The combined Annual Meeting of the Southern Lepidopterists’ Society and the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera will be held October 14-16, 2011, at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. The McGuire Center is located adjacent to Powell Hall on the University campus and can be accessed directly off 34th St. and Hull Road. The tentative schedule includes field trips on Friday and scheduled talks at the McGuire Center conference room on Saturday and Sunday. A banquet will be held, followed by an informal slide. This is an ideal time to visit Gainesville as many butterfly and moth species will be active and fall wildflowers abundant. We look forward to a well attended meeting with many interesting presentations. Updates and registration forms will be available on websites for both SLS (www.southernlepsoc.org) and ATL (www.troplep.org).
Presentations: Individuals interested in presenting a paper or poster should submit an abstract before September 10th to Dr. Jacqueline Y. Miller (). Abstract forms will be included with the ATL and SLS newsletters but will also be available as Word files on the SLS or ATL websites. In order to ensure your abstract is included in the program, we ask that you e-mail a copy of your abstract. Please remember to include your title, type of presentation, and the amount of time needed. Papers are limited to 30 minutes total (20 minutes for the formal presentation and 10 minutes for questions). Shorter presentations are encouraged. Abstracts should be no more than 125 words.
Registration and Contact Information: Registration $20/individual; $35/couple; $10/students. Saturday evening banquet (PRICE TO BE DETERMINED). Registration fees cover the cost of programs, refreshments, and lunch on Saturday. Please send registration form and checks payable to ATL (which will handle SLS registration as well) to Dr. Jacqueline Y. Miller, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, P.O. Box 112710, Gainesville, FL 23611-2710, phone: 352-273-2016, fax: 352-392-0479.
Directions: From Interstate 75: Take exit 384 and travel 1 mile east on State Road 24 (Archer Road). Turn north (left) on State Road 121 (SW 34th Street). Travel 3/4 mile to the third traffic signal. Turn east (right) on Hull Road. The entrance to the University of Florida Cultural Plaza is on the south (right) side of Hull Road. On the weekend, no parking decals are needed in the large museum parking lot here.
From U.S. 441: Travel 2 miles west on State Road 24 (Archer Road). Turn north (right) on State Road 121 (SW 34th Street). Travel 3/4 mile to the third traffic signal. Turn east (right) on Hull Road. The entrance to the University of Florida Cultural Plaza is on the south (right) side of Hull Road.
From Jacksonville: Take I-10 west to US 301 South (exit 343) towards Starke staying on 301 to Waldo – 37.6 miles. From Waldo veer right (Gainesville sign) and drive 10 miles southwest on SR 24 (becomes Waldo Road in Gainesville) to the junction of SR 222/NE 39th Avenue. Turn west (right) onto SR 222/NE 39th Avenue. Cross over Main Street and then US 441/NW 13th Street. Continue to NW 34th Street. Turn south (left) and travel 3.5 miles to the traffic signal at Hull Road. Turn east (left) onto Hull Road. The entrance to the University of Florida Cultural Plaza is on the south (right) side of Hull Road.
Parking: Parking is available in the garage and commuter lots after 4:30 pm on Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Reserved parking for Museum visitors – excluding University holidays – is $3 per day (cash only), 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The reserved parking area is immediately east and north of the Harn Museum of Art in the UF Cultural Plaza. Please see attendant in gated booth.
Accommodations: There are a variety of hotel and motel rooms available in Gainesville but reservations should be made well in advance of the meetings as there are a number of other local events at the time of the meetings. A list of recommended accommodations and phone numbers is provided below.
Comfort Inn West 4000 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville (352) 264 1771
Hilton Garden Inn 33rd Pl. Gainesville (352) 338 1466
Hilton Hotel & Conference Center 1714 SW 34th St., Gainesville (352) 371 3600
Holiday Inn Express 3905 SW 43rd St., Gainesville (352) 376 0004
Motel 6 4000 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville (352) 373 1604
Paramount Plaza Hotels & Suites 2900 SW 13th St., Gainesville (352) 377 4000
Rush Lake Motel 1410 SW 16th Ave., Gainesville (352) 373 5000
Research Collections: Members who would like to work in the McGuire Center research collections, prior to or following the meetings, should contact collection managers, Andy Warren () or Andrei Sourakov () several weeks in advance of the meetings.