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|The Local Arrangements Committee (Chair Stephen Thomas) and the Program Committee (Chair, President-Elect Billy Crow) of SON2018 have an exciting meeting in store.
The Society of Nematologists Annual Meeting will be held July 22-25, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel next to the Albuquerque Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
This is a great location just two blocks from Central Avenue with its restaurants, shops, art galleries, tap rooms, and microbreweries.
|Abstracts and early registration due date is May 1, 2018. Please register and pay for each attendee separately.
Student travel awards due date is May 15, 2018.
|Conference Hotel reservation due date for group rate is July 1, 2018.|
Flying to Albuquerque
Flying to Albuquerque is easy. Airlines that serve Albuquerque include: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American, Boutique Air, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.
There are nonstop flights to and from nearly 30 cities in the United States. Lack of congestion at the Sunport means visitors experience very few ground delays.
Airline Travel Time to Albuquerque
Albuquerque is centrally located and the average flight to Albuquerque is about 3 hours.
Transportation to Hyatt Regency Downtown
Albuquerque International Sunport is located approximately 5 miles from Downtown Albuquerque. There are several different options of transportation to and from the airport from downtown hotels. Following are some suggested transportation companies:
CLS: (505) 273-4800; www.clsdriver.com
Individual or Group rates and round trip reservations available
Taxi Cab Service:
Taxi Cab service between Albuquerque International Sunport and Hyatt Regency Albuquerque is approximately $16.00 one-way.
Yellow Cab: (505) 247-8888
Albuquerque Cab Company: (505) 883-4888
Train & Bus
Albuquerque is a major stop on Amtrak lines from both Chicago and Los Angeles. The Alvarado Transportation Center, located 7 blocks from the Hyatt Regency Downtown, is Albuquerque’s transportation hub, directing both train and bus travel. https://www.amtrak.com/stations/abq.html
Driving to Albuquerque
I-25 and I-40 intersect in Albuquerque and spectacular scenic beauty surrounds the city.
ALBUQUERQUE Local & Regional TRAVEL:
- As mentioned above, the Alvarado Transportation Center, located 7 blocks from the Hyatt Regency Downtown, is Albuquerque’s transportation hub, directing both train and bus travel.
- Legendary Route 66 can still be traveled today—it is now Central Avenue, Albuquerque’s “main street.”
- ABQ Rideis the City of Albuquerque’s public transportation service and provides rapid transit and local bus service as well as paratransit service with Sun Van.
- Visitors can use the buses to get to Albuquerque’s cultural attractions
- New Mexico Rail Runner Expressruns most days (with north-south service through the metro area and Santa Fe), and is a convenient, scenic, and economical way to visit Santa Fe!
- Beginning in 2018, Albuquerque will offer Rapid Transit (ART) between Nob Hill, Downtown, and Old Town.
Old Town www.albuquerqueoldtown.com/
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center https://www.indianpueblo.org/
Explora Science Center http://www.explora.us/
Petroglyph National Monument https://www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park http://www.rgnc.org/
Rio Grande Zoological Park https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark
Albuquerque Aquarium https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark
Rio Grande Botanic Garden https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark
Sandia Crest and Aerial Tramway http://www.sandiapeak.com/
The Turquoise Museum https://www.turquoisemuseum.com/
NM Museum of Natural History http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/
Albuquerque Museum https://www.cabq.gov/museum
Rattlesnake Museum http://www.rattlesnakes.com/
National Museum Nuclear Science & History http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/
Acoma – Sky City http://www.acomaskycity.org/home.html
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Chama http://cumbrestoltec.com/
Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic & Historic Area http://nmhistoricsites.org/jemez
Pueblo of Jemez-Walatowa Visitor Center http://www.jemezpueblo.com/
Town of Madrid- recovered Ghost Town http://www.visitmadridnm.com/
Weather & Climate:
Albuquerque boasts some of the most pleasant year-round climate. Low humidity and warm temperatures combine to make Albuquerque an enjoyable four-season destination. Average temperatures in the Summer are 92 degrees as a high, 64 degrees as a low. Winter temperatures average a high of 47 degrees and a low of 23 degrees. The weather makes Albuquerque a sport lover’s paradise and outdoor activities of all kinds are popular with residents. To find out the most current weather conditions, please call the Albuquerque Weather Hotline at (505) 821-1111.
