Media advisory five: AGU 2006 Fall Meeting

November 30, 2006


  1. Final press conference information
  2. Attention PIOs: Sending press releases to Fall Meeting
  3. MBARI Field trip update
    A. Scientist named to provide geologic commentary
    B. Photo ID needed
    C. Confirmed and wait-listed participants
  4. Reminder: New Press Room!
  5. News Media registration information
  6. News Media Registration Form
  7. Who's coming

Please see Media Advisories 1-4 for information not repeated here:"content=media

1. Final press conference information

Following is the latest available information on press conferences planned for Fall Meeting. As always, it is subject to change prior to, and during, the meeting. Changes may include addition or deletion of press conferences, changes in participants, and changes in the emphasis of a press conference. Any changes occurring subsequent to this message will be announced in the Press Room at Fall Meeting; this is the final pre-meeting media advisory.

All press conferences take place in Room 232 Moscone South, 747 Howard Street.

Dial in to press conferences Reporters who cannot attend the meeting may listen in to the press conferences and even ask questions. All days and times listed below are Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is eight hours earlier than UTC/GMT (0900h in San Francisco = 1700h in London).

From the United States and Canada, call toll-free: 888-481-3032
From rest of the world, call (not toll-free): +1-617-801-9600
When prompted, enter this code: 115139
The code is the same for all press conferences, but you must place a new call for each one, even in consecutive hours.

2. Attention PIOs: Sending press releases to Fall Meeting

Public information officers of universities, government agencies, and research institutions are encouraged to send press releases and related documentation to Fall Meeting. We recommend around 50 copies of printed materials and three-to-five copies of broadcast quality videotapes (Beta format).

The easiest way to get these materials to the Press Room is to take them yourself, if you are going to Fall Meeting, or to give them to one of your scientists, with instructions to deliver them to Room 238 Moscone South, from Monday, 11 December.

If you prefer, you may send these materials by FedEx, UPS, or DHL to the following address:

Harvey Leifert - AGU Press Room (Room 238 Moscone South)
c/o AGU Fall Meeting
Moscone West
800 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415-348-4440

Express shipments to the above address should be timed to arrive on Friday, 8 December, or after. They will be displayed from 11 December or as soon as received.

Remaining materials may be collected from Room 238 on Friday, 15 December, at 1300h, after which they will be scrapped.

3. MBARI field trip update

(Note: The program for the day remains as provided in Media Advisory 4, with one exception: The introduction to MBARI will be presented by Marcia McNutt, President and CEO of MBARI and former president of AGU. The program may be reviewed at and is subject to change.)

A. Scientist named to provide geology commentary
Philip Stoffer, a geologist on the U. S. Geological Survey's Western Earth Surface Processes Team in Menlo Park, California, will provide commentary on the coastal trip from San Francisco to Moss Landing. A former high school teacher in New York City, he has been involved in various Bay Area geology projects. Stoffer has recently compiled several Bay Area field guides including:

"Where's the San Andreas Fault" A Guidebook to Tracing the Fault on Public Lands in the San Francisco Bay Region"
(Stoffer will provide everyone on the field trip a copy of this guidebook.)

"Geology and Natural History of the San Francisco Bay Area: A Field-Trip Guidebook"

"Rocks and Geology of the San Francisco Bay region"

B. Photo ID required
Please take a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license, passport), as it will be needed to issue you a pass to board the Western Flyer.

C. Confirmed and wait-listed participants
Those currently Confirmed and on the Wait List are noted in Who's Coming (linked from Item 7, below). We anticipate clearing several Wait Listed people in the coming days, and they will be so notified. Those still on the Wait List on 10 December are encouraged to arrive at the starting point by 0800h, to be eligible to take the place of any no-shows.

If you are Confirmed and your plans change so that you cannot participate, please inform Harvey Leifert as soon as possible. Between 8 and 10 December, call him at +1 301-785-5977 (cell); leave a message, if necessary.

The trip will take place rain or shine. Check the weather forecast for Moss Landing, California, and take a raincoat or poncho, etc., as well as an umbrella, if there is any chance of rain.

Reminder to all: Eat breakfast and take a snack with you for the bus rides down and back. The bus will carry water and soft drinks only.

4. Reminder: New Press Room!

We are in a new Press Room this year. For details, see Media Advisory 4:

Press conferences will be in Room 232 Moscone South, across the corridor from the Press Room. This is a change from the previous announcement.

5. News Media registration information

News Media registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room and Briefing Room. No one will be allowed into the Moscone West Exhibition Hall (Level 1) or up the escalators or elevator to Levels 2 and 3 without a badge.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

Note 1: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees, regardless of possession of any of the above documents. They are not accredited as News Media at the meeting.

Note 2: Scientists who are also reporters and who are presenting at this meeting (oral or poster session) may receive News Media credentials if they qualify (see above), but must also register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee as a presenter.

6. News Media Registration Form

The News Media Registration Form is set up for online submission, but includes a link to a version that can be printed out and faxed or mailed. Go to:"content=media&show=pressReg_online

The last day for advance News Media registration, assuring that your badge will be waiting for you when you arrive, is Friday, 1 December 2006. You may also register onsite in Room 238 Moscone South.

7. Who's coming

This year, we are posting the Who's Coming list online. It is updated daily and may be seen at"content=media (scroll down, if necessary).

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