Meeting and Registration Information
Logistical Information About NAPC 2009
Please note: Although NAPC 2009 has concluded, we are maintaining this webpage because it may be of use to organizers of future meetings.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Cincinnati for NAPC 2009! The primary site for the meeting will be the Tangeman University Center, a state-of-the art facility located in the heart of campus.
On this webpage, you will find the latest information about logistical details of the meeting, as well as links to several additional web pages that will be of use to you as you plan your trip to Cincinnati. Check back for regular updates as we will continue to upgrade this site and provide participants with the latest information.
Online registration forms for NAPC can be accessed here. At the registration site, you will have the opportunity to register for the meeting and field trips, to reserve housing in University of Cincinnati dormitories , and to arrange for other amenities.
**Please note: we have established a special rate for spouses/domestic partners, but registration in these cases should be done separately from that of the accompanying professional. If you are unable to register online or wish to pay by check, money order, or wire transfer, please contact University of Cincinnati Conferencing at 513-558-1810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-registration fees for NAPC 2009 are as follows:
- Professionals, full meeting: $325
- Students, full meeting: $250 (see below for student-funding opportunities)
- Spouses/domestic partners, full meeting: $150
Registration fees include the welcoming party, Thursday-evening banquet at the Cincinnati Museum Center, a special party on Tuesday evening for students and postdocs (be forewarned that no one over the age of 30 will be permitted to attend unless they fall into one of those categories), assorted swag, and other amenities. The pre-registration deadline is June 1, after which the rate for the full meeting will increase by $100 in each category. On-site, single-day registration is available for $150, except for participants in the Education-and-Public-Outreach program on Thursday, June 25, who will have a special rate of $25.
*Single Occupancy Rooms are sold-out.
Arrangements have been made to house NAPC participants in University dormitories located conveniently near Tangeman University Center. Rooms can be reserved here. A limited number of single rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis to professional registrants. For professionals and spouses/domestic partners, the per-person single-room rate is $35 per night and the per-person double-room rate is $30. The per-person rate for students, who are all asked to stay in doubles, is $26 per night. All rates include linen service. Rooms will be available at a slightly higher rate on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19 for participants in pre-meeting field trips. Thereafter, the regular rates will apply.
It is our sincere hope and expectation that the vast majority of registrants will take advantage of the opportunity to stay in the dormitories, given the price, the convenience, and the available amenities on campus. However, for those wishing to stay in area hotels, information about hotels in the vicinity of campus, as well as downtown, is provided here.
Free WIFI access will be available to all NAPC participants in Tangeman University Center, the Market Pointe Dining Center, and several other buildings and outdoor settings surrounding these venues. Registrants will be provided with a User-ID and password to access the Wireless network when they check in.Unfortunately, WIFI is not available in the dormitories. Ethernet access is available in dorm rooms for a fee of $15 for the week. Participants who opt for this access are asked to bring their own Ethernet cable to the meeting.
Dining on and off Campus
Like most other American universities in the 21st century, the University of Cincinnati has significantly improved its food-service facilities and general food quality in the past few years. We therefore encourage participants to opt for Breakfast/Lunch meal passes to the Market Pointe dining hall , which will cover the period from Monday (June 22) through Friday (June 26) at a cost of $75 (all-you-can-eat). Individual meals, including dinner, will also be available on an ala carte basis. A variety of additional dining options are available on and off campus. Information about these options will be forthcoming.
A full slate of regional field trips is planned for the days immediately before and after the meeting, as well as on Wednesday, June 24, when we will take a mid-week break from formal meeting sessions. The field trips are described here. Registration for field trips, which requires payment of additional fees, is available at the online meeting registration site. Please be aware that space is limited for most trips, so register early!
Visit to the Creation Museum and Thursday follow-up
After much discussion, the organizing committee decided that it would be appropriate and important to provide an opportunity for NAPC participants to visit the much-publicized Creation Museum, which opened near the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in May, 2007. Additional details, and our rationale for the visit are provided here. The trip will take place on the morning of Wednesday, June 24, and will be followed on Thursday morning by a plenary session on Evolution and Society, which will include presentations and group discussions of the Evolution-versus-Creationism controversy. Thursday afternoon will include two symposia, The Nature of Science and Public Science Literacy and Paleontology in K-12 Education, which will also address these themes in part.
Among the social activities planned for NAPC 2009 are the welcoming party at Tangeman University Center on Sunday, June 21; the party for students/postdoc/participants <= age 30 on Tuesday, June 23 at a soon-to-be-determined off-campus location; and the banquet in the rotunda of the Cincinnati Museum Center on Thursday, June 25. While at the banquet, participants will have the opportunity to tour the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, and will also be able to view two movies in the Center’s OMNIMAX theatre at no charge.
The Cincinnati Zoo, an internationally-renowned facility located a short distance from the University of Cincinnati campus, has graciously offered free admission to all participants in NAPC 2009. Details of a possible group visit for those who are interested in visiting the zoo are currently being finalized, and will likely be arranged for the afternoon or evening of Wednesday, June 24.
Working-Group Meetings on Monday evening
We are aware that many working groups would like to hold special business meetings in conjunction with NAPC. We have set aside Monday evening, June 22, for this purpose, with space available from 6 to 9 pm in Tangeman University Center. If you would like to convene a meeting that evening, please send a request by April 15 to the organizing-committee chair, Arnie Miller (email@example.com ) , indicating the name and likely size of the group, as well as your preferred time slot within the 6 to 9 pm window.
Funding for Students
Through the generosity of the National Science Foundation, an opportunity is available for a limited number of American students to receive a full rebate of their meeting registration fees (not including field trips).
In addition, through the generosity of the BP global energy group, funding is available for a small number of international students, with first priority to those from underdeveloped countries to receive partial reimbursements of their travel expenses.
For additional details of these opportunities, please click here.
Campus Recreation Center
For the nominal charge of $10, all participants will be able to purchase a pass to the Campus Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art facility located near the Tangeman University Center that includes a wide range of aerobic equipment, free weights and weight machines, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a lazy-river leisure pool, Jacuzzi, climbing wall, indoor track, and basketball courts. We are currently working out the details for a three-on-three basketball tournament that will take place on Wednesday evening, June 24. Stay tuned for details!
Navigating Around the University of Cincinnati Campus
A map of the University of Cincinnati campus that highlights important meeting venues is provided here. Most venues on campus are less than a five-minute walk from one another.
Traveling to Cincinnati
Given its central location in the United States, we anticipate that many participants will want to drive to Cincinnati for the meeting. With this in mind, we have arranged a special one-week NAPC parking rate of $25, with unlimited in-and-out privileges, at two University garages located near the Tangeman University Center. The locations of the garages are highlight on the Campus Map here.
Since the time that our third circular was published, airfares at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) have declined significantly, and we now recommend that NAPC participants who will be traveling by air arrange to fly to CVG, instead of airports in other nearby cities.
Additional information about airport shuttles, driving directions to Cincinnati, and a Google Earth Image of the University of Cincinnati campus and surrounding roadways is provided here.
Formal Letters of Invitation
We recognize that some meeting participants will require formal letters of invitation, in order to avail themselves of funding opportunities or, in some cases, to obtain a visa to the United States for the meeting. If you are in need of such a letter, please contact organizing committee chair, Arnie Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Education and Public Outreach
As described elsewhere at the NAPC website, we are planning a special series of activities for Thursday, June 25 that will be available to teachers from throughout the region. If you are a teacher interested in this opportunity, please go to Education and Public Outreach page for information about the activities planned for that day and to access the special, one-day registration form for the program.