The purpose of the local chapter affairs column as simple or complex as local capabilities allow. A continues to be providing news of issues and events more basic poster may only require some photographs relevant to local AMS chapters. This article provides and a word processing program. Many chapters have suggestions and advice on putting together a local used this method to create outstanding poster presen- chapter poster for display at AMS annual meetings. tations. Newspaper articles and local chapter meeting Participation in this event is averaging only about 10% announcements help portray community and chapter of all local chapters. The members of the Local Chap- involvement. Photographs taken at meetings, chapter ter Affairs committee would love to see participation functions, and science fairs present conference attend- increase, especially given the significance of this event ees with a visual representation of what your chapter for serious consideration when chapters apply for lo- has done during the past year. cal chapter of the year awards and in making the local If your chapter is fortunate enough to have more chapter honor roll. sophisticated technology available, then the chapter The first step toward preparing your chapter's poster poster creation process can become a creative experi- for the 2001 AMS Annual Meeting is the abstract sub- ence. Scanners, graphic software, and poster printers mission. Chapter abstracts were due at AMS Headquar- can increase your chapter's visual capabilities. How- ters in November. The abstracts are then published in the ever, keep in mind that your poster is limited to a four conference program.The abstract provides conference foot by eight foot area. In addition, these large graphi- attendees with a brief synopsis of local chapter activities cal posters take up substantial computer storage space. and perhaps a brief chapter history. Should your chapter decide the graphic phenomenon Once the abstract has been submitted to AMS Head- is the poster for you, ensure that someone knows how quarters, it is time to prepare your chapter poster. As the graphics software works. Otherwise, the technical a chapter officer or even a member, deciding how to poster may become frustrating and extremely time represent your chapter to over 3000 attendees can be consuming. For chapters that have the graphic soft- a tremendous challenge. Here are some helpful sug- ware, but not the poster printer, poster-printing ser- gestions for creating your chapter poster. vices are available at area print shops. Make certain you check printing constraints before the poster is cre- ated on the computer. 1) Pick a committee or individual to direct the poster creation. The final submission step is actually displaying the 2) Gather chapter photographs, meeting minutes, poster at the conference. Any chapter member can dis- meeting announcements, etc. play the chapter poster at the meeting. In fact, if a lo- 3) Create a poster outline. How do you want your cal chapter member is unable to attend the conference, chapter represented at the Annual Meeting? anyone in the chapter area that is attending the con- 4) Assess the software and equipment available to cre- ference can display the poster. Individuals are not re- ate this poster. There are many ways to create your quired to perform poster presentations. There are peak poster. Remember, your poster is not judged on ar- viewing times when chapter member participation is tistic ability or content. The Local Chapter Affairs recommended, but this is not required. Committee simply wants to see your chapter We hope that you find these suggestions useful represented. when considering how to approach assembling your 5) Create a poster that you and your chapter be- local chapter poster. The Local Chapter Affairs Com- lieve best represents its chapter, community, and mittee will also be doing our own poster this year and national AMS contributions. we look forward to seeing you, your abstracts, and posters in Albuquerque.—Sherri L. Del Soldato, Lo- Referring to suggestion 4, the chapter poster can be cal Chapter Affairs Committee. • Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 2000
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