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Alberta Palaeontological Society Eight Annual Symposium

Presented in conjunction with the Mount Royal College Geology Department
and the C.S.P.G. Paleontological Division

Saturday and Sunday, March 20 ? 21, 2004

Mount Royal College
4825 Richard Road S.W.
Calgary, Alberta

Call for Posters and Abstracts

The Alberta Palaeontological Society (APS) would like to invite you to provide a poster at out eight annual palaeontological symposium. This symposium will contain presentations from a mix of avocational and professional paleontologists from all over Western Canada. Specific invitations have been given to staff and students of Western universities, natural history clubs, the Geological Survey of Canada, museums and members of the petroleum industry and the artists' community. The aim is to showcase palaeontology to the general public and foster closer relations between the APS and the above groups. The event is free to all participants.
There is no fee to submit a poster and abstract.


We plan to encourage families to bring fossils to our identification booth. For the kids, we have videos and an activity table. Workshops tentatively include Plant Morphology and Jaw Form and Function: Adaptive Radiation of the Mammalian Masticatory Apparatus. Advertising for the event will go out to news media, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Reservoir, the internet, and various government facilities, museums, schools, etc.


The instructions for posters / displays

A table and stand with a 4x8-foot poster board will be supplied to each presenter. Each presenter should bring stick pins or tape for attaching posters although we will try and have some on hand for those who forget. Those who have special requirements such as electricity to operate a display or a larger display area should identify these requirements upon submission of a request for space. Presenters are requested to provide an abstract as per instructions below. We request that poster presenters be set up by 9:00 AM the day of the event. During the day a poster session period will be specified, please be available at least during this time for discussion about your exhibit. The deadline for submission of request for poster space is February 01, 2004.


The Symposium

The symposium is a two day event with lectures, poster and showcase displays on Saturday, March 20th, and workshops on Sunday March 21st. Saturday programs are free and open to the general public. No registration is required to attend the Saturday activities. Due to limited space, Sunday workshop participants will be required to register and pay a moderate fee for workshop manuals. The main events will be centered in the lower level hall at Mount Royal College.
Symposium Abstract Volume


As in past years an attractive symposium abstract volume will be published. It will be sold at a price to cover publication costs. We request that speakers and poster presenters submit abstracts for the publication to the editor (see below). Abstracts can be 1-3 pages (with 1 being standard) in length although exceptions will be made for specific requests. The abstract may include photos and/or diagrams although it should be noted that the abstract volume will be printed in black and white. Documents will not be edited for content but may be reformatted to fit into the volume. Snail mail (and email address if you wish) address of the author should be included for insertion in the volume. Deadline for submission of abstracts for publication is February 1st, 2004. Specific instructions and examples can be downloaded from our website www.albertapaleo.org.


Further Information

Posters presentation / volunteering:
Dan Quinsey (403) 247-3022, president@albertapaleo.org.

Lecture program / general information:
Philip Benham (403)691-3343, mailto:programs@albertapaleo.org.

Abstract submissions:
Howard Allen editor@albertapaleo.org.


About the Alberta Palaeontological Society

The Alberta Palaeontological Society is a non-profit society whose purpose is to promote the science of paleontology through study and education and make contributions to the science through discovery, collection, description, public education and preservation of material for study and posterity. The APS works with professionals at museums and universities to add to Alberta's palaeontological collections and preserve its heritage. Alberta Palaeontological Society meetings are generally held on the third Friday of the month in Room B108 of Mount Royal College.

Visit the APS website for confirmation of meeting times and speakers.
http://www.albertapaleo.org/.

Some Helpful Hints

Definition:
A poster is a visual medium to express current results of one's research work on a topic she or he has chosen to study or to provide an overview of a researched topic.


Who should do a poster?
Anyone who has an interest to share the work that she or he has done and who likes feedback from the audience (or attendees) on the work should consider doing a poster.


What should be considered for a poster?
Any topic that ties in with palaeontology can be considered for a poster.

Why posters?
Oral or written presentations are mechanisms to convey past and recent developments in a field of study that is essential to the investigator. An effective written presentation is a poster presentation.


What is a poster?
A poster is something that you pin up on a board. The dimension of a poster can vary. It can be anywhere from
2' x 3' to 4' x 8'. It contains text and figures relevant to one's work. It follows the same pattern as any scientific article that appears in a journal does.


