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#1 dbartco

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 03:41 PM

Greetings WAMAS'ers. This fall, we will be bringing you a special event. WAMAS is teaming with TONMO to bring you an international cephalopod conference. Cephalopods include octopus,squid, nautulis, and cuttlefish. This is your chance to hear some great speakers about something completely unique. In fact, we have been trying to get Rich Ross to come for a WAMAS meeting. Now we get like 8 speakers. We are bringing this conference to you at a dramatically reduced rate and are including a social at the Invertabrate Exhibit at the National Zoo. We will also be bringing you some raffle items at the zoo.

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TONMOCON IV, the bi-annual convention for cephalopod enthusiasts, is official - the papers are signed!

From 10/7 to 10/9 (which happens to coincide with the TONMO-inspired (International Cephalopod Awareness Days), we'll be at the beautiful Wardman Park Marriott, which is right across from the National Zoo and supports an on-site Metro station for easy access to downtown D.C. The meeting room (all day Saturday) holds 125 (and can be expanded for more as needed) and is right inside the hotel. The hotel (and immediate area) also houses several bars and restaurants... and bars... for us to mingle at starting Friday night, right through to Sunday. There is strong potential that the National Zoo (right down the street) will reserve for us special after-hours access to the invertebrate house. This will be a rare opportunity for Saturday evening. We've lined up several speakers for the day. Of course we will have the Monty awards, and many other attractions and surprises.

Also, access to the presentation room throughout Saturday is $5 per person for WAMAS members and you can pay at the door; This is $10 off the rate for non-members. Please note that no food or beverages will be provided at the event. We will take a lunch break on Saturday in the middle of presentations.

If you are on Facebook, check out our TONMOCON IV Event Page and let us know if you'll be joining us!

For any questions or correspondence about TONMOCON, please contact me at email@tonmo.com. Hope to see you there!

Tony Morelli, Founder, Webmaster, TONMO.com
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Agenda:

8:30am: doors open
9am: Intro / Welcome Tony Morelli (tonmo)
9:20am: Displaying and breeding Cephalopods at the California Academy of Sciences - Richard Ross (Thales)
10:00am: Ethics Roundtable - Moderated by Katherine Dickson (neurobadger), with Greg Barord, Richard Ross, and Carol Sauer
10:50am: ~10 Minute Break~
11:00am: Nautilus Conservation - Greg Barord (gbarord)
11:40am: Identifying Commonly Kept Octopuses - Denise Whatley (DWhatley)
12:20pm: Break for lunch - will be "on our own"
1pm: WAMAS
1:30pm: A Vampire's Blind Mouth - Adam Eli Clem (Clem)
2:10pm: Tammi DeWitt - DC's National Zoo
2:50pm: Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid - Wendy Williams
3:30pm: ~10 Minute Break~
3:40pm: The Octopus Mind - Peter Godfrey-Smith (pgs)
4:30pm: Thank You and Monty Awards - Tony Morelli (tonmo)
5pm: Go our own way for dinner (groups will break off)
6:30pm: Meet at the Invertebrate House at the Nat'l Zoo (exclusive access for people at TONMOCON IV)
9pm: meet at some bar.
Sunday: Informal gatherings for breakfast, National Zoo, etc.


Washington Marriott Wardman Park Map
2660 Woodley Road NW · Washington, District Of Columbia 20008 USA


For the Zoo Social afterwards:
We will be having "Behind the Scenes Tours", Touch Tanks for the kids, and experts on-hand to discuss the various animals on display. Highlights include an octopus, cuttelfish, and a gorgeous beachball sized elegance coral. Special thanks go out to Tamie DeWitt and Mike Henley for setting this up for us. Food and beverages will also be provided.

Time: 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. (EST)
Where: Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cost: Free


RSVP to info@wamas.org for specifics on where to park and how to get in if you are a little late.

Park in Parking lot C (C for Cnidarian). Come out of the parking lot and up the wooden ramp and our building is directly to your right. Come on in the front door!

Please join us for this Special Event!

Getting to the Zoo / Directions



There will be ample parking available.
Doug

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:34 PM

Will there be any coral activities involved? Or any of the thigs that we do at our usual gatherings? Will there be any vendors there that deal in cephs?

Edited by Oprah Wrangler, 09 September 2011 - 03:34 PM.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 09:05 PM

Will there be any coral activities involved? Or any of the thigs that we do at our usual gatherings? Will there be any vendors there that deal in cephs?


Sorry I missed this earlier. Normal prearranged coral trading is encouraged at the meeting event at the hotel. We do not however, want any "wet" items to be brought inside the invertebrate exhibit at the zoo. Like our normal meetings, this event will have speakers, just MANY of them. In fact:



Food and drinks will be served at the Zoo. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE TO AN EARLIER TIME for the social event.
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 09:49 AM

Just one week til the fall gathering at the Marriot and the Zoo Social!!
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 10:07 PM

Hi Doug, do we need to pre-register / pay for anything or can we just show up? I'm pumped to attend!

Thanks for putting this together for us,
Darren

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:38 AM

You can pay at the door for the seminars. The social you just need to show up. Please see the special instructions above regarding the social, parking, etc...
Doug

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 06:05 AM

Darren, you can also prepay if you'd like!

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 08:59 PM

Thanks to all the BODs and WAMASers that put this event together (especially Doug).....I had a great time and all of those who didn't attend really missed out.....How cool is it to meet one of the scientists that actually worked on the first ever giant squid caught!!!!!!!! Seeing those baby cuttles eat in person was really cool as well........

cheers,
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 12:15 AM

Super bummed I couldn't make it. Stupid work... :mad:

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 07:31 PM

How did it go?

I was busy having 8" of snow fall on me while camping/hiking/hunting over the last week in Utah!

On "cruise control" while work eats up most of my time...


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Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:45 PM

I had a great time at TONMOCON IV and it's what made me join WAMAS.

Thanks very much to Dave and Doug

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:27 PM

Thank you for the social! It was really one of the best we have been to. My son was really engaged & awed by the exhibit and now wants to volunteer there. Just wish we were closer! It was well worth the drive. So grateful to all who worked to put this together!
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