Saturday, December 24, 2016

BIT's World Gene Convention (WGC)


This posting pertains to:
Part I. 2016 Shanghai conference
Part II. 2017 Macao conference

Part I. 2016 Shanghai conference

A spate of emails started in January 2016 for the "World Gene Convention--2016, Shanghai." The suggested topic? "About Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, Interpretation," and then "Beyond uniqueness: the birthday paradox, source attribution and individualization in forensic scienc…."My earlier efforts to persuade what I imagined to be a warehouse of poor, Chinese women typing away at cheap keyboards to please stop emailing me having failed miserably, I adopted the opposite strategy, proposing to speak on chimerical K-DNA.

From: hedy1 [josie@wca-2015.com]
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016 3:53 AM
Subject: Invitation for Keynote Speaker at the World Gene Convention-2016, Shanghai, China

I'm writing to follow-up my last invitation as below, would you please give me a tentative reply? Thank you very much. I apologize for the inconvenience if the letter disturbed you more than once.

It is our great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to join the 7th World Gene Convention-2016, which will take place in Shanghai, China during November 3-5, 2016.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it’s our honor to welcome you to give a plenary keynote speech at the conference. More info about the program is available at http://www.bitcongress.com/wgc2016/ScientificProgramme.asp

Under our SAB members’ contributions and endeavor, BIT’s 6th Annual World Gene Convention-2015 (WGC-2015), successfully held in Qingdao, China during November 13-15, 2015. Totally, there were nearly 300 world-renowned experts, professors, laboratory principals, project leaders and representatives of well-known enterprises attended the WGC-2015. Participants from the international enterprises, academic and research institutions enjoyed the three days scientific program. Depending on the warmly support and good suggestions from all of the participants, we are confident in organizing WGC-2016 which would be better and more successful than WGC-2015.
...
We expect your precious comments or suggestions; also your reference to other speakers will be highly appreciated. We look forward to receiving your replies on the following questions:
1. What is the title of your speech?
2. Do you have any suggestions about our program?
...

Sincerely yours, Ms. Teresa Xiao, Organizing Committee of WGC-2016

Let's see if anything has changed
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016 10:42 AM
To: angela@wca-2015.com
Subject: Re: Invitation for Keynote Speaker at the World Gene Convention-2016, Shanghai, China

Dear Xiao ​Teresa, As a keynote speaker, I would need an honorarium to enable me to travel to Shanghai. Is this feasible? I look forward to your response and to visiting Shanghai.

Thank you, David

Nope, same old Teresa
From: janice
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 2:45 AM
To: David.Kaye@asu.edu
Subject: Invitation for Keynote Speaker at the World Gene Convention-2016,Shanghai, China

Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, ...
It is our great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to join the 7th World Gene Convention-2016, which will take place in Shanghai, China during November 3-5, 2016. On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it’s our honor to welcome you to give a plenary keynote speech at the conference. ...
1. What is the title of your speech?
2. Do you have any suggestions about our program? ...
We look forward to see you in Shanghai in 2016 for this influential event.

Sincerely yours, Ms. Teresa Xiao, Organizing Committee of WGC-2016

OK, here's a title to consider
Dear Xiao ​Teresa,

As a plenary keynote speaker, I would describe my latest research on "K-DNA: A Nonoptical Isomer with Strongly Chimerical Properties." Of course, I would need an honorarium to enable me to travel to Shanghai. I look forward to your response and to visiting Shanghai.

Thank you, David


Apparently, BIT would prefer a talk "about Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences":
From: janice
Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016 2:45 AM
To: David.Kaye@asu.edu
Subject: Invitation for Keynote Speaker at the World Gene Convention-2016,Shanghai, China

Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,

I'm writing to follow-up my last invitation as below, would you please give me a tentative reply? Thank you very much.I apologize for the inconvenience if the letter disturbed you more than once. ...
We would like to welcome you to be the chair/speaker in Session 4-3: New Achievements of Forensic while presenting about Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Interpretation…. If the suggested thematic session is not your current focused core, you may look through the whole sessions and transfer another one that fit your interest ...

