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2012 PSA Annual Meeting Program (Charleston, SC) Is Available For Download

PSA Program Director Dale Casamata has completed the 2012 PSA Annual Meeting Program (pdf, ~1 MB download).

Previous PSA Annual Meeting Programs and venues can be viewed on this webpage.


Alginate Activity and Bookmarks Information From The PSA Natl. Sci. Eng. Festival Booth

Please see the following webpages for information about how make multicolored alginate gel beads and the downloadable PSA Bookmarks.

Alginate Gel Beads Information


Bookmarks Information

The festival DVD is undergoing final editing in June 2012 and will be available for order soon. Please check back in a few weeks for more information on how to order it.


Information for attendees of the PSA's Natl. Sci. Eng. Festival Booth

Dear Booth Attendees, we were very pleased by the interest of so many Festival attendees in detailed information on how to do the alginate gel activity (e.g., for science birthday parties!), the film, and the photos and information on the bookmarks. We are going to make a page on the PSA webpage for all of this, and it will start going up in late May and be completed early in June. We are so pleased you are interested in the information!

Susan Brawley
University of Maine
PSA Past-President
email

UPDATE:Please see the the news note above for information about the alginate gel activity and bookmark information.


The deadline for PSA Hoshaw Travel Awards is April 1, 2012

This is a reminder for students that would like to be considered for the Hoshaw Travel Awards for this year's meeting must ensure that they submit to Eric W. Linton, Chair of the Hoshaw Travel Awards Committee by electronic submission in PDF or Word .doc format:

  1. A complete application as described on the Hoshaw webpage (see link below). Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  2. One letter of recommendation from his/her major advisor.
  3. Quality of your application is very important as we have many more applicants than we can support. Please have your advisor read over your application and your abstract before submitting.

Additional information on the qualifications and criteria for this award can be found here.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Eric Linton
Chair, PSA Grants and Fellowship Committee

Bioinformatics
Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Phone: 989 774-3969
Email: eric.linton@cmich.edu
iChat: lintonericw


2012 PSA Annual Meeting - Registration, Abstract Submission, Presentation and Housing Information

Registration & Other Fees

  • PSA member registration: $375 ($450 after May 1)
  • Student member: $245 ($320 after May 1)
  • Retiree registration: $325 ($400 after May 1)
  • Non-member registration: $450 ($525 after May 1)
  • One-Day Pass: $110
  • Accompanying Guest (non-professional): $50
  • Banquet ticket (Professional): $45
    (All students receive 1 ticket included with their registration fee)
  • Genomics workshop (25 attendees) (Advanced level): $75
  • Morning Marine field trip (20 attendees) $40
  • Morning Marine field trip (20 attendees) $40

Please register through this webpage.

Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract submission is May 1, 2012.

Abstract submission requirements are posted on this webpage.

Please submit abstracts using this webpage.

Talks

Talks are limited to 15 minutes (including questions and answers), so please plan accordingly. Please save files as PowerPoint files (both Mac and PC are fine). While we will have Internet connections, we all know of the vagaries of such things, so please save talks to CD, jump-drives, old-tyme disks, etc.

Posters

Poster boards will be available for poster placement beginning in the afternoon of June 19. Please limit poster size to 46" tall by 46" across.

Housing Information

PSA is pleased to announce that we have secured two excellent forms of housing for the upcoming 2012 Charleston meeting. First,we have a number of discounted hotel rooms at the meeting site, the beautiful Frances Marion ($169 per night) available from June 18-27. Second, we are pleased to announce that we have obtained a number of dorm rooms at the College of Charleston available from June 19-June 27.

Please book housing accommodations using the information found on this webpage.

Additional Meeting information

Please check the 2012 PSA Meeting webpage for up-to-date information.


Phycological Newsletter Winter/Spring 2012 Issue

A high resolution copy (7MB) and lower resolution copy (5MB) of the Winter and Spring 2012 Phycological Newsletter are available for download using the links below.


PSA is proud to be an Official Partner of the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival to be held in the greater Washington DC area in April 2012.

