Fall ESS/SAES/ARD Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania State University is pleased to invite you to join the ESS/SAES/ARD in Philadelphia, the heart of the Northeast and the birthplace of America, for the 2017 ESS/SAES/ARD Fall Meeting, September 25-27, 2017. 

 At the 2017 Fall Meeting, we will focus on ‘A Question of Balance’ as we examine current and potential areas where our organizations work to balance multiple priorities and funding sources to achieve success. We will learn about best practices for research and application efforts, and engage with one another on national agendas.

In addition to the meeting, there is so much to see and do in Philadelphia! We have many great activities planned- enjoy an evening at the ballpark and watch the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday evening, or enjoy the special night we have planned on Tuesday for our ‘Taste of Philadelphia’ where you will get to sample selected items from local Philadelphia restaurants owned by Iron Chef, Jose Garces, or just take some time to explore the city, visit historic sites or museums, and enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this information packed meeting and visit one of the best cities in the USA! You can register or learn more about the full agenda and other activities at the meeting registration site, http://www.cvent.com/d/75qccv.

Philadelphia Airport is close and convenient to downtown.  The meeting will be held at the historic Hyatt at the Bellevue.  The hotel is in the heart of center city, close to all attractions, and your stay includes access to a world class sports facility.  The hotel has extended our group rate to begin on September 21 until September 30th, so that you can extend your stay if you would like to have more time to visit the city.

Reserve your room online at https://aws.passkey.com/event/16386689/owner/6973/home, by September 10th.

2017 WRAOM, Walla Walla, WA

Washington State University is pleased to host the Western Region Administrative Officers Meeting, October 16-18, 2017 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, WA. Registration, lodging, and transportation information can be found here: http://extension.wsu.edu/wraom-2017/

2017 Western Region Joint Summer Meeting, Portland, OR

(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The 2017 Western Region Joint Summer Meeting (WRJSM) will be hosted by Oregon State University in Portland, OR, July 10-12, 2017. Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

2017 Joint Spring Meeting, Kona, HI

Luauislandbreeze_550x280In 2017, WAAESD will again meet jointly with the Western Experiment Station Directors (WEDA) and the Western Region Program Leaders Committee (WRPLC). The meeting will be hosted by the University of Hawaii at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kona HI, March 27-29, 2017.

Please note that WAAESD will conduct an off-site meeting on Wednesday, starting at 10am, that will include an interesting excursion to see coffee and high quality lettuce cultivation in Hawaii, and a visit to the Mealani Experiment Station which houses research projects in cattle genetics, pasture improvement, development of new specialty crops such as tea and blueberries, and tree improvement.

With deep apologies for the inconvenience, the University of Hawaii is not able to accept credit cards for the meeting registration fee ($470 for WAAESD member and $160 for guests, if sent before February 18, 2017), and must ask that payment be made by check (personal checks are fine, receipts will be provided).

Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel (www.konabeachhotel.com)
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Telephone: (808) 329-2911 or toll free at (800) 367-2111

Reservations must be received on or before February 24, 2017, and subject to all applicable taxes. The group rates are for four (4) nights from March 26 to 30, and extend three (3) days pre and post conference subject to availability. Special group rate for parking of guest vehicles is at $10.00 per day, plus 4.166% tax. Group code: WAAR; Group name: WAAESD Meeting

Group rates: $139.00 standard room
$159.00 partial ocean view (subject to availability)
$195.00 ocean front (subject to availability)

Meeting Schedule


2016 Western Region Joint Summer Meeting

WRJSM2016logoThe 2016 Western Region Joint Summer Meeting, hosted by Montana State University, will be held July 11-15, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman, MT.

Registration for this meeting will be open until June 27, 2016. Registration, meeting schedule, and hotel reservation information can be found on the conference website: https://tofu.msu.montana.edu/cs/wrjsm2016

Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup

wordcloudBAA, APLU, WAAESD, NEED, AHS, NIFA…trying to make sense of the alphabet soup of acronyms casually and expertly tossed around at meetings? Download our Acronym Guide!

