Clinical lab professionals provide hope
Mary Ann McLane (front, third from left) and other members of the ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee present a check for $2,070 to the Orange County Food Bank.
McLane (second from left) with UD medical technology graduates who also attended the meeting: Keely Pierzchalski (Class of 2006, currently a doctoral student at University of Maryland), Dara Missan (Class of 2006, currently a doctoral student at Albany Medical College), and Rebecca Boyer-Anderson (Class of 2007, current president of the Delaware constituent society of ASCLS).

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10:40 a.m., Aug. 19, 2010----The annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), held in Anaheim, Calif. from July 27-31, was the scene of more than just scientific sessions and technical talks.

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The ASCLS Promotion of the Profession Committee donated $2,070 in cash and 638 pounds of nonperishable food to the Orange County Food Bank.

According to Mary Ann McLane, professor in the Department of Medical Technology at the University of Delaware, the contributions came from medical lab professionals throughout the country over a five-day period this summer.

“This is a great example of how a professional organization can make a difference and help to meet a local need in our host city,” said McLane, who just completed a one-year term as president of ASCLS.

At the same meeting, McLane installed the incoming president, Marcia Armstrong from Hawaii. As immediate past president, McLane will continue to serve on the society's board of directors for the 2010-2011 year.

As ASCLS president, McLane chose “provide the face” as her platform. Her goal was to increase the visibility of clinical laboratory professionals and thereby stimulate interest in the profession among young people.

McLane joined the University of Delaware faculty in 1996. She holds a master's degree in medical technology education and a doctorate in physiology, both from Temple University. Her specialty is clinical chemistry, and her research focuses on melanoma metastasis.

Article by Diane Kukich

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