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Join Us To Celebrate 20 Years of SIOP at the LA Conference! 

Lisa Finkelstein and Donald Truxillo

Did you know the LA conference marks the SIOP meetings 20th anniversary? If you checked out the Call for Proposals, you probably did. In case you didnt catch the Call before the deadline, here are some highlights we have in store for this special meeting.

1. To celebrate the SIOP conferences 20th year, we will be highlighting special Then and Now features throughout the conference.Look for special displays and sessions highlighting where weve been, where we are, and where we are headed! 

2. This years special Sunday morning theme will be entitled The Future of I-O Psychology Research, Teaching, and Practice: What Lies Ahead for the Next 20 Years? This set of related sessions is designed to explore cutting-edge methods, technologies, theories, and so forth, that will be important to the future of I-O psychology. We are interested in creative and innovative sessions that explore ways in which I-O teaching, research, and practice may be transformed within the next 20 years. If you submitted a proposal that fits this theme and it is accepted, you may be chosen for one of these special sessions.

3. We are excited to be holding our conference in the Los Angeles Westin Bonaventure, a terrific space for our meeting. The hotel is located near attractions such as the Disney Concert Hall and many excellent restaurants. The new Metro rail line is nearby, offering quick access to nightlife and other attractions. 

4. We are introducing two new types of sessions this year! The first is called an Academic-Practitioner Collaborative Forum, and the second is called Theoretical Advancement. We hope that many of you submitted proposals to help pioneer these sessions.

5. The Expanded Tutorials are back for their 6th year, but have been renamed Sunday Seminars to distinguish them from Master Tutorials. Sunday Seminars are invited sessions on cutting-edge topics that fall on Sunday morning and require advance registration and an additional fee. Please see Julie Olson-Buchanans article in this issue for a description of the great topics and speakers for this year. 

6. This year we will be able to have LCD projectors in every room! Yes, you read that rightthis is exactly opposite of last year. This may continue to vary due to varying costs in each city where we hold our meeting. Please note that in order to use this equipment, you will be required to bring your own laptop. In addition, we will NOT have overhead projectors in every room; if you would like to use an overhead projector instead of the LCD, and forgot to request this at the time of submission (as requested in the Call for Proposals), please contact Lisa Finkelstein at lisaf@niu.edu before November 1 or we may not be able to honor your request.

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