The latest news on ABRF Events & Activities
September 28, 2021
  • President’s Message

  • Member Spotlight: Kathleen Brundage, West Virginia University

  • DEI Updates

  • Reminder – Executive Board Nominations due 9/30

  • October 19 Member Orientation
  • Wanted: Your Photo for the ABRF Member Directory
  • Chapters’ Corner –MAD SSCi/MWACD/NERLSCD updates

  • Featured Article in Journal of Biomolecular Techniques

  • Follow ABRF on Social Media for the Latest Information 
Message from the President 
Hello ABRFer’s

How many of you feel overwhelmed or stressed by the events that have greatly impacted our lives over the past couple of years? Perhaps a visit to a world-class resort in a warm sunny place surrounded by friends and colleagues is just what the doctor ordered to help provide some relief.  
Registration for the ABRF 2022 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA on March 27-30 will open this week. The ABRF annual meeting is a premier event to network with peers, connect with our corporate partners, and learn how we can improve and/or incorporate cutting-edge technologies to the scientific and administrative elements of our operations. The Program Committee, led by Dr. Allis Chien, have put together an outstanding program of scientific, administrative and DEI content. While the meeting will be a hybrid event, I would encourage all to attend in person to Celebrate Science, Community, Synergy, and Resiliency, the theme of the ABRF 2022 meeting.
I look forward to seeing all of you in Palm Springs!

Kevin L. Knudtson, Ph.D.
ABRF President
Member Spotlight: Kathleen Brundage, West Virginia University
I started my academic career at Quinnipiac University. I worked 3 years as a lab tech in an immunology lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Upon graduating with a PhD in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, Next, I moved to West Virginia University where I started out as a post-doctoral fellowship and in 2002 was promoted to a Research Assistant Professor. In 2007, I became the Technical Director of the West Virginia University Flow Cytometry Core Facility. In 2015, I was promoted to Director of the West Virginia University Flow Cytometry & Single Cell Core Facility and in 2017 I was promoted to Research Associate Professor.   I have been a member of ABRF since 2007. After attending my first annual ABRF meeting, I decided to get more involved by joining one of the Research Groups (RGs). At that time there was no Flow Cytometry Research Group (FCRG) so I joined the RG that was focused on antibodies, something we use all the time in flow cytometry. Learn more
DEI Updates
ABRF Demographic Information: Assessing Impact, Supporting Accountability, and Understanding You
When you register for the 2022 Annual Meeting or renew your membership, you are going to find a new set of questions to answer – a set of questions about gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, race, ethnicity, disability, accessibility, education, and age.
These questions are an initiative of the ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council, and they serve several purposes: to gather baseline demographic data that will allow us to assess the impact of DEI initiatives, to hold ourselves accountable to our commitment to build a culture of inclusion, diversity, and social justice, to serve as the first concrete step towards dismantling exclusion, and to better understand the identities, experiences, and needs of the ABRF community.
These questions might elicit diverse reactions. Some might feel glad and comforted for finally feeling included and seen, while some might be uncomfortable with the language used. Some might wonder why this is important, or bristle at the word choice. All those reactions are understandable and valid. Breaking down a system that perpetuates a culture of minoritization and exclusion is tough work for organizations and individuals. With that in mind, these questions are voluntary, private, and intentionally encourage self-identification.
We also recognize that we will have made mistakes, and that there will be questions, concerns, and suggestions. Please submit your questions, concerns, and suggestions to the DEI Council via ABRF Executive Director Ken Schoppmann  or join members of the DEI Council at one of the virtual Q&A sessions scheduled on the following dates:
ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award – Call for Nominations

Attention ABRF members and supporters! The ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council invites you to submit your nominations for the 2022 ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.

Established in late 2020 and first awarded at the 2021 ABRF Annual Meeting to the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), the ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award was created to honor and celebrate individuals, groups, or organizations whose work advances a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable scientific community. 
Learn more….

The ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is looking to add at least two at-large members and one Corporate partner member.
As a new member, you would join a group of individuals dedicated to creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable ABRF community through the:

  • Development of recommendations for ABRF Executive Board consideration, including the drafting and editing of more equitable policies

  • Conduct of research, surveys, and other investigations to understand and determine a base line for the ABRF community’s assessment of our current level of diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Development of metrics and benchmarks for evaluating ABRF’s success in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Proposal and scoping of programs for enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Recommendation of other actions that support ABRF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice

Learn more…..
Call for ABRF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Volunteers
Do you want to support ABRF DEI initiatives but without the commitment of serving on the DEI Council? Are you at the beginning of your own DEI journey and want to move from learning to action?

The ABRF DEI Council is seeking volunteers to assist in and support DEI initiatives. Volunteer activities may include gathering and summarizing diversity metrics, identifying DEI workshops and training providers, etc.
DEI Council volunteers would directly work with a member(s) of the DEI Council, as available.

To volunteer, contact ABRF today.
Reminder: Submit your Nominations for the ABRF Executive Board by September 30
The ABRF Nominating Committee welcomes members to nominate a colleague (or yourself) for the ABRF Executive Board. This is a unique way to lead the society and gain valuable professional experience for your career. 

Submit your suggestions to the Committee this week.
Upcoming ABRF Member Orientation – October 19, 2:00 pm ET
Have questions about your ABRF membership? Interested in joining a Research Group, Committee, or regional Chapter? Register for the next ABRF Member Orientation to learn more about how to make the most of your ABRF membership.
Customize the ABRF Membership Experience – Add Your Profile Photo

Help your ABRF colleagues find you by adding a photo to your ABRF member profile.

For more details on how to update your profile, visit this link.
Chapters' Corner - MAD SSCi, MWACD, & NERLSCD Updates
2021 virtual annual meeting in 12 parts: next sessions: 
Tuesday, October 12
12:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Choose from:

  • Measuring Your Impact: Core Metrics
  • Cryo EM

Register here.
Next Program: 
The Future of Technology and 2021 Annual MWACD Business Meeting
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:00 pm ET
Register here.
NERLSCD 2021in-person – November 3-5, Portsmouth, NH. Mark your calendars for the return of ABRF events in person. Register here.. Limited sponsorship opportunities available.
View Early Access Articles for JBT on the ABRF Website
Among the articles in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques

Note: Early access articles and the current issue of JBT are now available directly on the ABRF website.
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