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BAL: NOT Currently on the Road

Many of you may be accustomed to seeing our monthly "On the Road Again" updates describing the various conferences that our staff were presenting at and attending. Of course, in the COVID-19 era, that's all changed. All scheduled conferences have either been cancelled, postponed, or converted to "on-line conferences". Virtual events have been around for over a decade, but their current relevance and necessity is unparalleled. Everyone is responding to the global pandemic right now and our life/work styles have had to evolve to keep meeting new challenges as they emerge. We've all felt the effects of shelter-in-place orders. Long lines at essential stores to maintain appropriate social distance, virtual happy hours with friends and family, and live-streamed concerts are our new normal. In this climate, where we stay away from each other because we care, creative solutions to fill the social, educational, and business development voids are critical.

Annual conferences such as the National Environmental Monitoring Conference ( NEMC), Parental Drug Association (PDA) Annual Meeting, and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's (SETAC) European Meeting, now known as SciCon, have gone virtual. The question on the forefront of our minds as we approach this new experience is whether virtual events can replace in-person events. Regardless of the answer, with reduced emissions from travel, savings on fees for conference centers and catering, as well as broader accessibility, virtual conferences will likely become more of a core practice as the technology increasingly facilitates today's dynamically changing needs.

We miss seeing all of you out there and look forward to connecting any way we can! Feel free to reach out any time.
Brooks Applied Labs Teams Up with Local Food Banks to Fight Hunger

BAL Donates to Local Food Banks
In early March, Brooks Applied Labs committed to compete in the Hopelink Can Madness 2020 tournament supporting Hopelink food banks. BAL "competed" in a March Madness style tournament against other businesses in the community to help raise $30,000 to support Hopelink's community programs. Employees got in on the action with some friendly competition between departments to see who could collect the most non-perishable food donations. By the end of the first week, COVID-19 had unfortunately brought this important and fun food drive to a screeching halt. Although Hopelink was not able to accept our food donations, BAL made a cash donation to Hopelink instead. The 284 pounds of food that employees of BAL had collected was donated to Seattle's University District Food Bank. This is a tough time for many in our community and BAL is proud to be able to provide support to these organizations.
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