The latest news on ABRF Events & Activities
June 6, 2023
  • President’s Message
  • Chapters’ Corner: SEASR and MAD SSCi
  • Research Groups: Volunteers welcome for Flow Cytometry Research Group Study
  • ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award Nominations Open through
  • July 24
  • 2023 Annual Meeting: A Look Back
Message from the President 
Hello Everyone, 
I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our 2023 Program and Meeting Committees for their work putting together our annual meeting in Boston. I enjoyed learning from experts in our scientific and shared resource fields, and meeting ABRF members, new and old, who are bringing forward ideas to expand our reach, collaborate in new places, and invigorate ABRF and our strategic mission. 
I am excited to serve the ABRF as president this year. As I look ahead to what we hope to achieve, I have a few goals in mind. First, I hope to expand opportunities to foster the professional growth our members – at all levels of Core life – through informal discussions on our Core Community message boards, virtual town halls and educational seminars, in person chapter and annual meeting events, participation in our committees and research groups, and expanding volunteer opportunities. 
Second, as a growing organization of over 2500 shared research resource members, we have the challenge of ensuring that we have structural tools in place to ensure consistency and continuity for our members. I hope to provide the tools for our committees to move forward on these initiatives – by improving access to our web materials, integrating DEI in a consistent manner, defining new interest groups and connecting interested individuals, and ensuring robust succession planning throughput the organization. While less externally obvious, this work will allow ABRF to be a healthy and fiscally solvent home for us all for years going forward. 
I hope everyone has a relaxing summer! 
All the best, 
Marie Adams 
ABRF President 
Chapters’ Corner
SEASR 2023 Annual Meeting – June 21-23, Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA
Don’t miss out on the first ABRF regional Chapter meeting in 2023. Join your colleagues from throughout the Southeast (and beyond) for updates on the latest technology and management developments for Core facilities.  Featured sessions include:
Long-term Transcriptomic and Metabolic Changes Caused by Simulated Space Radiation
Walter Cromer, Ph.D, Texas A&M University

Register by June 15.
MAD SSCi 2023: Cores & Labs: Cultivating Collaboration, August 9-11, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Join the MAD SSCi Chapter for their annual meeting at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on August 9-11, 2023.  The theme for this year’s meeting is “Cores & Labs: Cultivating Collaboration”.  There are some very interesting pre-meeting workshops you should check out – “ABRF Business Skills” and “Train the Trainer”.  Come and join your fellow Core colleagues for some learning, networking, and fun.  See all of the great speakers and session on the program on our website:
Volunteers welcome for the Flow Cytometry Research Group’s New Study
The ABRF FCRG is looking for volunteers for their Drop Delay Study! The FCRG is performing a study to measure the accuracy of automated drop delay algorithms for different particle sizes on a variety of sorters. We are looking for volunteers to test as many configurations of sorters as possible. This is a continuation of the drop delay study that was presented at this year’s ABRF meeting. For more information and to volunteer, please go to:
Established in 2020 in support of ABRF's commitment to inclusion, diversity, and social justice, the ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award was created to honor, celebrate, and give due recognition to individuals, groups, or organizations whose work has contributed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable scientific community.

The ABRF DEI Council will accept nominations of a person, group, or organization whose efforts have significantly contributed to a more diverse and inclusive scientific community through one or more of the following avenues:

  • Demonstrated commitment to support scientists from historically excluded, underserved, and minoritized communities
  • Recruitment, mentoring, and retention of a diverse scientific workforce
  • Expanding opportunities for those underrepresented in science
  • Outreach and/or advocacy efforts to enact change in support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

The committee will particularly consider nominees whose efforts directly impact the ABRF community and help ABRF live out its commitment to act towards diversity, inclusion, and justice unapologetically and proactively. The nomination of ABRF members is welcomed and encouraged. Nominees cannot be current members of the ABRF Executive Board or the ABRF DEI Council.

Please submit nominations to the DEI Council via ABRF Executive Director Ken Schoppmann by Monday, July 24, 2023. Nominations must include the name of the nominee, their current affiliation and/or website, and a brief statement summarizing their contributions. The Award will be presented at the 2024 ABRF Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, April 21-24.
2023 Annual Meeting: A Look Back
From late-breaking technology updates to a picture-perfect evening at Fenway Park, more than 1100 attendees at the 2023 ABRF Annual Meeting experienced all that an ABRF meeting has to offer. Enjoy this compilation of meeting images to revisit some of the highlights. Session recordings are now available for meeting attendees and will be posted to the ABRF web site shortly.
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