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Cindy Shaw <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 25 Sep 2006 15:56:58 -0700
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Hello all,

We are calling for presenters and would like your input for the 2007 GNSI annual meeting in Bozeman, MT (July 15-21).

We on the conference committee have been discussing ideas and are very excited about what is evolving.  Located in the stunningly beautiful Big Sky country, Bozeman is located 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, and is home to Montana State University and the Museum of the Rockies (MOR).  The MOR is, in turn, home to a world-class collection of dinosaur fossils curated by the famous Jack Horner - considered a model for the lead character in the "Jurassic Park" films - and who, incidentally, is already slated to open our meeting with the keynote address! We plan to follow up Jack's address with exhibit staff from MOR on how Jack’s research is translated into visual displays for the public.

WE NEED YOU! To borrow Julie Kulak’s words from last year's call, everybody who works in the field of scientific illustration has a story to tell, and we want to hear yours. Presentation and workshop opportunities are available and vary in length from 20 minutes to two full days.

If you have completed a large or small project, consider telling your colleagues how you did it. Experienced in handling a particular medium or subject? Consider giving a demonstration or workshop. Are you a savvy business person? Help us all! Adept at making a computer program jump through hoops? Show others how to combine bytes and brushes. Workshops, both traditional and digital, will be held.

WE WELCOME YOUR IDEAS! Tell us what you liked about Madison and previous conferences. What do you need for your professional development? Who would you like to hear speak? Can you suggest any specific names or topics? Would you like to suggest a field trip? We’re game.

A NEW FEATURE for 2007 will be the expansion of the paleo-talks concept, by adding two more (1/2 day) sessions of short, thematic presentations: life-science talks and geo-science talks. To borrow Mary Parrish’s words, these 20-minute talks are intended to be informal presentations of recent work, or work in progress, for the purpose of gathering together, keeping up to date with one another, the profession, and to meet other colleagues from around the world.

Anything within each respective subject area is appropriate. Scholarly work, children's books, and everything in between is welcome. Computer art to oil painting to paper sculpture (all media welcome).

As Mary already pointed out, the paleo talks will include anything paleo (including geology as it pertains to fossils).  Life-science talks will encompass, well, anything in the life sciences, including botany, animal science, entomology, ecology, marine biology, and so on. The geo-science talks will include geology (structural), landscape representation, cartography, and oceanography.

SPEAK AND BE HEARD (and truly appreciated)! Help us make the 2007 conference a productive, enriching and memorable experience. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!

FOR SUBMISSIONS AND MORE INFORMATION, please contact directly the appropriate person on the list below. If your submission covers more than one area, choose the area of heavier emphasis - and if you're still not sure, send it to your first hunch and we'll sort it out.

Digital Presentations  & Workshops
Kalliopi (Kapi) Monoyios; [log in to unmask]
Rick Simonson; [log in to unmask]

Traditional Presentations; Techniques Showcase (demonstrations); Business and Studio Issues: Marlene Hill Donnelly; [log in to unmask]; 312-665-7638 (Field Museum)

Traditional Workshops: Gabrielle Sivitz; [log in to unmask]; 406-251-9856

Mary Parrish; [log in to unmask] 202-633-1346
Marlene Hill Donnelly; [log in to unmask]; 312-665-7638 (Field Museum)

Geo-science talks:
Cindy Shaw; [log in to unmask]; 509-627-3839

Life-science talks:
Marlene Hill Donnelly; [log in to unmask]; 312-665-7638 (Field Museum)

Field Trips:
Michelle Schwengel; [log in to unmask]