2016 Joint ESS/CES-NEDA Meeting & Fall WAAESD Meeting, Grand Teton N.P., September 19-22, 2016

FC13E5DC-155D-451F-67034E2B9C908F88-largeIn this first ever joint meeting of Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Sections, we will focus on partnership—the power and possibility—as we identify current and potential partnerships where our organizations are aligned, learn about best practices for research and application efforts, and engage with one another on national agendas. – See more at: https://conferencereg.colostate.edu/Jackson2016
This meeting will include the regular fall Experiment Station Section business meeting and the regular fall meeting of the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. Check the agenda at the link above for details.

WAAESD/WEDA/WRPLC 2016 Joint Spring Meeting

lux4035ex.150861_xxThe 2016 WAAESD/WEDA/WRPLC Joint Spring Meeting will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 28-April 1, 2016 at the La Posada de Santa Fe, hosted by the University of New Mexico.

During this year’s spring meeting, WAAESD will conduct important association business including:

  •  FY2016 Association budget
  • Off-the-top proposal and budget recommendations
  • Key national updates from Cornerstone, ESCOP, and NIFA
  • With WEDA, advancing joint initiatives of the Western Perspective/Western Agenda

NIMSS Training & Handbook

nimss vectorizedThe National Information Management and Support System (NIMSS) is a web-based application that allows participants of Multistate Research Projects to submit proposals and reports online and register to participate on projects. Interested parties, stakeholders, and cooperators can also query the NIMSS for relevant and timely information on multistate projects.

In 2015, a new and improved version of this online database and project management system was launched. As part of the launch of the new NIMSS, a new basics training video is now available. This 35 minute video covers most of the functions required for Administrative Advisors and those functioning as or on behalf of an AES station director. A handbook on the New NIMSS is also out now, and will be updated periodically as the New NIMSS is refined.

As always, please feel free to contact me or your respective NIMSS regional system administrator (RSA) with any questions about the new NIMSS or the multistate program.

Research Reporting: Why it matters and how to do it well.

Annual reports are the basis and foundational source material for the impact reporting conducted by science communicators at Land Grant Universities. In an effort to improve the quality of reports submitted to NIMSS, REEPort, the National Land Grant Impacts database and other databases by all research and Cooperative Extension personnel with reporting responsibilities, Sara Delheimer, the Impact Communication Specialist, has developed a short Prezi, “Research Reporting: Why it matters and how to do it well,” that explains what good reporting looks like, including examples. All Multistate Committees are encouraged to view this presentation as part of their regular annual meetings and make adjustments to their annual reports, accordingly. In addition, directors are encouraged to share this presentation with faculty.

Workshops for Faculty/Impact Writers: For the cost of travel, Sara Delheimer can deliver a customized workshop to faculty and impact writers at your institution designed to improve reporting of project impacts. Email Sara Delheimer for more information.

To watch online:

  • Click “start Presi” in the screen above or click on the link: http://prezi.com/lmiicky_liuu/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy. A presentation window will appear on your screen.
  • Turn on your speakers. This presentation includes a voice over.
  • Click the “full screen” button in the navigation bar at the bottom of the presentation window.
  • Use right and left arrow keys to navigate back and forth between slides.

Download & Print! Research Reporting Handout

To download and watch from your computer:

  • Click here to download a zipped file that contains the presentation and the Prezi application (required to run the presentation on your computer)
  • Select “Save File” and click OK (…wait for it to download…)
  • Open the zip file you downloaded. Then open the folder named “research-report531f3a42”
  • Double click on the application called “Prezi” and select “Extract all” when prompted
  • Chose the folder to extract to and click “Extract” (…wait for extraction…)
  • Navigate to the extracted folder and open it
  • Double click on the Prezi icon to play the presentation.