Meet Generation NeXt – Understanding Today’s Learners

Dr. Mark Taylor will give the opening keynote address at CLEC 2017, "Meet Generation NeXt - Understanding Today's Learners."  Our traditionally aged students have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with teaching and supervising them through their college experience.  This program will help attendees understand the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to college and how these characteristics impact learning, persistence and success.

About the Speaker

Dr. Taylor, founder and President of Taylor Programs, is an award-winning speaker recognized internationally as an educator, consultant, and authority on today’s young people who is on the forefront of transformations in educational practice and workplace management.  He is dedicated to helping faculty better understand and serve our students for learning, development, persistence and successful integration into the “after college” world.  Dr. Taylor will also host optional breakout session following the opening keynote, “Teaching Today’s Learners."

ASCLS would like to thank the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science Central New England (ASCLS-CNE) for their generous support of the opening keynote session.

Opening Keynote Speaker - Dr. Mark Taylor

Thursday Evening Reception with Exhibitors, Poster Presentations and Technology Demonstrations

Thursday Evening Reception

The Thursday Evening Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Boston Marriott Copley Place.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view poster presentations, technology demonstrations and exhibit booths.  Authors and exhibitors will be present to answer any questions.  Learn more about new products and resources available to educators, as well as recent advances in laboratory education.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Dinner is on your own following reception.

Friday Evening Reception and Dine Around

Friday Evening Dine Around

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Join your friends and colleagues for a cocktail at the CLEC reception in the Grand Ballroom and then head out the door to dine at downtown Boston's finest restaurants.  You will get to choose your own cuisine for the evening.  A list of suggested eating establishments is available below and the CLEC online member community.  Let others know your plans ahead of time by chatting about the CLEC Dine Around in the online member community.  The cost of dinner Friday evening is NOT included in your CLEC registration.  You will be responsible for your meal.

Some dining options include:

 Restaurant Cuisine  Restaurant Review
Grill 23 & Bar  Classy chophouse presenting surf 'n' turf classics & an ample wine selection in ornate rooms.  Reservations for 20 people.  Located 0.2 miles from hotel.
Lucca Back Bay

Chic space dominated by floor-to-ceiling windows offers Italian plates, plus a late-night menu.  Reservations for 20 people.  Located 0.1 miles from hotel.  Prix fixe menu is $65 per person and includes three courses with choice of entree and dessert.  Selections include:

  • Insalata alla Cesare:  Romaine hearts, traditional Caesar dressing, shaved Grana Padano, croutons
  • Rigatoni:  Traditional veal, beef and pork ragu, Grana Padano, mascarpone, basil
  • Risotto:  Parsnip risotto, gorgonzola cheese, poached cherries, parsnip crisps
  • Pollo:  Chicken ballotine, warm butternut squash panzanella salad, ricotta salata, vidalia onion roasted chicken jus
  • Salmone:  Bay of Fundy salmon, pickled squash, roasted turnips, spinach, spiced pumpkin seeds

Dessert selections include:

  • Torta di Cioccolato:  Chocolate Cremoso, brown butter-hazelnut brownie, espresso ice cream
  • Formaggio:  Artinsanal cheese with accompaniment
  • Panna Cotta:  Cinnamon Greek yogurt panna cotta, poached Bartlett pear, granola
The Capital Grille Outpost of the upscale steakhouse chain offers classic American fare & a clubby, refined setting.  Reservations for 20 people.  Located 0.2 miles from hotel.
Towne Stove and Spirits Fashionable bi-level restaurant, bar & patio with a diverse international menu & inspired drinks.  Reservations for 15 people.
FiRE + iCE Lively buffet offering pick-your-own ingredients & sauces for made-to-order stir-fries.  Reservations for 20 people.  $25 per person, All You Can Eat.  Located 0.4 miles from hotel.  Located 0.4 miles from hotel.
Papa-Razzi Family-friendly chain for wood-fired pizzas & other Italian fare, with a full bar & big wine list.  Reservations for 20 people.  Located 0.3 miles from hotel.
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse Upscale Brazilian chain for all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an extensive salad bar.  Reservations for 20 people.  $53 per person, All You Can Eat.  Located 0.2 miles from hotel.
P. F Chang's China Bistro Experience a unique combination of Chinese cuisine, attentive service, wine, and tempting desserts all served in a stylish, high-energy bistro.  Reservations for 20 people.  Located 0.2 miles from hotel.
Closing Keynote

Make It Stick!

