Here is an outline of the conference schedule, which will be updated after we have a list of talks.

Wednesday, June 16

  • 8 AM-12 Noon: Registration, meet and greet
  • 12 - 1:30 PM: Lunch, Campus Great Room
  • 2 PM - 5 PM: Session 1

Thursday, June 17

  • 8 AM - 12 Noon: Session 2
  • 12 Noon-1:30 PM: Lunch
  • 2 PM - 5 PM: Session 3
  • 8 PM: Pretty picture session

Friday, June 18

  • 8 AM - 12 Noon: Session 4
  • No sessions past noon on Friday
  • 1 PM - 3 PM: Crab luncheon
  • 6 PM - 9 PM: River Concert

Saturday, June 19

  • 8 AM - Noon: Session 5
  • Noon-1:30 PM: Lunch*
  • 2 PM - 5 PM: Session 6
  • 6:30 PM: Banquet

Sunday, June 20

  • 8 AM - Noon: Session 7 (partly planning for the next conference)
  • Conference ends at noon, but attendees can eat lunch in the Great Room.

* On Saturday, there will be a luncheon with local area high school science teachers, to discuss motivating the teaching of Physics, Meteorology and Geology using atmospheric optics. If anyone is interested in attending this luncheon, please email Dr. Adler ().

**Attendees who wish to stay on campus the night of Tuesday, June 15 and/or Sunday, June 20 will need to add an extra night's stay for a $70 additional fee per night. Please email Dr. Adler concerning this, as spaces are limited.

Friday Afternoon Special Events

There will be no conference sessions after noon on Friday, June 18. We have two optional special events planned for conference attendees: a crab luncheon at 1 PM and a refreshment area set up at the St. Mary's College River Concert that evening at 7 PM.

Crab Luncheon: Maryland is the home of the blue crab, which has had a prominent role in local cuisine since colonial days. We will have a picnic featuring as many hard-shell crabs as you can eat beginning at 1 PM for any conference attendees who want to come. Cost: $40

River Concert Series: On Friday evening beginning at 7 PM, St. Mary's College will have the first of its "River Concerts" of the summer season. The concerts are held on the College Townhouse Green beginning around sunset; the Green is on a bluff which has a spectacular view of the St. Mary's River. Information on the River Concert series can be found at the River Concert website. Local vendors and restaurants set up refreshment carts on the College's Townhouse Green. The conference will hold seating in a large open area with refreshments for any attendees who want to go to the concert. There is no charge for this event.

Other Local Areas of Interest

In your free time you may want to check out some of the following local areas of interest around the county:

  • Historic St. Mary's City: Historic St. Mary's City is on the location of Maryland's first capitol and is one of the most active archaeological sites on the east coast. It is easy walking distance from the college; there is an on-site museum, several open-air archaeological exhibits, and a reconstruction of the Maryland Dove, the ship which took the first colonists to Maryland in 1634. There are also beautiful hiking trails behind HSMC, some along the St. Mary's River.
  • Sotterly Plantation: Sotterley Plantation was founded as a tobacco farm in the early 1700's; house and grounds tours are available year-round. The Plantation features beautiful herb and flower gardens and extensive grounds on the Patuxent River. (15 minute drive from college)
  • Point Lookout State Park: Point Lookout State Park is located on the peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River and offers swimming, boat rentals, and a nature center and Civil War museum. (15 minute drive from college)
  • Calvert Marine Museum: The Calvert Marine Museum specializes in local maritime history of St. Mary's County and surrounding areas. (30 minute drive from college)
  • Calvert Cliffs State Park: Calvert Cliffs State Park features great hiking trails and beautiful fossil beaches. (30 minute drive from college)
  • Annmarie Garden: Annmarie Garden features a 30-acre sculpture garden and art center with rotating exhibits. (30 minute drive from college)