Opening General Session/General Membership Meeting

This popular feature provides an opportunity for all meeting attendees to meet and mingle before the education and business sessions begin. Six professional and technical categories are also recognized each year at the AALAS National Meeting for excellence in the field of laboratory animal science. For more information on these awards, click here. The combined Opening General Session and General Membership Meeting takes place on Sunday, October 28, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Baltimore Convention Center.

In addition, your association leaders will report on the many achievements of the past year, as well as plans for the future. You will also have a chance to mingle with the Board of Trustees and learn about the latest AALAS Foundation activities.

The meeting will close with the Gavel Ceremony, in which 2018 AALAS President Jennifer Smith will hand the position over to 2019 AALAS President, Morag Mackay. A drawing will be held immediately after this ceremony, and five attendees will win a $200 cash prize; attendees must be present to win.

Welcome Reception

After the Opening General Session/General Membership Meeting all attendees are invited to a Welcome Reception. The Welcome Reception will be held at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel in the Key Ballroom from 6:30-8:00 p.m. This year, the reception will feature Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin, the math-magician. Dr. Benjamin is a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. His "mathemagics" performances have been featured in newspapers, magazines, at TED talks, and on the "Colbert Report." Called "America's Best Math Whiz" by Reader's Digest, Benjamin will present a high-energy talk and demonstrate and explain his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator.

District Membership Meetings

District membership meetings are conducted by your district trustees, who are members of the AALAS Board of Trustees. They will lead discussion on recent board decisions, issues, policies, and/or procedures. If you’re not sure about the district to which you belong or who your district trustee is, please use this map  for guidance (e.g., individuals living in the state of Texas would be a resident of District 7).

These meetings will be held on Monday, October 29 starting at 5:15 PM. Check your Final Program for room assignments. Because international members of AALAS do not belong to any of the eight districts, they will have a designated meeting room as well and will meet at the same time as the districts.