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Re: [Swarmfest2008] Status

From: Gary An
Subject: Re: [Swarmfest2008] Status
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 15:36:47 -0500

HI Steve,

It is a pretty nice list, and I've looked through all of them.  The current list I have is 19 submissions; of those 2 of them (MIle's MetaABM and Susheel Varma's FLAME) are reponses to "invitations" from me, so I was planning on giving those two talks 40-45 minute talks.  Of the 17 that are left, I catagorized them into Computer Science/Programming (6), Ecology/Parasite dynamics (4), Education/Social Science (2) and Systems Biology (5). The invited speakers for HPC are 3 (45 mins/talk) and Systems Bio 2 (45 mins/talk).  I am thinking of accepting them all as talks, give them 17 min talk/3 min discussion(Strict!), putting the Sys Bio, Ecology/Parasite, Education/Social science talks (12 x 20 mins = 4 hrs) + 2 Sys Bio (1.5 hrs) invited speakers on Monday, then the Computer Science/Programming (6 x 20 mins = 2 hrs), 2 "Integrative" (metaABM and FLAME) talks (1.5 hrs) and the 3 HPC (2.25 hrs) talks on Tuesday.  After some discussion with MIles, I am going to get some ad hoc space so some interested parties can partake of a MetaABM tutorial. 

If the rest of you would like to look over the abstracts and let me know if there are some really bad ones by Wednesday, I will send notifications out by the end of next week (in particular so the overseas vistors can make their arrangements).

How does that sound?


On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 10:19 AM, Steve Railsback <address@hidden> wrote:
Gary: It looks like you got a quite a nice pile of abstracts, including lots of international ones!

In the past, we all shared the job of reading them, so if you want to dole them out to us, please do. In reality it's a matter of looking for any really bad or inappropriate ones and (usually) asking them to do a poster instead of oral presentation.

You should also send a note to all the foreign people reminding them to get any visa requirements straightened out right away. We always lose a speaker or two because of this.
(Pietro- Am I correct that people from EU countries should not have to worry about getting into the US?)


Steve Railsback
Lang, Railsback & Associates
Arcata, California

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