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Mid-South Regional Chapter Meeting

5/18/2017 to 5/19/2017
When: 05/18/2017
Where: Oxford, Mississippi  38655
United States

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About the 2017 Mid-South Regional Chapter Meeting

Oxford, MississippiYou are invited to attend the Mid-South SETAC Regional Chapter annual meeting, which will be held from 18–19 May on the campus of The University of Mississippi and the USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, Mississippi. Oxford has been named by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the nation and is included in The Best 100 Small Towns in America. SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization that promotes the advancement and application of science related to contaminants and other environmental stressors, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making. SETAC’s mission is protecting, enhancing and managing sustainable environmental quality as well as ecosystem integrity.  Join us at Mid-South SETAC in Oxford! 

We are inviting abstracts and participation in all areas but especially in Natural Resources Management, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Solving Environmental Problems, Science and Education, Sustainability, and of course, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry!

Abstracts for platform and poster presentations must be submitted by 5 May.

Oxford Mississippi USDAThe 2017 annual meeting will start Thursday afternoon, 18 May, at 1:30 p.m. on the USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory campus with a short course titled The Ins and Outs of Scientific Publishing and Peer Review” instructed by Drs. Erin Bennett, Piero Gardinali, Kristie Willett, and Matt Moore. This short course will provide the participants with step by step considerations as they plan and prepare manuscripts for journal submission. Additionally, it will cover best practices for peer reviewing scientific papers. Short course participants will have the opportunity to query the insight of four editors of environmental toxicology and chemistry relevant journals and will be invited to bring drafts of papers for discussion or questions. This short course is designed to help both novice and experienced reviewers to understand the process and how to provide a useful peer review while making the peer-review process as efficient and productive as possible. This short course will consist of two components, the first part will focus on the publication and peer-review process (a step by step tutorial) and the second part will be an open discussion to ask questions about the process and to discuss personal experiences. In addition, at least one case study will be presented for further discussion. Immediately following the short course, attendees will tour the National Sedimentation Laboratory. A reception at The Graduate with spirits and refreshments will allow the attendees to unwind and network.

On Friday, 19 May, we will meet on the University of Mississippi campus and kick off the meeting with our first keynote speaker, Dr. Piero Gardinali, who is a professor at Florida International University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Gardinali’s research interests are analytical chemistry, source fate and transport of organic pollutants in marine ecosystems, and biological markers of chemical exposure. His talk will be followed by oral and poster presentations on topics related to different aspects of environmental toxicology and chemistry in the Mid-South region. We will then take a break to enjoy a catered lunch. Following lunch, Dr. Scott Rush will be presenting the second keynote lecture. Dr. Rush is a professor at Mississippi State University in the department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture. Dr. Rush’s research interests are ecology and conservation of tidal systems, community ecology in large lakes, fire ecology, and urban wildlife ecology. A poster session will follow. We will conclude with a short business meeting and awards ceremony.


Registration for the meeting will be $40/regular and $20/student. On-site registration must be cash or check. Registration includes the short course, Thursday evening reception, and Friday’s breakfast and lunch.

To register, download the registration formor call (662) 915-7101 or (662) 915-6691.

Oxford has many fine hotels in a range that will match your budget. We suggest the following lodging options:

The Inn at Ole Miss (15 rooms are blocked for guests)
$109.00 block room rate/standard accommodations

To reserve a room within the housing block, call 1( 888) 486-7666 and reference SETAC Meeting Group for the block room and rate. Reservation may also be made online at www.theinnatolemiss.com. Reference the group code 3319. You must make your reservation on or before 1 May!

The following options are available but not specifically blocked for SETAC event:

Courtyard Marriott (walking distance to campus)
305 Jackson Ave. E
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 638-6014

The Graduate Oxford (off the historical campus square)
400 North Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 234-3031

Call for Abstracts

The organizing committee of the 2017 Mid-South SETAC meeting welcomes submission of abstracts for platform and poster presentations. All abstracts must be formatted according to the example abstract below and submitted as a MS Word email attachment to Dr. Kristie Willett at kwillett@olemiss.edu by 5 May.   

Abstracts should not exceed the length of one page including authors, contact and presentation information and should follow the format of the attached sample abstract below. Abstracts more than one page long will be edited without author’s review. 

Poster presentation boards will be up to 48 inches (wide) by 48 inches (tall) and attached using pins or tacks.

Sample Abstract Submission Author to Contact: Jessica Coleman Environmental Laboratory US Army Engineer Research and Development Center 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Bldg 6011 Vicksburg, MS 39180 Tel.: (601) 634 3669 Fax: (601) 634 2263 jessica.g.coleman@usace.army.mil Preference: (NOTE: Select one) either Platform or Poster, Platform but Will Accept Poster Student or Post-Doctoral Fellow (NOTE: Select one, if applicable) I do/do not wish to be judged for a Best Student Paper Award. Title: Assimilation of Trophically Available Lead in a Reptilian Predator Model Authors (presenting author in bold): Coleman JG, Brasfield SM, Inouye LS, Steevens JA, Jones RP, Boyd R, Yoo, LJ Firing range contamination by lead (Pb) projectiles continues to be a concern as the Army manages the training environment. Pb transfer from organisms at the food chain base (i.e., invertebrates) to higher level consumers (i.e., birds, reptile, etc.) is particularly important in evaluating potential risks linked to Pb contamination. Current environmental assessments overestimate risk by assuming 100% Pb transfer within the food chain. Previous study evaluated uptake of Pb in four prey species, and based on these results, tenebroid beetle larvae (Tenebrio molitor) were selected. Prey invertebrates were exposed to sub-toxic Pb levels and fed to lizards …

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