Dr. Kathy Doig, Dr. Rachel Morris, Janet Oja and Kenton Cummins will be presenting the closing keynote session, "Make It Stick!"  Are you unfamiliar with the book Make It Stick:  The Science of Successful Learning?  The principles from this book can transform your teaching and improve student learning like it did for all four speakers.  These principles include retrieval, spacing and a growth mindset.  According to the speakers, you will want to download this book to your Kindle® for your trip home.

About the Speakers

Kathy Doig, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM retired from Michigan State University in December 2015, though as her presence at CLEC 2017 demonstrates, she is not truly retired.  Dr. Doig is a certified MLS and her PhD is in Adult Education.  Her career at MSU included teaching hematology, directing the accredited MLS program, directing the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics program, and serving as Associate Dean in the College of Natural Science.  She has contributed to 5 editions of Rodak's Hematology text.  She is recipient of the ASCLS Member of the Year and Mendelson Awards.  She has been a presenter at more than 15 CLECs.

Rachel Morris, PhD, MLT(ASCP)CM is a faculty member in the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program at Michigan State University. She lives with a baby boomer and two millennials.

Janet Oja, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Weber State University in Ogden Utah.  Her teaching disciplines include Immunohematology and Laboratory Management. Janet presented Make it Stick as a poster presentation at CLEC 2016.  She has spent 20 years "in the field" as a medical laboratory scientist.

Kenton Cummins, MLS(ASCP)CM is the Hematology Instructor at Weber State University, a position he has held for the past 4 years. He presented a poster on Make It Stick at CLEC 2016, along with Janet Oja and Scott Wright.

Networking Opportunities Abound

Luncheon Roundtable Sessions

We are offering 24 luncheon roundtable sessions at CLEC 2017.  These informal sessions are limited to 10 attendees, including the speaker(s).  They are designed to encourage conversation and discussion about important topics related to laboratory education.  Registration is limited, so register early if there is a certain topic that peaks your interest.  Topics include:

  • Barriers to Certification:  Student Perspectives
  • Culturally Sensitive Strategies to Shape Success
  • Evolution of a Clinical Rotation:  An Outcome Based Approach
  • FERPA Compliance in Cllinical Education
  • Incorporating Service Learning into the CLS Curriculum
  • Instrumentation Enrichment
  • MLT Simulated Microbiology Lab
  • Prevention of Digital Cheating with Respondus Monitor
  • Professionalism in Academia
  • Research Projects:  Setting the Stage for Success
  • Respect, Teamwork and Value of Clinical Laboratory Services
  • Self-Paced Parasitology Learning Module:  You Can Do It!
  • If Sitting Is the New Smoking, Are You Putting Yourself and Your Students at Risk?
  • The Benefits of Getting Students Involved in Professional Organizations
  • The Benefits of Utilizing Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Clinical Laboratory Sciences Programs
  • Two-Stage Admissions Process Model
  • Using Art As a Training Tool for Observational Skills in MLS Students
  • Entry Level Curriculum Updates:
    • Chemisty
    • Hematology/Hemostasis
    • Immunology/Immunohematology
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular Diagnostics
    • Phlebotomy
    • Body Fluids/Urinalysis

Lunch n Learn Sessions

Lunch n Learn sessions are more formal than roundtable sessions but not quite as formal as breakout sessions.  These sessions are held during lunch in a classroom setting.  However, discussion is encouraged while the speaker is presenting the topic.  Registration is not limited for these sessions.  At CLEC 2017, the following four topics will be presented as Lunch n Learn sessions:

  1. Expanding Your Educator's Toolbox:  Critical Thinking Tools for Teaching Immunohematology
  2. Delivery of Microbiology Curriculum in Integrated vs. 3+1 CLS Programs
  3. Innovative Methods to Deliver Case Studies in an Online or Flipped Classroom
  4. Students in Healthcare Course Evaluations:  Perceptions, Barriers, Usefulness

Lunch n Learn

CLEC General Sessions

General Sessions

CLEC General Sessions are designed to present topics of interest to all attendees.  We have several outstanding speakers lined up to present General Sessions at CLEC 2017.

Speaker(s) Session Title Date/Time
Deborah Brock The Difference Between Teaching and Learning  Thursday, February 23 at 5pm
George Fritsma and Cynthia Johns Enhancing Lab Communication:  Analyzing Extra-Analytical Errors  Friday, February 24 at 8:30am
Kathy Doig All Content Is Not Created Equal  Friday, February 24 at 5:15pm
Brenda Barnes Tips, Trends and Techniques for Teaching Today’s Students  Saturday, February 25 at 8:45am