• Dessert Reception & Poster Session
• Basque Cultural Dinner Reception
• ACS Awards Banquet and Governance
Tours and Field Trips:
• Fly Fishing Instruction/Trip
• Micron Technology Plant Tour
• Basque Museum/Boarding House Tour
• Whitewater Rafting Trip
Description of Social Events:
Opening Dessert Reception & Poster Session (Sunday, June 24, 7:30-10:00 PM):
What better way to open the NORM/AAAS-PD meeting than enjoying delectable desserts, liquid nitrogen ice cream and sorbet, wine or beer, a poster session and great conversation. A dessert reception and poster session will be held from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM on Sunday June 24, 2012. This event will follow a panel discussion titled “Science in Policy: Collision, Convergence, and Cash Needed” that will run from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. The dessert reception is free to all ACS and AAAS attendees.
Basque Cultural Dinner Reception (Monday, June 25, 6:00-9:30 PM): (read Menu)
Immerse yourself in an evening of Basque culture at the ACS/AAAS Basque CulturalDinner Reception. Boise, ID is home to the largest concentration of Basques per capita outside the Pyrenees Mountains. The evening will include a family style Basque dinner (click here for the menu), Basque-related entertainment (Oinkari Basque Dancers will perform) and Dr. John Bieter (Boise State Department of History) will close the night with a short presentation on Aukera: A History of the Basques in Idaho. Free tours of the Basque Museum/Boarding House (see below for description) will be available from 4:30–6:00 PM before the dinner reception.
ACS Awards Banquet and Governance Reception (Tuesday, June 26, 6:00-9:00PM):
On Tuesday June 26, join your colleagues at the ACS Awards Banquet to recognize the individuals who will be receiving the Award for Excellence in High School Teaching, the E. Ann Nalley Award for Volunteer Service to ACS, the Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, the Best Poster Awards given to undergraduate attendees and past Chemistry Olympiad local participants. The evening will begin with an ACS Governance reception that includes appetizers and drinks beginning at 6 PM.
Description of Tours and Field Trips:
Fly Fishing Instruction/Trip (Sunday, June 24, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM):
Fly fish for rainbow trout on a remote stream about 1.5 hours from Boise. Small group instruction will be included. A minimal amount of easy hiking will be involved. Transportation, lunch, equipment (fly rods, reels, and flies), will be provided (but feel free to bring your own fishing gear). No Idaho fishing license is required to participate. What to bring: Clothes you can get wet (it is easiest to fish by wading), footwear you can get wet (make sure sandals have a covering over the toes for protection against rocks), towel, drinking water, sunscreen, and snacks. The group will leave from the Grove Hotel at 9 AM and return to Boise by 4 PM.
Micron Technology Plant Tour (Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27):
Take a tour of the fabrication and testing facility at Micron, which is headquartered in Boise, ID. Micron Technology Inc. is a world leader in semiconductor technology, specializing in computer memory applications such as DRAM and Flash technologies that are used in today’s most advanced computing, networking and mobile products. The tours are free but are available on a first-come basis. The first tour is on Tuesday, June 26 from 2:00–5:00 PM which is available only to undergraduate students as part of the undergraduate programming at NORM 2012. The second tour on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00- 5:00 PM is open to all attendees of the conference. The event will last approximately 1 ½ hours, including transportation from Boise Centre on the Grove to Micron headquarters, approximately 10 miles away.
Basque Museum/Boarding House Tour (Monday, June 25, 4:30–6:00 PM):
Boise, ID is home to the largest concentration of Basques per capita outside the Pyrenees Mountains. Take a tour of the only Basque Museum in the United States. The Basque Museum provides a look into the Basque heritage through exhibits, collections, oral history archives, and photographs. Free guided tours of the Basque Museum/Boarding House will be available from 4:30 – 6:00 PM before the ACS/AAAS Basque Cultural Dinner Reception. The museum is a short walk (1 block) from the Boise Centre on the Grove Conventional Center. See http://www.basquemuseum.com/ for more information about the Basque Museum/Boarding House.
Whitewater Rafting Trip – Payette River (Wednesday, June 27, 1:00–8:00 PM):
Enjoy a half day whitewater rafting adventure on the Payette River, which is one of Idaho’s renowned whitewater rivers. No prior whitewater rafting experience is required. All rafting equipment, guides, transportation and safety equipment along with transportation and dinner will be provided. The trip will involve a drive up to Banks, ID, about 45 minutes away, to the Main Fork of the Payette River for around 4 hours of Class III+ rafting. We will stop along the way for a riverside dinner and then continue on to the take out. There will be time for swimming and playing along the way. We will return to the Boise Centre on the Grove by 8 PM. What to bring: Clothes you can get wet, shoes or sandals with heal strap (no flip flops!), towel, sun screen, dry clothes, water and water bottle. Optional items: Sun glasses, waterproof camera and long sleeve shirt. The group will leave from the Boise Centre on the Grove at 1 PM and return to Boise by 8 PM.