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Northern California Branch of AALAS
Northern California Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science P.O.Box 60068, Palo Alto, CA 94306 |

2017 Educational Symposium

Kelly Jensen accepts her award.

Outdoor lunch venue offers sunshine and fresh air, photo courtesy Helen Chum

First place (blue ribbon) was awarded to NCB-AALAS member Viktor Zholudev. His poster was titled "Future Discoveries in Comparative Heliobiogy".

Photo courtesy Caroline Sepulveda

An exhibitor demonstrates their catheters with a plush rodent at the NCB-AALAS Symposium. This year’s Symposium featured 30 exhibitors showcasing high quality products and services.

Photo courtesy Caroline Sepulveda

Photo courtesy Caroline Sepulveda

Good times and Great Learning at the 25 Annual NCB-AALAS Fall Symposium

By David Chu

This year’s Symposium moved from South City to San Mateo Marriott. The venue offered improvements including better access from the East Bay, more comfortable lecturer halls, and opportunities for outdoor dining under a beautiful autumn sky. Event Chairperson Helen Chum and Co-Chair Kristen Pincolini spent many hours visiting and vetting the venue and even brought music to the luncheon. Instead of a single track seminar, this year’s event offered dual tracks so that attendees can choose between multiple talks that fall within the scope of “Quality Care Leads to Quality Research,” theme of this year’s Symposium. Dr. Suresh Poosala talked about the Culture of Care which we can all relate to. Amy Junker made the case for providing environmental enrichment to lab animals. Dr. Cholawat Pacharinsak explained why he loves sustained release buprenorphine and how it can save time and enhance animal welfare. Dr. Claude Nagamine published a timely review on Zika virus and presented the work to attendees. Dr. Laura Schaevitz talked about automatation in data collection. Keynote speaker Lisa Secrest presented a management talk.

Dr. Cholawat Pacharinsak

Lisa is a U.S. military veteran and has over 30 years of experience with laboratory animals. She was a contract employee at the National Cancer Institute and has received multiple awards to include the AALAS George R. Collins Education and Training Award for outstanding contributions to the field of laboratory animal training and education, the LAMA William O.

Keynote speaker Lisa Secrest,
photo courtesy Helen Chum

Kelly Jensen accepting Evelyn Hilbert Award with President Brian and President-Elect Kristen. This triennial award recognizes a former or current Board of Director who went ‘above and beyond’ to ensure the success of our branch. Kelly put in many, many hours as our branch’s former Executive Treasurer and established a balanced fiscal spreadsheet. She was also key in returning the legal non-profit IRS status to our branch. Thank you Kelly!

Jill Yamada (Genentech) wins 2nd place.

Amanda Larsen (Cal) wins 3rd place.

Umiker Memorial Award for excellence and the NCAB William Gay Award for outstanding achievement as a Lab Animal Trainer. She has successfully developed and maintained effective training programs on numerous sites throughout the country with a wide variety of laboratory animals. Lisa has served on multiple committees in various roles at the local and national level to include being a current member of the AALAS Board of Trustees and the board liaison to the Certified Managers of Animal Resources (CMAR) committee. She is a 2005 graduate of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM) program. Lisa’s talk was co-sponsored by national AALAS through the Ben Cohen Fund and by PMI, International. The Ben Cohen Branch Education Fund (BCBEF) is an AALAS branch only award designated to offset eligible expenses of an external speaker for a qualified branch meeting, such as the Symposium.

Another big hit was the poster contest. The annual poster contest’s goal is to provide NCB technicians, students, and trainees an accessible venue to present their work. Posters’ content was first screened by the Board of Directors and the top posters were accepted for the competition. This year’s top prize went to Viktor Zholudev. Although Viktor’s poster was not presented in the conventional format (abstract, methods, results, con-clusion), his poster received the most popular vote. Congratulations to all poster contest winners.

The gang from Stanford,
photo courtesy Mark Belen



AALAS District 8 Action

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 District 8 Meeting May 9-11 at the The Duke Hotel, Newport Beach, CA

District 8 of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is one of eight AALAS District divisions in the United States. District 8 encompasses Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. AALAS District 8 has within it's boundaries 10 of the nearly 50 affiliated Branches of the Association. Each District has 2 elected members to the AALAS Board of Trustees who, along with the Officers, serve as the governing body of AALAS. The 2017 D8 Meeting was in March.

D8 Website

The Usual Suspects

Send us your photos from NCB-AALAS events, along with brief notes on names places and happenings so we can record some history together. Our generous volunteer directors have been so busy running events like the annual Educational Symposium that we miss recording the actual day. So let's do it individually and gather pix from cell phones that were on scene! Send the goods to Carl at web services.

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