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D4 Updates May 2018 .


There is also a D4 Leadership Teleconference in the works so stay tuned for more info!

There are lots of events planned around the district within the various branches. 
Check them out below!Appalachian Branch   

Summer Meeting August 8, 2018 hosted by Lincoln Memorial University.

The March issue of the Laboratory Animal Science Professional featured Vanderbilt’s Dr. Darbyshire on the cover.  In addition the issues contained an article about electric eels authored by Dr. Darbyshire, Dr. Ken Salleng, and Dr. Patty Chen.


Caribbean-Puerto Rico

Several groups continue to send teams to assist and support in the clean-up and recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria.

After another extremely successful trip to Puerto Rico (see<>) to  help revitalize Cayo Santiago and Punta Santiago (December 26, 2017 - January 4, 2018 and April 21-28, 2018), I am beginning the planning of the third 3Rs for the CPRC/Project Monkey Island/A New Dawn for Cayo Santiago trip, scheduled for June 29-July 8, 2018.  I realize that this is a holiday period, and therefore, may be more difficult for some of you.  However, this is a time that our Puerto Rican colleagues have indicated will work for them, which is a critical consideration.  You don't have to stay for the whole period.  So, before I go into more detail about the upcoming trip, please just email me back if there is at least a 50% chance that you are interested in participating.  If there is at least a 50% chance, please also let me know whether there is a 75% chance or a 95% chance that you can go.  This is how we did it the last couple of times and it worked out really well.
                Please note that while the first two trips were successful and we accomplished a considerable number of things, there is still much, much more that needs to be done.  We will continue to clean up Cayo Santiago and will hopefully begin building a few structures there (water collection systems, corrals, etc.)  We will also continue work to repair the CPRC office and various houses, schools, and other structures in Punta Santiago.  I have kept this email short.  I can provide considerably more detail to those who request it.  Thank you.

Contact Steven Schapiro if you are interested in helping!


  Florida Branch, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science



Mid-South AALAS



Pictures from the Spring 2018 meeting in Birmingham are now posted to the web page.




RTB Calendar of events:

September 26th (Wednesday): Golf Tournament, Mill Creek

October 28th– November 1st: National AALAS meeting, Baltimore, MD

December 6th (Thursday): Branch meeting, 3R’s, NCCU



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