Friday, October 19, 2012

Note from the Division Administrator, Karen Tkaczyk

Many of us are gearing up for the ATA Annual Conference next week. San Diego here we come! 

We will start by mingling during the Opening Reception and at the S&TD table Division Open house on Wednesday to reconnect with our friends and colleagues. Let’s see if can match the fun we had with the marble run last year. In spite of the hectic atmosphere, we should all manage to meet a few old friends and some new ones there and perhaps plan calmer meals and chats for later in the week!

The Leadership Council hopes that you are pleased with the science and technology related sessions available. Thank you so much to all the division members who offered to share their knowledge with the rest of us. We have a great range of subjects covered this year, many of which we have not heard about in recent years. One change has been made to the S&TD sessions since we all received the preliminary program: our Distinguished Speaker from Italy had to cancel her trip. She received a promotion that meant she could not leave her university during October, so we have no sustainable architecture sessions. Instead, we have an extra session by Salvador Virgen called "Instrumental Chemistry: Understanding the Lingo and Underlying Technology." Thanks Salvador! The current list of S&TD sessions is here:

On Thursday night, we have the division dinner. As of writing, about 25 of us will gather at “Candelas” in the Gaslamp district to enjoy each other’s’ company and an intriguing Mexican-French menu. We will post photos on the website after the fact.

We will conduct our very brief official business on Saturday. One item is to approve the members of next year's Nominating Committee for the division. We have had two volunteers already, Abigail Dahlberg and Salvador Virgen. We thank you. In theory, we should have three people on that committee: that way if they disagree there will be no tie. Would anyone like to join Abigail and Salvador? Those present at the Annual Meeting in San Diego will form the committee by acclamation, then next spring the committee will start to find an administrator and assistant administrator for the 2013-2015 term. If you are interested or have any questions about what it would involve, please let me (Karen Tkaczyk) know before that meeting on Saturday 27.

Keep an eye on usual venues for updates: the Yahoo! Group, the Facebook group, tweeting @ATASciTech, and the LinkedIn group. For those of you not going to San Diego, I recommend following the Twitter hashtags #ATA53 and #TIFuture. If you don’t have a Twitter account you can still follow the conference’s Twitter feed at As we move into November, look out for blog posts reviewing the sessions and social events here.

Hope to see you next week, or hear from you soon. Let’s keep networking!

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