The American Society for Virology was founded in 1981 to provide a forum for investigators of human, animal, insect, plant, fungal, and bacterial viruses, whether the research involves clinical, ecological, biological, or biochemical approaches. The stated aim of the Society is to promote the exchange of information and stimulate discussion and collaboration among scientists active in all aspects of virology. These goals are achieved by means of meetings organized or sponsored by the Society, obtaining for the members reduced subscription rates for virological journals, soliciting travel grants to attend national and international meetings and representation on national and international councils.
 
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33rd Annual Meeting
JUNE 21 – 25, 2014
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
2014 Conference Web Site: www.asv2014.com or asv2014.colostate.edu

The American Society for Virology (ASV) invites you to participate in its thirty-third annual meeting on the beautiful campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. The deadline for the electronic submission of abstracts will be February 3, 2014. Updated information will be available on the above conference web site as it becomes available.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
The ASV 2014 scientific program will include symposia, satellite symposia, workshops, poster sessions on a wide range of virology topics, and special educational presentations. Collegial mixers and social events will punctuate the program. The conference will also feature a showcase of exhibitors for you to explore. The meeting will begin Saturday, JUNE 21st at 3:30 pm with the Welcome Reception, to be followed by the keynote address at 5:30 pm. The first group of simultaneous workshop sessions, consisting of individual oral presentations, will begin at 7:00 pm.

The Plenary Symposia will take place the mornings of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Individual workshop sessions are scheduled for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoons, as well as on Sunday and Monday evenings. State-of-the-Art Lectures will be presented during various workshops.

Two Poster Sessions will be held on Sunday and Monday afternoons with scheduled time for discussion. Also included are several other Special Events and Workshops to complete the program.

The Call for Abstracts, along with meeting registration and housing information, will be mailed to all ASV members during November. Non-members of the ASV may request the brochure via email at: asv@asv.org by supplying your name and mailing address or by calling the office of ASV Secretary-Treasurer, Dorothea L. Sawicki, Ph.D., at 419.383.5173.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2014 Annual Meeting WebSite:
 ** Abstract submission of abstracts opens -  Mid-November 2013 **
** Abstract deadline - February 3, 2014 **

All abstracts must be submitted electronically to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) for processing, evaluation and inclusion in the ASV 2014 Scientific Program & Abstracts Book. The link to use to submit your abstract will be posted on the ASV 2014 meeting website in November.  Complete instructions for electronic submission protocols will be provided on the abstract website.

MEETING FACILITIES
Colorado State University (CSU) is the site for ASV 2014. The land grant CSU campus is located at the northern end of the Colorado Front Range with the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the west and the beginnings of the great plains to the east. The main campus serves a ≈25,000 member student body and is one of the nation's leading research universities in fields such as infectious disease, biofuels, and atmospheric science. The Foothills campus houses a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory and is adjacent to the CDC's Vector-Borne Diseases lab.

The ASV morning symposia will take place in the Hilton Hotel at the south end of the main campus and the poster sessions and workshops will be in the Lory Student Center and surrounding academic buildings. Symposia, workshops, poster sessions, and evening events are all within easy walking distance.

FORT COLLINS AND THE COLORADO FRONT RANGE
The City is a vibrant community with a thriving art and music scene centered in its Old Town district. Well worth a visit during your stay, it is a short walk from campus or you can use the city's new MAX rapid transit line. An array of culinary options can be found in Old Town, many of which offer outdoor dining that allow you to enjoy our pleasant dry climate. For Collins has almost a dozen microbreweries; many of these offer tours and tastings that are a favorite outing for visitors and locals.

Take advantage of Colorado's abundance of natural beauty during your visit by exploring any number of recreational activities near Fort Collins such as walking along the Poudre River Trail, mountain biking at Horsetooth Reservoir, or fly-fishing and white water rafting on the Cache La Poudre or Big Thompson Rivers. Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour drive away in Estes Park; considered one of America's most beautiful natural areas, the Park features hiking trails and incredible scenery. A trip up Trail Ridge Road allows spectacular views of the Continental Divide at an elevation of over 12,000 feet.
ACCOMMODATIONS
Lodging in several newly renovated residence halls located close to the meeting venue will be available for attendees. A limited number of rooms are also available in the Fort Collins Hilton Hotel where the morning symposia will be held. Please check www.asv2014.com or asv2014.colostate.edu for details.
TRAVEL and VISAS: Application Process and Forms – IMPORTANT
Scientists from all parts of the world are invited to attend the annual meeting of the American Society for Virology. All international visitors entering the United States are generally required to present a valid visa or passport issued by a U.S. Consular Official. If you are required to obtain a visa, you must begin by completing an Electronic Visa Application form (Form Ds-156) from the U.S. State Department. The website to begin the electronic application process is: evisaforms.state.gov/.

Please be sure to allow ample time for the processing of your visa application which can take 3 to 4 MONTHS IN SOME COUNTRIES.

Additional information is available on The National Academies website at: sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/index.htm.
TRAVEL TO FORT COLLINS
The city is located about 60 miles north of the well-connected Denver International Airport (DEN), from which you can rent a car or use one of the several shuttle companies that offer transportation to Fort Collins at reasonable rates. Please check flydenver.com and asv2014.com  for additional information on local travel.
ONLINE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION SUBMISSION
Individuals applying for membership in the American Society for Virology should complete and submit an application online through the ASV website. Access the link on the left entitled "Join ASV Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Membership Application. The following documents must be attached (as pdf documents) to the electronic application form in order to have it considered by the ASV Membership Committee: 1) current curriculum vitae; and 2) a "signed" nominating letter from a current, full member of ASV recommending you for membership. If you require assistance in locating a current, full member of ASV to contact for assistance in providing you with a nomination letter, please contact the ASV Secretary-Treasurer's office at asv@asv.org. Upon approval of your membership application, you will be notified and payment of the annual dues will be required in order to complete the process and activate your membership.
MEMBERS ONLY! Online Membership Renewal is available for current ASV members. Please access the "Membership Directory/Dues Renewal" link on the left, enter the name of the ASV member, and proceed to renew the membership dues online. You may also update your membership information online through this link. Please verify that we have your correct mailing information so that you will continue to receive your ASV mailings in a timely manner and are listed correctly in the ASV online Directory. If you have any questions regarding membership renewal, please contact the office of the ASV Secretary-Treasurer, Dorothea Sawicki, at 419.383.5173, or by email at asv@asv.org.
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Program - Current Membership Status/Dues:
Dorothea L. Sawicki, Ph.D.
Secretary-Treasurer, ASV
Tel: 419.383.5173; Fax: 419.383.2881
E-mail: asv@asv.org

Local Planning Committee Contact:
Dr. Jeff Wilusz, Local Host
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Colorado State University, Fort Collins
970.491.0652; email: asv2014@ColoState.edu

New Membership Contact:
(New Member Applicants Only; established members contact ASV Office at asv@asv.org
Dr. Kristen A. Bernard
ASV Membership Committee Chair
Telephone: 608-263-7114
E-mail: kbernard@vetmed.wisc.edu
Updated information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the ASV 2014 conference website at www.asv2014.com