February 12-14, 2013. MD&M West purports to be the world’s largest medical device design and manufacturing event. Delegates were on the lookout for resources to solve their medical device design, engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, assembly and packaging challenges. Visitors’ special interests included Manufacturing & Production Equipment, Contract Manufacturing Services, R&D and Design Services, Motors & Motion Control, Molding Services and Equipment, Tubing and Extrusion Kits, Cleanrooms and other Manufacturing Environments, Electronic Components, Subassemblies and Services Packaging, Sterilization, Labeling & Bar Coding, and of course Computing and Software. It’s estimated that over 14,000 decision-makers from company facilities conducted 150,000 meetings with 2,000 exhibiting companies during the Anaheim event. That’s a “healthy” ten meetings per company…
February 2-3, 2013. So what do they actually talk about at an annual biophysical meeting? Well, a sample of the sessions that biophysical types could attend included “Imaging from Molecules to Organisms”; “From Molecules to Tissues: How Forces are Transduced in Biology”; “Viral Entry, Budding and Replication at Membranes”; “Frontiers in Electron Microscopy”; and “Flagella and Motility”. If those topics didn’t scratch your itch, there were still symposia available on The Synapse, Protein Synthesis, Electrostatics, Proton Channels, Genomics and Biophysics, and Biological Circuit Design. Our favorites were “The Interface of Brain and Machines”, and “Counting Atoms in Big Machines”. The trouble was, counting the atoms turned out to have the same effect as counting sheep. Wake me when my brain starts interfacing with the machine, please…
Sept. 6-9, 2012. AOPA is the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association. As the leading and most effective voice for the industry, AOPA continues to improve the treatment of O&P on Capitol Hill, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Veterans Administration and other federal agencies, and promotes improved access to and coverage of O&P services in all health care settings. AOPA membership consists of more than 2,000 O&P patient care facilities and suppliers that manufacture, distribute, design, fabricate, fit, and supervise the use of orthoses (orthopedic braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs). Prosthetics have been in the news recently, with the London Paralympic Games getting sports fans excited over amputee athletes like Oscar Pistorius running on artificial limbs. Kevlar going for gold…
Mundo Brunch Bloody Mary
Nothing says “Brunch” like Bottomless Bloody Marys and that’s just what they are serving up in Mundo
, a beautifully appointed restaurant which bills itself as Latin chic, tucked away in the World Market Center
in Las Vegas.
We, here at B-t-B, are notorious at sniffing out where the bars are, *cue 1960′s beach party music* so the first time we went to Mundo was the day after Winter Market. The menu was limited but the wait staff, despite feeding 30,000 hungry designers & buyers, was fast and service was impeccable.
So what better place to take this mom for Mother’s Day: From the moment we sat down, my bottomless drink stayed filled as if it was some magical cup. I had the chicken satay, flavored Latin style and the Benedict Mexicano, a rich offering of jalepeno cornbread, poached egg slathered in pork carnitas simmered in a green chile hollandaise.
Of course no meal is complete without dessert with cafe con leche and a shot of tequila. We indulged in all. And just not to let down my family, I also raised a glass of Sangria to the matriarch of my son’s mestizo side of the family. Cheers to Chela.
Even if it isn’t market week and you are in town for a propane convention, it is well worth the 10$ cab ride from mid strip to the WMC just for Munco. However go to Open Table and make a reservation 1st as they are always busy even when it isn’t serving the HGTV crew.
If you have some time to spend, directly across from the WMC is the Smith Center for Performing Arts
, the newest inclusion into revamping the downtown area of Las Vegas. On the corner is the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute
which is housed in a Frank Gehry
design building. It might be noted that it gives my brain a work out just looking at it. If you come during the day, you can browse the showrooms at WMC or if you are looking for shopping, it is right next to the North strip version of the Premium outlets. All within walking distance. Don’t forget your water.
Gehry designed Lou Ruvo Brain Institute
Danger Woman Rides Again
For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has also provided an excellent forum for companies with disability products and services to reach out and enhance the lives of this Community.
Feb. 14-16, 2012. MD&M stands for Medical Design and Manufacturing. You meet the nicest people at medical and healthcare trade shows; people in disciplines like Anesthesiology and Pulmonary medicine, Cardiovascular, Dental, Ear/Nose/Throat, General Medical Devices and Equipment, In Vitro Diagnostics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Ophthalmic, Orthopedics, Physical medicine, Radiology, and Surgery. They gathered to talk about things like medical-grade materials, cleanroom and sterilization, process systems and controls, testing and inspection… Like they say, when you’ve got your health, you’ve got it all.
Jan. 26, 2012. The Assistive Technology Industry Association (“ATIA”) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. Say what? Assistive Technology (often abbreviated as AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Specifically, AT can be low tech like communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt, hardware such as prosthetics, attachment and positioning devices, computer hardware, like special switches, keyboards, and pointing devices, computer software such as screen-readers or communication software…. Basically anything that will lend a helping hand…