Summer has arrived and so have the details for the 40th Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. By now, you should have received a few emails regarding the conference and program from Chair Amy Sullivan. For example, abstract acceptances have been sent and a draft of the technical program is available. The conference committee and working group chairs and vice chairs did a masterful job of organizing an intriguing scientific program. Admittedly, I have already spent considerable time (perhaps more than I should admit to) going through the abstracts and arranging my conference week schedule. I am eager to once again briskly walk back and forth, up and down escalators to hear cutting edge talks, chat it up at the coffee table in the exhibit hall, check out the latest in aerosol instrumentation, find standing room only space at popular talks, and slide by bustling aisles at the afternoon poster sessions. In addition to the technical program, I have also earmarked numerous social events including (e.g., trivia night, mentoring programs, Particle Art, Book club, fun run, EPA tour and more!) This year, there truly will be a plethora of different ways for each of us to reconnect and gather at the conference.
A new conference also means new opportunities for leadership. The Social Media Ambassadors are our latest addition to the team of AAAR members who breathe life and direction into our organization. In addition, current members should have already received an email regarding election ballots. Elections are important and I urge you to please complete your ballot by July 23rd. For those of you not familiar with the process, each year we look for new names to add to the election slate and also for additional names to add to our committees (indeed, we are still looking for a 2024 Conference Chair). In a given year, there are roughly 30 positions that need to be filled. If you are interested or even slightly curious, please reach out to VP Leah Williams. Do not hesitate, many of the positions have institutionalized training and mentorship. In the months leading up to the conference, Leah Williams will appoint new members and leaders. I encourage each of you to use your gifts and talents in any way you can to keep our organization thriving.
Lastly, this is my final message in Particulars. It has been a pleasure to serve as President this year. I have been surrounded by motivated, accomplished, exceptional members who have volunteered their time and efforts to make sure our organization has continued vitality and growth. AAAR is truly a well-run organization! As a Past-President once said, “the trains are running on time!” During my tenure, I received many emails from all constituents about new ideas and opportunities to improve (keep them coming!), and I am appreciative of all of those who are willing to shape the future of AAAR. AAAR has been and is the preeminent North American organization fostering a community of communication and scientific exchange and pushing the boundaries of aerosol science and technology. It has been rewarding to contribute to our mission and history. The future of AAAR has yet to be confirmed, and I sincerely look forward to seeing what happens next in Raleigh and beyond!
President, AAAR Board of Directors
This issue’s Newsletter Committee:
Editor | Kerry Kelly, University of UtahSenior Assistant Editor | Krystal Pollitt, Yale UniversityJunior Assistant Editor | Justice Archer, University of BristolGuest Contributor | Dong Gao