Monday, August 26, 2013

MPIG 2013: Iowa State University

The 10th annual Midwest Primate Interest Group (MPIG) will be held in Iowa State University, Iowa on October 18th and 19th this year. The amazing Dr. Jill Pruetz will be the local host. I will be at the conference and I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces there.

Here are some info you might find useful if you are interested in attending or presenting at the conference. Thanks for Dr. Katherine MacKinnon for the write up!

1. Abstracts
Abstracts are due Sunday, September 1. Send your abstracts as a Word document to Dr. Julienne Rutherford: Indicate in your email your preference for poster or podium presentation. Abstracts are limited to 275 words. Please use 12 point Arial font (if possible) and format the title/author information as follows:

Developing the brain: A potential role for the placenta in hominin brain evolution

Authors: Julienne Rutherford 1,2,*, Elizabeth Abrams 2, Kate Clancy 3, Victoria DeMartelly 1, Sana Said 2

1 University of Illinois at Chicago, Comparative Primate Biology Laboratory
2 UIC, Department of Anthropology
3 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Anthropology

* < full contact information for corresponding/presenting author >

2. Meeting Registration
Registration fees are $15 for students and $40 for faculty. Please make your check payable to the Midwest Primate Interest Group and mail to Dr. Robert Sussman, MPIG Treasurer, Department of Anthropology, Washington University, Campus Box 1114, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

(You may register onsite as well).

3. Hotels and Travel Info
MPIG has a group block of hotel rooms from October 17-19 at the Hotel Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus.

--Single-queen $80 (after discount)

--Single-king $90 (after discount)

For reservations, call 1-800-433-3449 and mention the Midwest Primate Interest Group to get the group discount.

MU Hotel website:
More lodging options can be found at:
Des Moines International Airport:

4. 2013 Distinguished Primatologist Award
Dr. Paul Garber will be the recipient of this year's award and his Friday evening talk is titled "Time Vs. Energy: New Perspectives on Primate Feeding Ecology", to be followed by the opening reception. Make sure you get to Ames by late Friday afternoon and/or in time for the opening festivities! (see #5)

5. Schedule for the 2-day meeting
As in past years, the MPIG meeting schedule generally goes something like this (subject to slight revisions as we organize this year's program...)

Friday (10/18)
7pm – The Distinguished Primatologist Award, followed by reception from 8:00-9:30pm

Saturday (10/19)

8am – 10am Light breakfast provided

8:30am – 12:00pm Podium presentations

12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch break (on your own)

1:30 – 3:00pm Podium presentations

3:00 – 5:00pm Poster presentations

5:00pm -- Closing remarks, followed by party (time/place TBA)

Just a reminder: as we transition from our old website to a new one, please check the MPIG facebook page for all the latest information and updates.

The 9th MPIG conference at University of Northern Illinois with my homegirl Ashlee of This is Serious Monkey Business blog.

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