USA Science & Engineering Festival

What is the universe made of? Why did dinosaurs go extinct? What do magic tricks and hip-hop have to with math? What will be the next medical breakthrough? What does baseball have to do with physics? Find out at the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on April 28-29, 2012! Explore science & engineering with 2,000 free, hands-on activities and over 100 stage shows and author presentations. The two-day Expo is perfect for teens, children and their families, and anyone with a curious mind who is looking for a weekend of fun and discovery. Meet Science Celebrities, award-winning Science Authors and Nobel Prize winners from the past and present. New this year: A Career Pavilion for high-school students and a Book Fair featuring over 30 science authors! For more information, visit www.usasciencefestival.org.

The organization with the most referrals to the Festival website as determined by Google Analytics on April 25, 2012 will be awarded a $500 prize to be given to the STEM education organization of their choice. The prize will be presented during the Expo in Spring 2012!


Croasdale Fellowship Deadline is March 1st, 2012

This is a reminder for students that would like to be considered for the Croasdale. An award to encourage graduate students to broaden their phycological training by defraying the costs of attending phycology courses at biological field stations. Students must ensure that they submit to Eric W. Linton, Chair of the Grants-In-Aid of Research Committee by electronic submission in PDF or Word .doc format:

  1. A complete application
  2. An unofficial copy of your transcripts, if possible.
  3. One letter of recommendation from his/her major advisor, sent directly to Dr. Eric Linton.

REMINDER: Students that receive this award will have reporting requirements to the PSA of four items, such as a 1 page final report. Please see the application web page for complete details.

Additional information on the qualifications and criteria for this awards can be found at the PSA Crosadale Fellowship webpage.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Eric W. Linton, Ph. D.
Bioinformatics
Department of Biology
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Phone: 989 774-3969
Email: eric.linton@cmich.edu
iChat: lintonericw


Croasdale Fellowship

The Hannah T. Croasdale Fellowships are designed to encourage graduate students to broaden their phycological training by defraying the costs of attending phycology courses at biological field stations. The maximum amount awarded is $1,500.

Last year's Croasdale Awardees

Information about the Croasdale Fellowship


2012 PSA Meeting Update

Have you longed to visit one of the nation's most historic, beautiful cities in a Phycological context? If so, it is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of registration for the 2012 Phycological Society of America to be held June 20th- June 23rd at the Frances Marion hotel in lovely Charleston, South Carolina. Registration will commence on March 1, with abstract submission open until May 1. Contributed papers and posters in all areas of prokaryotic and eukaryotic phycology are welcome, including such topics as: reproduction and life history strategies; light harvesting; interactions between species and trophic levels; aquaculture; development of biofuels and other algal products; parasitism; education including service learning projects; morphological taxonomy linked to genetic phylogenies; HABs; invasive species; cell physiology and biochemistry with respect to environmental gradients; taxonomy; health and nutrition; population structure and genetic diversity; and new insights into cellular and developmental biology.

More information can be found on the PSA meeting webpage.

Preliminary Meeting Schedule (pdf)

Symposium Lineup (pdf)


An Important Message from the Co-Editors of Journal of Phycology

Beginning in 2012, the incoming Co-Editors of the Journal of Phycology will enact additional guidelines for submission to the Journal. These guidelines are in keeping with their overall goals to broaden the Journal's readership, improve the review process, and increase the quality of articles published. They also plan a platform for rapid publication of high impact work, through a new Letters format. Please take a few minutes to read about these exciting changes.

Additional Guidelines for Authors (pdf)

Conditions for Rejection Without Review (pdf)


An Important Message from President Susan Brawley

December 1, 2011

Dear PSA Members,

The recent First Referendum on "phycology" in the Journal name produced a little more confusion than intended, but the EC's primary intent was to gather information from the membership, and we got it (i.e., more than 50 variations on a small set of suggested alternative titles for the Society's Journal, which are being evaluated). We'd probably all agree that the name of the Journal is not the most important factor in the success of our Journal. Instead, the essential ingredient is rapid publication of excellent science across the spectrum of our field.

READ THE ENTIRE MESSAGE HERE (PDF)


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