Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society

51 st Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, California

September 12-16, 2020 - Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Environmental Genomics:
Mechanisms & Approaches
For Genomic Integrity

Welcome to Palm Springs


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Palm Springs is an oasis for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment. With a storied Hollywood legacy, Native American heritage, stunning collection of mid-century modern architecture and 354 days of sunshine per year, Palm Springs is truly like no place else. It’s blossomed into an upscale resort destination with inspiring and stunning scenery, world-class museums and entertainment venues and unique shopping and dining opportunities. While you’re in the city for the 2020 EMGS Annual Meeting, we encourage you to get out and explore the wonders of this one-of-a-kind destination.
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A Rich Cultural Heritage

 cultural.jpgCenturies ago, ancestors of the Agua Caliente Cahuilla (pronounced Kaw-we-ah) Indians settled in the Palm Springs area. Many traces of these communities exist in the canyons today, including rock art, house pits and foundations, reservoirs, trails, and food processing areas. Today, the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians remains actively involved with the City of Palm Springs, and owns has hotels, casinos, a golf resort, and entertainment venues. Experience the cultural history of Palm Springs with a ranger-led tour at Indian Canyons or Tahquitz Canyon, visit the exhibits at the newly opened downtown Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, or enjoy gaming, entertainment or golf at the Spa Resort Casino or Indian Canyons Golf Resort.
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Hollywood’s Playground

celebs.jpgSince the 1920s, Palm Springs has been Hollywood's desert playground for celebrities to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of showbiz. The legendary "Two-Hour Rule" of Hollywood studios put Palm Springs on the map as a perfect getaway (actors under contract had to be available within two hours from the studio for last minute film of photo shoots). Several celebrities stayed and purchased hideaway homes in Palm Springs, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton, Bob Hope, Albert Einstein, Bing Crosby, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, and Jack Benny. Visitors can take a trip back to the golden era at the famous Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, celebrity tours of the homes of the rich and famous and a stroll downtown along the Walk of Stars to see the “stars” of Sophia Loren, Kathy Griffin, President Gerald Ford, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope and more.
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A Mid-century Modern Mecca

Harold Lloyd Estate Poolside.jpgAt the same time that Hollywood discovered the beauty of Palm Springs, the town also became a mecca visionary modernist architects who designed sleek, modern homes inspired by the natural surroundings. This design aesthetic, known as Desert Modernism, is notable for its use of glass, clean lines, natural and manufactured resources and indoor/outdoor spaces. Today, Palm Springs has the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the United States. A variety of companies and tour groups offer up close and personal looks at the city’s most iconic structures, including the Uptown Design District, the Rat Pack Neighborhood and the works of works of William Cody, Albert Frey, Hugh Kaptur, William Krisel, E. Stewart Williams and Donald Wexler (among others).
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Natural Wonders

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.jpgPalm Springs is located in the gorgeous Coachella Valley where the desert landscape (and spectacular weather) mean that sightseeing opportunities are everywhere you look. One of the can’t-miss opportunities is the The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—that travels over two-and-one-half miles along the cliffs of Chino Canyon all the way to Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. Once you reach the top, you can dine at one of the two restaurants, visit the Natural History Museum or head off onto the more than 50 miles or nature walks and hiking trails of San Jacinto State Park. Other must-see locations are Joshua Tree National Park and the Indian Canyons.

Within the city limits of Palm Springs, there are plenty of natural wonders to view as well. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, formerly the Living Desert Museum, is a desert botanical garden and zoo that’s been rated as one of the Top 10 Zoos in the world by Conde Nast. For nearly five decades, it’s been a beloved destination of the Palm Springs area and has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. Plant lovers won’t want to miss The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, a family-owned botanical garden near downtown Palm Springs that specializes in cacti and other desert plants. 
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Learn more about Palm Springs’ attractions, events and more at: https://www.visitpalmsprings.com/