News & Notes

COVID-19 Update: 2020 Seattle Conference Cancelled

March 16, 2020--The safety and health of our conference attendees is paramount, and while it is a difficult decision because we are still one month out, we have decided to postpone the conference in Seattle. We just received word from the hotel that they will waive the cancellation fee, thus the reason we waited to make this announcement. We will update you with additional details as soon possible. Please continue to monitor the website and 'whitelist' the email address [email protected] (or mark as a "safe-sender" in your email program), as this is the one from which our communications are sent. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

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Please be sure to 'whitelist' or add to as a "safe sender" [email protected], so you receive timely news and updates from us. This is more critical than ever because we will be relaying information about the conference by email. Many universities block the address unless you mark it safe, and your messages are bouncing back to us.

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