!

Special Meeting and Social Function Descriptions
OC = Ocean Center


Student Orientation Meeting “Crash Course in CERFing”
Date and Time: Sunday, 6 November, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: OC - Room 202 AB

New to CERF? Student newcomers and student veterans of CERF meetings are invited to attend this orientation meeting hosted by Amanda Kahn and Leanna Heffner. This is your time to meet and have coffee with other CERF student members and conference attendees, learn to navigate events and get the most out of your CERF conference experience.

Keynote Address and CERF Scientific Awards
Date and Time: Sunday, 6 November, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: OC - Ballroom

Plan to attend to congratulate the winners of the 2011 CERF scientific awards and hear keynote speaker Bob Costanza speak about Solutions for Sustainable Prosperity of Humans and the Rest of Nature in the Coastal Zone.

Presidents’ Welcome Reception
Sponsored by YSI Incorporated
Date and Time: Sunday, 6 November, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Location: Hilton – Coquina Ballroom

On behalf of the Federation Presidents, we invite you to the Hilton to greet old friends and new at this reception.  The CERF conference begins 40 years – to the day – since the first ERF conference. Celebrate the opening of the 21st biennial conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation and 40 years of C/ERF’s accomplishments of the past and look forward with anticipation to the future. Plan to ring in CERF’s 40th year with the people who share your enthusiasm for coastal and estuarine ecosystems! All attendees at Sunday’s Opening Reception will receive a coupon redeemable at the bar for a Seabreeze, the Hilton’s signature drink, or a soft drink, whichever is preferred.


CERF Happy Hour
Date and Time: Monday, 7 November, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location:  OC - Exhibit Hall
Cash bar and munchies. Check out the posters; visit the exhibitors; rendezvous with friends and colleagues for this evening’s activities.

Affiliate Society Meetings
Date and Time: Monday, 7 November 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: OC, Oral Session Rooms

Plan to attend your region’s Affiliate Society Meetings to learn what is happening! See page <###> for meeting locations.

CERF Student Career Networking Event
Date and Time: Monday, 7 November, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: OC - Ballroom

The pizza social and career event is back with your hosts, Leanna Heffner and Amanda Kahn.
ALL undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend. This event provides students a fantastic and unique opportunity to network with established scientists and recently employed graduates in a fun and casual atmosphere.

Students will have a chance to pick panelists’ brains about topics such as career options, student internships, and employment opportunities. And did we mention FREE pizza and drinks?!
Panelists represent different careers (academia, federal agencies, state agencies, NGOs, consulting, and more!)


Women in Science Networking Lunch 
Sponsored by Association of National Estuary Programs
(Ticketed event)
Date and Time: Tuesday, 8 November, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: OC Ballroom

Tuesday’s Women in Science Networking Lunch provides a compelling and fun program, and it is an excellent opportunity to network with current and soon-to-be colleagues and friends. This year’s event will present speaker Margaret Leinen.

Dr. Margart Leinen is Executive Director of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and is the founder and president of the Climate Response Fund, a nonprofit to foster discussion of climate engineering research and to decrease the risk that these techniques might be called on or deployed before they are adequately understood and regulated. Previously, she spent two years as the chief science officer of Climos, Inc., and prior to these posts in the non-profit and private sectors, Leinen served at the National Science Foundation. Much of Leinen’s work at the NSF involved identifying new major research infrastructure needs, advancing those needs and successfully defending $1 billion in initiatives to the National Science Board for subsequent funding by Congress. 

Leinen’s career includes academic leadership at the University of Rhode Island, both as the vice provost for marine and environmental programs and as dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.  She received her doctorate in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, her Master of Science in geological oceanography from Oregon State University and her Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Illinois.  (Source: FAU Media Release, Dec 2010)

CERF Happy Hour
Sponsored by YSI Incorporated
Date and Time: Tuesday, 8 November, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: OC Exhibit Hall

YSI, Inc. invites you to enjoy drinks and snacks while you check out the posters; visit the exhibitors; rendezvous with friends and colleagues for this evening’s activities.

CERF Business Meeting
Date and Time: Tuesday, 8 November, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: OC – Room 103A

Please stop by to learn about what is happening within CERF and to welcome CERF’s 2011-2013 administration.


“CERF the Turf” 2011 5K Fun Run/Walk
Date and Time: Wednesday, 9 November, 7:00 – 9:00 am
(Runners assemble at Hilton Clocktower on the beach beginning at 6:30 am)
Location: Hilton Beachfront

CERF is hosting a 5K (3.1 mile) Fun Run/Walk along the beach on Wednesday morning at the Hilton beachfront, 7:00 am. Pre-registration is encouraged.  All paid participants will get a unique keepsake and water.  Special prizes will be awarded for the first place finishers from each Affiliate Society and the first three male and female finishers in each of four categories: Zoea (up to age 29), Megalopae (30-39), Juveniles (40-49), and Adults (50+).

