A publication of the Association of Laboratory Technicians January 2000 Volume XI

Are You Registered?

If not, you will miss hearing some excellent presentations and your opportunity to view new products, ask question of the vendors, receive samples of your favorite products or try new ones. Sponsors for this yearís symposium are: A. Daigger, Brinkmann Instruments, Inc., Caltag Laboratories, Inc., DAI Scientific Equipment, Fisher Scientific, Flow Sciences, Laboratory Supply, and VWR Scientific Products.

This yearís speaker line up includes:

A symposium registration form is included with this newsletter for your convenience. You are encouraged to register early, as it helps the individuals preparing and printing the symposium packets and ensures your place at the symposium.

When registering:
1. Complete the registration form (remember to make a lunch choice)
2. Include your $5 dues for the year 2000
3. Send the completed form and dues to
Wendy Hambly, B9, NADC
2300 Dayton Ave., Ames, IA. 50010.

Questions??? Just call 515-663-7365 or email: whambly@nadc.ars.usda.gov

Check out the Symposium Information on the ALT Web Page.



APHIS or ARS employees: You do not need to include the registration fee, as APHIS and ARS will reimburse ALT directly after you attend the symposium. You do need to send dues.

ISU employees: In the past, department secretaries have issued payment for both dues and registration directly to ALT with registration forms, but ISU employees need to notify their supervisor and secretary as soon as possible to verify the procedure. It is best to check your institutional policies concerning reimbursement policies.

PIONEER employees: Check with your supervisor. I have received registrations that cover both dues and registration.

Symposium Registration closes Monday, January 24, 2000. Please donít wait until the last minute. Register today!

Not registering for Symposium?

You still need to send in your $5 (yes, still only $5) DUES for the year 2000.

The larger the membership, the easier it is to attract speakers and sponsors for ALT programs and symposium. Support your profession and ALT by becoming a member today.

It is easy. Just Renew your membership & Register for symposium. Ensure the continuance of ALT and the success of the NINTH ANNUAL ALT SYMPOSIUM! Invite a friend!

Check page 3 if you need the forms.

Thank you to the members of the out going ALT 1999 Board of Directors.

President Deb Owens
Vice-President Chad Reinke

Secretary Wendy Hambly

Treasurer Sam Humphrey

Members-At-Large Brad Coates

Deb Hinrichsen

Bruce Pesch
Past President Dawn Toms

This board has work hard during 1999 to put an interesting and informative symposium program together for you. Enjoy!





President Chad Reinke
Vice-President Amy Larwick

Secretary Teresa Fisher

Treasurer Janell Eby

Members-At-Large Sharon Carter

Kevin Lake

Jody Powell
Past President Deb Owens



January: Send in ALT membership for 2000. Register for symposium before January 24, 2000.

February: Ninth Annual ALT "Excellent Through Knowledge" Symposium, Tuesday, February 1, 2000, Holiday Inn Gateway, Ames, IA

APRIL: Tech Week, April 2-8, 2000

Editorís Desk: This is my last issue of Technically Speaking. I enjoyed being editor, but feel it is time for some new blood to give the newsletter a fresh prospective. Getting involved can be very rewarding. I was part of ALTís inception and have watched it grow since then. I feel it will continue to evolve as long as members perpetuate the goals of ALT. The goals of 1) promoting the interchange of ideas and methods and 2) providing educational programs for professional growth and enrichment should fulfill the objectives of 3) enhancing the status of the laboratory technicians and 4) uniting technicians in their pursuit of knowledge. The symposium title, "Excellence Through Knowledge" says it all. Job performance, job satisfaction, and self esteem are enhanced with an increase in oneís knowledge. Stay true to ALTís objectives.
See you at symposium! Wendy Hambly





Registration 7:45-8:30 a.m.


Soybean Research at

Pioneer Hi-Bred 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Dr. Dennis Byron
Soybean Research Director

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Johnston, IA

Break/Exhibits 9:30-10:15 a.m.


The World of T cells:
Th1, Th2 and Beyond 10:15-11:15a.m.
Dr. Randy Sacco
USDA, ARS, National Animal Disease Center, Ames, IA

Principles of Filtration 11:15-12:00 p.m.

Mr. Larry Scheer, B.S.
Marketing Manager, Pall-Gelman Sciences

ENPRO, Inc., Addison, IL

Lunch/Exhibits 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Reproduction at the Zoo 1:15-2:00 p.m.

Dr. Naida Loskutoff
Reproduction Physiologist
Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE

The Inís and Outís of Being

a Veterinary-In-Charge 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Carter
Senior Staff Veterinarian

Centers for Veterinarian Biologics Licensing and Policy Development, Ames, IA

Break/Exhibits 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Job Hunting in the
"Electronic Age" 3:15-4:00 p.m.

Mr. Del Denekas
Workforce Advisor
Workforce, Ames, IA

Door Prizes Drawing
Close 4:00-4:15 p.m.




Unable to attend the symposium? You still need to join for the year 2000. Your being an ALT member, helps to ensure the continuance of ALT programs and the symposium.

Show your support - be a member!

Please complete this form and return it with remittance to:

Wendy Hambly, ALT Secretary,

NADC-B9, 2300 Dayton Ave., Ames, IA 50010

I have enclosed a check for:

Make checks payable to: "ALT Treasurer"




City: St: Zip:




I would like to serve on a committee: r

Ensure great symposiums and the continuance of ALT through your support as a member.


Yes! Register me

for the ALT Symposium, February 1, 2000.

I have enclosed a check for:

Make checks payable to: "ALT Treasurer"

Detach, complete, and return with remittance to:

Wendy Hambly, ALT Secretary,

NADC-B9, 2300 Dayton Ave., Ames, IA 50010

Lunch is included in the registration fee. Please check 1 of the choices below:




City: St: Zip:

Phone: FAX:

Registration closes January 24, 2000. Cancellation Policy: Until January 24, 2000, you may transfer your registration to a colleague within your organization.

NOTE: If you are joining ALT and registering for the symposium, you donít need to complete both forms. Just fill out the symposium registration form. See page 1 for information about reimbursement for symposium.