So what is a Z Session? It is a special session that doesn't really fit anywhere else in the structure of how the annual meetings are organized. In this case the Z Session that I would like to generate interest in is a joint session on Monday afternoon between our Consultants and the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Science (SASES). The point of this session is to bring the consultants and students together for the afternoon to share experiences and talk about the different types of issues that consultants deal with in their careers. The theme is to provide a CSI-like atmosphere where the consultant can spend about 10 minutes introducing the "case" and then hand the case over to the audience to discuss and solve and at the end the consultant will reveal what actually happened. We plan to have 5 cases presented during the afternoon (30 minutes of time for each) and the cases will range from agronomy to soils to environmental science.
While the annual meetings in San Antonio may seem a far way off, abstract submissions are open now. I want encourage consultants that would be willing to help out with the session by presenting a case to contact me - or at least plan to participate by setting some time aside on Monday afternoon of the meetings. Students – we will be talking with you prior to the meetings about helping facilitate the discussions, but if you have questions now, please also feel free to contact me. This is a great opportunity to join in the discussion about solving real issues and to have a dialogue amongst professionals and our future professionals. Look for more information in the coming months. Again – please contact me if you are interested in participating with an example “CSI” project!