Science for Community Leaders Special Poster Session and CERF Happy Hour
In conjunction with Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences
Date and Time: Wednesday, 9 November, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: OC Exhibit Hall

New at CERF 2011, Science for Community Leaders (SCL) will provide a venue to encourage interaction between our conference attendees, the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences membership, and other community leaders. Community leaders will be invited to talk with our conference attendees in an informal social setting, which will be contained within the main poster hall. Be there whether presenting an SCL poster or not!

While the invitees would be initially welcomed at the special poster area, they would also be encouraged to view posters throughout the poster hall and talk to all of the presenters available that evening. So, even if you are not participating directly in the special poster session, we encourage you to show-off your research when the community leaders tour the poster hall.

CERF 2011 Student Pub Night
Date and Time: Wednesday, 9 November, 9:00 pm – ???
Location: Mai Tai Bar

Come down to the Mai Tai Bar to relax and mix with other students in a casual setting. (Any non-student CERF attendees also are welcome!) 
Located in the Ocean Walk Shoppes next to the CERF headquarters hotel, Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.


Student Awards Presentations and Farewell Party
Date and Time: Thursday, 10 November, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: OC - Ballroom

Light hors d’oeuvres and bar. Student Presentation Awards and Carbon Neutral check presentation.  Throughout this week our volunteer judges evaluated most of the student oral and poster presentations.  Tonight, the highest-ranking students receive monetary awards and recognition for their exceptional work. Come support the students, boogie down and say farewell until CERF 2013 in San Diego, California!

Other Special Events, Workshops, and Town Halls

Town Hall Meeting: NOAA’s 5-Year Research Plan (2013-2017)
Date and Time:            Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location:            OC – 101A

With NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) completed, NOAA is developing its 5-Year Research Plan (2013-2017) and is seeking input from the broader scientific community. This town hall will review the overarching scientific challenges in the NGSP and describe efforts to identify associated needs and gaps. We seek participants’ input so NOAA can produce a Research Plan that takes into account the perspectives and capabilities of the extramural oceanic and atmospheric science community.

Town Hall Meeting: Forecasting Scenarios for Estuarine and Coastal Management: Can we focus the crystal ball?
Moderators: Jim Fitzpatrick (HDR -| HydroQual), Michael Kemp (UMCES), and Elizabeth Turner (NOAA)
Date and Time:            Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 5:00 pm
Location:            OC – 101A

This "town-hall meeting" will be a facilitated discussion of scenario-type modeling for estuarine and coastal management applications.  Our goal is to identify existing and future predictive information needs of estuarine and coastal water quality and natural resource managers and policymakers so that they can be translated into operational criteria for scenario-based forecasts.  Examples of issues to be addressed are:
·      What types of scenario-type models are needed?
·      Uncertainty - how can uncertainties and model assumptions be specified and articulated with model results?
·      Hindcasting-how can simulation tests of ecosystem responses to past management actions be used to improve scenario forecasts?

Workshop: Explore the Ocean in Google Earth
Date and Time:             Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location:            OC – 102C

During this interactive session, Curator Charlotte Vick will showcase how to use Google Earth tools, places and tours. She will guide you through some of the top ocean layers, provide illustrations of creative use of Google Earth and explain how organizations and individuals upload stories for educational and mission outreach.  There will be active Q&A on how to use Google Earth for strategic advantage on your own website and how to leverage and repurpose your existing content to further your goals. For the best experience, laptops are suggested but not necessary.

Event: Reception and Reunion for the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography’s 50th Anniversary
Date and Time:  Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 8:00 pm
Location: Hilton - Room TBD

2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the GSO! Help us celebrate even if you can’t come to Rhode Island. Whether you were in the first class that entered GSO or you are presently a graduate student there, we want YOU to come enjoy some food and beverages, look at old photos, catch up with friends and introduce yourself to new colleagues. Join us Tuesday, 8 November, at 8:00 pm at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotel.

Event: LSU SC&E 10th Anniversary Reunion for Alumni, Faculty, Students, and Staff
Date and Time:  Wednesday, 9 November 2011, 7:00 pm
Location: Hilton - Room TBD

LSU School of the Coast & Environment invites all alumni, faculty, students, and staff—past and present—to laissez les bons temps rouler at the School’s 10th Anniversary event.  Come share Cajun food and music (guaranteed to have you saying Ca c'est bon!) as we toast the School’s anniversary and celebrate our biggest success stories—our graduates! Be sure to stop by the LSU SC&E booth in the exhibition area to pick up your ticket or email your ticket request in advance to

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