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A Year in the Life of a NCB Member

—by Sonja Wallace

If you weren’t a member of NCB-AALAS in 2016, here are just some of the activities you missed out on:

NCB hosted two AALAS test preparation courses last year, one in UCSF’s Mission Bay and the other at SRI International’s Menlo Park campus. The 18-week courses, taught by popular UC Davis instructor Doug Miller, helped students prepare for the AALAS ALAT and LAT level certification exams. By alternating the course between the North Bay and the Peninsula, members were able to select a location closer to their place of work.

On April 30th, 26 NCB members were given hands-on opportunities to practice and refine their technical skills in a Rodent Biomethodology workshop held at PMI Preclinical in San Carlos. Techniques taught included proper restraint, blood collection, and common dosing methods in rodents.

AALAS test preparation is supported by NCB.

Pictured from left to right: Larry Young-Instructor; Allison Brown-Instructor; Cathy Nguyen- Workshop Chair; Danielle Galindo- Instructor; Laressa Lum-Instructor; Cecelia Paculba- Instructor; Deborah Calantropio-Volunteer; Laura Gigliello- Instructor; Brian Diethorn- Education Chair and Host

NCB thanks PMI for offering their site as a location and for providing workshop materials, as well as all of the instructors and volunteers who participated in this hugely successful workshop! NCB hosted a members only event at the California Academy of Sciences on July 23rd. The event included behind-the-scenes tours of the Planetarium Show, the Rainforest Exhibit, and the earthquake simulation Shake House. In addition to full day access to the California Academy, members were treated to a talk presented by the Staff Veterinarian.

California Academy of Science tour

Last year’s NCB Educational Symposium “Biosecurity and Biocontainment in Our Vivaria” took place on September 15th at the South San Francisco Conference Center. The event was attended by 205 members and featured an extensive vendor area with 32 commercial sponsor exhibits. Talks included: The Basics of Biosafety and an Introduction to Animal Biosafety Levels; ABSL3 Facility Development, Training, and Practices; Identifying and Managing Critical Control Points in Your Rodent Biosecurity Program; and Fish Quarantine Programs for Research Facilities. In addition to the talks, there was a poster competition and award presentations for outstanding NCB members.

NCB has had a long-standing tradition of sponsoring awards at regional science fairs in Northern California, and last year was no exception! NCB members volunteered to serve as judges for the 2016 Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair and the 2016 Santa Clara Valley Synopsys Science & Technology Championship, awarding prizes to the top three projects that used live animals as research models and exemplified humane principles in their experimental design. Many of these talented high school students have gone on to compete in prestigious events like the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, and most are destined for future careers in science!

Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair

Don’t miss out on the activities planned for 2017
—renew your NCB membership today!

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