NOTE: Program topics and time slots listed are subject to change until we receive final commitments from presenters.


Saturday July 29th


8:00am - 5:00pm

Executive Board Meeting


Sunday July 30th


8:00am - 12:00pm

Executive Board and Chairs Meeting

12:30pm - 5:00pm

WC Environmental: Waste Management Short Course


1:45pm - 4:30pm

Sunday Tour – New Orleans Private City and Cemetery Tour


4:00pm – 7:00pm

Member Registration


5:00pm - 6:30pm

First Time Attendee Welcome Session with Mentors


7:00pm - 9:30pm

Welcome Reception [Sponsored by Fisher Scientific]


Monday July 31st


6:30am - 8:00am

Breakfast on your own


7:30am - 8:00am

Member Registration


8:00am - 8:30am

Conference Opening Address, Announcements, & Executive Board Candidates:
President Amanda Luna


8:45am - 9:45am

Welcome Speaker:  [Sponsored by Miles Scientific]

Congo Square Jazz Historians Luther Gray & Freddi Evans


10:00am - 11:30am

Keynote Speaker:    [Sponsored by MilliporeSigma]
Dr. Calvin Mackie, STEM NOLA


11:30am - 1:00pm

Lunch On Your Own


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Laboratory Inspections & Audits
Russ Phifer, WC Environmental

Stayin Alive: How to Care for your Living Materials
Melissa Hodges, Carolina BIologicals

2:15pm - 3:15pm

General Session: "The Circle of Lab Life: Enhancing Safety & Streamlining Processes Throught the Design, Startup, & Closout Phases"                                                                         Mary Lindstrom, Harvard University; Ed Chainani Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; David Strick, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine


3:15pm – 3:45pm



3:45pm - 4:45pm

Inventory Show and Tell    
Amanda Luna, University of New Mexico


Bring the CRISPR Revolution to Your Labs
Leigh Brown, Bio-Rad Laboratories

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Night On Your Own


Tuesday August 1st


6:20am - 7:00am

NAOSMM Annual Morning Run/Walk


6:30am - 8:00am

Breakfast On Your Own


8:00am - 9:00am

Unlocking Precision: Maximizing Your Balance and Pipette Performance Beyond Annual Maintenance

Erin Denger, Quality Assurance Services

NAOSMM's Got Talent!

Mary Toth, Bowling Green State University

9:00am - 9:30am

Network Break [Sponsored by Huber USA Inc]


9:30am - 10:30am

Proven LinkedIn Profile Strategies to Boost Your Career
Brooke Miles, Miles Scientific

TTB Permits & You: Industrial User Permits for Tax Free Alcohol
Amanda Kelty, Greenfield Global: Director of Regulatory Compliance

10:30am - 11:30am

Workplace Ergonomics
Samie Gossfeld, Verona Safety Supply

Compliance and Ethics
Marcy Huey, PhD, University of Alabama

11:30am - 1:00pm

Lunch with the Vendors and Awards Presentation


1:00pm - 5:00pm

Annual Trade Show


5:30pm - 9:00pm

Evening Out: Sponsored by ILDA Vendors -  


Wednesday August 2nd


7:30am - 9:00am

Breakfast with the Vendors

7:30am - 11:30am Alumni Registration  

8:30am - 12:00pm

Annual Trade Show


12:15pm - 1:15pm

Lunch On Your Own (Board and Chairs Luncheon)


1:30pm - 2:30pm

General Session: “After Katrina”
Engineering Corps


2:45pm – 3:45pm

General Session: NAOSMM Panel Discussion
Lamar Houston & Lifetime Members Moderated by Kathryn Malody


3:45pm - 4:15pm

Network Break [Sponsored by Chemglass]


4:15pm - 5:15pm

NAOSMM Reunion Lounge


6:30pm - 10:00pm 

NAOSMM Reception Dinner


Thursday August 3rd


6:30am - 8:00am

Breakfast on your own


8:00am - 10:00am

Professional Development: Imposter Syndrome and Avoiding Burnout
Dr. Ofelia Olivero, National Institute of Health


10:15am – 11:15am

General Session: OSHA Overview
Terri Irvin & Brian DeVillier OSHA Baton Rouge


11:30am - 2:15pm

Annual Business Meeting
Lunch Provided for Members


2:30pm - 3:30pm

Helium Conservation
Kevin Fogg & Kelly Beard, Agilent Technologies

Microsoft Excel: Wouldn't it Be Cool If...?
Daniel E. Martin, Lawrence Luniversity

3:30pm - 4:00pm


4:00pm - 5:00pm

Roundtable: Student Organizations & Clubs

Moderated by Mary Toth & Dustin Andert

Building a Radiation Safety Program: Lessons Learned from Manageing a Small Program

Eydiejo Kurchan, Villanova University

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cocktail Hour


7:00pm - 10:00pm

NAOSMM Banquet and Awards Program


Friday August 4th


8:45am - 4:00pm

Educational Tour: Swamp Tour & Mardi Gras World