Last week I attended the Annual Meetings of the (other) ESA in Austin, TX. Actually, I kinda helped organize that meeting. (More about that in my next post, which will focus on my time on the Program Committee.)
When I first submitted the title for the poster in June I had only just started this blog and I thought it would be a great idea to cover the numerous posts I would have written by November.
So, yeah, about that….
Still, it was a great exercise to go through and it helped keep me sane during the weeks leading up to the meeting.
Click here for the pdf version of the poster
Below is a picture of what it looked like at the conference. I was unable to spend much time with it since the official social hour for the poster session was right at the time of various committee meetings (obviously poor planning on the part of the Program Committee). Judging by the bump in views at my blog some people did find it interesting.
My poster at #entsoc13 has legs. http://t.co/DfZfPklD1u pic.twitter.com/g9RNvCtDxU
— Marianne Alleyne (@Cotesia1) November 13, 2013
As I mention on the poster, social media has enriched my scientific life. One of the best parts of the meeting was therefore to meet, or catch-up, with some of my ento-tweeps. (Bummed that I had to miss the “official” tweetup).
One of my major “accomplishments” as Program Co-Chair was to get ESA to provide these twitter stickers for name-badges:
Did y’all see these? Opposite registration desk. Or stop me bc have extras. #entsoc13 cc @derekhennen pic.twitter.com/AeUFwy60ZM
— Marianne Alleyne (@Cotesia1) November 10, 2013
Even people not at the conference were represented via a Twitter fall (The stream did not always work correctly, something to improve for next year.)
@Paulisporin You are at #EntSoc13, kinda. pic.twitter.com/gwcHI61IqY
— Marianne Alleyne (@Cotesia1) November 11, 2013
For more details on why twitter (and, in my opinion, other social media outlets) can be useful to entomologists please read @derekhennen‘s take at EntomologyToday.
To end this short post I’ll just include a tweet from @bug_girl because it reflects my sentiments exactly! Ento Bloggers Rule!
Any time I need to cheer myself up, I’m going to look at this photo of @CMBuddle and me from #Entsoc13 😀 pic.twitter.com/ogcI5nfsyU
— Bug G. Membracid (@bug_girl) November 16, 2013
We missed you at the tweetup too! Although it was a bit chaotic ;p