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Anaheim: International Test Conference

Nov. 4-7, 2012. International Test Conference (ITC) is, we understand, the world’s premier conference dedicated to the electronic testing of devices, boards and systems, covering the complete cycle from design verification, test, diagnosis, failure analysis and back to process and design improvement. At ITC, test and design professionals can confront the challenges the industry faces, and learn how these challenges are being addressed by the combined efforts of academia, design tool and equipment suppliers, designers, and test engineers.  ITC is known around the world for its robust technical dialog. Over the course of the event, respected researchers, academics and industry experts presented the results of their work and applied knowledge on a variety of topics for test and design engineers and practitioners.  Just as well, since these are “testing times”…

Las Vegas: Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Nov. 4-7 2012. The SEG is the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and their annual meeting claims to be the world’s largest oil, energy and mineral exposition, showcasing cutting-edge technology for use in exploration and associated industries. SEG is the premier venue for energy exploration buffs to meet and discuss new geophysical technologies and their uses, as well as to make the acquaintance of new and innovative geophysical products and services.  Apparently the Technical Program Committee had to sort through 1,500 expanded abstracts to select the 576 oral papers, 189 posters and 152 e-posters that were made available to delegates and students.  Students, we heard, “are the future and lifeblood of geophysics”. So they needed to put plenty of “energy” into studying up on all those papers….

San Antonio: International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2012. IFMA is the International Facility Management Association, and their World Workplace Conference & Expo is the largest and most longstanding annual conference and exposition for facility management and related professions.  The impact and influence of strategic facility management on business success is escalating, we heard. Smart Facility Management (FM) is apparently about more than just managing the facility; it’s about sustaining today’s workplace and steering FM strategies to support tomorrow’s work.  Oh, and golf.  At last year’s event tournament golfers and event sponsors made it possible for the Utilities Council of IFMA to fund three $5,000 scholarships and cover workplace travel and attendance expenses for the scholarship recipients. So a day on the links once again made it possible for three students to receive a $5,000 scholarship again this year.  Hey, who’s managing the facilities at the 19th hole…?

Jacksonville: EMDA

Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2012. EMDA is the Equipment Marketing & Distribution Association, and they were there to tell you that they are “your partners for Agricultural, Outdoor Power, Light Industrial, Forestry Equipment and Related Parts Components”.  So, quite a spread of equipment to talk about.  Actually just as big a talking point was the EMDA Golf Outing.  This was played at the TPC Sawgrass Golf Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, “perhaps the world’s most famous golf course”.  The notorious par-3 17th hole features an island green that makes or breaks many a PGA Tour pro’s round, while providing an unprecedented experience for spectators. So tell me again, what kind of “equipment” do I need for the golf day….?

San Francisco: American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Nov. 6-10, 2012. ASHG is the American Society of Human Genetics, and this group gathered to discuss pressing genetic matters such as “Clinical Interpretation of Cytogenomic Arrays: Tools & Resources”, and  “Diagnostic Challenges: Review and Discussion of Unique Cases – Rare & Unknown”. Okay, rare, that’s understandable;  but how can you review and discuss something, um, unknown?  The answer to that was perhaps at the UCSC Genome Browser Interactive Workshop, or maybe you could figure it out at the session cheerfully titled “Social Media + Scientists = Success: Strategies for Using Social Media to Benefit Your Research, Your Career, and Your Connections”.  Okay, spot test:  how can you tell the sex of a chromosome?  You take down its genes….

San Francisco: AACAP

Oct. 23-28, 2012. AACAP is the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and this branch of the medical profession deals with developmental, behavioral or mental disorders of children and adolescents.  This conference is the world’s largest gathering place for leaders in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, children’s mental health, and other allied disciplines.  New developments in research, evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders were presented and discussed.  The program embraced Behavioral Sciences issues such as cognitive psychology, family studies, language disorders and psycholinguistics, social psychology and Thinking, Reasoning and Problem-Solving.  There was even a session looking at sport psychology.  Mental health and clinical psychology sessions ranged across topics including addiction, eating disorders and bereavement.  Kids and young people have a lot on their minds..

Las Vegas: FabTech 2012 #FabTechExpo

FabTech is billed as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, covering more than 550,000 net square feet and hosting over 35,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibiting companies. There were keynote presentations, panel discussions, a welding competition, new product presentations, even a comedy hour. Keynoter Peter Mayr, Chair of John N. DuPont, Lehigh University, took a look at what’s really going on in the US and in markets that impact the industry, presenting the economic outlook for the global economy with the clarity that business leaders have come to expect from the DuPont think tank. This was a must-attend for decision makers who needed the confidence to plan and position their company for success, and prepare for changes that are coming over the next few years. Another big theme was Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipeline. Wait. Our future employees come out of a pipeline…? #Fabtechexpo