Proposal for the PACROFI 2002 in Lawrence, Kansas
We propose hosting the next PACROFI in Lawrence, Kansas on the campus of the University of Kansas. Provisionally it appears that an excellent time to hold the meeting would be the end of May or the beginning of June, 2002. This time is between University academic sessions, the city is therefore not crowded and all University facilities are easily accessible.
Lawrence is easily accessible by air. It is 35 miles west of the major metropolitan area of Kansas City, which has its own international airport, and 25 miles east of the state capital of Topeka, which has a regional commercial airport. For those who would like to check fares, there are excellent discounts available into Kansas City (airport code MCI), particularly for international travelers. Lawrence is a city of 65,000 situated in the rolling Osage Hills of eastern Kansas. The beautiful University of Kansas campus in the center of the city is perched on Mount Oread, commanding views over the Kansas River valley. The city has a rich Civil War history, serving as the "Free State" capital of Kansas, and is now known as a city of the arts, with ethnic restaurants, microbreweries and a vibrant night life. The meeting will be on the University campus, but the downtown area is accessible.
We have hosted several meetings of similar size in Lawrence and most visitors feel it is a great city for a meeting. Our focus in hosting the conference is to keep costs low, therefore making the meeting particularly accessible to students. We have three conveners from three different organizations -- Bob Goldstein (University of Kansas, Department of Geology), Dave Newell (University of Kansas, Kansas Geological Survey) and Ray Coveney (University of Missouri-Kansas City). Two of these organizations have already committed financial support for the meeting. We plan to use University facilities, many of which are free of charge. The staff of the Kansas Geological Survey has agreed to help with maintaining a web site for the meeting and producing the abstract volume. In addition, our university student housing authority will open up dormitory housing and cafeteria facilities to those who want it. This housing costs only $12/person/day double occupancy; dining is currently $12 for three meals/day. A variety of motel and hotel accommodations are available for those with more liberal budgets.
After the meeting, Ray Coveney will lead a field trip to visit the nearby Tri-State MVT lead-zinc district, where he and his students have done so much work. We are also arranging an alternate field trip into one of the salt mines in the Permian strata of Kansas. Our new laser probe ICP-MS and other labs will be available for a visit for those who are interested.
We hope to see you all next year in Lawrence!