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No Walk-in Registration at SSTI's Annual Conference Next Week; Digest Resumes Publication Oct. 31

October 10, 2007

Thank you! Interest in SSTI's 11th annual conference has been extremely high since the agenda was released during the summer, and, as we expected and warned, SSTI will not be able to accommodate walk-in registrations on the day of the event. We apologize for the inconvenience and the missed opportunity this creates for a number of Digest readers.

The 375 TBED practitioners that will be in attendance next week are in for a great professional development experience. More than 240 different TBED-related organizations from across the continent are represented among the lucky participants - not unlike the six golden ticket winners for the tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory (the nice Willy Wonka from the 1970s, not the darker one in the more recent Tim Burton remake). The conference has its own cast of stars with more than 60 presenters, panelists and discussion leaders to lead the 19 breakout workshops and plenary sessions.

Among the stars presenting next week will be key staff representing the six recipients of the Inaugural winners for SSTI's Excellence in TBED Awards. All six categories of TBED strategies and programs identified by SSTI for the award program will be highlighted during two dedicated breakout sessions as the recipient organizations provide conference participants with insights into how they achieved their lofty status as inaugural winners. Participants will have the chance to schmooze with them, question them, challenge them, and, if sterile lab space is available nearby, even clone them.

For those of you wanting to see what else you'll be missing, visit www.ssticonference.org. Those of you wanting to be on a waiting list to replace last-minute cancellations should call SSTI at 614.901.1690. Snoozers are losers so act quickly. Call now. Operators aren't standing by but if we hear the phone ring, someone will try to pick up. Have your credit cards handy.

The Digest writing team is busy preparing for the conference and will be in Baltimore next week. The SSTI Weekly Digest and its companion Funding Supplement - distributed only to SSTI members - will resume publication the week of Oct. 29.