Annual Meeting Special Events Tuesday Evening Public Lecture Speaker: Ann Reid, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Grand America Hotel
Lecture Title: It's time for science class! What are our children learning?
Lecture Description: The American science classroom is not always a neutral zone. Millions of students are at risk of being miseducated on the critical topics of evolution and climate change because these areas of science have been relentlessly misrepresented as scientifically controversial or unsettled. The drumbeat of doubt and confusion, unfortunately, echoes in our classrooms, where evolution and climate change are too often getting short shrift. Ann Reid will discuss why so many teachers are reluctant to teach these topics, and what can be done to give them the confidence and support they need to teach evolution and climate change honestly, accurately, and completely.
Speaker Bio: Ann Reid worked as a molecular biologist for 20 years, co-leading the team that sequenced the 1918 flu virus. She then served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council's Board on Life Sciences and as director of the American Academy of Microbiology. In both roles, Ann worked with the best scientists in the country to determine how national biology research can best contribute to solving important societal problems. Since 2014, she has been the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which works to defend the integrity of the science classroom, and provide science teachers with the support they need to teach societally controversial topics with confidence.

Women in Science Social
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Grand America Hotel

The 2016 SVP Women in Science Social will provide an opportunity for Female-Identifying SVP members, and their supporters, to become familiar with the research and experiences of other members of this underrepresented group. Please join us for this free event, where we will discuss the history of women in paleontology, and the state of the field today, followed by an hour of networking with encouraging and productive group discussions on a variety of topics.

Welcome Reception
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Natural History Museum of Utah
Transportation will be provided from the Grand America Hotel to the Natural History Museum of Utah

SVP Business Meeting and Open Forum
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Grand America Hotel

iDigBio: An Initiative to Make Millions of Paleontological Specimens Available in an Electronic Format
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Grand America Hotel

What can iDigBio do for your museum collections and research? This presentation, in a town-hall format, will provide an opportunity for paleontologists and interested public to learn about the Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), which is currently a hub of the larger Advancing the Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program of the National Science Foundation.

GLVP Annual Dinner for LGBT Members and Allies
Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Stoneground Kitchen, 249 E 400 Street
Please RSVP Mark D. Uhen at if you would like to attend.

Organizational Meeting for Register of Professional Paleontologists
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Grand America Hotel

Student and Postdoc Roundtable and Reprint Exchange
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: Grand America Hotel
Are you a student or post-doc with questions about being a Paleontologist? Do you need networking or career advice? Come to the Student and Postdoc Roundtable and Reprint exchange! During the informal roundtable students can network and receive advice from experts and leaders in the field of Paleontology. Table topics include getting into grad school and career advice for teaching at a university or medical school, and the government. There will also be tables on collections management, scientific photography, scientific illustration, and much more!

The Student and Postdoc Reprint Exchange is a chance for you to build your library, free of charge.  Recent reprints on all areas of vertebrate paleontology will be available through the generous donations of SVP members.
Mail in or bring your reprints for this event!
Mail reprints to the following address for RECEIPT by Friday, October 14, 2016.
Trent Duncan
Bureau of Land Management 
West Desert District
2370 S. Decker Lake Blvd.
West Valley City, UT 84119
or bring them with you to the meeting and drop them off at the SVP Office at the Grand America Hotel.

Annual Benefit Auction and Social
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Grand America Hotel

There will be hundreds of one-of-a-kind items for the bidding; no one should go away disappointed.  Remember to pack light and leave room in your bags.  Start today by gathering items to donate for the auction.  These may include fossil replicas, books, reprints, artwork, toys, t-shirts – use your imagination.  Fossils will not be accepted.  Donate your own treasures – download the Auction Donation Form from the SVP website.  Auction proceeds will go to the Legacy League of Funds.  A cash bar will be provided. 

A minimum bid of $5.00 is required, with bids increasing by $1.00 increments.

For more information on the Auction, contact Auction Co-Chairs Brent H. Breithaupt at or Scott Williams at  

Auction Donation Form is available by clicking here.  
The poster may not exceed the dimensions given in the meeting guidelines (usually: 231.14 cm wide and 114.3 cm high) and a landscape orientation is preferred.