Note of welcome to Houston for SUN 2018

As lead organizer of SUN 2018, which will be held in Houston on March 22-25, I invite you to join us for what promises to be an outstanding meeting the Bayou City.  The weather in March is the best of the year, avoiding the chills of winter and the humid heat of summer, and we have planned a comfortable and elegant venue, an introduction to the host program (M D Anderson) assisted by our partners at Baylor, and interesting speakers and cultural and social activities.  Houston is America’s fourth largest city, and contains a population that is as diverse as it is welcoming.  The meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Hotel Zaza in the Museum District, adjacent to Rice University, Hermann Park with its outstanding zoo and golf course, multiple museums, and of course, the Texas Medical Center where both M D Anderson and Baylor proudly reside.  The variety and richness of Houston is vast:  it is the home of Beyonce, petrochemical plants, 26 Fortune 500 companies, America’s astronaut corps, fine neighborhoods, major league sports teams, the biggest concentration of medical expertise on the planet, the world’s first domed stadium (the Astrodome, still standing), theater and music of every genre, shopping that yields objects of desire at every level, and thousands of restaurants to suit all gastronomic tastes.  As the town that was named after Sam Houston, that sent Neil Armstrong to the moon (where “Houston” was the word first spoken from the lunar surface), where air conditioning was invented, it has a colorful history that peeps out at you in unexpected places.  This mix of economic power, intellectual heft, and cultural diversity is the only major city in the US without zoning, and it has the busiest port in the nation for foreign tonnage despite not being technically on the ocean.  It is the most ethnically diverse major city in America, and it contains some of the nicest, most welcoming people you will meet anywhere.  Please come take part in a SUN meeting where old friends will come together, new friends will be made, and where we will learn from each other while enjoying the quirkiness, elegance, and unexpected beauty you will find in Houston, a city like no other.


Ian McCutcheon

SUN Conference 2018 | provisional itinerary

MARCH 22-25, 2018   HOUSTON


Day 1: THURSDAY, MARCH 22         

  • 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Welcome Reception - Hotel ZaZa 


Day 2: FRIDAY, MARCH 23         

  • 6:30am – 8:30am:  Breakfast Buffet - Phantom Ballroom - Hotel ZaZa
  • 7:00am – 8:00am:  Board Meeting (Executive only) - Napoleon - Hotel ZaZa
  • 8:00am:                 Buses to MD Anderson
  • 8:15am – 11:30am:  General Session Lectures - Hickey Auditorium - MD Anderson
  • 11:45am – 12:15pm: Talk by Bud Frazier - One Baylor Plaza
  • 12:30pm:                Buses to Hotel ZaZa - Phantom Ballroom - Hotel ZaZa

1:00pm – 4:00pm:         Optional Tour: NASA Johnson Space Center (Buses provided)

  • 5:30pm:                  Buses to Cocktails & Dinner
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm:   Cocktails - Cullen Hall of Gems & Minerals
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm:  Dinner - Cockrell Butterfly Center Lobby


Day 3: SATURDAY, MARCH 24         

  • 6:30am – 8:30am:  Breakfast Buffet - Phantom Ballroom - Hotel ZaZa
  • 7:00am – 8:00am:  SUN Business Meeting (Members 0nly) - Phantom Ballroom - Hotel ZaZa
  • 7:00am – 12:00pm: Exhibits - Déjà vu & Hemingway - Hotel ZaZa
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm: General Session Lectures - Phantom Ballroom - Hotel ZaZa
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm:      Buses to Ranch  
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm:   Lunch & Fun - George Ranch
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm:   Buses to Hotel ZaZa
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm:   Reception - Fountain Room - Hotel ZaZa
  • 7:30pm – 9:30pm:   Dinner - Fountain & Ultimate Ransom - Hotel ZaZa


Day 4: SUNDAY, MARCH 25         

  • 6:30am – 8:30am:    Breakfast Buffet - Phantom Ballroom - Hotel ZaZa
  • 8:00am – 10:00am:  Exhibits - Déjà vu & Hemingway - Hotel ZaZa
  • 8:30am – 11am:        General Session Lectures - Phantom Ballroom - Hotel ZaZa