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Friday, November 27, 2015

Visiting AIRI Institutes in Bar Harbor

In October I had the distinct pleasure of visiting two of AIRI's great research insitutes in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The first stop was to the  Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory



One of the very oldest AIRI Institutes, MDI, was founded in 1898 as a summer education and research facility providing access to diverse animal species.  In 1920 the focus was narrowed to study important human health conditions. The last decade has seen significant growth and development including recognition by the international science community and the National Institutes of Health for its highly focused and novel research program in regenerative and aging biology and medicine.

Jerilyn Mitchell Bowers, Director of Development and Public Affairs at MDI, serves on the AIRI Board as a Director. 


The second stop was to tour the The Jackson Laboratory



Nearly as old at 85 years, The Jackson Laboratory from the very beginning fostered the idea of using mouse models to study human health conditions.  Complementing their robust research programs, they are one of the principal providers of research resources to other institutes  world-wide.  In addition to the Bar harbor location, JAX (as it is commonly known) has campuses in Farmington, Connecticut and Sacramento, California.  The tour of their expansive campus and facilities was impressive.



Linda Jensen, Vice President and CFO, and Val Scott, Senior Director of Scientific Services, provided the tour for me and Tom McQuaid, past AIRI Board member and Treasurer, and our wives Nancy and Sue.  Pictured above, overlooking the beautify Maine Coast are (L to R) Linda, me, Tom, and Val.  The trip has inspired me to visit as many AIRI institutes as possible in the coming year!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

AIRI Announces 4th Biannual Information Technology Meeting

The Association of Independent Research Institutes has announced that its 4th Biennial Information Technology meeting will be held at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City beginning on Sunday night, April 3rd, with the meeting running for two full days on April 4th and 5th, 2016.



The meeting theme is, "Preparing for Tomorrow's Opportunities"

The Program Chairs for AIRI-IT-2016 are Brenk Keck of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Michael Newhouse of the Stowers Institute.

The program (subject to change depending on speakers and time) will include topics of intense interest to AIRI executives and IT professionals such as:


  • Information Security
  • Telecommunications solutions (focus on VOIP)
  • Applications including producing an “Atlas of Apps / Solutions”
  • Keeping Pace with the Technology of Science
  • Partnering with Operational Departments to assure functional suitability
  • Cloud successes and failures
  • Best Practices in  service pricing (recharge costs) [Panel discussion]
  • Technology Platforms for Collaboration
  • Success Stories on Bridging the Gap between Scientists and Administrators
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
  • Advantages of becoming an Internet2 Institute
  • IT Survey Results
  • What's New in Storage?
  • Power tools for Managing HPC & Linux environments

  Lodging arrangements have been made at the beautiful Colcord Hotel in Oklahoma City.  The Colcord was mentioned as "the place to stay in Oklahoma City" by National Geographic in their top 20 places   to visit in 2015. 





Room rates start at $162 per room per night (plus taxes).

The Sunday evening reception will be held on the top floor (50th floor) of Devon Tower,



the tallest building in Oklahoma, in the luxurious Vast Restaurant.



If you are interested in participating in this meeting either as a speaker, exhibitor, or participant, please contact David Issing at the AIRI management office.

Please go to the AIRI Website for the OFFICIAL information on the AIRI 2016 IT conference!

Updates concerning the program content and speakers will be posted to the AIRI Website as the program is developed.