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2016 Northeastern Division Meeting

October 19-21, 2016 at the Hotel Ithaca near Cornell University 

Presidential Invitation 


Final Meeting Program (posted October 13, 2016)


Note - please call the hotel directly as online reservations are indicating that full, but there are still rooms available!

Hotel Information

Hotel Ithaca
222 South Cayuga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 272-1000


To book your hotel room online, click this reservation link, or go  to  Click on the "Group Code" in the tab line and enter NEDAPS.  Next, enter dates and proceed as instructed to complete your reservation.

Room reservations can also be made by phone, at 607-272-1000. Be sure to reference NEDAPS when booking your room.

Room rates are as follows:
Double Queen:  $134.00
King Executive: $154.00
Double Queen Balcony:  $154.00

Rates do not include 8.0% New York state sales tax and 5.0% occupancy tax. 
If you have tax exempt status, be prepared to provide your tax exempt identification upon check-in.

A $7/day parking fee for the parking garage should be reserved at the time you book your room.

Other hotels in the area:

Within walking distance to the Hotel Ithaca:

Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca
130 E. Seneca St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-8900
Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons
120 S. Aurora St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-2222
A short drive to the Hotel Ithaca:
Hampton Inn Ithaca
337 Elmira Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-5500
The Statler Hotel at Cornell University (pricey)
130 Statler Dr.
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 254-2500
Fairfield Inn &  Suites Ithaca
359 Elmira Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-1000
Best Western University Inn
1020 Ellis Hollow Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-6100
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
1100 Danby Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-1100
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ithaca
36 Cinema Dr.
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 266-0000 


Graduate Student Presentation Award
Click here for complete details on competing in the Graduate Student Competition

Award of Merit and Early Career Achievement Awards. 
Please nominate your colleagues for these prestigous awards. Nomination details can be found at Award of Merit and Early Career Achievement Award. Deadline for submitting nominations is September 1!


Abstract Submissions

(click here for full instructions).
Abstract submission is closed

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2016 Northeastern Division Meeting. Abstracts must be submitted online (see instructions below). The $45 fee applies for your submission(s) if you would like your abstract published and will be collected when you register for the meeting. We encourage students to participate in the competition - please check the box "This paper is for the student paper competition" in the online abstract submission form. Below are the instructions for submitting your abstract:



2) Enter presentation type, title and abstract

3) Add presenter and author information

4) Remember to fully edit and proof your abstract before submitting. APS will not edit abstract submissions; they will be published online as submitted.

5) A pop up will confirm your submission and you will receive an e-mail notification that your abstract has ben submitted.

6) A $45 publication fee is required if you would like your abstract published, and payment must be remitted via your meeting registration form.



Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Northeast Forest Pathology Workshop (SOLD OUT - no more space available)
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Registration: $35, which is waived if you are also registering for the NEDAPS meeting.
(if you will NOT be attending the full meeting, please call Cindy Scheller, APS HQ, at  
651/994-3808 to register for this field trip).

The Northeast Forest Pathology Workshop will tour a variety of forest sites around the Ithaca area to view current forest health issues affecting trees in the region. Discussions at each site will emphasize disease-causing pathogens and their interaction with insect pests and abiotic stresses. Mark Whitemore, Cornell Entomologist, will be our local host.
We will convene at 8:30 am at Hotel Ithaca. For lunch, we’ll stop somewhere along the way. Depending on interest, we will meet over dinner and libations for research updates, station reports, and good conversation. 



Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Graduate Student Night on the Town
7:00 pm until whenever
No charge, no need to pre-register.

Good eats.  Dandy dancing.  Connecting over a little libation.  Ithaca has it all!  Cornell graduate students will host visiting students to an evening of mingling and good cheer, showing new friends all the sights, sounds, and tastes that Ithaca has to offer.  Meet the group in the lobby of Hotel Ithaca at 7:00 pm to commence activities.  See you there!  


Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tour of BAAR Applied Agricultural Research Farm
7:30 am to 12:30 pm 
No charge, but pre-registration is required

The Finger Lakes region of New York is at the interface of field crops, vegetable, grape, and tree fruit production.  The BAAR Agricultural Research Farm is a privately-run 40-acre site dedicated to applied agricultural research and the collection of independent data for “industry.”   The tour will begin from the Hotel Ithaca at 7:30 AM and will return in time for the 1:00 PM Industry/Extension meeting.  Methods for conducting trials with diverse Northeastern crops will be discussed.   The planting, maintenance and harvesting of crops—including grapes, apples, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and field corn, as well as ornamentals—for collection of data based on the needs of each individual trial will be discussed.  A booklet of methods and tips for each crop will be provided to attendees.   On the way back to Ithaca, a stop is planned at a vineyard and winery where management of grape diseases will be discussed, and where a complimentary lunch will be provided.  No cost for this tour, thanks to contributions from Industry.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Campus Reception and Tour of Plant Science Destinations
9:00 am to noon 
No charge, but please pre-register

Rides from Hotel Ithaca at 8:30 am available by preregistration; visitor parking permit can be purchased for 4 hours (

Meet your colleagues in the Cornell Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section ( for coffee/tea, starting at 9 AM in Room 404 Plant Science Building (Whetzel Seminar Room).  At 10:00 am we will begin guided tours of Plant Science Destinations ( on the Ithaca Campus.  Highlights include the Northeast Regional Hub Lab of the National Plant Diagnostic Network, Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, Plant Transformation Facility, Boyce Thompson Institute, and Cornell Plantations.  For those who wish to stay on campus for lunch, we will point out diverse campus eateries.


NOTE: If you will NOT be attending the full meeting, please call Cindy Scheller, APS HQ, at
651/994-3808 to register for the career workshop(s). 

Careers 101: Career Skills Training Session with Dr. William Schneider
Registration Fee:  $10 each

CV 101, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Curriculum vitae and cover letters are your introduction to the job market. As the first impression you make on potential employers, CVs and cover letters are a key opportunity to present your strengths in the best light possible. This workshop covers preparing CVs and cover letters for jobs of all levels in academia, industry and government positions, with an emphasis on tailoring your application for the job advertisement.

Acing the interview, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Acing the Interview is one of the topics for the "Careers 101 workshops" offered at the American Phytopathology Divisional meetings for early career professionals, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students. Acing the Interview will focus on tips for preparing and handling an interview. A hands on component will give participants a chance to practice interviewing skills.

These career skills training modules were developed through a joint effort of CADRE, the APS Grad Student committee and the Leadership Institute.

Contact information for the presenter:
William L. Schneider
Research Plant Pathologist
Fort Detrick, MD 21702


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