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2016 Pacific Division Meeting

June 28-30 in La Conner, Washington


2016 Meeting Program


Meeting Overview

The first day of the APS-Pacific Division meeting (June 28) will feature two main activities. In the morning, a professional development workshop will be offered by APS Career Advancement and Development Resources and Eduction (CADRE) on “Acing the Interview: Careers 101.” This workshop will be of interest to students, postdocs, and other early career individuals.  In the afternoon, members will have the opportunity to go on a field trip showcasing local agriculture and food production, coordinated by the local arrangements team of Drs. Lindsey du Toit, Debbie Inglis, and Tobin Peever.

 On the next two days of the meeting (June 29 and 30), activities will showcase a special presentation from APS President-Elect Dr. Tim Murray on trends in APS and the profession of plant pathology, and an opening symposium on the impacts of climate change and drought on forest health, plant disease, and disease management.  The program will include oral presentations from regular members, postdocs, and graduate students on a wide array of topics of interest to the Pacific Division membership.  Furthermore, an opportunity will be given to undergraduates to present their research during a poster session.  Networking opportunities have been built into the schedule to reconnect with old friends and to make new contacts.  Food and beverages for the meeting have been specially sourced, with 80% or more of the ingredients produced from within 100 miles of the meeting venue.   


Hotel Information

LaConner County Inn
APS group rate of $89/night – Reserved under group code: APS Pacific

Waterfront accommodations also available at the LaConner Channel Lodge with the APS group rate of $129/night

Directions to the meeting venue
The meeting will be held at Maple Hall, 104 Commercial, La Conner, WA 98257.  Driving directions can be found at:


Graduate Student Competition

Application for Graduate Student Travel Award - due May 15, 2015

Distinguished Service Award nominations - due May 30, 2016

Early Career Award nominations - due May 30, 2016

Lifetime Achievement Award nominations - due May 30, 2016


Workshops and Tours

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 10:00 - 11:30 am. “Acing the Interview: Careers 101 Workshop” at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 WA-536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

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Acing the Interview is one of the topics for the "Careers 101 workshops" for early career professionals, post-doctorates, and graduate and undergraduate students. The workshop will focus on how to prepare for an interview, including seminar preparation down to interview attire; crucial points to remember while interviewing and questions often encountered; and post-interview etiquette. A hands on component will present a chance for participant to practice interviewing skills.
Cost: $5

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 12:30 – 5:00 pm. Field tour of local agriculture in the Skagit Valley. Meet at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 WA-536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

A tour of local agriculture and food production in the beautiful Skagit Valley. The tour will include visits and discussions with producers of various specialty vegetables, small fruits and berries, ornamental bulbs, and vegetable seed crops.  Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Cost: $15

Call for Abstracts (click here for full instructions).

Abstract submission closed May 30.

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2016 Pacific Division Meeting. Abstracts must be submitted online (see instructions below). The $50 fee applies for your submission(s) if you would like your abstract published and will be collected when you register for the meeting. Space for oral presentations is limited and first come, first served, with preference for students. 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 50 publication fee is required if you would like your abstract published, and payment must be remitted via your meeting registration form.

You can withdraw or reinstate your abstract anytime before the deadline. For questions or problems regarding the abstract submission form, contact Bill Klein, APS Abstract Registrar at


Meeting Registration

Online Registration (registration closed June 23.  Please contact David Gent at for any registration inquiries.)