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AWRA 2018 Spring Specialty Conference 
GIS & Water Resources X:  
Spatial Analysis of Watersheds – Ecological, Hydrological, and Societal Responses

April 22-25, 2018
Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando FL


 “Ask Me About…” Program

Monday / April 22 – Wednesday / April 24

What is the “Ask Me About…” program?    “Ask Me About…” is AWRA’s way of encouraging fun and informal networking between conference attendees.

 How does the “Ask Me About…” program work?    Conference attendees wear “Ask Me About…” ribbons on their nametags. During conference breaks, lunches, and networking sessions, attendees are encouraged to initiate conversation with anyone wearing “Ask Me About…” ribbons. The “Ask Me About…” ribbons function as conversation icebreakers, resulting in interesting and fun discussion among conference attendees.

 How do I participate in the “Ask Me About…” program?

  1. Pick up an “Ask Me About…” ribbon at the conference registration desk. Fill in the blank on your ribbon with a word(s) that provides a clue to your work, background, or professional interests. Attention-grabbing, witty, interesting, yet professional ribbon content is highly encouraged.
  2. Wear your “Ask Me About…” ribbon on your nametag throughout the conference.
  3. Engage in conversation with conference attendees by explaining your “Ask Me About…” ribbon.
  4. For the benefit of the novice conference attendees, experienced attendees should share conference tips, provide professional advice, and facilitate networking with others. 

Jobs and Resume Board

Monday, April 23, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM and Tuesday, April 24, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Take a resume or a business card and start a conversation!  The Job and Resume Board will be placed next to the Poster Session Boards in the exhibit area.  Exhibitors, sponsors and principal investigators who are hiring are encouraged to bring business cards and pin them to the board.

AWRA Technology Committee Lunch

Monday / April 23 / Salon 8 / 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Members --- and potential members --- of the AWRA Technology Committee are invited to attend this meeting at lunch time. Agenda items will include:  2018 Annual AWRA Conference Lightning Talk sessions, 2020 GIS conference brainstorming and future committee activities. We will meet in Salon 3 beginning at 12:15pm. You can grab something for lunch at Red’s Deli on the lobby level and bring it to Salon 3 for the lunchtime AWRA Technical Committee meeting.

Opening Networking Reception

Monday / April 23 / Salon 4 / 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

This event is included in the Registration Fee. All registered conference participants are invited to attend the Opening Networking Reception. Come greet old colleagues and make new acquaintances. Also, the Poster Session participants will be at their posters to answer any questions during the reception.

Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the AWRA Registration Desk.  The cost of an additional ticket is $40.00.

NHD, NHDPlus and WBD Lunchtime Meetup

Tuesday / April 24 / Salon 3 / 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM 

Interested in learning more about the NHD, NHDPlus, NHDPlus HR, or WBD? Want to meet colleagues also interested in these datasets and the staff who support them? Everyone - novice and expert alike - is welcome to join us for a lunchtime meetup on Tuesday, April 24, to informally gather, ask questions, and discuss national hydrography mapping! We will meet in Salon 8 from 12:15-1:15. You can grab something for lunch at Red’s Deli on the lobby level and bring it to Salon 8 for our lunchtime meetup.

AWRA Conference Luncheon

Wednesday / April 25 / Salon 9 / 12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM

Come join your colleagues for a delicious lunch and some more networking and listen to a talk by Adam Terando, U.S. Geological Survey, Raleigh, NC.  His topic will be Climate Models, Frog Calls, and the Path Towards Long-term Adaptive Species Management. Adam Terrando is a USGS Research Ecologist wit the Department of Interior Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.  His work focuses on the impacts of global change on ecosystems in the Southeast and U.S. Caribbean, and the complex human-environment relationships that drive these processes.

This event is included in the Registration Fee.   Additional tickets may be purchased on-site at the AWRA Registration Desk. The cost for each additional ticket is $45.00.