All work and no play? Not at PRIM&R!

by Joanna Cardinal, membership manager
Our 2010 IACUC Conference promises to be jam-packed with learning sessions. Here at PRIM&R we recognize the value of educational offerings, but we also know that our attendees need time to connect with colleagues both personally and professionally. That’s why we include numerous special events and networking opportunities. From our receptions to our breakfasts and lunches, we’re sure you will enjoy all we have to offer!
If you’ve recently joined the PRIM&R membership community, or are looking to connect with your colleagues, please join me on Tuesday, March 23, from 7:00-8:15 AM for the Member Networking Continental Breakfast. Simply let me know you’re coming and I’ll be sure to save you a seat.
Do you have questions about animal well-being, compliance, or IACUC operations? If so, please sign up for Speed Networking on Monday, March 22, from 6:00-7:30 PM. I know that you’ll enjoy having your questions answered by our distinguished mentors. And after you’ve had a chance to experience mentoring at this event, I hope your interest will be piqued and you’ll become part of the year-round PRIM&R Mentoring Program as either a mentor or a mentee.
For all of the book worms out there, we also offer a book group discussion lunch. This year’s selection is Adrian Morrison’s An Odyssey with Animals: A Veterinarian’s Reflections on the Animal Rights and Welfare Debate. Alice Ra’anan, director of government relations and science policy at the American Physiological Society, and Claire Edwards, science policy web specialist at the American Physiological Society, will lead the discussion.
Finally, PRIM&R conferences would not be successful without your help. If you haven’t done so already, I invite you to peruse our volunteer opportunities and make the most out of your 2010 IACUC Conference experience. We need people interested in serving as:
• Common Ground Networking Luncheon Volunteers
• Conference Greeters & Keynote/Plenary Session Ushers
• PRIM&R Exhibit Booth Attendants
• Speed Mentoring Mentors
For more information on these and other special events at the conference, please visit our website. We strive to make sure you are happy with the benefits of PRIM&R membership. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please stop by the Help Desk and let me know. If you won’t be attending the conference you can always call (617.423.4112, ext. 16) or e-mail me.
I’m really looking forward to seeing you later this month!