[Coral-List] Reflections on ICRS 11

Phil Dustan dustanp at cofc.edu
Mon Aug 4 13:03:57 EDT 2008

Hey Jim,
 In no way was my tirade meant to be  critical of the leadership or the 
chairs. My beef is with my esteemed colleagues who presented the talks. 
They were the inconsiderate folks who were wasting our time. You guys 
did a great job and are to be commended over and over and over for a job 
well done.

Jim Hendee wrote:
> Greetings,
>     Regarding oral presentations at the 11ICRS, the RULES were set in 
> place, and they were emphasized strongly by Leadership, not to allow 
> oral presentations to go over the alloted time.  The reasoning was 
> clear:  if people want to jump between sessions, the most effective way 
> was to make sure everybody stuck to their alloted time so that people 
> could expect to see what they wanted to see at the appointed time.  In 
> our session (#16), we had about 50 oral presentations over a period of 
> 2.5 days, and had no problem sticking with the program.  Thus, you can't 
> blame the management for not doing it right, you must take issue with 
> the Mini-Symposia chairs for not reining in the violators.  It would be 
> impossible, and undesirable, for "Symposia Police" to go around with a 
> cane and yank people off the stage.  Thus, in my opinion, it's not fair 
> to criticize the program.  Also, if you did not attend the Symposium, 
> you should not criticize it if you didn't see it first hand.  If you're 
> one of the folks that went way, way beyond your alloted time, I would 
> just say, "Don't do that again! It's impolite, ya' bum!"
>     I would like to make one suggestion, though.  The Mini-Symposium 
> chairs should have a monitor in front of them so that they can see the 
> presentation if shown on a big screen behind or to the side of them.  
> Thus, my pain-in-the-neck was the actual visual set-up, not my esteemed 
> colleagues!  :D
>     Just my two cents...
>     Cheers,
>     Jim
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Phillip Dustan  Ph.D.
Department of Biology
College of Charleston
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