From the CEO

Say goodbye to long registration lines. In response to members' suggestions, APA has revamped its registration process for the 2008 Annual Convention in Boston, Aug. 14-17, to make registering easier and more efficient than ever. Attendees can now complete their registrations in advance and on-site through APA's Convention Web site. If you register online by July 30, we will send you your convention program, badge and Expocard in advance; if you register after that date, you can pick up these items at our registration area in Boston, which opens on Aug. 13.

To save members money, we have extended our discounted advance registration fees through Tuesday, Aug. 12; on-site registration fees will be in effect Wednesday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 17. In Boston, the APA registration area will feature self-service kiosks where conventioners can register online with a credit card.

This meeting also offers technological improvements in our continuing-education (CE) opportunities, which include 85 workshops and more than 200 sessions. Attendees can complete their CE workshop enrollment and registration via APA's registration Web site through the last day of the convention. As with convention registration, advance workshop enrollment fees will apply through Aug. 12 (on-site fees take effect Aug. 13). Those who enroll online and in advance will receive immediate confirmation and a workshop admission ticket. We advise you to enroll early since workshops have limited space and many will fill well before the advance deadline.

It'll also be easier to claim your CE credit this year. As at prior conventions, you will need to swipe your Expocard as you enter and leave a session to earn CE credit, but you can claim your credit immediately via the self-service kiosks in the APA on-site registration area or online.

Another important note to keep in mind: Since APA last met in Boston in 1999, our convention has outgrown the Hynes Convention Center, so we will be meeting in the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. APA will provide a more comprehensive shuttle bus system with additional routes to and from the supplemental hotels. We anticipate that the one-way, two-mile trip between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and hotels in the Back Bay area (e.g., Boston Marriott Copley Place, Sheraton Boston and Westin Copley Place hotels) will take 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic. We'll provide further details on the APA shuttle bus system in your on-site registration packet.

This issue of the Monitor highlights some of the sessions being planned for the convention.

For instance, the presidential programming aims to translate psychological findings to solutions for social challenges, such as interpersonal violence, trauma and hate crimes. Or check out best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell's thoughts on his career as "a parasite of academic psychology" and what he plans to speak on at our Opening Session. And as always, we will take time to cheer on paragons of the field--such as Edward Zigler, PhD, and Charles Brewer, PhD.

Boston has always been a popular city for an APA convention. With all of the schools and universities in the area, we expect attendance to be around 14,000. I hope that you will join us for an exciting meeting and a chance to see old friends and make new ones. See you there!