AAAS Pacific Division

92nd Annual Meeting
including the
7th World Congress on Mummy Studies
San Diego, CA
June 12 - 16, 2011


All field trips are open to meeting registrants and members of their families. Due to limited space, advance registration is required for all trips. Reservation and payment of field trip fee(s) are included on the Advance Registration Form. NOTE: A $10 field trip registration fee will be added to the cost of the first field trip for each person not registered for the AAAS Pacific Division meeting. Non-registrants pay this fee only once, regardless of whether they participate in one or more field trips.

A full refund will be granted if a trip is cancelled by the Division. If a registrant cancels via e-mail or written notification received in the Pacific Division office no later than 19 May 2011, the registrant will receive a refund of the paid fee(s) less a $15 processing charge. Credit card refunds are subject to an additional 3.5% charge on the entire original billing to help cover the fees the Division pays to the credit card companies.

All field trips depart from the front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (KIPJ).

Sunday Wednesday Thursday

Sunday, 12 June, 10:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
Field Trip 1: San Diego Coastal Geology and Hazards
Departs from the front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).

Organized by Elizabeth Baker Treloar and Eric Cathcart (Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of San Diego), this excursion along the beautiful San Diego coastline will focus on the sedimentary rocks that record 65 million years of geologic events. The Rose Canyon FAult Zone, the geologic hazards of the coastal region, and the potential threat of the southern San Andreas Fault will be addressed.

The field trip will stop first at Mount Soledad in La Jolla, then progress south to Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma. It will finish with a stop at scenic Cabrillo National Monument.

Weather can be cool and foggy on the coast, so plan to bring a jacket or, even better, layer your clothing. Tidepools at Cabrillo Rocks can be wet and slippery, so be sure to wear good shoes––no heels or flip flops!

Includes transportation from USD, field guide, fees, and box lunch.

Cost: $70 for meeting registrants; $80 ($70 + $10 non-registrant fee) for those not registered for the meeting.


Sunday, 12 June, 9:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.
Field Trip 3: San Diego Botanic Garden

Departs from the front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).

Organized by Michael S. Mayer (Department of Biology, University of San Diego), this trip is an exploration of the San Diego Botanic Garden. Straddling a hill and 37 acres in the seaside town of Encinitas, the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Gardens) harbors a wonderful diversity of plant communities, which are arranged thematically and geographically. Highlights include a stand of our local coastal sage scrub, old world and new world desert gardens, a bamboo collection, a subtropical fruit garden, and dozens of species of cycads and palms distributed throughout the various continentally-themed sage scrub. Newer additions to the property include the Hamilton Children’s Garden, as well as numerous demonstration and interactive installations on topics such as Native Americans and native plants, and gardening for fire safety or water conservation.

We will leave the USD campus at 9:00 a.m. for the half-hour drive up the coast to Encinitas, location of The San Diego Botanic Garden. Upon arrival, we will take a guided walk around the gardens, ending with lunch (box lunches provided). After lunch there will be extra time for individual exploration before we leave the gardens at 2:30 p.m. for our trip back to campus.

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along a jacket in case of cooler weather, as Encinitas is on the coast.

Includes transportation, box lunch, and garden map and guide. Cost: $70.


Wednesday, 15 June, 5:30 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.
Field Trip 4: San Diego Museum of Man
Departs from the front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ)..

Sponsored by the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, this field trip includes a reception and a special viewing of a new exhibit – Modern Day Mummy: The Art and Science of Mummification. The exhibit features Mumab, a modern day mummy preserved using ancient Egyptian techniques. Mumab is on permanent loan to the Museum of Man from the University of Maryland.

Includes transportation, entry into the Museum of Man and reception. Cost: $15.


Thursday, 16 June, 9:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m.
Field Trip 2: Come See the Wonders of the Fairs: A Walking Tour
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Departs from the front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ)..

Organized by Don Larson and Tammy Lau (Madden Library, California State University Fresno;, this walking tour of the remnants of San Diego's world's fairs will be a lively and entertaining "visit to the fairs," imagining them as they once were by seeing the legacis of the fairs. The tour guide will be Don Larson, a lifelong aficianado and collector on world's fairs. The well-known Donald G. Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs is the largest world's fair collection on the West Coast and resided at California State University Fresno.

