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Abstract Submission Deadline
April 1, 2012

Student Travel Award Deadline
April 1, 2012

Advance Registration Deadline
April 10, 2012

Preregistration
Deadline

May 20, 2012

Meeting Cancellation Deadline
May 10, 2012

Hotel Reservation
Deadline

May 25, 2012

About Boston

Boston boats

Charles River

Photo by 	  GearedBull Jim Hood

Northwest corner of Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, showing the Boston Public Library at left, and Trinity Church at right.

Photo by: GearedBull Jim Hood

Boston was incorporated as a town in 1630 and is one of America’s oldest cities. Boston is known for its educational institutions and is a center for biotechnology and research. It is also known for its champion sports franchises, museums, and its unique place in American history.

All meeting events will take place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, which is located in the Back Bay neighborhood. This area is known for its picturesque streets and its elegant architecture including the Boston Public Library and Trinity Church.

Boston Web Sites

  • The Freedom Trail
    www.thefreedomtrail.org/—The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites. The Freedom Trail is a collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.
  • www.cityofboston.gov/visitors—Comprehensive information and downloadable self-guided iPod tours
  • www.bostonusa.com

List of Nearby Restaurants

Things To Do

Fenway Park tour

  • The stadium is an 8–10 minute walk from the Marriott hotel. Fenway does have tours as well hourly between 9:00 am–4:00 pm daily during the season. The tour is $12 for adults and is 50 minutes long.
  • Home game Tuesday (likely in the evening)—tickets in packages of 4 range from $60–$80 at current pricing.

Duck Tours

  • You’ve never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours. The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK,” a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. First, you'll be greeted by one of our legendary tour ConDUCKtors, who’ll be narrating your tour. Then you’re off on a journey like you’ve never had before. You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. And, as the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your ConDUCKtor will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s more. It’s time for “Splashdown” as your ConDUCKtor splashes your DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you just won’t get anywhere else. ($26–$32; 60–80 minutes)

Freedom Trail

  • The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, everyone an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. (9 daily tours; $11)

Old Town Trolley Tours

  • For over 30 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has provided sightseeing tours highlighting the best of Boston. Hop aboard one of our trolleys and you’ll experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Our friendly conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. ($37–$42)

Museums

  • Museum of Fine Arts
    • One of the largest museums in the United States, attracting over one million visitors a year. It contains over 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas. It is also the 54th most visited art museum in the world, as of 2010. ($22)
  • Museum of Science
    • A Boston landmark, located in Science Park, a plot of land spanning the Charles River. Along with over 500 interactive exhibits, the Museum features a number of live presentations throughout the building every day, along with shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni IMAX Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England. ($22)


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