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AALAS launched the new Open Forum community on April 30. Visit frequently asked questions about using the communities.

The Open Forum is a community for the entire AALAS membership to ask questions, exchange knowledge, and share solutions with other laboratory animal science professionals.

The CompMed listserv will be converted to a community and launched in the near future after the Open Forum. Here are the recommended topics for posting in the CompMed community:

CompMed topics:

  • Comparative medicine
  • Animal biology
  • Husbandry
  • Facility operations/design
  • Compliance/regulatory
  • IACUC
  • Occupational health and safety

Because the TechLink listserv received very little use and because the few posts have been comparable to those asked on CompMed, Techlink was dissolved. You are encouraged to post technical and scientific questions on CompMed.

We are updating the community guidelines to not allow the posting of job positions or meeting dates on communities. Instead, like other associations do, we will ask that job postings be placed on CareerLine and that upcoming meetings be posted on the AALAS Calendar. The reason is because communities are for participants to provide their expertise, gain understanding, and learn from their peers. Meeting dates and job postings don't encourage any of those interactions. The exclusion of meeting dates and job postings also will mean less clutter to sift through during archive searches. In addition, job postings are in the spirit of a jobs board and rightfully where both job seekers and employers would think to go to find or post them.