Sincerely yours, Ms. Teresa Xiao, Organizing Committee of WGC-2016

Let's see where this takes us.
From: Kaye, David
Sent: Friday, June 3, 2016 8:01 PM
To: alice@gene-congress.com
Subject: RE: Confirmation for Chair/Speakers for the World Gene Convention-2016, Shanghai, China

Dear Alice, Janice, Jane, or ​Teresa,

Earlier I wrote that "As a plenary keynote speaker, I would describe my latest research on "K-DNA: A Nonoptical Isomer with Strongly Chimerical Properties." Of course, I would need an honorarium to enable me to travel to Shanghai. I look forward to your response and to visiting Shanghai."

Since you have suggested the title "About Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, Interpretation," I will combine the two to speak on "K-DNA: A Nonoptical Isomer with Strongly Chimerical Properties that is in Need of Interpretation in the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences."

I look forward to further information on the honorarium. To travel to China, chair the session, and deliver my address, I would need only U.S. $2,500.

Thank you, David

Could they have overlooked my proposal?
From: janice [mailto:audrey@wcaconvention2015.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:16 AM
To: kaye@psu.edu
Subject: Confirmation for Chair/Speakers for the World Gene Convention-2016, Shanghai, China

Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,

I'm writing to follow-up my last invitation as below, would you please give me a tentative reply? Thank you very much.I apologize for the inconvenience if the letter disturbed you more than once.
It is our great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to join the 7th World Gene Convention-2016, which will take place in Shanghai, China during November 3-5, 2016.
We would like to welcome you to be the chair/speaker in Session 4-3: New Achievements of Forensic while presenting about Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Interpretation…. If the suggested thematic session is not your current focused core, you may look through the whole sessions and transfer another one that fit your interest ... .
... WGC-2016 ... aims to provide a platform for all experts from academia, industry and national labs to discuss latest hot researches and achievements. Attendees will hear world-class speakers discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the gene field. The business & academic experts who are from home and abroad will give excellent keynote speeches.
...Shanghai has numerous name tags attached to it, like "Paris of the Orient" and "Pearl of China", ...
We expect your precious comments or suggestions; also your reference to other speakers will be highly appreciated. We look forward to receiving your replies on the following questions:
1. What is the title of your speech?
2. Do you have any suggestions about our program?
...
Sincerely yours,
Ms. Teresa Xiao, Organizing Committee of WGC-2016

Maybe the mention of an honorarium discouraged them. I'll try again.
From: Kaye, David
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:33 PM
To: 'alice@gene-congress.com' <alice@gene-congress.com>
Subject: RE: Confirmation for Chair/Speakers for the World Gene Convention-2016, Shanghai, China

Dear Xiao Teresa,

Earlier I wrote that "As a plenary keynote speaker, I would describe my latest research on ‘K-DNA: A Nonoptical Isomer with Strongly Chimerical Properties.’ Of course, I would need an honorarium to enable me to travel to Shanghai. I look forward to your response and to visiting Shanghai." After you suggested the title About Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, Interpretation," I proposed to combine the two to speak on "K-DNA: A Nonoptical Isomer with Strongly Chimerical Properties that is in Need of Interpretation in the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences," but I did not hear from you until today. How does the title I sent sound? Has the SAB had the chance to consider it?

Awaiting your suggestions, David Kaye

Sadly, no honorarium.
From: teresa [mailto:teresa@gene-congress.com]
Sent: Monday, August 1, 2016 4:05 AM
To: Kaye, David <dhk3@dsl.psu.edu>
Subject: RE: Confirmation for Chair/Speakers for the World Gene Convention-2016, Shanghai, China

Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,

Thank you very much for your interests in our conference! It is an honor for us to have your support.
I will forward your speech title to the organizing committee, and will let you the results as soon as possible.
In addition, as your concern, basically, we cannot cover your travel expense due to limited budget this year; also cannot offer an honorarium. We feel very sorry but we do hope you can understand our situation.

Sincerely yours,
Ms. Teresa Xiao, Organizing Committee of WGC-2016

No surprise there, but what about the K-DNA+Encyclopedia paper? Did Teresa ever hear from her organizing committee? Two emails, dated August 2 and then August 10, bearing Teresa's name at the end (but coming from janice <liz@wcacongress2016.com>) disappointingly duplicated the earlier one welcoming me as "the chair/speaker in Session 4-3: New Achievements of Forensic DNA while presenting about Beyond uniqueness: the birthday paradox, source attribution and individualization in forensic scienc…."

