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The 77th meeting of the American Malacological Society will be held in Pittsburgh, PA from Saturday, July 23rd through Thursday, July 28th, 2011. The meeting will be held at Duquesne University.

Special events will be held all around Pittsburgh, including an opening reception at the Marriott City Center, an auction at the Marriott City Center, and a banquet at the Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's northside with a river boat cruise following. Other events will take place at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Registration will begin at noon in Duquesne University's Richard Mellon Hall. After registration is completed, you will be directed to the appropriate dorm on campus. The Presidential Reception will be held on the evening of July 23rd at the Marriott Center City. This hotel is a short walk from Duquesne University. In this setting, you can relax and connect with friends and acquaintances whom you have not seen in a while. If you arrived late, we will be able to register you at the reception.

On Sunday, July 24th, we will have the James H. Lee Memorial Symposium - Mollusks, The Great Unanswered Questions. This symposium will draw on speakers from the United States and Europe to discuss all classes of extant mollusks.

In addition to the following activities, there will be other planned sessions as well as sessions for contributed papers. Further details will be posted regarding these session. Check back from time to time to see what will be happening!

Monday evening, we will have the annual AMS Auction. Proceeds from this auction are directed to student awards and activities. After dinner, take a short walk to the Marriott City Center where the auction will be held. Light refreshments will be served, as well as beer, wine, and soft drinks.

On Tuesday, July 26th, there will be a workshop on publishing. There will be several short presentations on print-on-demand publishing, publishing monographic work, how artist/illustrators and scientist can interact, working with the editor/managing editor of a journal, etc. Following the presentation, the workshop will be open for a lively discussion on publishing in all its forms.

Poster presentations will be exhibited on Wednesday, July 27th. These will be displayed in Mellon Hall, the same building where registration is held.

On Wednesday afternoon, July 27th, the Annual Business Meeting of the American Malacological Society will be held following the last presentation. This will be followed in the evening by the Annual Banquet.

Buses will pick us up at Duquesne University and at the Marriott City Center. They will take us to the Rivers Casino where we will have a buffet style dinner. There is a large salad bar and several "restaurants". Food choices include Italian, Asian, Barbeque, and more. There is also a large dessert bar. After dinner, enjoy a relaxing trip on one of the ships in the Gateway Clipper fleet. The ship holds 80 people, so the first 80 to register for the banquet will have a water tour of downtown Pittsburgh. This is a great way to view Pittsburgh, one of America's most livable cities, at night. Others will be able to remain at the casino and enjoy the activities to be had there. After the river cruise, the buses will pick us up (including those still at the Casino) and return us to our lodging.

Following the meeting, on Thursday July 28th, there will be three activities. Tim Pearce will lead a trip to study the land snails of southwestern Pennsylvania (click here for more information). Art Bogan will conduct a workshop on unionid identification at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Lastly, the Section of Mollusks at the Carnegie Museum will be available for those who would like to use the Section's library and research collection. The resources of the Section of Mollusks at the Carnegie Museum will also be available to attendees of the meeting at other times. Please contact Tim Pearce (curator) at or Megan Paustian (collection manager) at to make arrangements to use the resources of the Section of Mollusks. If you are interested in the collection of the Section of Invertebrate Paleontology, please contact Albert Kollar (collection manager)at Albert Kollar to determine availability of the collection for your visit.

Participants flying to Pittsburgh will arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport. From here one can reach the Duquesne Campus by bus (number 28X, $2.75), shuttle, or rental car. Housing is available at either the Marriott City Center (there are limited rooms reserved for this meeting), or on campus in residence hall at Duquesne University. The hotel is about seven blocks from Mellon and Canevin Halls where the meeting will be held. A shuttle is available. The residence hall is located about 3 blocks away, on the opposite side of the campus.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh in 2011!

Meeting Schedules

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Keynote Symposium Sunday, 24 July 2011 (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)
Gastropoda I Monday, 25 July 2011 (8:00 AM 11:30 AM)
Open Session Monday, 25 July 2011 (1:30 PM 5:20 PM)
Cretaceous and Cenozoic Molluscan Paleontology Tuesday, 26 July 2011 (8:00 AM 12:10 PM)
History of Malacology Symposium Tuesday, 26 July 2011 (1:30 PM 5:40 PM)
Publications Workshop Tuesday, 26 July 2011 (6:35 PM 9:00 PM)
Gastropoda II Wednesday, 27 July 2011 (8:00 AM- 11:30 AM)
Poster Presentations Wednesday, 27 July 2011 (8:00 AM 2:00 PM)

When You Arrive in Pittsburgh...

Please make your way by bus, shuttle, taxi, or car to the Duquesne University campus, and find Mellon Hall (the meeting hall).

Registration will be in Mellon Hall from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Saturday, then again 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on Sunday through Tuesday. Maps are on Duquesne's website. Parking can be arranged on campus for a fee. The bus from Pittsburgh International Airport stops one block from the residence halls. From the bus stop, one must climb a flight of stairs to get to the Campus. This will be difficult for the physically challenged. The bus stop for the return trip to the Airport is on the Campus.

Folks staying in the dormitory at Duquesne University will be staying at Vickroy Hall. Folks can register on Saturday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Mellon Hall or at the Presidential Reception at the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

One should also be able to go to the dorm, drop off your luggage and then register for the meeting at either Mellon Hall or the Marriott, depending on when you arrive. There should be a list of folks who paid for their room at the front desk of the dormitory.

If you miss registration at either Mellon Hall or the Marriott, and you prepaid your registration, you should be able to go directly to the dorm to check in. They have a list of those who reserved a room.

Registration will again open at 8 AM on Sunday morning in Mellon Hall.

If you miss registration at either Mellon Hall or the Marriott, and you prepaid your registration, you should be able to go directly to the dorm to check in. They have a list of those who reserved a room.

Registration will again open at 8 AM on Sunday morning in Mellon Hall.

See you in Pittsburgh!

For more information

Charles Sturm
5024 Beech Rd.
Murrysville, PA 15668
Phone: 724-325-3239 (H)
412-858-2376 (W)
Fax: 412-858-4430

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