Exclusive Initiatives and Special Educational Sessions
SLAS has collaborated and partnered with several leading scientific organizations to bring you new relevant sessions and informational briefings at LabAutomation2011.
NEW! Maximize Your Conference Experience Through Effective Networking
Monday, January 31, 2011 7:00-8:00 a.m. Palm Springs Convention Center
Learn how to best and most effectively utilize your time by connecting with the right people at LabAutomation2011. Marshall Brown, Career and Executive Coach, will offer helpful tips and tools to facilitate your interactions with peers and leaders in the scientific community during your visit to Palm Springs. Make the most of your being among the over 5,000 attendees at LabAutomation2011 and return with some established and meaningful connections made.
This session looks at key strategies for developing personal business relationships that help you get things done, make connections and build a strong framework for your career success. Through hands-on discovery you will:
- Distinguish between effective networking and assumptions that prevent us from being effective
- Define and be able to assess your networking competency
- Be able to begin a conversation with a stranger at a conference and other settings
- Identify and use e-networking tools
- Identify 2-3 action steps to enhance your overall career networking competence
Laboratory Products Association (LPA)
Monday, January 31, 2011 7:30 9:00 a.m.
Clark Mulligan, President, Laboratory Products Association
KC Warawa, KC Associates, Wilmington, DE
LPA and SLAS host a special session to announce the results of the 2011 North American Laboratory Purchasing Trends Report. The survey addresses emerging trends such as:
- Spending for laboratory products broken down by categories
- Capital and non-capital equipment budgets
- Building of new laboratories
- Personnel issues to include number of people in the laboratory, hiring, and work load changes
- Purchasing "green" products for the laboratory, and more
Analytical & Life Science Systems Association (ALSSA)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 7:00 9:00 a.m.
This exclusive invitation-only briefing assesses several recent developments and trends in laboratory automation technologies and applications and the strategic implications for users and suppliers. Featured speakers include senior level executives from customers and users from both the pharma and food processing industries.
The SiLA Consortium for Standardization in Laboratory Automation
Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 7:30 8:30 a.m.
Officials from the SiLA Consortium, Basel, Switzerland, report on reference installations and new products applying or supporting SiLA standards, along with an overview and update on current standards development projects.
A Glimpse Into the Future of Laboratory Automation
Special Student/Early Career Professional Podium Session
Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Take a ride into the future of laboratory automation when some of the field’s brightest and most innovative students and early career professionals participate in a series of rapid-fire podium presentations at this LabAutomation2011 special session held Wednesday morning, February 2. Offering a unique opportunity to meet some of these emerging scientists and engineers poised to become leaders of the next generation of laboratory automation, you won't want to miss A Glimpse Into the Future of Laboratory Automation.
Asmira Selimovic, Saint Louis University; Co-Authors: Alicia Johnson, Istvan Z. Kiss, R. Scott Martin, Saint Louis University; Use of Epoxy-Embedded, High-Aspect Ratio Pillar Electrodes for Microchip-Based Systems
Joe Fu-Jiou Lo, University of Illinois at Chicago; Co-Authors: Yong Wang, David T. Eddington, University of Illinois at Chicago; High-Throughput Hypoxic Modulation of Islet Calcium Response and Preconditioning
Kayla Kaiser, University of California, Riverside; Co-Authors: Christian Paetz, Cynthia K. Larive, Bernd Schneider; Natural Product Isolation for Chemical Ecology: Rapid Screening, Analysis, and Characterization
Barbara Smith, Colorado State University; Co-Authors: Sorachon Yoriya, Laura Grissom, Craig Grimes, Ketul Popat, Pennsylvania State University; Hemocompatibility of Titania Nanotube Arrays
Kelly Karns, University of California, Berkeley; Co-Authors: Amy E. Herr, University of California, Berkeley; Human Tear Fluid-Based Point-of-Care Diagnostics Enabled by Integrated Microfluidic Systems
Leveraging the Academic/Industry Interface for Education and Research
Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
It is critical today for industry and academia to collaborate in order to both pursue high-impact research and develop graduate-level talent in the field of life sciences technology and automation. Rich Mathies, University of California, Berkeley; in this LabAutomation2011 Special Session, Marc Feiglin, Tecan; and Dennis W. Fenton, former Executive Vice President, Amgen, present and participate in a panel discussion around the topic of developing graduate-level talent in the field of life sciences technology and automation. James Sterling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Director of the Team Master’s Program, and Professor at Keck Graduate Institute chairs this special panel.