If you happen to be near San Diego around February 9th (Thursday), you probably want to see this MIR All-Star roster at ITA, organized by UCSD: http://ita.ucsd.edu/workshop/12/talks
(search for 'Slaney', the first speaker)
The full list of speakers:
Unfortunately I can't attend, but it's one of the most exciting list of talks I've seen for a 1-day workshop. And of course, if you have MSD-related questions, Dan will be there to answer. And San Diego is probably warmer than New York!