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Social Events

In addition to the scientific program, a variety of social events will be available to Meeting participants.

Opening Reception—“Taste of Pittsburgh”

Saturday 18 July, 6:30–8:30 pm (Free). Allegheny Concourse, Second Floor, DLLCC.
Join old friends…meet new colleagues!

Celebrate the kick-off of SSR’s 42nd Annual Meeting at the “Taste of Pittsburgh” Opening Reception, on the Exhibit Hall Concourse of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center overlooking the Allegheny River. The menu for the reception includes traditional “signature” Pittsburgh food:

Trainee/Mentor Luncheon

Sunday 19 July, 11:30 am–1:00 pm ($15). Third Floor Meeting Room 319/320/321, DLLCC.

This event is for Trainee registrants only; just 175 seats will be available. The luncheon provides Trainee participants with the opportunity to talk to an SSR scientist about careers and science during a catered lunch. Further information about the Trainee/Mentor Luncheon is available on the Trainee/Mentor Luncheon page.

Senior/Emeritus Breakfast

Monday 20 July, 7:00–8:00 am ($30). Lawrence Welk Room, Omni William Penn Hotel.

At the Senior/Emeritus Breakfast, Barry Zirkin will share personal and professional memories of Larry Ewing (in whose memory the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund was created). If you have any questions or comments about the breakfast, please contact the chair of the Emeritus Committee, John Resko.

Minority Affairs Health Disparities Symposium & Lunch

Monday, 20 July, 11:45–12:30 pm (Symposium; Free). Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom B, Third Floor, DLLCC.
Monday, 20 July, 12:30–2:00 pm (Lunch; Free). Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom A, Third Floor, DLLCC.

All are invited to attend the Minority Affairs Health Disparities Symposium from 11:45 am–12:30 pm. Immediately following the Symposium, a buffet-style lunch will be served for Symposium attendees.

SSR Night at PNC Park

Monday 20 July, 7:00 pm ($25 per seat). PNC Park.

PNC Park

Attendees of the 42nd Annual Meeting are invited to an evening of baseball at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates will battle the Milwaukee Brewers. A section of infield box seats has been reserved for SSR attendees at USD $25 per seat. One lucky SSR attendee will be chosen to change the base on the field during the game!

This is not an SSR-sponsored event. For more information, or to order tickets, please contact Ms. Brittany Ryce at:

Ms. Brittany Ryce
Tel: 412-325-4494

(indicate the SSR Annual Meeting to receive the appropriate seating and discount)

If you prefer to send a check, print out and complete the registration form below, then mail it to the address indicated:

Barbecue, Dance & Riverboat Cruise on the Ohio

Tuesday 21 July, 6:30 pm–midnight ($45 Trainees, $70 all others)


6:30–8:30 pm: The traditional SSR Barbecue will take place this year on a Gateway Clipper Fleet Riverboat Cruise! The riverboat will dock at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for boarding at 6:00 pm, and set sail for a 2-hour dinner cruise of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. The menu for the barbecue includes the following:

8:30 pm–midnight: The riverboat will return to the convention center by 8:30 pm, where attendees will disembark for an exciting evening of dancing inside the Convention Center.

Food Service

An SSR 2009 Annual Meeting badge is required for access at all supported food functions. Continental breakfasts, lunch kiosks, and morning and afternoon breaks will be set up on the second floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, near Exhibit Hall C. Please refer to your Schedule of Events for dates and times.