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Philadelphia: National Soccer Coaches Association of America – NSCCA

NSCCA is the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the Association has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization that serves members at every level of the game. The NSCAA works to inspire coaches and ignite their passion for the game so they pass on to players and others in the soccer community three core values: “Learn. Participate. Belong.”   Coaches say time and time again that the number one thing they love about the NSCAA is the collegiality.  Billed as “The World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches,” the NSCAA Convention draws approximately 4,000 coaches from 30,000-plus member organizations, and more than 10,000 attendees over five days for live field demonstrations and lecture sessions, networking socials, a chance at achieving coaching diplomas, and in general finding new and unique benefits to enhance the game of Soccer, both on and off the pitch.  Goooooooooaaaal !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Philadelphia: American Association of Blood Banks – AABB Annual Meeting

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is an international organization with members in 80 countries.  AABB has recently taken on a broader scope to include all of transfusion medicine as well as cellular therapies, specifically those based on hematopoietic stem cells.  The AABB works closely with the US Food and Drug Administration and provides technical input into the development of blood regulations for the USA, and virtually all major blood banks in the United States are accredited.  Speakers at the session described the recommendations of the AABB-CAP interorganizational work group on RHD genotyping, as well as the financial implications of expanding this genotyping. This time around AABB also added a hot topic session on Ebola and transfusion medicine to the Annual Meeting educational program.  The current Ebola outbreak is a major health concern, but other emerging infectious diseases like dengue required close monitoring as well, we heard.  Kind of a transfusion against confusion…  #aabb14

Philadelphia: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation – AAMI

AAMI is the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and these folks are all about “advancing safety in medical technology”.  We’re talking a diverse community of nearly 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission:  supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective medical technology.  Members share a diverse range of disciplines, from clinical and biomedical engineers and technicians, physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators to educators and researchers, manufacturers, distributors, government representatives and other healthcare professionals with an interest in medical devices.  Educational sessions focused on the key issues that healthcare technology management professionals are dealing with today, from wireless networks to CE-IT interoperability to Joint Commission compliance.  Everyone expressed a “healthy” interest in staying safe…  #AAMI2014

Philadelphia: Greenbuild 2013

They came to Philadelphia to learn, network, do business and participate in “one of the greenest and most sustainable conferences in the world”. The Greenbuild Expo was the place to discover the latest in the green building field’s innovative products and services. The Education Lab was a unique classroom experience located inside the Exhibit Hall, each Lab featuring sponsor-developed content that had been submitted to GBCI and approved for CE credit. You can often judge an industry by the exalted company it keeps. Each year at Greenbuild the world’s business, environmental and social leaders take the stage to motivate, inspire and teach the construction industry, we heard. This year the assembled company learned that keynoter Hillary Rodham Clinton really cares about how green you’re building these days. Did I hear her say it was the Green House she was hoping to get back into next year? No, silly, the White House…

Philadelphia: AADE

August 7-10, 2013. AADE stands for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. It’s a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. The association strives to deliver service and support for members and other stakeholders, placing the needs of the diabetes educator at the center of products, programs and activities. Hot topics at present include Adult Immunizations and Diabetes — What You Need to Know;  Diabetes Care and Emergency Preparedness;  and Healthy Fats, Heart Disease & Type 2 Diabetes.  That last one has been looking at new evidence-based research regarding the impact of different types of fat on chronic disease, and which oils to recommend to manage type 2 diabetes.  Sort of like “pouring oil on troubled waters”…?

Philadelphia: Light Fair International

April 23-25, 2013. LFI stands for LightFair International, and it brings you “the future, illuminated”.  LFI purports to be the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, attracting over 23,000 design, lighting, architectural, design, engineering, energy, facility and industry professionals from around the world. It is dedicated to bringing together top international and domestic professionals in Architecture, Design, Engineering, Energy and Lighting, pairing them off with lighting exhibitors fromthe global market.  500 of the world’s leading manufacturers showcased products in over 200,000 square feet of exhibits, including Specialty Luminaires, Daylighting products & services, Lampholders and Switches, Meters, Mounting Devices, Light Sources, Exterior Luminaires, Lighting Control components and Solar products & solutions.  No-one was left in the dark…

Philadelphia: PittCon

March 17-21, 2013. Pittcon is the world’s largest annual premier conference and exposition on laboratory science. It is organized by The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit educational corporation comprised of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).  Pittcon typically attracts more than 17,000 attendees from industry, academia and government, from 90 countries worldwide. Proceeds from the show fund science education and outreach at all levels, from kindergarten through adult.  The organization donates more than a million dollars a year to provide financial and administrative support for various science outreach activities, including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students, awards to teachers and professors, and grants to public science centers, libraries and museums.  Educational…!