Letter from the CEO - April 2018

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Frank S. Wilton
 

Dear AATB Members,

As we wait for the start of warmer spring weather here in Virginia, things are already heating up at the AATB office. We are especially excited to announce the release of our first ever AATB Annual Report. You can view a digital copy of the report here. This report covers our accomplishments in 2017, and introduces some of the future goals and initiatives of the Association. The report also includes the preliminary results from the National Tissue Recovery through Utilization Survey (NTRUS), which are featured in an article included in this issue.

We are also looking forward to our upcoming spring workshop, the release of our newly revamped CTBS Preparatory Course, upcoming opportunities for engagement, the opening of nominations for multiple AATB awards, and the addition of a new AATB team member.


Quality and Donor Eligibility Workshop

At the beginning of May, we will be hosting our annual spring meeting, the Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop (QDEW) in Baltimore, Maryland. Be sure to join us for this educational workshop focused specifically on topics and issues surrounding quality management and donor screening. The AATB Program Committee has done a fantastic job lining up a diverse range of topics that will be presented in plenary presentations and smaller breakout tracks, as well as interactive sessions and roundtable discussions. You can register for the workshop here.

AATB Nominations

We are currently accepting nominations for both the AATB Annual Achievement Awards (Mowe, Hyatt, and Sell), and the Communication & Education (C&E) Awards, so please let us know about the exceptional work that you or others at your organization are doing by submitting your nominations for these awards here.

We are also currently accepting nominations for AATB Council officers. You can download the Council Elections Nomination Form here. In addition to these current opportunities, nominations for the Rose Parade float rider and the Annual Meeting Abstract Award submissions will be opening next month, so watch your email for those announcements and additional details.

New AATB Team Member

We are excited to announce the addition of a new team member at the AATB office. Hannah Wing-Bonica joined us in February, and will be serving as our Content Manager. In this role, she will primarily be responsible for improving and maintaining the content and design of the AATB website, so look forward to an improved online experience in the upcoming months!
Hannah brings with her experience in both the digital sector, including taxonomy and production, as well as the non-digital sector, including editing, writing, and publishing. She has held a variety of titles ranging from literary agent intern to production assistant. Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in non-fiction from George Mason University. Last year, she received a certificate in storytelling and content strategy from the University of Washington.

You can reach Hannah at wingh@aatb.org.​

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