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Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial ConferenceEstuaries and Coasts in a Changing World1-5 November 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA

Special Meeting and Social Function Descriptions

Sunday  |  Monday  |  Tuesday  | Wednesday  | Thursday

CERF Sustaining Members Reception with the Scientific Awardees
and Keynote Speaker (By Invitation Only)

Date and Time: Sunday, 1 November, 4:00 5:30 pm
Location: OCC, Skyview Terrace

CERF invites our sustaining members to attend a special reception to thank you for your support of the Federation, congratulate our 2009 scientific awardees, and speak with the keynote speaker, the Honorable William Bradbury.

Opening Address and CERF Awards

Date and Time: Sunday, 1 November, 6:00 7:30 pm
Location: OCC, Oregon Ballroom 201-202

Plan to attend to congratulate the winners of the 2009 CERF awards and hear keynote speaker William Bradbury speak about Climate Change in Oregon and Beyond: Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World.

Presidents Welcome Reception

Date and Time: Sunday, 1 November, 7:30 9:00 pm
Location: OCC, Oregon Ballroom

On behalf of the Federation Presidents, we invite you to the OCC to greet old friends and new. Celebrate the opening of the 20th biennial conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.

CERF Happy Hours

Date and Time: Monday, 2 November, and Wednesday, 4 November, 5:30 6:30 pm
Location: OCC, Exhibit Hall A-A1 Cash bar and munchies.

Check out the posters; visit the exhibitors; rendezvous with friends and colleagues for this evenings activities.

Discover Portland (Self-guided Tours)

Date and Time: Monday, 2 November, 5:00 pm
Location: Off-site

Join fellow CERFers for a night out on the town! Don't know where to go? The social committee did the research for you! For a listing of Portland's best, please see the Discover Portland page.

Affiliate Society Meetings

Date and Time: Tuesday, 3 November, 5:45 6:30 pm
Location: OCC, Oral Session Rooms

Plan to attend your regions Affiliate Society Meetings to learn what is happening! See page 6 for meeting locations.

CERF Business Meeting

Date and Time: Tuesday, 3 November, 6:30 8:00 pm
Location: OCC, Oregon Ballroom 203-204

Please stop by to learn about what is happening within CERF and to welcome CERFs 2009-2011 administration.

Town Hall Meeting

Date and Time: Tuesday, 3 November, 8:00 8:30 pm
Location: OCC, Oregon Ballroom 203-204

Plan to attend this interactive forum to lend your expertise and brainstorm with other CERF members on the CERF boards plans and accomplishments.

CERF Guidelines for Policy Actions

Women in Science Networking Breakfast (Ticketed Event)

Date and Time: Tuesday, 3 November, 7:00 8:00 am
Location: OCC, Oregon Ballroom 204

Seven in the morning may sound early to some CERF attendees, but Tuesdays Women in Science Networking Breakfast will reward early risers with a compelling and fun program, and it is an excellent opportunity to network with current and soon-to-be colleagues and friends. This years event will present Virginia Institute of Marine Science Professor Deborah A. Bronk. Professor Bronks interests include the fluxes of nitrogen in open ocean, coastal, and estuarine environments with emphasis on the role of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) in microbial food webs. Her early work involved extensive method development with the goal of quantifying in situ rates of DON release and uptake using 15N tracer techniques. She now uses these techniques to address a host of questions relating to the release of DON from phytoplankton and zooplankton and subsequent reincorporation of DON as a nitrogen source for phytoplankton and bacteria. More recently Professor Bronk has investigated photochemical processes as a mechanism that facilitates the uptake of organic nitrogen by both phytoplankton and bacteria. Deborah Bronk continues to be intrigued by methods development, and she has most recently been working on linking flow cytometry with 15N tracer techniques to quantify nitrogen flow into autotrophs versus heterotrophs in open ocean systems. Professor Bronk has recently been awarded the Deans Prize for the Advancement of Women in Science at VIMS.

2009 CERF Inaugural CERF the Turf 5K Fun Run/Walk

Date and Time: Wednesday, 4 November, 12:30 pm (Runners assemble beginning at noon.)
Location: Willamette River Waterfront Loop

CERF is hosting a 5K (3.1 mile) Fun Run/Walk along the Willamette River waterfront loop on 4 November 2009 at noon. Pre-registration is encouraged. All paid participants will get a unique keepsake, snacks, and water. Sign up in person for the Run/Walk at CERF Conference Registration Area.

Stop by "CERF Squad Central" to pick up your race packets before 10 am on Wednesday, Nov. 4.  Prizes will be awarded at the Farewell Party on Thursday night to the first place male and female finishers in the following categories: Zoea (runners, up to age 29), Megalopae (runners 30-39), Juveniles (runners 40-49), Adults (runners 50+), and Pediveligers (walkers, all ages).

Download the CERF the Turf 5K Fun Run/Walk Flyer and Route Map (PDF, 232k) for more information.

CERF Student Career Networking Event

Date and Time: Wednesday, 4 November, 7:00 9:00 pm
Location: OCC, Ballroom 203-204

The pizza social and career event is back with your hosts, Randy Chambers and Amanda Kahn. ALL undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend. This event provides students a fantastic and unique opportunity to network with established scientists and recently employed graduates in a fun and casual atmosphere. Students will have a chance to pick panelists brains about topics such as career options, student internships, and employment opportunities. And did we mention FREE pizza and drinks?! Panelists represent different careers (academia, federal agencies, state agencies, NGOs, consulting, and more!)

CERF 2009 Student Pub Night

Date and Time: Wednesday, 4 November, 8:00 pm 2:30 am
Location: Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.
Web site: http://www.dougfirlounge.com

Come down to the Doug Fir Lounge to relax and mix with other students in a casual setting. (Any non-student CERF attendees also are welcome!) The Doug Fir is a restaurant, bar, and lounge with an art-deco theme that embodies the artistic, fun and funky character of Portland! Come for food and drinks, or head downstairs to listen to live music. Only a short 13-minute walk from the Convention Center! Walking Directions: Walk south on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (toward NE Irving St). Stay on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. for a 10-minute (approximate) walk (7 blocks). Turn left onto E. Burnside St. and walk 5 blocks. The Doug Fir Lounge will be on your right, on the corner of E. Burnside and NE 9th Ave. Public Transit Directions: Walk south on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (toward NE Irving St). Wait at corner of Hoyt St. and take #6 Bus. Get off on immediate next stop at E. Burnside. Walk east on Burnside toward NE Grand Ave. (away from water). Walk 5 blocks. The Doug Fir Lounge will be on your right, on the corner of E. Burnside and NE 9th Ave.

Student Awards Presentations and Farewell Party featuring The CERFTones

Date and Time: Thursday, 5 November, 5:30 8:30 pm
Location: OCC, Oregon Ballroom 203-204

Light hors doeuvres and bar. Student Presentation Awards. Carbon Neutral check presentation. Throughout this week our volunteer judges evaluated most of the student oral and poster presentations. Tonight, the highest-ranking students receive monetary awards and recognition for their exceptional work. Come support the students, boogie down to The CERFTones, and say farewell until CERF 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida!

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