Ah well, 2017 is coming, and with it, announcements of the 8th WGC will fall like raindrops. Sure enough ...

Sent by elaine <esther@wcm2016congress.com> 1/17/17 and again by ann <linda@wgc2016.com> 2/20/17
Dear Dr. David H. Kaye,
I'm writing to follow-up my last invitation as below, would you please give me a tentative reply? Thank you very much. I apologize for the inconvenience if the letter disturbed you more than once.
It is our great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to join the 8th World Gene Convention-2017, which will take place in Macao, China during November 13-15, 2017. We would like to welcome you to be the chair/speaker in Theme 707: Forensic while presenting about Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Interpretation...
If the suggested thematic session is not your current focused core, you may look through the whole sessions and transfer another one that fit your interest ...
... The business & academic experts who are from home and abroad will give excellent speeches. [Y]ou will benefit from the wonderful experience in Macao, China. Macao is an international free port. ...
We expect your precious comments ...
Sincerely yours, Ms. Teresa Xiao Organizing Committee of WGC-2017 East Area, F11, Building 1, Dalian Ascendas IT Park, 1 Hui Xian Yuan, Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone, LN 116025, China Tel: 0086-411-84799609 EXT 826 Email: teresa@gene-congress.com

Ah well, 2017 is coming, and with it, announcements of the 8th WGC will fall like raindrops. Sure enough ...

Part II. 2017 Macao conference

Sent by elaine <esther@wcm2016congress.com> 1/17/17
Dear Dr. David H. Kaye, I'm writing to follow-up my last invitation as below, would you please give me a tentative reply? Thank you very much. I apologize for the inconvenience if the letter disturbed you more than once. It is our great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to join the 8th World Gene Convention-2017, which will take place in Macao, China during November 13-15, 2017. We would like to welcome you to be the chair/speaker in Theme 707: Forensic while presenting about Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Interpretation... If the suggested thematic session is not your current focused core, you may look through the whole sessions and transfer another one that fit your interest ... The business & academic experts who are from home and abroad will give excellent speeches. [Y]ou will benefit from the wonderful experience in Macao, China. Macao is an international free port. ... We expect your precious comments ... Sincerely yours, Ms. Teresa Xiao, Organizing Committee of WGC-2017, East Area, F11, Building 1, Dalian Ascendas IT Park, 1 Hui Xian Yuan, Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone, LN 116025, China, Tel: 0086-411-84799609 EXT 826, Email: teresa@gene-congress.com

Teresa-Elaine reiterated the "chair/speaker" invitation on 1/22/17 with another topic. The email came from alma@bitcongress.com)
Dear Dr. D.H.Kaye, I'm writing to follow-up my last invitation as below ... We would like to welcome you to be the chair/speaker in Theme 707: New Achievements of Forensic DNA while presenting about New Achievements of Forensic DNA.... We expect your precious comments ... Sincerely yours, Ms. Teresa Xiao ...

Three emails came a day later, ostensibly from Teresa. They were sent by elaine with the URLs isabella@gfac2017congress.com, katrina@gfac2017congress.com, and alma@bitcongress.com. Aside from differences in the spelling of my name, they were identical to the above.

On 2/19/17, another of Teresa's "chair/speaker in Theme 707" invitations came from ann (Wed5@wed-2017.com). Now Teresa-Ann wanted me to speak on an unpublished paper (available on SSRN) that, like the one mentioned in the previous set of emails, had little or nothing to do with "Theme 707: New Achievements of Forensic DNA."

Never-say-die Theresa reappeared on 5/11/17 (twice) as the writer of emails sent by vivian with the URL flora@wcfnconference2017.com and vivian (irene@wcfnconference2017.com). These implored me to give "a tentative reply" to the repeated invitation (she's good at that) to "be the chair/speaker in Theme 707: New Achievements of Forensic while presenting about Forensic." Theresa-Vivian-Flora and Theresa-Vivian-Irene apologized "for the inconvenience if the letter disturbed you more than once."



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