The latest news on ABRF Events & Activities
June 28, 2022
  • President’s Message

  • 2022 Annual Meeting Recordings Available

  • SEASR and MAD SSCi Chapter Meetings reconnect ABRF members locally

  • iPRG Cloud Computing Workshop Series – September – November – register today

  • Metabolomics Research Group Study Extended

  • ABRF Member-Get-A-Member Campaign Winner: Tania Mesa

  • ABRF participates in Equity in STEM Community Convening

Message from the President 
Hello ABRFer’s,

It is my privilege to introduce you to the next President of the ABRF, Marie Adams. Marie is the Director of the Genomics Core at the Van Andel Institute. She brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to this position as she has served on numerous ABRF research groups and committees. As a member of the ABRF Executive Board, Marie has been a leader and champion in promoting our society’s initiatives in strengthening our research groups, career development, education, code of conduct, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Marie’s term as President will begin at the conclusion of the ABRF 2023 annual meeting in Boston.  
We’re delighted that Marie has agreed to serve as the next ABRF President, and I look forward to working together over the next several months to continue to our progress on the new Strategic Plan to engage the growing ABRF membership.
The future of the ABRF is very bright with Marie at the helm!

Kevin Knudtson
ABRF President

2022 Annual Meeting Recordings Available
The complete set of video recordings from the 2022 ABRF Annual Meeting is now available within the Members’ section of the ABRF web site. These recordings will enable you to review sessions you may have missed or view the meeting content for the first time.
Core Community – new ABRF online portal roll out underway…..
The Core Community is the ABRF online resource to enable members to easily share ideas, pose questions, and connect with their colleagues. Communities offer threaded discussions, libraries to access posted documents, templates, and links, along with a calendar of events for each ABRF Research Group, Committee, and Chapter. Topical Communities provide a space for updates on specific technologies (Genomics, Imaging, Proteomics, etc.) and current issues in Core Administration and Management. 
A full-member Community will be launched shortly to enable members to collect feedback from the entire ABRF membership. 
SEASR and MAD SSCi Chapter Meetings reconnect ABRF members locally
ABRF members and colleagues gathered in person for two valuable Chapter meetings this month, hosted by the Southeastern Association of Shared Resources (SEASR) and the Mid-Atlantic Directors and Staff of Scientific Cores (MAD-SSCi).  Both meetings highlighted the valuable role of core facilities to empower scientific advances and the critical contributions of basic research to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to the Chapters’ leadership teams for presenting these informative and engaging events.

The 9th annual SEASR chapter meeting was held in Nashville, TN from June 8-10th, 2022. Over 200 attendees were present, representing invited keynote and session speakers (29), institutional sponsors and commercial vendors (66) and general attendees (109), setting a record for the SEASR chapter. Pre-meeting activities included core tours of the Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College (MMC) campuses and a career development workshop. These activities were followed by an opening keynote presentation by Dr. James Hildreth (MMC) and an opening reception with live music from a local Nashville band (The Cowpokes). Our regular meeting program spanned one and a half days, featuring 2 keynote sessions and 5 concurrent scientific and administrative sessions, focused on core leadership skills, examples of successful collaborations with core facilities, core management strategies and DEI in the workplace. Dr. Pritha Bagchi (Emory University) assumed the role of SEASR chapter President at the meeting’s conclusion. She is already planning the 10th annual SEASR chapter meeting in Atlanta, GA for mid-June 2023. For the first time in ABRF history, chapter meeting attendees will have the opportunity to become ABRF full members at no cost on a trial basis. 
Dr. Tiffany Seagroves introducing the opening keynote speaker, Dr. James Hildreth
Dr. Pritha Bagchi (President-Elect) and Dr. Lyra Griffiths (Sponsorship Coordinator) enjoy the SEASR annual meeting
The Cowpokes play the SEASR meeting opening reception
Content from both of these meetings will be shared with all ABRF members shortly. 
iPRG Cloud Computing Workshop Series – September – November – Register Today
The ABRF Proteome Informatics Research Group (iPRG) will host a unique, 3-part workshop series of online video tutorials on the use of Cloud Computing sources for mass-spectrometry-based proteomics, focusing on Nextflow, the Trans-Proteomic Pipeline (TPP) and the Galaxy platform. This series will be presented over the course of a week each month, including the review of recorded content and a live training session on each platform. 
For more information, and to register for this innovative series, visit the ABRF Workshops & Webinars page.  
Metabolomics Research Group Study Extended
The current MRG study on Compound Identification has been extended and will accept results through December 31, 2022. For more information, and to access study materials, visit the MRG web site.
ABRF Member-Get-A-Member Campaign Winner: Tania Mesa
Congratulations and thank you to Tania Mesa with the Moffitt Cancer Center, the winner of the ABRF Member-Get-A-Member Campaign. Tania recruited 12 new members to join ABRF over the past year. You can be a part of the Member-Get-A-Member Campaign by asking the new members you recruit to join ABRF to add your name in the “Referred By” section of their online membership application.

ABRF appreciates everyone who referred colleagues to join the society and grow the ABRF network.  
ABRF participates in Equity in STEM Community Convening
The 2022 Equity in STEM Community Convening, hosted by the ARC Network and the Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN), funded by NSF, unites researchers, practitioners, and change agents dedicated to creating equitable STEM workplaces. 

ABRF was a member of the 2022 cohort of STEM societies in ACCESS+ (Amplifying the Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success) and benefited from learning more about the efforts of related societies, as well as academic institutions, to create programs to improve equity, representation, and inclusion throughout their organizations. As a cohort participant, ABRF will have the opportunity to apply for future funding to support new efforts in DEI education and awareness, through the NSF Advance program.
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