Presentation Info & Welcome Reception

Dear Colleagues,

Just a few last items before our 21st annual meeting next week.

If you are making a spoken presentation, please transfer your slides to the laptops in the meeting room where your session is being held.  These PC laptops are equipped with Powerpoint. Do this well in advance of your session - during breakfast or coffee break if possible. Transferring your slides to this computer will reduce transition time and ensure that all presenters receive their share of airtime - swapping out computers between talks is time-costly and is therefore discouraged. If you have used presentation software other than Powerpoint to create your slides, it is advisable to export them to Powerpoint format and test them before you arrive in Hawaii.  Please look for the folder labeled with the day and the title of your session on the desktop of the computer so that the chair of your session can locate them.

  • If your presentation contains unusual symbols, fonts or sound or video files, be sure you also bring these files on your memory key.
  • If you are giving a poster, we advise you to bring your own pushpins. Some pins will be available, but inevitably these have gone missing by the final poster session.


We want to remind you of the welcome reception held on Wednesday evening in the courtyard from 5.00 - 7.00pm, overlapping somewhat with the first poster session at 5:30 - 7:00pm. You may pick up your name tag beginning at 3:30pm from the reception table in the outside the meeting rooms.

Looking forward to visiting with you all in the tropical breeze of glorious Hawaii - aloha!


Lesly Wade-Woolley

Important Conference Information

Dear Colleagues,

We convene in Hawaii shortly! I hope you are all looking forward to it as much as I am! In preparation for our meeting, let me share a few pieces of information with you.

The final program has been posted on the website. In keeping with past practice, we do not supply printed programs at the conference. Please print yours or download it to your mobile device before you leave.

If you have not done so, you may wish to book your shuttle to and from the airport soon. The Society has contract with Roberts Hawaii for a reduced rate. This is bookable online in
advance: using the promo code SSSR2015 at checkout. You can select either the Hapuna Beach Prince or the Hilton Waikoloa Village (overflow hotel) from this site.

Many flights arrive late in the evening. The kitchens at the hotel, including room service, closes at 10pm. There are sometimes sandwiches available for purchase, but they may be sold out when you arrive.  So you may want to make sure you grab a snack at your destination airport if you are arriving late.

Rental cars are available at the airport. If you wish to book later after you have already left the airport, it may be possible to do this at the hotel. The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel partners with Hertz. The Hertz fleet is not large and if you think you want to do this, you are strongly advised to make a reservation in advance by calling the Pleasant Holidays LLC desk at the hotel: 803-882-1523.

Breakfast and a box lunch are provided in on the three main days of the conference. The student preconference also includes a box lunch.

Our hotel concessions include free internet in the sleeping and meeting rooms, waived resort fee, and free self-parking.  We receive a 10% discount on green fees at Hapuna Golf Club and Ocean Sports rental at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Valet parking is $25 per day. There are no excursions planned through SSSR, but the concierge at the Hapuna (or the Hilton) can help you find a perfect outing; the Big Island has amazing natural resources and there are many activities that you could choose to do in your leisure time.

Guests at the HBP have signing privileges at their sister hotel, the Mauna Kea Beach Resort for food and beverage services. A complimentary dinner shuttle runs a continuous loop between the HBP and the Mauna Kea Beach Resort, beginning at 5:30pm and ending at 9:50pm. As always, dinner reservations are highly recommended.  Golf and spa services are available at both hotels.


There is a 15-person shuttle that runs from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel to the Queens’ Marketplace and Kings’ Shops on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This is another option for dining; there is also a supermarket if you wish to stick your minifridge. Shuttles leave the HBP on the hour beginning at 4pm, with the last one at 9pm.  Shuttles pick up at the shopping area on the half hour, beginning at 4:30, with the last one at 9:30. Seats on the shuttle are first-come, first served; tickets ($5 each way) can be bought from the front desk.

If you have purchased tickets to the luau, you will find an event bracelet(s) in your registration package. This bracelet is required for getting on the bus that will take you to the luau, and required for entry into the luau grounds.  Please note: we will be leaving for the luau immediately following the end of the presidential address.  Please bring everything you wish to take with you to the luau to the Presidential Address so that we can load the buses promptly. The luau is held on the grounds of the Mauna Kea, approximately one mile away and starts at 6pm.


