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Social Events

In addition to the scientific program, a variety of social events will be available to Meeting participants. For more information regarding what Portland has to offer, see our Location Page.

Opening Reception

Sunday 31 July, 7:30–9:00 pm (Free). Oregon Convention Center.

Celebrate the start of the SSR 2011 Annual Meeting at the Opening Reception, immediately following the Awards Ceremony, Friday night, 31 July 2011, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, at the Oregon Convention Center. Admission to the Opening Reception is included in the registration fee.

5K Run/Walk for Reproductive Fitness

5K Run/Walk Brochure
5K Run/Walk

Monday 1 August. Check-in: 5:45–6:15 am; Race start time: 6:30 am ($30). Memorial Park, Wilamette River, Portland.

This 5K Run/Walk will take place along the vibrant Willamette River. The route will loop around the East and West shores of the river, starting and ending on the east side of the historic Steel Bridge. A limit of 200 applicants may register on a first come, first served basis. SSR members, family, and friends are eligible.

SSR is grateful to the following sponsors for this event:
Portland Running Co., Foot Traffic, Voodoo Doughnuts, Oregon Healthz & Science University.

Find more information in the brochure.

Trainee/Mentor Luncheon

Monday 1 August, 11:30 am–1:00 pm ($15). Oregon Convention Center.

The Trainee/Mentor Luncheon is for trainee registrants only; only 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. More information is on the Trainee/Mentor Luncheon page.

Minority Affairs Symposium & Reception

Monday 1 August, 5:45–7:30 pm (open to all). Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 252.

Everyone is welcome. The featured speaker for this event will be John Alderete, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman Washington), whose presentation, “Trichomonas vaginalis, Reproductive Health and a Minority Scientist’s Experiences,” will address, in part, the genesis of his interest in research, his experiences forming two biotechnology companies, and his experiences in SACNAS and other activities that have shaped his career. Reception to follow.

(Organized by the SSR Minority Affairs Committee; financial support provided by the FASEB MARC Program through a grant from the Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. T36-GM08637.)

Trainee Mixer

Tuesday 2 August, 6:30–8:00 pm. Oregon Convention Center, Room to be determined.

Immediately following the Trainee Forum, come network with fellow SSR members and learn about research funding available through the Michelson Grants at this wine and cheese reception. It promises to be an excellent addition to trainee events.

Sponsored by Found Animals Foundation.

Oregon Microbrewery Tour

Monday 1 August, beginning at 6:30 pm ($50). Various microbreweries in the Portland area.

Portland is arguably the microbrewery capital of the United States. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the microbrewing process and enjoy microbrew samples from among hundreds of locally-produced varieties. The tour includes door-to-door transportation, a “designated driver/guide,” and tastings at three microbreweries. The event is operated by “EcoTours of Oregon.”

Details about registering for the Oregon Microbrewery Tour can be found here.

Heritage Breakfast

Wednesday 3 August , 7:30–9:00 am ($25 non-trainees, $10 trainees). Doubletree Hotel Portland Lloyd Center.

The Heritage Committee (formerly the Emeritus Committee) sponsors the Heritage Breakfast. A plated breakfast will be served. This year’s program will recognize Dr. L.E. Casida, a charter member of SSR and a prominent reproductive biologist at the University of Wisconsin from 1934 to 1974. Dr. Casida made major contributions in the fields of domestic animal biology and mentored numerous trainees over the years. Dr. Keith Inskeep, a former graduate student of Dr. Casida’s, will make the presentation. A special invitation is extended to Trainees to attend this breakfast at a discounted rate of $10.00. Trainees will greatly benefit by hearing about the contributions of one of the pioneers in the field of reproductive biology.

Barbecue & Dance

Wednesday 3 August, 7:00 pm–12:30 am (Barbecue: $35 non-trainees, $25 trainees; Dance: open to all). Oregon Convention Center.

Barbecue Dinner (7:00–9:00 pm)

The Annual SSR “Barbecue” will take place at the Oregon Convention Center. A relaxed and fun evening is planned, with a casual buffet of fried chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, potatoes, salad, cole slaw, corn bread muffins, and seasonal berry cobbler for dessert. Vegetarian pasta will be available by request. Two drink tickets will be provided, and cash bars are available throughout the evening.

Food for the barbecue will be prepared based on the number of tickets purchased during pre-registration, so be sure to order yours as soon as possible! A limited number of tickets will be available for sale on-site at the Registration Desk. The cost is US $25 for trainees and US $35 for all other attendees.

Social and Dance (9:00 pm–12:30 am)

Beginning at 9:00 pm, you can dance the night away to the rocking sound of “Free Rain,” featuring a true variety of familiar rock and classic rhythm & blues favorites from the ‘50s to the present. Free Rain plays fun, high-energy rock music that is instantly recognizable, infectiously danceable, and sure to get you rocking long into the night. This is open to all attendees, not just Barbecue attendees.

Food Service

Continental breakfasts and morning and afternoon breaks will be set up at the Oregon Convention Center. An SSR 2011 Annual Meeting badge is required for access at all supported food functions. Please refer to your Schedule of Events for dates and times.