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2020 ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Science Distinguished Authors Awards

The following Clinical Laboratory Science Journal Distinguished Author Awards were given at the 2020 ASCLS Joint Annual Meeting. Education Section This year’s recipients are Mitzi Glover, Tina Patel Gunaldo, Donald Mercante, Angela Foley, and Michele Zitzman for “Promoting Interprofessionalism within an Academic Environment.” Clinical Practice Section This year’s recipients are Catherine Montemore, Yuliya Dobrydneva, and…

2020 ASCLS Scientific Research Awards

The following scientific research and paper and poster awards were given at the 2020 ASCLS Joint Annual Meeting. Scientific Research This year’s recipients are Gerald Redwine, Louis Caruana, Rodney Rohde, and Chris Russian for A Prospective Study of Patients Diagnosed with Sarcoidosis: Factors – Environmental Exposure, Health Assessment, and Genetic Outlooks. Scientific Assembly Awards Chemistry/Urinalysis:…

ASCLS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

At the Joint Annual Meeting in June 2021, ASCLS delegates will choose from the candidates who have volunteered to serve in leadership positions for the coming year. This is one of the many benefits and responsibilities of belonging to a grassroots organization: being able to both vote for and be considered as a candidate for…

Maddie Josephs

MOMENTUM

Maddie Josephs, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the next president of ASCLS. During my candidate speech last year in Charlotte, North Carolina, I addressed the visibility of both our profession and our organization. As I assume this role, I will work hard to represent this organization…

Hassan Aziz

ONE QUESTION FOR ASCLS PRESIDENT-ELECT HASSAN AZIZ

Hassan Aziz, PhD, FACSs, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President-Elect Q. There is much to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and ASCLS is in a unique position to teach flexibility and resiliency to members who may be just starting in the profession, reinventing their career paths, or utilizing their expertise to help reimagine the delivery of patient…

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ASCLS YEAR IN REVIEW

Cindy Johnson, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Past President WOW … what a year it has been! Last year I introduced you to the Johnson Bunch; never imagining that this extremely shy, youngest member of the family would serve as the 2019-20 American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science president. It has been an honor and privilege to…

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BEING MINDFULLY DIVERSE

Kim Von Ahsen, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CMSLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Region VI Director Photo by Tim Mossholder, Unsplash 2020 has been a year of extraordinary challenges—a global pandemic, social unrest, and political uncertainty; however, I believe that it’s also brought a positive focus to the laboratory profession, diversity, and advocacy. Steve Jobs, when speaking about Apple in the late…

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TAKING A BITE OUT OF COVID-19

Kate DeAngelo, MLS(ASCP)CM Being a graveyard employee has many pros and cons. The biggest pro is the glorious seven days off after seven days on. However, overhauling my sleeping schedule from days to nights and back again is undoubtably the biggest con. When I first started my career as a medical laboratory scientist, staying awake…

KEEPING SPIRITS HIGH THROUGH THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Andrew Jones, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic sweeps across the United States, clinical testing obligations have largely shifted, requiring instant adjustments in personnel safety, alterations in staffing, and onboarding/validation of new testing platforms. These have led to complete re-designs of workflow for multiple laboratory departments and have put enormous weight on the backs of…