Conference Events

Dates: Sunday, February 20, 2005: 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, February 21, 2005: 7:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 through Friday, February 25, 2005: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Salt Palace Convention Center Lobby area in front of meeting rooms 255 and 256 Enter at the South Temple Street Entrance

Opening Welcome Mixer Reception
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2005
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: South Ballroom Foyer

An opening welcome mixer reception will be held on Sunday, February 20, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. In addition to the reception, the conference registration area will be open so you can check-in for the meeting at this time.

Plenary Addresses
Date: Monday, February 21—Thursday, February 24, 2005
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Ballroom A-D

Date: Friday, February 25, 2005
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Room 251 A-F

Plenary lecture are planned each day, Monday through Friday. Extended coffee breaks will follow these presentations to allow attendees time to discuss the points of the address further.

Annual Business Meeting
Date: Monday, February 21, 2005
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom A-D

ASLO’s annual business meeting is scheduled for Monday evening from 5:00 to 6:00 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. All ASLO members and meeting participants are encouraged to attend.

Poster Sessions and Receptions
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 through Thursday, February 24, 2005
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom E-JAnnual Business Meeting (Monday, February 21, 2005)

Poster sessions and receptions will take place in the Salt Palace Convention Center throughout the week.

ASLO-STARS (Students Active in Aquatic Science Research) High School Outreach Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Room 253

ASLO will sponsor its first high school outreach program. Students from local communities will participate in a luncheon discussion of local watershed issues, a field trip to the Great Salt Lake, and a roundtable discussion of careers. The event will culminate with presentations of the student’s own research work at the afternoon poster session. ASLO members are encouraged to participate in the discussions and to visit and talk with those presenting posters.

NEW Wednesday Evening Reception: The Living Planet Aquarium
Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: 400 West 100 South, across from the Delta Center, four blocks west of the Salt Palace Convention Center and is within a “free ride zone” for Trax.

Cost: $30.00 per person
(Price includes ticket to view the aquarium, complimentary beverage, and reception food stations. Cash Bar will be available. Part of your ticket cost includes a donation to the Living Planet Aquarium fundraiser for construction of a larger permanent facility.) Tickets will not be available for purchasing on-site. Advanced ticket purchase is required.

Located at the North end of the Gateway—Salt Lake City’s only open-air contemporary destination that delivers the ultimate in shopping, dining and entertainment—The Aquarium Experience is a 10,000 square foot, temporary exhibit showcasing the variety and beauty of Utah’s aquatic life as well as the inhabitants of a tropical Pacific coral reef. This special exhibit begins with a freshwater stream stocked with Utah’s aquatic life such as trout and salmon, and an amphibian exhibit with tiger salamanders and the increasingly rare boreal toad. A tide pool comes alive with a variety of starfish and other sea creatures friendly to curious hands.

Blacktip reef sharks, bonnethead sharks, and nurse sharks glide by in their 14,000-gallon enclosure as guests marvel at the giant pacific octopus, 100 year-old lobster and moon jellyfish. Mysterious seahorses and sea dragons move effortlessly through the water as guests experience the symbiotic ecosystem of the living coral reef. Before leaving the exhibit, guests will come face-to-face with poisonous sea creatures such as the razor-toothed moray, lionfish, and long-horned cowfish.

The Living Planet’s long-term vision includes as many as six different attractions around the world. They will be signature attractions featuring much more than most aquariums. Currently, Salt Lake City is the only aquarium undergoing Fundraising. The Living Planet’s research ship will be based out of the Ventura location and will carry a crew of scientists and filmmakers to locations around the world. The crew will create documentary films from research expeditions to every continent and all the world’s oceans. The expeditions will focus on wildlife, ecosystem and life on earth as a whole, and the documentaries will be targeted to air on channels such as Discovery, Animal Planet and TBS. Each expedition will bring the beauty of a multitude of fascinating animals to viewers from around the world, in an engaging and educational format.

Following the reception, visit the Gateway and shop the country’s finest and most original stores and boutiques. Look at the beautifully restored 1908 Union Pacific Depot featuring French Renaissance architecture and original artwork. Enjoy the Olympic Legacy Plaza featuring the “dancing waters” of the Olympic Snowflake Fountain. For a complete listing of the many stores, restaurants and entertainment options available at the Gateway, visit The Gateway winter retail hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Tickets to attend this reception must be purchased in advance of the meeting and will not be available for purchase on-site. The number of tickets for the reception is very limited. If you have already registered for the meeting and would like to purchase a ticket to the reception, please send an e-mail to Payment may be made via credit card, via fax or by check, or simply mail or fax a registration form adding this event.

NEW Scientific Inquiry in the K-12 Classroom
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2005
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Room 259

Announcing an NSF-funded, half-day workshop for scientists and science educators attending the ASLO Winter Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah

To meet requirements by funding agencies to demonstrate the "broader impact" of their scientific research, many researchers are working with educators to bring their science to K-16 classrooms. In this workshop, we will examine scientific inquiry - how scientists "do" science - and consider how scientists can bring their expertise in inquiry to their education activities.

This half-day workshop has been developed especially for scientists and science educators interested in contributing to K-16 science education. Workshop activities will provide participants with an overview of the research base behind inquiry teaching and learning, an introduction to national standards for inquiry-based K-12 science education, and some hands-on examples of how inquiry can look in the classroom.

For further details please contact Lesley Smith (

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 30 people. Please pre-registration on-line at:

DIALOG Reception
Date: Monday, February 21, 2005
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Room 250A/B

DIALOG, the Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Limnology and Oceanography, was founded in 1993 to foster early-career development, interdisciplinary understanding, and collegial interactions among recent aquatic-science Ph.D. graduates. The program includes an international symposium, webpage, and electronic newsletter. The DIALOG VII symposium will be held in Autumn 2005. See for details, including symposium application instructions.

A reception will be held to foster collegial interactions across disciplines. Past symposium participants will be present to answer questions about the symposium and their early-career experiences. In addition to introducing the program, the reception provides an opportunity for senior graduate students and recent grads to meet their counterparts in a relaxed atmosphere. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. DIALOG is supported by NASA, NSF, ONR, and NOAA and co-sponsored by various scientific societies, including ASLO. For questions or more information regarding this meeting, you may contact C. Susan Weiler at


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