• Petitioned Larry Swanson

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President, The Society for Neuroscience
Larry Swanson
The Society for Neuroscience
Advocacy Department
The Society for Neuroscience
Chapters Department
Councilor, The Society for Neuroscience
Marty Saggese

The Society for Neuroscience: Put New Orleans back on the rotation of venues for your annual meeting

    1. Petition by

      The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

Having the largest neuroscience related scientific meeting in New Orleans is critical for 1) the continued growth of the city, 2) the local scientific community, and 3) the publicity provided. We understand that after Hurricane Katrina the society incurred substantial cost and difficulty to relocate the meeting. We also understand that there were minor problems at two venues during the recent trial meeting that was held in New Orleans in October of 2012 that were caused by Hurricane Isaac in September of 2012. However, removing New Orleans from the meeting venue location for the next 9 years is unwarranted. Now that Hurricane Sandy impacted the entire East Coast in late October, the argument for a better, non-hurricane prone site on the East Coast is not valid. If the meeting had been in Washington DC in November of 2012, does anyone doubt that there would have been MAJOR problems with that venue? New Orleans has very good accomodations that are close to the Convention Center.  The Convention Center is very close to the French Quarter, restaurants, hotels, and night life. The Convention Center itself is unparalleled anywhere. Please reconsider your decision, and include New Orleans in the current meeting rotation, or at least give us one meeting before 2022, and then put us back in the rotation. There is no better venue considering the city, the culture, the accomodations, or the weather.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Almost 1000 Signees only generates a dismissive response from the SFN Pres.

      Dear Petition Signers, Many thanks for signing the petition. We now have almost 1000 signees. However, we do not seem to have made a significant impact on our esteemed President, Larry Swanson, as shown by this fairly dismissive response that was posted on the SFN website: http://www.sfn.org/news-and-calendar/news-and-calendar/news/spotlight/annual-meeting-venues

      To have an impact on the SFN officers and councilors who make these decisions, we will need at least 3,000 signatures, or a mass exodus from the society. That would represent 10% of the attendees of the meeting. However, the number of people who are signing each day has dropped significantly. Towards that end, I would like to ask each of you to send the petition on to all of your neuroscience contacts, and ask them to sign it and pass it to all of their neuroscience contacts, etc... My term as the New Orleans SFN Chapter President is over, and I will be resigning from the Society in protest of this terrible decision.

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. 740 Signees, but we still need more!!!

      Dear All, Many thanks for your support. We now have 740 signees!!! To have an impact on the SFN officers and councilors who make these decisions, we will need at least 3,000 signatures. That would represent 10% of the attendees of the meeting. However, the number of people who are signing each day has dropped significantly. Towards that end, I would like to ask each of you to send the petition on to all of your neuroscience contacts, and ask them to sign it and pass it to all of their neuroscience contacts, etc... I have attached the petition weblink below. Many thanks for your help, Christian Sheline, President of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

      Please join this campaign: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-society-for-neuroscience-put-new-orleans-back-on-the-rotation-of-venues-for-your-an

    5. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Scott Smith IRVINE, CA
      • 3 months ago

      Fairness. If there is some other reason other than the possibility of natural disasters, then put it out there. Or else put all meetings in Phoenix where there aren't any unexpected natural disasters ('course if the power grid goes out in the 9-month summer, you'll all die of heat exhaustion).

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    • Asohan Amarasingham NEW YORK, NY
      • 3 months ago

      NO has always been the most pleasant and memorable SFN meeting.

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    • Kamran Diba MILWAUKEE, WI
      • 3 months ago

      New Orleans is one of America's most important cities, which needs to be supported, and highlighted by SfN. It is also the most stimulating location for attendees.

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      • 9 months ago

      I Love New Orleans!

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    • Charlton Otte CHESWICK, PA
      • 11 months ago

      B/c New Orleans is a wonderful city and the SfN is doing itself an enormous disservice by not making it one of the host venues. I'm an aspiring neuroscientist and I hope in the future to be able to attend a conference in the beautiful city of New Orleans.

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