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Five Great Reasons to Attend the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

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It's good news and even better news when it comes to the upcoming 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, March 12-16 in San Diego, California. Is that all you needed to hear? Hurry to www.adea.org/2011annualsession for complete registration instructions and links to online registration and hotel reservations. The deadline to make hotel reservations is February 7, 2011, and the last day for advance registration at reduced rates is February 25, 2011.

Still curious what you'll find when you join us oceanside in San Diego in March? Read on.

Best Networking in Dental Education, Bar None

The 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to help you grow as a dental educator and establish a priceless professional network. This year in San Diego, California, an expected 2,000 attendees will interact and share ideas as they experience educational sessions approved for Continuing Education credits, visit more than 60 companies in the exhibit hall, and listen to four nationally recognized speakers at plenary sessions.

If you need help communicating these benefits to administrators at your institution, check out ADEA's tools and templates  for communicating the importance of your attendance.

Hyatt skyline; courtesy CCSDVBAn Exciting, Informative Program

This year's theme of "Interprofessional Education: Teaching and Learning Together for Better Health" weaves its way through symposia, section programs, Faculty Development Workshops, and Lunch & Learns. The plenary sessions feature speakers who cross boundaries with their ideas, from Mr. Frans Johansson's journey to "The Intersection" of ideas where extraordinary innovation takes place, to Ms. Anya Kamenetz's discussion of technical innovations that will challenge basic assumptions in U.S. and Canadian higher education.

In the ADEA Political Spotlight is Mr. Michael E. Murphy, a political strategist and analyst who has handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns. And for the ever-popular Discourse and Dessert, ADEA will welcome the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, who will share her unique perspective on the opportunities continuing to unfold for women and minorities as well as the challenges faced on her own path to achievement.

There are hundreds of educational sessions that directly apply to every faculty member's experience and knowledge level. Peruse the program today to identify topics of interest and relevance, and then visit the registration page to secure your spot at the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Intensive Short Sessions to Enhance Your Teaching Skills

One of the best ways to engage with fellow educators and hone your teaching skills is by participating in one of the 20 Faculty Development Workshops (FDWs). With topics like "Evaluating Knowledge and Communication Skills: The Oral Exam" and "Focus on Facilitation: Let's Limit the Lecturing!," you're sure to come away with new tools and strategies. There are even FDWs formulated with new educators in mind. View the preliminary schedule with workshop descriptions at www.adea.org/2011annualsession/Pages/FacultyDevelopmentWorkshops.aspx.

These three-hour workshops are offered each day of the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, but space is filling fast, so reserve your spot today! Advance registration is required, and each workshop costs $89 for members and $169 for nonmembers.

Also returning this year is SoTLfest, promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTLfest sessions are denoted throughout the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition website and program by the SoTLfest logo appearing next to the title of the educational session. These sessions have been selected primarily based on how well they met the Glassick criteria for scholarship, and because they describe best practices in teaching and assessment, plus how they contribute to the learning experience.

Participants in ADEA SoTLfest are eligible for recognition when they register in advance; attend one of the two of the required ADEA symposia, Interprofessional Teaching and Learning: Scholarship for Better Health, or Introducing Interprofessional Education to Dentistry and Dentistry to Interprofessional Education; and attend three other SoTLfest-designated events.

Fun with Friends Celebrating the 2011 Gies Award Winners

Convention Center; courtesy CCSDVBThe 2011 William J. Gies Awards celebration is sure to be a night to remember! The festive evening of Monday, March 14, 2011, will center on the recognition of the individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation, and achievement in dental education, research, and leadership.

The event takes place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Manchester Grand Hyatt's Elizabeth Ballroom. It opens with a California wine reception in the Ballroom Foyer. The elegantly decorated ballroom will delight guests, who will also be entertained throughout the night by a local musical group that's sure to energize! And there's no better way to catch up with colleagues you haven't seen since last year than to share dinner and the excitement of the award presentations.

Be a part of it all-register today and help recognize these important contributors to dental education. This event directly benefits the ADEAGies Foundation, with 100% of the ticket price going to the foundation. Tickets may be purchased during online registration for the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, by completing the item on the New Faculty Encouragement Program Form, or by contacting the ADEA Registrar at 800-606-9031 to add them to an existing registration.

It's in San Diego!

The 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is a great occasion for professional development and truly has something for everyone, including guests. While guests of attendees are welcome to attend specific events, there is also a wide array of activities around San Diego for them to enjoy. For those of you traveling with guests that want to get the most out of your trip, we have compiled a tourism guide to San Diego. Come for the meeting and stay for an unforgettable vacation!

Balboa Park
Free admission to park grounds/admission fee for attractions
Check out the nation's largest urban cultural park, which is home to 15 major museums (including the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center), performing arts venues, gardens, and the San Diego Zoo.

Baseball: San Diego Padres
Tickets range from $6 to $23
Games at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 15
Cheer on the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park, across the street from the Convention Center. Watch the Padres battle the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, March 13, or the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, March 15.

Belmont Park
Free admission
Historic Belmont Park offers amusement park rides, midway-style games, shops, mini golf, beachfront restaurants, and access to Mission Beach.

Gaslamp Quarter
Experience great shopping, dine at your choice of over 100 restaurants, and enjoy the nightlife at a variety of entertainment venues in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Visit sandiegogolf.com to view the 20 best golf courses in San Diego, which has been named "One of the Top 50 Golf Destinations in the World" by Golf Digest. Some of San Diego's most beautiful courses include Maderas, Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, Salt Creek Golf Club, and Mt. Woodson.

Old Town Trolley Tours
$34 per person
Let Old Town Trolley show you the beautiful sights of San Diego. Hop aboard and experience the highlights of the city. You can exit and reboard at your favorite stops.

San Diego Zoo
$40 for adult one-day pass
Explore the zoo to see pandas, penguins, and rare plants on 100 acres of fun! The San Diego Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals.

SeaWorld San Diego
$69.99 for guests ages 10+
Visit Shamu, discover the aquariums, see Sesame Street, and experience rides like Journey to Atlantis and Shipwreck Rapids.

Whale Watching Adventure
$34 per adult on weekdays/$39 per adult on weekends
Go on a magnificent 3.5-hour cruise to spot whales, sea lions, dolphins, and harbor seals.

USS Midway Museum
$18 adults
The USS Midway Museum has over 60 exhibits and 27 restored aircraft to discover. Tour the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, try flight simulators, view films, and experience interactive exhibits.

We'll see you in sunny San Diego!

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