ASET 2018 marked the Society’s 59th Annual Conference, held in New Orleans, LA, from August 16-18, 2018. The conference included two pre-conference workshops, more than 70 concurrent sessions divided into four tracks each day, three amazing Plenary Session speakers, poster viewings, a vibrant Exhibit Hall, and a Symposium to close out the record-breaking conference with more than 737 in attendance! Since 1992 only five annual conferences achieved attendance greater than this year’s conference. ” The NOLA spirit was felt in every corner of the conference space,” said Susan Agostini, ASET President.
The first Plenary Session kicked off with Cynthia Christie, CLM presenting on “Critical Thinking for the Health Care Team: Accelerated Skill Building.” Attendees participated in a special activity aimed at improving the outcome of decision-making steps in a team environment. On Day 2, Dr. Aatif Husain, M.D., was the Ellen Grass Memorial Lecturer. Dr. Husain presented on “Clinical Neurophysiology in the Treatment of Diseases.” Cathy Boldery, R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, CNIM, CCT, FASET, was our Kathleen Mears Memorial Lecturer, whose session asked attendees to think about the most pertinent question of our times “How Can We Solidify the Future of Neurodiagnostic Technology?”
The annual conference is the perfect time to recognize those that impact the Neurodiagnostic community. Read the Board Briefings article to learn more about this year’s award recipients.
Embracing the NOLA Spirit
Attendees were asked to participate in our ASET 2018 Bucket List Scavenger Hunt this year, organized by the Marketing & Social Media Committee, to maximize their conference experience. Bucket list items included tasks such as “Take a Photo with a Past-President” and “Submit a Photo with Your Credentials at the Photo Booth.” The slideshow below displays some of the photo entries that were uploaded via the scavenger hunt. We would like to thank all of our attendees that participated in the challenge. Winners were announced at the closing session and are listed here in the Marketing Committee portion of the Committee Corner. If you were a winner, but were not present at the closing session to receive your prize, please email Maliha Khan, ASET’s Marketing & Social Media Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mardi Gras Indians paraded through the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall this year. The Mardi Gras Indians are a group of African Americans who pay homage to Native Americans by parading in Native American style beaded suits. In New Orleans and other places, the Native Americans helped African Americans during slavery. Slaves would run to the Indian areas and the Indians took them in to hide them from their slave masters. The Slaves were dressed as Indians in disguise, so the slave masters couldn’t recognize them. They often stayed and lived with the Indians, adopting their ways of life. Over a hundred years ago the parades started to celebrate this freedom. They celebrate with a combination of African, Native American, and original New Orleans drumming rhythms and song. The Mardi Gras Indians are a tradition that is handed down through generations by family and culture. It’s a way of life, sharing that Indian and African spirit of freedom and beauty to the neighbors of New Orleans and the world. We were glad to have the Mardi Gras Indians join us for the Welcome Reception. Attendees were handed masks and beaded necklaces at the entrance to join the celebration. Below see a video of the parade:
Thank you to those who attended and made our 59th Annual Conference a memorable one. We look forward to seeing our members in our hometown, Kansas City, MO, for ASET 2019 to be held from August 15-17, 2019. Stay tuned to ASET.org for more details coming soon.