10 September 2007

OVUM is coming to Pittsburgh

What with the winter approaching, the end of October may be a little too late for a northern hemisphere mollusk to ovulate, but it is never too late to have a meeting about mollusks.

The first annual one-day meeting of the Ohio (River) Valley Unified Malacologists (OVUM), organized by Tim Pearce and Charlie Sturm, will be at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, 27 October 2007 from 10AM until the last presentation (to end by 5PM at the latest).

The meeting is open to professionals, amateurs, and students; basically anyone who has an interest in mollusks. OVUM has no dues, officers, abstracts, or publications. This is as casual as a scientific meeting can get. If you are working with mollusks, this is a good opportunity to present a short update of what you've been up to lately and pass some ideas around; if you are interested in mollusks, but don't know much about them, this will be a perfect chance to get yourself initiated into the wonderful world of snails, slugs and the 8-armed octopuses.

From the e-mail announcement:

Light refreshments such as fruit, bagels, coffee, tea, and water will be available from 9-10:00AM. The meeting will be in the American Indian Room on the third floor of the Museum...

Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes. A computer projector and overhead projector will be available. Presentations are encouraged from amateurs, professionals, and students. Presentations are informal and can cover any topic relating to mollusks. Current research, a recent collecting trip, or an interesting specimen are all likely topics for a presentation. You can notify us ahead of time or the morning of the meeting if you would like to speak on some topic.

At noon, we will break for lunch. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance of the Museum as well as within the Museum. A list of restaurants will be made available the day of the meeting. Information on local hotels can be obtained from Charlie Sturm.

The collection and/or library of the Section of Mollusks will be available after the presentations are concluded. Those interested in availing themselves of these opportunities should contact Tim Pearce (PearceT AT CarnegieMNH DOT org; phone 412-622-1916) or Charlie Sturm (csturmjr AT pitt DOT edu) in advance.

If you have any questions regarding the meeting or the Carnegie Museum, please contact Charlie Sturm.

I plan to go.

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