by Stella Ota
Welcome to the unofficial “conference preview” issue of the PAM Bulletin! SLA 2013 will be held in San Diego, California, June 9-11. Yet another amazing group of PAM volunteers and sponsors has developed a suite of PAM programs and events for your continuing professional development, engagement, and enjoyment! Check out the PAM schedule on the PAM website under “Conferences” http://pam.sla.org/sla2013/. Better yet, read on for articles about many of the PAM programs.
Our PAM events begin on Saturday June 8 with the combined Early Bird Dinner and Newcomers’ Dinner. Gratitude to San Diego PAM member Kim Bevis who had the local scoop on this festive locale for the PAM Early Birds to gather in Historic Old Town San Diego. The Newcomers Lunch, sponsored by Turpion, has been transformed this year into a very special Newcomers’ Dinner combined with the Early Bird Dinner. What a great way to meet more of the Division members!
The fabulous PAM Daily Retreat, sponsored by IOP Publishing, will open up at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday June 9, immediately after the Opening General Session. The Daily Retreat Suite will be in the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina (the Headquarters Hotel). Swing by the Daily Retreat after the opening session for the perfect opportunity to get your bearings, refuel, greet fellow PAM members, and then head straight out to the Physics Roundtable or the INFO-EXPO opening. The Daily Retreat will be open daily, Sunday-Tuesday, with the hours thoughtfully timed by Sharice Collins (hurrah!) of IOP Publishing to keep PAM members fueled and ready to “Connect, Collaborate, and Strategize” (that’s the conference theme, by the way.).
The PAM Business Meeting and Lunch, sponsored by APS, will be on Monday, June 10 at noon. As the only “All-PAM” session, APS generously increased their support (shout out to Barbara Hicks!) to allow for a non-ticketed, plated luncheon. This is a wonderful way to acknowledge the many PAM volunteers who will be reporting at the lunch as well as the travel stipend awardees and award winners. Of course, we will also address the business side of the organization, and I very much hope there will be time for general announcements!
Further in this Bulletin issue, you will read more about the new Louise Leckner Memorial Travel Stipends. In 2013, the IOP-sponsored PAM travel stipends were renamed in memory of Louise Leckner of IOP Publishing who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. Louise was a familiar face at the IOP booth to many PAM members, and PAM conference planners were always blessed to have Louise’s reliable, efficient, and warm-hearted hand in getting conference logistics and details worked out. Congratulations to the inaugural awardees of the Louise Leckner Memorial Travel Stipend: Melissa Cheung, Manuel de la Cruz Gutiérrez, Kathleen Gregory, and Shirley Zhao!
The PAM Open House, sponsored by AIP, will be held Monday evening at the Marriott. Maryann Gross of AIP planned the fabulous PAM Open House last year, celebrating PAM’s 40th Anniversary. We are all looking forward to the reveal of Maryann’s Open House plans for San Diego!
Capping off the PAM events is a special tour of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). The tour includes the Birch Aquarium, the SIO Archives, and the Hydraulics Laboratory, the magic behind “the wave pool”. Thanks very much to local PAM resident Deborah Kegel for putting this together!
I will close with another round of acknowledgements for the amazing group who have made all the events and sessions possible. When you get the chance, please thank our moderators (Carol, Laurie, John, Lance, Dianne, Sue), session liaisons (Zari, Ruth), fundraising committee (Donna, Kiem), mentoring subcommittee (Emily, Jenny, Kathleen), and hospitality committee (Deborah & Kim) for making it all come together and our sponsors for their steadfast and generous support:
American Institute of Physics Publishing (AIP)
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
American Physical Society (APS)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP)
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
SPIE Digital Library
World Scientific Publishing Company
San Diego, here we come!