Northeast Region Fall 2008 Meeting Review

The fall 2008 Northeast Region meeting was recently held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York. The three-day event, which took place September 16-17, included informative sessions on regional technology transfer activities, a tour of BNL, a networking reception, and presentation of the 2008 Northeast Region awards.

The meeting kicked off with a welcome message from Regional Coordinator Dr. Theresa Baus and BNL Laboratory Representative for the FLC Michael Furey. Following an update on Department of Energy technology transfer activities by FLC Agency Representative David Koegel, representatives of the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey led presentations on their respective technology transfer efforts. Rounding out the day's presentations was an overview of Department of Homeland Security laboratories in the region, including the Environmental Measurements Lab; and the Department of Agriculture's Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

The afternoon session featured a tour of BNL that included visits to the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, a facility that provides state-of-the-art capabilities for the fabrication and study of nanoscale materials; the Center for Translational Neuroimaging Positron Emission Tomography, a facility that uses a network of brain imaging tools to better understand human behavior and treat brain diseases; and the National Synchotron Light Source, a national user research facility that operates electron storage rings, which provide intense light spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from the infrared through x-rays.

Day one of the meeting was capped off with a reception at the American Air Power Museum at Republic Airport in nearby Farmingdale. The museum houses a squadron of operational World War II aircraft that are flown regularly to the delight of visitors.

The final day of the meeting included an update on procedural matters regarding the Region, as well as the presentation of 2008 Northeast Region awards. Proceedings of the meeting and a photo gallery are available for viewing at

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