Elevations in Albuquerque range from 4,500 feet above sea level in the Rio Grande Valley to 6,500 feet at the foot of the Sandia Mountains. Due to the high elevation in many parts of New Mexico, we offer the following information to help our guests enjoy Albuquerque without feeling the effects of the altitude.
EFFECTS OF HIGH ALTITUDE ON VISITORS
What is High Altitude? Broadly interpreted, high altitude could be said to be anything above 5,280 feet (1,609 kilometers) in elevation. Albuquerque’s average elevation is 5,500 feet, with ranges from 4,500 feet to 6,500 feet in different areas of the city.
What are the Effects of High Altitude? At high altitudes, everyone is affected to some degree. The effects vary from individual to individual and cover a variety of symptoms. The two main changes in the high altitude environment, not present at sea level, are decreased oxygen and decreased humidity or moisture content. There is approximately 40-45% less oxygen and 50-80% less humidity in high altitudes versus areas at sea level.
A sudden change in environment from sea level to high altitude can produce symptoms of nausea, insomnia, diarrhea, restlessness, shortness of breath and air hunger. Palpitations or fast heart beat, headache, nasal congestion, cough, increased flatulence or “gas”, easy fatigue and intolerance to exertion also may be experience. If the high altitude experience progresses, more shortness of breath and increased cough and edema or fluid accumulation in the lungs may occur requiring medical attention or possible hospitalization.
What Can Be Done to Adapt to High Altitude? The initial complaints should disappear as your body adjusts to the lowered oxygen content and dryness. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Upon arrival to high altitude, don’t overdo. Eat lightly. For the first 48-72 hours, avoid alcohol. Alcohol aggravates the high altitude syndrome. Most of all, keep physical exertion to a minimum the first day. Over-exertion before your body can adapt to the lower oxygen and dryness can result in more severe and persistent symptoms. If you are over 35 years old and plan strenuous exercise while in high altitude, it would be best to fist check with your doctor. If you have a history of heart, circulatory or lung disease, it’s mandatory to check with your doctor before coming to areas of high altitude. Respiratory infections or pneumonia should be completely resolved before coming to high elevations, since they can be dramatically worsened by the extra strain placed on your body. Pregnant women should seek the advice of their physicians before exerting themselves at high altitude.
Some Final Suggestions: Rest appropriately and don’t overdo the first two days. Take a nap when sleepy and get a good night’s sleep after an exhilarating day of skiing or backpacking. Eat lightly and drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Avoid alcohol for the first 48 hours. If you experience any symptoms noted here, you may be suffering from an oxygen deficit.
The symptoms are a caution light to decrease your activity and protect yourself. A day of rest at this time is strongly suggested.
The venue for the 57th Annual Meeting is the Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque. General hotel amenities can be viewed at: https://albuquerque.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html . A reduced room rate of $119.00 per night, excluding taxes, (single or double occupancy; higher rates for triple or quadruple occupancy) is available to attendees for July 22-25, 2018 and up to 3 days before or after the meeting, depending upon room availability. Other complimentary benefits include: free self-parking with in and out privileges (regularly $16/day; excludes Valet Parking); free guest room internet access; 5 Mbps Wifi in the meeting area; complimentary fitness center access. USDA ARS and APHIS employees: A limited block of rooms at GSA Federal per diem rates are also available. Please contact Steve Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further details.
Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-842-1234; (fax) 505-843-2675
Use the following dedicated website to book your room:
Cut-off Date for group rate: July 1, 2018 or until room block is filled
- 382 spacious guestrooms with views of the city or mountains
- PDA check-in
- Biz Connect—24-hour business services
- Dry-cleaning and laundry services
- Valet and secured self-parking
- Multilingual staff
- Room service
- Rooftop pool with hot tubs
- 24-hour StayFit Gym
- More than 30,000 square feet of newly renovated function space
- Innovative catering featuring Personal Preference Dining®
- On-site shopping
- Safe-deposit boxes at front desk
For information regarding abstracts, presentations, posters, travel letters etc., please contact Dr. Billy Crow. Information as made available will be posted here.
Please come back soon for updated information for the 2018 meeting.
The Local Arrangements and the Technical Program Committee are planning a great conference for August 13-16, 2017 in Williamsburg, VA. The meeting kicks off with registration, committee meetings, and a social on August 13, followed by three days of technical programs, closing with the banquet on the evening of August 16. There are no formal tours associated with the meeting but there are many options for personal tours for those interested. These options will be are listed on the website and will also be available in the program.
The Technical Program (Preliminary SON Program – Williamsburg August 2017) will have something for everyone. We have symposia on “Entomopathogenic Nematode Research in the Post-Genomic Era ”, “Use of Social Media in Extension”, “Nematodes of Regulatory Concern”, “Recent Advances in Application Technology and Formulation of Entomopathogenic Nematodes”, and a student organized symposium on “Nematode Biocontrol”, just to name a few. A graduate student social is planned as well as a student/industry workshop. Sponsors are welcomed. Please contact the local arrangements committee for exhibit space and sponsorship.
The program overview is below.
|8:00-10:00||SON Executive Board Meeting||Plenary Session||Scientific Sessions||Scientific Sessions||SON Executive Board Meeting|
|10:30-12:00||SON Executive Board Meeting||Scientific Sessions||Scientific Sessions||Scientific Sessions||SON Executive Board Meeting|
|1:30-3:00||SON Executive Board Meeting||Scientific Sessions||Scientific Sessions||Scientific Sessions|
|3:30-5:00||SON Executive Board Meeting||Scientific Sessions||Scientific Sessions||Membership Meeting|
|5:00-6:00||Committee Meetings||Student Social||Student/Industry Workshop||Reception|
|7:00-9:00||Welcome Reception||President’s Reception||Wine and Cheese Poster Session||Banquet and Awards|
The local arrangements committee is chaired by Jon Eisenback Jon@vt.edu. The technical program committee is chaired by Nancy Burelle email@example.com. The deadline for abstract submissions (May 31, 2017) has past an now new abstracts will be accepted. For information on poster guidelines, please click here.
Student Travel Awards
Student Travel Award applications for SON 2018 are due May 15, 2018. The Cobb Foundation, Dow AgroSciences, and Bayer Travel Awards are available. Thank you to the Travel Award Sponsors.
Please contact the Chair of the SON Awards Committee, Dr. Patricia Timper Patricia.Timper@ars.usda.gov for questions regarding the Travel Awards.
Information and application process for Travel Awards is available at the following links
If yes, which year(s)?
Technical Program Committee
Please come back soon for updated information for the 2018 meeting.
The technical program committee is chaired by Billy Crow firstname.lastname@example.org. The preliminary program is available below. The deadline for abstract submissions, May 31, 2017, has past and no new abstracts will be accepted.
View pdf of Technical Program
SON Meeting 2018 contributions from industry, foundations and government are available. Contributors will be acknowledged here, in the program book, in the technical sessions, and in the conference venue. Contributions can include providing break refreshments and snacks, lunches, social events, the overall meeting, and travel awards. Please contact the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, Dr. Stephen Thomas email@example.com, the Chair of the Graduate Student Travel Awards Committee, Dr. Patricia Timper Patricia.Timper@ars.usda.gov, or the Chair of the Cobb Foundation, Dr. Richard Davis Richard.Davis@ARS.USDA.GOV for sponsorship giving tailored to your organization.
Please come back soon for updated information for the 2018 meeting.
SON and the Local Arrangements Committee thank the grateful contributions of the following industry sponsors.
Sponsorships remain open, please contact the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee firstname.lastname@example.org develop an opportunity for your organization.