SVP 66th Annual Meeting Summary
Oct. 18-21, 2006
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
One-thousand SVP members and friends convened at the SVP 66th Annual Meeting in beautiful Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from October 18-21, 2006. Host Chair, Alison Murray, her committee: Stephen Cumbaa, Robert Holmes, Richard Day, Kieran Shepherd and Xiao-chun Wu; and the Canadian Museum of Nature, worked non-stop to ready the Museum and deliver an exceptional meeting for our paleo community. Thank you!
Attendees at the meeting were the first to see the new wing of the Canadian Museum of Nature during the SVP Welcome Reception. The highlight was the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery, the Nature's stunning new permanent gallery that follows the end of the age of dinosaurs and the rise of ancient mammals.
The following day, Annalisa Berta, outgoing President, introduced the keynote speaker, Joanne DiCosimo, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Berta also outlined the cornerstone of her term, the new SVP Strategic Plans to membership before introducing incoming President, Catherine Badgley, who then presided over the balance of the annual meeting.
A record number of oral and poster presentations (view abstracts) on the latest research in a wide range of cutting edge topics were the main attractions, drawing high praise from attendees.
Unique and educational student events, Town Meeting on Evolution, field trips and workshops enhanced meeting opportunities before, during and after this week of VP immersion (view circular).
Dr. H. Richard Lane, Program Officer, Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology, U.S. National Science Foundation, gave a special talk on "Future research directions in paleontology: How to increase funding." Dr. Lane also made himself available to meet privately with individuals to more specifically discuss their funding questions.
Continuing with the meeting's theme of 'raising the bar,' record-breaking sales were recorded at the always entertaining and successful Annual Auction, hosted by the ever-creative Brent Breithaupt. A cast of CMN 344, the skull of the holotype of Styracosaurus albertensis, donated by the Canadian Museum of Nature and Research Casting International, led to heated bids flying back-and-forth before the final winner, a Canadian group, claimed the cast to a roar of applause.
Capping off the week was the much-awaited Awards Banquet. A full house was present to honor fellow paleontologists and paleo artists as they were recognized for their contributions to their craft and the greater vertebrate paleontology community (view full list of award recipients).
Those with energy to spare managed to attend the After Hours Party till the wee hours of the morning to exchange final notes, emails addresses, stories, laughs and a drink or two before heading back out into the world and starting to plan for the 67 th SVP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in October, 2007!