The current Balboa Park is the site of both of San Diego's world's fairs: the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition and the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition. There are dozens of features, attractions, buildings and gardens that are the remains of the two fairs, among them the Botanical Building (and beautiful lily pond), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Old Cactus Garden, Spanish Village, Japanese Tea Pavilion (now a tea house restaurant), the Ford Building (now the Air and Space Museum), the House of Hospitality (now the Visitors Center), the California State Bulding (now the San Diego Museum of Man), the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages (with 32 cottages promoting multicultural goodwill), and the Zoro Garden (formerly a nudist colony built for the 1935 fair). Even the world-famous San Diego Zoo grew out of the fairs, with exotic animals left after the 1935 exposition ended.

After lunch at one of the numerous restaurants, cafes and snack shops in the park (on your own or as an informal group), there will be time to explore other parts of the splendid and vast Balboa Park. An optional visit dto the Japanese Garden (and tea pavilion) as of January 2011 costs $4.00. We'll plan on meeting the shuttles at 3:10 p.m. for our quick trip back to the USD campus.

Due to the nature of this walking tour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Depending on the weather, a jacket may also be needed.

Limited to 27 participants.

Cost: $25 for meeting registrants; $35 ($25 + $10 non-registrant fee unless already paid) for non-registrants.


Thursday, 16 June, 4:30 a.m. to approximately 8:15 a.m.
Field Trip 5: Tidepooling at Cabrillo National Monument

Departs from the front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).

Organized by Drew M. Talley (Department of Marine Science and Environmental Studies, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA). Wake up early and make the most of your last day at the meeting in San Diego by joining us for a sunrise visit to the Cabrillo National Monument. Home to the historic Old Point Loma lighthouse and a wealth of biodiversity, Cabrillo National Monument is a protected area of 65 hectares situated on the end of the Point Loma peninsula. The early-morning field trip will be led by intertidal ecologists from USD and the National Park Service, and will include a copy of “The Life of Point Loma”, with chapters covering the marine, intertidal, and terrestrial habitats of the peninsula, as well as coffee and pastries during a post-field question and answer session with the Park Ranger. This is a rare chance to visit the Cabrillo National Monument when it is normally closed to the public!

Caution: you will be walking on slippery rocks and in shallow intertidal water. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress in layers!

Includes transportation, admission fees, field guide and refreshments. Cost: $55.00.


Thursday, 16 June, 1:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Field Trip 6: Mission Bay Aquatic Center Lesson in Sailing or Kayaking
Transportation to and from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center is the responsibility of participants.

Organized by Steven A. Murray (Department of Engineering, University of San Diego), this field trip provides a choice for beginners of two water sports opportunities on beautiful Mission Bay: sailing or kayaking. Each includes an hour or so of instruction, followed by on-the-water practice time.

Kayaking: 3-hour Kayak Lesson and Tour. Students will learn to kayak, then tour the coves of Mission Bay. Activities may include on-the-water kayaking games. All boats and equipment is included.

Sailing: 3-Hour Basic Sailing Lesson in 8’ single handed sabot. 1 hour classroom time with 1.5 hour on the water practice. All Equipment and instruction is included.

An area will be set up for participants to store belongings as a group, so you won’t be using the public locker room. Bring typical beach wear for the event (swim trunks or swimsuit, sandals and a beach towel) and a change of dry clothes for after the lesson. You will be wearing a wetsuit for the duration of the lesson to keep warm. Some individuals like to have a hooded sweatshirt to wear over the wetsuit if they get out of the water early, but most just wrap themselves in their towel.

Important notes:
1. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) before you can participate in either event. Failure to sign the waiver will prevent your participation. No refund of fees will be made for failure to sign the waiver. A sample copy of the waiver form will be provided to participants.
2. Transportation to and from the MBAC is the responsibility of participants. Due to the high cost for bus rentals in the San Diego area, the Pacific Division will not be providing transportation for this event. It is up to participants to arrive at the MBAC in time take care of the required paperwork before the beginning of the sessions at 2:00 p.m. We suggest you plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early, no later than 1:45 p.m. Directions to the MBAC will be provided to participants.

Includes all instruction and equipment. Does not include transportation to and from MBAC. Minimum five participants for each event. Cost: $35.


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