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AAAS Pacific Division


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

WORKSHOPS



Artefact Annotation – Developing an Ontology to Help Mine DatasetsCancelled by planner
Thursday morning, 16 June
 
   
Field and Advance Paleoimaging
Thursday morning, 16 June
 
   
Finding Information in Open Access Journals
Monday afternoon, 13 June
 
   
Vitamin D
Wednesday morning, 15 June

 

 

Artefact Annotation – Developing an Ontology to Help Mine Datasets

CANCELLED BY PLANNER

Thursday, 16 June

Session length: one hour

Organizer: Ryan Metcalfe (KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, University of Manchester, England)

Description: This workshop will present for discussiion a preliminary ontology designed for use with ancient Nubian remains and artifacts, both to obtain feedback from the mummy studies community and to act as an example for those who may be interested in producing similar terminologies for their field. The supporting tools that are available when using an ontology will also be discussed in order to show how workflow can be improved.

Limited to twenty (20) participants. Please indicate your interest in attending this workshop by checking the appropriate box on page 2 of the Advance Registration Form.

Cost:
No fee for meeting registrants; one-day registration fee for non-registrants.


 
Field and Advanced Paleoimaging

Thursday, 16 June

Session length: morning

Organizers: Ronald Beckett (Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Sciences and Co-director, Bioanthropology Research Institute, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT; e–mail
Ronald.Beckett@auinnipiac.edu) and Geerald Conlogue (Professor of Diagnostic Imaging and Co-Director, Bioanthropology Research Institute, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT; e-mail conologue@quinnipiac.edu).

Description: This workshop is intended to give the participants an overview of the varied methods and technologies used in paleoimaging with a focus on field and advanced applications. The workshop will demonstrate how the participants can maximize each paleoimaging modality in the field or lab setting. Additiionally, this workshop will explore advanced imaging modalities and emphasize the importance of "Diagnosis by Concensus." Several mini-lectures will present foundational informatiion, followed by four separate rotating stations. Two stations will provide the participants with the opportunity to gain practical hands-on skills and knowledge related to field photography and endoscopy. Two additional stations will focus on interpretation of paleoimaging data with an emphasis on differential diagnoses and age at death determination using dental paleoimaging data. Participantsare asked to "bring in their slides/cases" for a final group sessin on differential diagnosis. It is tentatively planned that the workshop will be conducted at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego, California.

The target audience for this workshop is any World Congress on Mummy Studies attendee. Participation of Anthropologists, Radiologists, and students of Mummy Sciences is encouraged. Limited to 40 participants. If you intend to participate in thie workshop, be sure to sign up for it on the Advance Registration Form.

Cost: $25 for meeting registrants; one-day registration fee + $25 for non-registrants.


 
Finding Information in Open Access Journals

Monday, 13 June

Session length: afternoon

Organizers: Amy Besnoy (Science Librarian, Copley Library, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA: abesnoy@sandiego.edu) and Pearl Ly (Natural Sciences Librarian, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA; ply@csusm.edu).


Description: This half-day workshop is expected to be held in Loma Hall 307 on the USD campus. Participants will have access to computers and will be encouraged to share topics of interest during the session. Participation is limited to twenth four (24) individuals. Please sign up for this workshop by checking the appropriate box on page 2 of the Advance Registration Form.

Cost: No fee fee for meeting registrants; one-day registration fee for non-registrants.

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Vitamin D

Wenesday, 15 June

Session length: morning

Organizer: John J. Cannell (Executive Director, Vitamin D Council, San Louis Obispo, CA; jjcannell@charter.net).

Description: For the last ten years, the media has reported on hundreds of scientific studies on, what the New York Times called, “the nutrient of the decade.”

This workshop will present an overview of vitamin D with a focus on the three compelling aspects of vitamin D, influenza, autism, and athletic performance.

The manifold mysteries of influenza become less confusing when the epidemiology of vitamin D (the antibiotic vitamin according to Science News) is understood. In 2006, Dr. Cannell noticed an unusual pattern when an influenza outbreak swept through the hospital for the criminally insane where he worked. Workshop participants will review and discuss Dr. Cannell’s eventual paper in Epidemiology and Infection.

In 2007, the Vitamin D Council’s Newsletter published Dr. Cannell’s detailed theory of the controlling role that vitamin D deficiency plays in the etiology of the autism epidemic, the first time anyone had connected the numerous dots. Autism experts laughed until 2009, when Scientific American published a reworked version of the same theory. Workshop participants will review and discuss Dr. Cannell’s latest paper on autism and vitamin D.

Finally, workshop participants will understand the role that vitamin D plays in athletic performance. They will hear evidence that the 30-year domination of the Olympics by the East Germans and the Russians was not due to anabolic steroids but rather is related to the fact that German and Russian scientific literature of the 1950s demonstrated their understanding of the role vitamin D plays in physical performance.

Cost: No fee fee for meeting registrants; one-day registration fee for non-registrants.

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