One typical format:
Title, Author(s), Affiliation
Summary
Introduction ? Reasons behind the work
General information
Geographical location of where the fossils were found
Description and interpretation
Conclusions
References

Dedicate a box to each one of the above categories. Within the box, include the text and figures relevant to that category. Number the boxes in such a way that the reader can follo9w from one box to the other in a sequence the presenter wishes.

The structure of the above framework changes from topic to topic.

How does one make a poster?
A few years ago, posters were made with primitive computer tools and extensive drafting (lots of physical labor). The commonly used computer tool is a word processing tool. Today with powerful graphics and word processing tools, a poster can be made entirely using a computer. The final poster image gets printed on a color printer. Remember, you don?t have to have a computer to do a poster!


How should the visual representation of the poster look?
Whatever the size of the poster, when one sees (or views) is from 3 to 4 feet away from the board, the letter (or font) size must be large enough that the text can be easily read. Also, figures should be reasonably large. Think about when the eye doctor wants you to read off his "poster" of alphabets and numbers from a distance. Adding colors makes a difference to the poster, and can in fact lure attendees to your poster or drive them away.



Good Luck!

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APS Symposium March 20 - 21, 2004 - Unwrapping the Past

Deadlines:
-Posters space - February 01, 2004 - Contact Dan Quinsey
-Abstracts submissions - February 01, 2004 - Contact Howard Allen
-Showcase space - February 01, 2004 - Contact Roslyn Osztian
-Workshop registration - March 7, 2004 - Contact Vaclav Marsovsky

Speakers:
9:30-10:00 AM -Don Henderson, University of Calgary
Sauropod Dinosaurs were the Colossal Corks of the Mesozoic.


10:00-10:30 AM -Lisa Budney, University of Alberta
New Technologies Challenge Old Views on the Evolution of Reptilian Dental Morphology and Histology.


10:30-10:45 AM Break

10:45-11:15 AM -Darren Tanke, Royal Tyrrell Museum The Story of Eccentric Paleontologist William F Cutler.

        11:15-12:15 PM Special Presentation
-Gerhard Maier, ESSO
African Dinosaurs Unearthed: The Tendaguru Expeditions.

12:15-2:00 PM -Lunch Break / Poster Session

2:00-2:30 PM -Marisa Gilbert, University of Alberta
Approaches in Vocalizing the Science of Palaeontology to the Public of All Ages.


2:30-3:00 PM -Richard McCrea, University of Alberta
Lisa G. Buckley, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Excavating British Columbia's First Dinosaurs, and Other Palaeontological Projects in the Tumbler Ridge area.


3:00-3:30 PM -Don Henderson, University of Calgary
Sauropod Dinosaurs were the Colossal Corks of the Mesozoic.


3:30-4:30 PM Key-Note Presentation
-Nate Murphy, Director of Vertebrate Paleontology, Phillips County Museum, Montana
Leonardo, the Mummified Dinosaur.


Workshops:
Two workshops will be held on the Sunday (March 21, 2004) following the APS Symposium.


1. 9:00-12:00 PM Plant Morphology Instructor: Georgia Hoffman This seminar will instruct participants on how to categorize plants into morphotypes based on the leaf structure. Participants will practice their new skills using the Paleocene leaves collected by Georgia Hoffman and APS members.

Thanks go to the Geological Survey of Canada for allowing APS to use their facilities for this workshop.

        Limit: 20.
        Cost: $15.00 per participant for handout materials.
        Location: Geological Survey of Canada, 3303 - 33 St. NW, Calgary.

2. 1:00-4:00 PM Jaw Form and Function: Adaptive Radiation of the Mammalian Masticatory Apparatus
Instructor: Anthony Russell This workshop will focus on the muscles, bones and joints as they relate to jaw form and function.


This is a hands on workshop, including dissection in a laboratory setting. Those that do not wish to dissect carcasses should not enroll.

        Limit: 20.
        Cost: $15.00 per participant for handout materials.
        Location: University of Calgary, NW Calgary.

Other Information:
Lunch for presenters will be served during the 12:15-1:00 PM Break on Saturday. There will be no post social as we have had in the past. Details will follow at a later date.


Volunteers are still required.  Please use the sign up sheet.

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