I would like to thank everyone who attended our March Committee Week in Arlington, Virginia, USA. It was a successful and constructive week, with seven committees and groups meeting, including document development committees, task forces, and the Board of Directors. Committee Weeks allow for CLSI volunteers to meet in person to develop new documents, revise existing documents, and plan upcoming projects. They are a great way to streamline the document development and project planning processes.
As always, it was great to see everyone who attended and it was wonderful to observe CLSI members taking the valuable opportunity to network with their peers between meetings and during luncheons. I am looking forward to another productive Committee Week in June.
Among the week’s events was the celebration of Mary Lou Gantzer, PhD, FACB, who received the Russell J. Eilers Award. The award is named for CLSI’s first president and is CLSI’s highest award. The Eilers Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to CLSI’s reputation, growth, and the voluntary consensus process. Mary Lou is our Immediate Past President and has contributed for many years in different roles to advance the quality and impact of CLSI standards and guidelines around the world. More information about the 2015 awards and award winners will be available on our website in the coming weeks.