Annual Meeting of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL PNW, Tacoma, USA
The 27th Annual Meeting of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Pacific Northwest Section was held at the University of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma, Washington, USA on June 20-21, 2007 under the leadership of Carlos Abeyta, Jr. of the Food and Drug Administration, Bothell, Washington. Founded in 1888, UPS is a national liberal arts and sciences college. It is located in the charming residential area in historic North Tacoma. Its beautiful campus, ivy-wrapped brick buildings, spacious lawns, and elegant fountains provide an ideal setting for such events. We have held our Annual Meetings here since 1998. In the past, the meetings were held on Thursday and Friday. This year the new feature was that the meeting was held on Wednesday and Thursday. The diverse program was of interest to analytical communities, regulators, researchers, and industry members. The theme of the meeting was The Use of Biotechnology/Diagnostic Kits in the Laboratory and Epidemiological Investigations. In addition to the keynote addresses, papers were presented in the following seminars: Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Pesticide Residues, QA issues for the Chemistry Laboratory, Diagnostic Kits, Microbiology, and Amino Acid Analysis. The Soil and Environmental Chemistry seminars, that I coordinated, included following presentations: Pipetting, Ergonomics, and You (Richard Altomare, Rainin Instrument, Woburn, MA), Useful QC Tools for the Soil Lab (Ed Paski, Analytical Innovations, North Vancouver, BC), Novel Focused Semi-Open Microwave Instrument for Organic Solvent Extraction Studies (Bob Lockerman and Michael Howe, CEM Corporation, Matthews, NC), Arsenic Speciation: Made Simple and Easy for the Common Laboratory (Marshall Pattee, Elemental Consulting, North Plains, OR), and Challenges and Opportunities in Soil and Plant Analysis (Yash P. Kalra, Canadian Forest Service, Edmonton, AB).
The following companies participated in the Vendor Expo (an exhibition of scientific equipment, supplies and services) on June 20: Agilent Technologies, Applied Biosystems, Cetac Technologies, Dionex, Extech, Fisher Scientific, Hitachi High Tech, J2 Scientific, Perkin Elmer, Stategic Diagnostics, TRS Scientific Glass and Varian.
The next Annual Meeting will be held on June 18-19, 2008. Further information will be available on our website (www.aoacpacnw.com). The 2007-2008 Executive Committee consists of Yash P. Kalra (Chair), Jim Hungerford (Chair Elect), Carlos Abeyta, Jr. (Past Chair), Mike Grant and Fred Krick (Treasures), and Nancy Hill (Secretary). The Pacific Northwest Section is committed to serve as a primary resource for timely knowledge exchange, networking, and high-quality laboratory information for the Northwest scientists.
Yash P. Kalra