ST&D 2015 conference registration is open

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 ST&D conference is now open.

To Register

To register for the conference you can go to this link:

http://www.societyfortextanddiscourse.org/conferences/register-for-2015-std-conference/

Early Registration Fees

Faculty member: $220

Student member: $110

Regular Registration Fees (After June 2)

Faculty member: $280

Student member: $160

Non-member Registration Fees

Faculty non-member: $420

Student non-member: $225

You will be able to register for one free workshop, and also pay for a baseball game at the Target Field ($36.00 USD). (The hometown Twins will be playing the Baltimore Orioles, and we have arranged a block of great seats!)

If you are not a member of the Society, please consider becoming a full member. You will receive the journal Discourse Processes for each year you are a member, as well as a hefty discount on conference registration. To become a member, go to http://www.societyfortextanddiscourse.org/ and click on Membership. During checkout, you will create an account and a password. (If you are a returning member, the password is not your old ST&D ID number.)

If you are currently a member, then please login first so that you can register for the conference as a member with minimal hassle and with the lowered fees. If you forgot your password, then click “lost password” and you will be guided through the process. To register for the conference as a member, go to: http://www.societyfortextanddiscourse.org/conferences/register-for-2015-std-conference/

We are continually working to improve the website. If you have continued difficulties in registering please email Kate Bohn-Gettler, the Treasurer, at cbohngettler@csbsju.edu. She will try her best to help you in a timely manner.

Travel 

When you make your travel plans, please keep in mind that on the morning of July 6, there will be workshops (starting at 9 am; see below), and opening ceremonies will start around 1:00 pm. Talks will go through the late afternoon of July 8 and there will be a closing reception with live Jazz music! More info on the program (including poster printing) and travel can be found on the conference website at [http://research.cehd.umn.edu/text-discourse/]. Please check often for updates!

Hotel

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. Booking your room in this hotel will put you in the heart of the action! The hotel is walking distance from many major attractions in downtown Minneapolis: museums, parks, wonderful shopping and world-class restaurants.

Making Hotel Reservations

Conference attendees will have a discounted rate of $119 per night for July 5-9. Click here [https://aws.passkey.com/g/29576230] to make your reservation. Rooms are limited so please make your reservation early. The hotel’s address is: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, US.

Workshops 

We are offering two free workshops, both occurring on Monday July 6 from 9am to noon. You will only be able to sign up for one. The first 25 people to sign up for each will be allocated a spot. But please note, the system will accept your name, and the conference committee will notify you later if you were not in the top 25.

Workshop 1: Assessment System for Research and Practice

Presenters: Theodore J. Christ (University of Minnesota)

This workshop will review FAST as a cloud-based assessment and data system that was developed at the University of Minnesota with funding from IES (2009 to present). Those who attend will learn about FAST and its potential to support a variety of basic and applied research and development. This includes the use of current measures and the development of new measures, which might be shared and distributed widely. A variety of performance data are recorded in the database, which includes accuracy, response choices, and response times (in milliseconds) on an item-by-item basis. Much of the reporting is automated, immediate and exportable in csv files. As an applied research team, we are interested to support basic science, theory development, and their implications for practice. The current domains of assessment span reading, mathematics, and social-emotional behavior. This workshop will be of interest to those who might (a) use FAST to support data collection, (b) explore extant data from large multi-state samples, or (c) use FAST to develop and refine new measures.

Workshop 2: Eye Tracking in the 21st Century

Johanna Kaakinen & Henri Olkoniemi (University of Turku)

This workshop will be a three hour tutorial on the powers and perils of using eye tracking methodologies to study language processing.  The advent of inexpensive and easy-to-use trackers had led to a rapid expansion of users, some of whom may not have the requisite training in the appropriate experimental and data-analytic techniques.  After a brief review of the history eye-tracking research, Dr. Kaakinen will provide an overview of eye tracking best practices, common pitfalls, along with the latest techniques to help users get the most out of this powerful instrument.  The workshop will be hands-off, though we will consider and compare the latest trackers along with their strengths and weaknesses.  This workshop will be of interest to those relatively new to eye tracking, those who have been tracking for years, as well as scholars who would like to consume and appreciate eye-tracking research at a deeper level of sophistication.

Baseball Game Twins vs. Orioles

Join us for a baseball game on Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm onward! The cost is $36.00 per person. The game is at the Target Field (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ballpark/index.jsp), which is a 15 minute walk from the Hyatt Regency. We will have maps at the conference. The group will depart from the hotel at 6:15 pm, right after the end of the poster session. The fee is non-refundable and you will need to pay beforehand through this website.

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