members convened in Tucson, AZ. for the Annual Symposium of the PAAA,
Aerobiology'99 (May 28-June 1).
This time we were greeted and treated by Mary Kay O'Rourke, Mervi
Hjelmroos, and David N. Byrne, Organizers of the Symposium. They succeeded
in making it a new and exciting experience, both scientifically and
socially. We were glad to find Mary Kay, the former energetic Secretary
Treasurer of the PAAA, once again sharing in the Society business.
The program consisted of twenty-six abstracts. It went from the Coccidium
Symposium covering a subject of medical and veterinary interest, to
the AFAR Panel submitting a white paper aptly titled "Aerobiology:
coming of age in a new millenium". This paper discussed the application
of expanded information resources and new technologies in aerobiology
studies. No less interesting were the several papers on pollen and
spore image analysis and computerized keys, long distance pollen transport,
and indoor and outdoor air contamination.
For the "Unknown" sessions both the slide projector and
a multiple-viewer scope were available. As usual, many "unknowns"
were dropped from this category. However, almost as many new ones
were added to it.
The prize in Tucson was in the outdoors. We enjoyed beautiful views
everywhere we went. Views of the city itself, views from the Desert
Laboratories at the Tumamoc Hill, so much to enjoy visually at the
very special Desert Museum.