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Special Events

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

NIH Grant Writing Workshop/Trainee Forum

Sunday, 12 August, 7:30–11:00 am (Free—registrants only; must indicate attendance while pre-registering).
Thomas Building, Room 100.

The Trainee Forum is taking the form of an NIH Grant Writing Workshop this year. Beginning with a breakfast presentation, Dori Woods, Ph.D., will discuss the NIH Loan Repayment Program grant mechanism. Dr. Woods is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, at the Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology, and a member of the NIH LRP Ambassador Program. At 8:00 am, Susan Taymans, Ph.D., and Stuart Moss, Ph.D., will host a mock grant review study session to help attendees become familiar with the NIH grant process. Dr. Taymans is the Program Director of the Reproductive Sciences Branch of NICHD, and Co-Chair of NICHD’s Training Policy Committee. Dr. Moss is the Program Director of Male Reproductive Health at NICHD and has served as a Scientific Review Officer. Breakfast will be included for registered attendees. More information is available here.

Opening Reception

Sunday, 12 August, 6:00–7:30 pm (Free to registrants; $15 for non-registrant guests).
Millennium Science Complex, The Pennsylvania State University Campus.

Celebrate the SSR’s 45th Annual Meeting and the 18th Ovarian Workshop at the Opening Reception, immediately following the Awards Ceremony. Registrant admission is included in the registration fee.

5K Run/Walk for Reproductive Fitness

Monday, 13 August, 6:00–7:15 am ($30).
Meet: in front of the Intramural Building (Curtin Road).

This year’s 5K Fun Run/Walk will follow a scenic route around the Penn State campus. Refreshments will be on hand. Stay tuned for further updates.

Trainee/Mentor Luncheon

Tuesday, 14 August, 11:15 am–12:45 pm ($15, trainees only).
Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center.

The Trainee/Mentor Luncheon is for trainee registrants only; participation is limited to 175 trainees. 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.

Heritage Luncheon

Wednesday, 15 August , 11:15 am–12:45 pm ($25 non-trainees, $10 trainees).
Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center.

The SSR Heritage Committee is hosting a luncheon instead of its traditional breakfast. Pedro Verdugo, M.D. (University of Washington, Friday Harbor, Washington), will pay tribute to the late Richard Blandau, Ph.D. Dr. Blandau was renowned for his basic studies of ovulation, fertilization, and embryonic development. His findings furthered the scientific understanding of reproduction and were the foundation for many clinical advances in human fertility. A special invitation is extended to Trainees to attend this luncheon at a discounted rate of $10.00.

Minority Affairs Lunch Symposium

Wednesday, 15 August, 11:15 am–12:45 pm (Free—registrants only; must indicate attendance while pre-registering).
Osmond Building, Room 117.

This year’s symposium, “From Reproductive Biology to Reproductive Medicine,” features Dr. Sarah England, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges, Environmental Health Scientist with the U.S. EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection. A panel discussion will follow the presentations. Boxed lunches will be included at no cost for attendees who register for this event.

Barbecue & Dance

Wednesday, 15 August, 7:30 pm–12:30 am (Barbecue: $35 trainee registrants, $55 all others; Dance: open to all).
Nittany Lion Inn, The Pennsylvania State University campus.

Barbecue Dinner (7:30–9:00 pm)

The traditional Barbecue and Dance will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn, a lovely, historic hotel located on campus. The Barbecue will take place outside under beautiful old oak trees (and tents). Beginning at 7:30 pm, a buffet dinner will be served, including pulled BBQ pork, boneless wings, Angus beef sliders, grilled brats, an optional vegetarian entrée, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob, salad, and ice cream bars.

Food for the barbecue will be prepared based on the number of tickets purchased during pre-registration, so be sure to order yours when you register. A limited number of tickets will be available for sale on-site at the Registration Desk. The cost is US $35 for trainee registrants, and US $55 for all other attendees.

Social and Dance (8:30 pm–12:30 am)

Beginning at 8:30 pm, “Velveeta” (the band, not the cheese) will perform in the ballroom of the Nittany Lion Inn. One of the top bands in the region, Velveeta plays favorites from the 80s as well as classic rock ‘n’ roll. You may remember the band from the 2009 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, where they rocked past midnight with SSR members at the David Lawrence Convention Center, along the beautiful Allegheny River. The dance is open to all attendees, not just Barbecue attendees.