If you are staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, our overflow hotel, there is a Roberts Hawaii shuttle that will meet you at the Hilton lower lobby and bring you to the conference hotel, and return you after the days’ sessions have ended. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday July 15  pick-up to Hapuna 8:15am (student preconference)
Wednesday July 15 pick-up to Hapuna 4:00pm (welcome reception)
Wednesday July 15 return to Hilton 7:15pm
Thursday July 16 pick-up to Hapuna 7:00am
Thursday July 16 return to Hilton 6:00pm
Friday July 17 pick-up to Hapuna 7:00am
Friday July 17 return to Hilton 5:30pm
Friday July 17 return to Hilton 9:15pm (for those attending luau)
Saturday July 18 pick-up to Hapuna 7:00am
Saturday July 18 return to Hilton 3:45pm

Sales tax in Hawaii is 4.166%.  At the time of writing, the 14-day forecast showed high temperatures in the low 80s (F)/mid 20s (C). Don’t forget your sunscreen!


Aloha – see you soon!

Student Preconference

Two workshops offered for the student preconference on Wednesday, July 15, from 9:00am – 3:30pm at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Workshop 1 will be an all-day session led by Jessica Logan of Ohio State University and Yaacov Petscher of Florida State University/FCRR on quantile regression. Workshop 2 will be an all-day session on eye-tracking led by Gary Feng of the Educational Testing Service. Descriptions of the sessions are below; please pay attention to the requirements set out by the workshop leaders.  There is no charge for the preconference, and it is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (first two years). Registration will remain open until capacity is reached. The exception is for Workshop 2; if you wish to attend this session, you must pre-register before April 30.  Dr. Feng will select the 12 participants from among those who have pre-registered on April 30. After April 30, you will no longer be able to register for Workshop 2.  A complimentary box lunch will be provided to all participants.

If you have questions about the student preconference, please contact Dr. Young-Suk Kim at


Workshop 1: Quantile Regression
(Capacity: 50 participants)

Topic: Quantile Regression
Instructor: Yaacov Petscher, Ph.D.
Florida State University/FCRR and
Jessica Logan, Ph.D.
Ohio State University


Quantile regression is a flexible way to evaluate whether a correlation between your dependent and independent variable is representative for all individuals in your sample.

From a more conceptual orientation, while linear regression helps to answer a question such as, “What is the relation between vocabulary and reading comprehension?” quantile regression helps to answer the question, “For whom does a relation between vocabulary and reading comprehension exist?”


The session will cover a conceptual discussion of quantile regression and practical application of quantile regression, and conducting a quantile regression using R software.

The following types of analyses will be demonstrated using High School & Beyond data:

  • Simple quantile/linear analysis with a continuous predictor
  • Simple quantile/linear analysis with dichotomous predictor
  • Multiple quantile/linear analysis with continuous and dichotomous predictors
  • Quantile/linear analysis for estimating treatment effects
  • Quantile/linear/nonlinear analysis for estimating growth over time
  • Quantile/linear analysis for estimating multilevel models
  • Estimating an effect size for quantile regression

Participants need to have a working knowledge of simple and multiple regression. The workshop focus is less on the statistical complexities and more about conceptual reasons for using this technique and how to actually run it and interpret the results.

Participants need to bring their laptops! We will be writing and running the scripts during the session so that you can get comfortable with the mechanics. The demonstration will focus on using R software (because it’s free!); however, SAS versions of all scripts will be available to participants as well. Data will be provided to the participants prior to, and the day of, the workshop.



Workshop 2: Eye-Tracking
(Capacity: 12 participants)

Using Eye-Tracking Technology in Reading Research
Instructor: Gary Feng, Ph.D.
Educational Testing Service


This is an introductory workshop on using eye-tracking technology in reading research.

The ideal participants should have a clear research interest, have seen or read about eye-tracking studies, and are thinking about applying the technology in their field.

The session will cover an introduction to eye-tracking research in reading and give a tutorial of how to carry out a reading eye-tracking study. The morning session will be lectures and group discussions and the afternoon session will be working with eye-trackers. Two eye-trackers will be available so that students can design 2 studies and carry them out in the afternoon. The purpose is to give students an opportunity think through how they would design and implement an eye-tracking study.

This is designed for graduate students and junior researchers with no prior experience in eye-tracking. Participants should have basic graduate-level training in experimental design and statistical analysis. There might be a couple of readings required prior to the session.

Participants are expected to bring a study idea and materials (passages to read, websites, images, etc.) for the group project. Researchers new to eye-tracking and have their own eye-trackers are welcome, although methods and software discussed may not be supported on their own systems.

This session is capped at 12 participants, and we expect that it will be over-subscribed. Please note that to pre-register for this session you must write a paragraph describing a research question that you would like to explore using eye-tracking. Dr. Feng will select the 12 participants from among those who have expressed interest, or pre-registered, after April 30.


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