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2013 Fall National Space Grant Meeting

The South Carolina Space Grant Consortium is pleased to host the 2013 Fall National meeting.

When: October 12-15, 2013
Where: Francis Marion Hotel
Why: AGENDA—There will be optional networking opportunities on October 12. The full meeting will begin Sunday, October 13 at 1PM and will adjourn on Tuesday, October 15 at noon.

Charleston, South Carolina, is a city known for its enchantment and charm, as well as its fascinating beauty, history and culture. Since its settlement in 1670 by English colonists, the charming historic seaport of Charleston has been a favorite vacation destination.

Steeped in history, Charleston is often called a "living museum." Its past and present are intertwined like no other city, and is evident in its culture, architecture, plantations and famous gardens.

We hope you will join us this year for our national meeting. We will begin Sunday, October 13 at 1 PM and conclude Tuesday, October 15. The registration fee will cover breakfast and lunch meals and breaks as well as a fun and engaging reception Sunday and Monday evening (for a draft menu and information about each site, check out Taste of the Lowcountry.pdf). A poster session will be available for any student wanting to showcase their space grant funded research.
Registration Fee: $470
Guest Registration: $125
Student Registration: $100
Registration Site: https://www.spacegrant.org/register/?form=ntl1310

Student Poster Session
As a part of our celebration of the past 25 years of Space Grant, the 2013 Fall Space Grant Director's Meeting will highlight accomplishments by both undergraduate and graduate students. Oral sessions have been determined at this time; if your student is interested in doing a poster, please send SC Space Grant an abstract. Please note: It is assumed that meeting travel/expenses will be covered by the student's respective consortium at the reduced student registration fee.

The meeting hotel is the Francis Marion Hotel. SC has reserved a block of rooms, mention that when calling to make your reservation. The group rate runs approximately $174 per night. For hotel information, visit their website at https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=858932&hotelID=76320.

For those of you flying, it is recommended that you schedule your flight into the Charleston Airport (CHS).

A rental car is not necessary for the conference. Transportation to all events and to the optional excursions, will br provided. A taxi will cost approximately $25 one-way from the airport to the hotel. The hotel is within walking distance to Charleston's historic Market district, where you will find many fine restaurants, art galleries, shopping boutiques, and the like.

Think about coming early on Saturday as we have some fun and educational excursions to showcase the charm of Charleston.
  • Row Your Boat—Coastal Expedition, takes you on a breathtaking kayak tour to several points of natural beauty and historical significance. The tour will be led by a local ecologist, providing insight into the coastal life, the city's history, and more. For more information, visit the Coastal Expedition website at http://www.coastalexpeditions.com/index.php?page=shem-creek-and-holy-city-skyline > ~$92/person—Limited to 25 people: Costs include transportation to/from Shem Creek and the kayak tour company, kayak and vest rentals, and the tour itself.

  • Explore the History—Middleton Place Plantation is a National Historic Landmark and home to America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres "the most important and most interesting garden in America." Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round. Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. For more information, visit the website at https://www.middletonplace.org/ or http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/ > ~$22/person: Costs include transportation to either plantation (the bus will make both stops). The entrance fees to the plantations vary and so are not included - they will be on your own.

  • Catch a Wave—Tideline tours, owned by a local geologist/ecologist, takes you on a breathtaking tour to several points of natural beauty and historical significance. The tour ventures through the Lowcountry salt marsh and around Morris Lighthouse, built in the 1600s, and deactivated in 1962. The lighthouse, obviously built on land, now stands 300 yards offshore. This tour will end with a beautiful sunset view of the coastal environment. For more information, visit the Tideline Tours website at http://www.tidelinetours.com/ > ~$66/person—Limited to 25 people: Costs include transportation to/from boat and the tour itself.

  • Shake it Up—Earthquake Brew Pub Walking Tour...On August 31, 1886, Charleston, South Carolina, experienced the most damaging earthquake in the eastern United States. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3 and was felt over 2.5 million square miles, from Cuba to New York, and Bermuda to the Mississippi. Join local geologist to uncover damage from the 1886 earthquake as you walk through the historic sections of downtown Charleston. For more information on Charleston earthquakes, visit the SC Earthquake and Education Preparedness Website at http://scearthquakes.cofc.edu/ > ~$10

  • Economics of Shopping—Travel to King St. and the famous "market" for an afternoon of fun and shopping. A list of stores can be found at the Charleston Visitor's Bureau. > On your Own

  • History Unfolding: Tour of the Hunley—Hunley was the US's first successful submarine and the first submarine to sink an enemy ship during the Civil War. The night history was made, however, the Hunley disappeared. It was found in 1995 and recovered in 2000. Help solve the mystery on this fascinating tour of the Hunley. For more information on the Hunley, visit the Friends of the Hunley website at http://www.hunley.org/ >On your Own

Explore Charleston
Visit the Charleston Visitor's Bureau website for things to do and see while in Charleston.
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Last Updated: September 10, 2013
Curator: Cynthia Hall

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