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Conferences and Events
Institutional Biosafety Committee Conference-Risk Assessment  
January 23, 2018 

Our Annual Institutional Biosafety Committee Conference will take place January 23, 2018 from 9:00am-4:45pm at The Laurel Place in north Seattle.

CE Credits! The ABSA Credentialing Maintenance Board is affording a one(1) point credit (worth 8 hours) for registered biosafety professionals (RBPs) and certified biological safety professionals (CBSPs).

Join your colleagues, excellent speakers and keynote speaker, Dr. Lois Zitzow, for a day of best practices and networking around IBC issues, especially risk assessment.  Dr. Zitzow, MS, DVM, DACLAM is the Director, University Research Animal Resources at the University of Georgia.

(Following the Conference, join us for NWABR's Community Conversation "Brain-Computer Interfaces: Ethical challenges and Opportunities").

Annual IACUC Regional Education Conference  
February 27, 2018 

This leading regional conference is designed by volunteers in the field who passionately care about the ethical use of animals in research.  Content will meet the needs of both new and experienced practitioners. We are proud to offer this long-standing conference on February 27, 2018 at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, WA just north of Seattle.
Monday February 26, 2018  
  • 9AM IACUC Administrators and Chairs Meeting, Invitation Only
  • 12:30PM Bridging the Gap UW Facility Tour, limited to 20 people
  • 4PM Networking Reception, all welcome
Tuesday February 27, 2018
  • 8AM-5PM Conference, limited to 200 people 
  • 5PM-6/6:30PM Traffic-Reducer Networking Reception 
Cost: Registration fees range from $295-$475 depending on NWABR membership status and the number in your party. 
CE Credits:  NWABR is anticipating that attendees will be awarded at least 7.0 hours of CE credits towards CIP recertification for participating in this conference.

MemberNWABR Annual Members Meeting
January 31, 2018
Century Square, 1501 4th Ave, Seattle

Join us to vote in 2018 members of the Board of Directors and welcome new organizational members of NWABR.  Business followed by networking and wine reception.
Questions? Contact Ken Gordon

What's in the Water, Who Decides and Why?  
Community Conversation Spokane
January 16, 2018

Facilitated by Emily Firman, MPH, MSW and Jen Wroblewski, MPH
Did you know that not all municipal water supplies include added fluoride to optimize oral health?  Join us to learn more about fluoride, discuss the ethics of community-driven public health measures and find common ground on what matters to us.  
Space is limited, please register 

Brain-Computer interface: Community Conversation Seattle
January 23, 2018
Facilitated by Dr. Eran Klein, MD, PhD, OHSU; Portland VA Medical Center; Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
The ability to record brain activity and use this information to control devices like computers, wheelchairs, and brain stimulators is a goal of brain-computer interface (BCI) research. With this new technology comes great promise to improve people's lives, but will the introduction of BCI devices into medicine and beyond raise ethical concerns?  

If you'd like to SPONSOR the series in one or more of our sites, contact Jen Wroblewski and reap the benefits of added visibility in this network.

Learn more and register

NWABR Calls to Action
Middle School Essay
Middle School Essay, Poster and Video Contest

Help students in your circle explore the personal relevance of the life sciences!

Interested students examine a medical intervention (e.g. medication, device, technology) that they, a loved one or a pet has received.  They express their knowledge by creating an essay, poster or video that highlights their findings and reflections.  All middle school students who live in the Northwest are eligible to enter this contest. Registration deadline is January 31, 2018.  Submission deadline is March 15, 2018. 

Camp BIOmed Registration Begins January 15th!

Camp BIOmed, NWABR's science summer camp for high school students, will run from July 9 to August 17 2018. NWABR offers four exciting tracks: Cancer Laboratory and basics of biology - the Molecular Biology of Cancer, Next Gen Science - Origami of Life & Bioinformatics, CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) - Solve a murder mystery, and Genetic Engineering: Recombinant DNA Technology. Early bird registration runs from January 15-April 30.

Camp BIOmed Instructor Positions Available

NWABR has three open camp instructor positions for the summer.  Join our team!

Positions All offered at $28/hr
-Instructor, Crime Scene Investigation - 2 weeks (8/6-10 & 8/13-17)
-Instructor, Genetic Engineering & Recombinant Technologies- 4 weeks (7/9-13, 7/16-20, 7/23-27 & 7/30-8/3)
-Instructor, Next Gen Science - Origami of life with Bioinformatics - 2 weeks (8/6-10 & 8/13-17)

Core Responsibilities
Lead educator at camp
Supervise student lunch period
Adapt existing curriculum as desired
Prepare the lessons, reagents and equipment
Camp debrief with manager and colleagues

-The qualified candidate will exhibit passion for teaching, biomedical sciences and research.
-MS in biomedical science or related field
-PhD in biomedical science preferred

Email Camp Director Mansi Kaushik for more information or to apply

Openness and Transparency:
Building Trust in Animal Research Conference February 14-15 2018
presented by the Basel Declaration Society

As you know, NWABR promotes the importance of openness and transparency in biomedical research.  Our very own Ken Gordon will speak on this topic at the Basel Declaration Society's 5th International conference on February 14-15 2018 in San Francisco.  The society is named from the Basel Declaration, whose aim is to bring the scientific community together to further advance the implementation of ethical principles such as the 3Rs whenever animals are being used and to call for more trust, transparency and communication on the sensitive topic of animals in research.

ScienceTalk '18 Conference
Portland, OR Convention Center
March 1 & 2

Join active scientists, science communicators, journalists, policymakers, content providers, students, and trainees for two exciting days of learning how to talk science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, and expert panels.

Visit NWABR at the March 1st poster session!
Jennifer Wroblewski | NWABR | (206) 957-3337 | engagement @nwabr.org | nwabr.org