Abstracts for 2005 NSS Convention in Huntsville, Alabama: Restoration Forum and Conservation/Management Session
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NSS conservation activities will be
scheduled throughout the week of Convention. The Conservation & Management
Section of the NSS and the NSS Conservation Division are accepting abstracts for
papers to be presented at the 2005 NSS Convention, to be held in Huntsville, Alabama, July 4-8, 2005.
abstracts for the NSS Restoration Forum and the NSS Conservation/Management Session to
Jim Werker & Val Hildreth-Werker email@example.com In addition, the 2004 recipients of the NSS Group Conservation Award will be
hosting three in-cave workshops during the Huntsville Convention × Speleothem Repair Workshop
× Graffiti Removal Workshop
× Sinkhole Haul-out System Workshop.
Southeastern Regional Association of the NSS is hosting the workshops and Jim Wilbanks firstname.lastname@example.org
is coordinating these events.
We encourage early submissions. Equipment will be available for PowerPoint
presentations. For online details, visit
the Convention website http://www.nss2005.com/.
Deadline for submission of session and forum abstracts will be May 1, 2005. Please email us now
and indicate your intent to submit an abstract email@example.com.
abstracts are usually submitted for oral presentation, but if you have a poster
presentation, contact Jim & Val to make special arrangements.
questions and submit your abstracts by mail or e-mail to: Jim C. Werker & Val Hildreth-Werker,
NSS Conservation Division Co-Chairs, PO Box 207, Cuna Cueva Hwy 27, Hillsboro, NM 88042-0207.
Phone: (505) 895-5050.
Email submissions are preferred firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you prepare
your paper, there are several comments from the editor of the Journal of Cave
and Karst Studies concerning convention abstracts:
- "Each year the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies publishes
abstracts from the annual National Convention..."
- "Cavers preparing abstracts for the convention
(and unfortunately, the session chairs) sometimes forget that the abstract
is more than an invitation, or "teaser" to entice an audience.
It is also a permanent record, a summary of all the substantial information
one plans to present." Abstracts are informative summaries that
include conclusions, not merely a list of topics that will be discussed.
- "The Journal has to limit the number of pages
devoted to abstracts..."
- "Calls for papers for conventions require that abstracts
be limited to 250 words."
- "We must limit the abstracts to 250 words. Thus,
some abstracts are eliminated as too lengthy and others are edited down.
Unfortunately, the people most qualified to cut out words are the author
and the session chair. When they fail to do so, we are forced to make
changes, often in fields where we have no expertise."
- "Too often an abstract will say, 'Discussion will
be on how to...' instead of actually summarizing the technique. A promise
is nearly worthless but a summary has value to future readers."
Abstracts are informative summaries that include conclusions, not merely a
list of topics that will be discussed.
- "While preparing an abstract for the convention,
we ask you to consider some other requirements of the Journal. Like nearly
all scholarly publications, we use metric. Please use, or at least include, metric in each abstract."
- "A scholarly abstract should always include a
mailing address. Professional affiliation and internet address are also
- "Avoid abbreviations" and do not include
references in convention abstracts.