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We have an exciting list of meetings, classes, and wet labs to offer you, so please check out our Events page and stay up to date on everything happening in your local branch.
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Please feel free to Contact Us and let us know if you have any comments, questions, or requests for what you would like our branch to offer it's members.

  Upcoming Events

Tech Week

Thursday February 2nd 3:30pm-6:00pm
          Broad Institute
     415 Main St, Cambridge, MA

Save the Date!

NEBAALAS Boston Regional Technician Training (BRTT) 

March 9, 2017

Tom Foyle of Total MRO presenting their annual QUAD Symposium Scholarship. Presented every year at the NEBAALAS Tech Challenge to a deserving attendee.

President's Message

May, 2016

Ready for the summer!

It’s that time of year where the branch slows down for a few months to enjoy the impending gorgeous weather. 

We had exceptional speakers for our 2016 monthly general meetings to date:





Christian Lawrence

A New Paradigm for Zebrafish Management and Care


Steve Niemi

Working Smarter, Not Harder


Cedric Hubeau

Opposites Attract:  How Animal Models and Organs-on-a-chip Benefit from each other in Drug Discovery


John Romanelli

Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), Single Port Laparosocopic Surgery and Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy  (POEM) 


Ron E. Banks

Why is Animal Welfare Important to my Institution? 

Keep your eyes open for a July surgical wet lab, followed by our Annual September Event. 

Remember Rock the Boat?  It’s coming back and we made a couple of changes.  It is now the Annual Installation Dinner Banquet.  There will be dinner, awards, scholarship raffle/auction, and passing of the Gavel (HERE COMES JOEL ORTIZ).  As part of this year’s event, we are including an educational component.  We locked in a great speaker and you will not be disappointed!  Be sure to check in periodically to find out more and take part in the upcoming festivities! 

Thinking about getting involved?  NEBAALAS will soon be releasing a Policies and Procedures Manual.  This document provides an organizational overview of our operating structure, benefits, and opportunities as a branch.  It will be a great place to learn how you can contribute to this great organization!

Have a safe and wonderful summer!  Looking forward to seeing you at future NEBAALAS events!

Dotty Paquin, CVT, CMAR, MBA

Incoming President's Message

October, 2015


Thank you all for your continued support of NEBAALAS.  It is your loyalty, support and dedication that continues to make NEBAALAS the organization it is today.  I am excited, honored, and proud to be your Branch President.  I consider this role, one of service to you, to our members, and to our future members.  Let’s strive to build a stronger branch and make 2015 a great NEBAALAS year!

 We have a lot to be proud of as an organization.  We offer our members a great deal of professional opportunities:

·         Scholarships

·         Awards

·         BRTT

·         Newsletters

·         Annual Gala Event- Carnevale

·         General Meetings

·         Technician Challenge

·         AALAS Exam Prep Classes

·         Raffle Prizes

·         Director’s Dinner

·         District 1 Training Seminar

·         Wet Labs

·         Job Fair

·         CEUs

Why am I a NEBAALAS member? 

Give back to the industry that has given me a career, a home, and a purpose. 

After years of supporting the New England Branch’s organization, it was time to step up and give more- lead by example and try my best continue to drive in a progressive direction.

It is a great group of professionals.  I respect and rely on co-members as friends, allies and vital resources!

Why Not!

The knowledge span is better than a listserve!  The talks keep me current - both CEUs and industry standards.  Social networking, dinner and drinks, and friends = my kind of fun.  

Why should everyone be a NEBAALAS member? 

Networking opportunities

Enjoy free food and drink at every general meeting

Become more involved…. because you want a career- not just a job

Attend a wet lab for hands on development of new skills

Attend the annual Fall Gala event and maybe even get an award or scholarship

Learn and collect continuing education units to maintain your ‘R’ AALAS status 

Awesome events at discounted member rates (Boston Regional Tech Training and AALAS prep classes) 

Socialize with friends and make new ones

…and It’s a fun group with tons of opportunity to advance your career! 

Changes to the BOD:

1.        Introducing two new Membership Committee Co-Chairs:

Carla Ranns - Carla is a Global Site Administration and Business Resources Senior Manager for Pfizer.  I work closely with Carla (literally 2 feet away) and I know she is a task master with the technical prowess to help us ramp us membership and ensure an efficient process flow. 

Malachy M Noone - Malachy works for the Gramercy Company.  As a previous vendor membership chair for the Metro NY branch, I know Malachy has the experience and depth to provide vital feedback on membership and can ensure we are headed in the right direction!

 Thank you very much to Maria Santoro for her Membership services over the last couple years.  Her efforts in transitioning to the Apricot Website and maintaining the NEBAALAS members list online and at events are greatly appreciated. 

 2.       We have two new NEB Trustees on the Board:

Lou Ristic - Former NEBAALAS President and my personal mentor, Lou has devoted years of time and energy into the organization, and I am thrilled to keep him locked in for two more years at a voting capacity. 

Mimi Crowley - Mimi has been steadfast in the industry for decades and she has regularly contributed toward the Harvard wet labs held over the last couple years.  I am excited to have Mimi on the board to share her previous experience and generate Kaizen NEBAALAS concepts.  

 3.       We have a new Scholarship Committee Chair:

Candy Carr - Candy has assisted Karrie Southwell (the new VP elect) for several years in our consistently successful scholarship raffle that brings in funds to fund local techs in attending  both local and national continuing educational opportunities.  

Check them out at: http://nebaalas.org/scholarships

Presidential Aspirations: 

1.        Create larger membership institutional buckets, similar to other branches to help increase membership numbers, simplify renewals and new memberships for larger organizational, institutional members

 2.       Increase membership by 15%.  How?

1.       In part by Presidential Aspirations #1

2.       Having a great program of events that draws in new interest.

3.       Advertising NEBAALAS and what we offer at industry events 

4.       Host a tandem general meeting from the Longwood area to another Cambridge location.  Use technology to webcast the meeting across different sites.   This allows for a wider audience to partake in social and learning components of our general meetings. 

5.       Figure out what majority wants and deliver!   I believe in continuous improvement but don’t want change for change’s sake.   I will rely on the depth and experience of the NEBAALAS Board over the next year to lead in the best direction!

 Spotlight on Program:

As a previous Program Committee member I know just how much goes into pulling together the general meetings and wet labs. 

 My Gold star of the President’s message goes to Matt Flegal (Biogen) and Tim McNally (Pfizer) for their hard work in building a program of events that makes other branches jealous  J

Matt- I am counting on you- like a rock!

Tim- Keep delivering on those wet labs! You rock!

Thank you,

Dotty Paquin
President 2015/2016


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