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A capitol idea -- AACR 2013 conference preview (Part 2)
March 2013
by Jeffrey Bouley  |  Email the author

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Professional and career advancement  
As AACR notes, its Professional Advancement Sessions have long been "an integral part of the annual meeting experience, representing our dedication to the education, training and career advancement of cancer researchers," with sessions designed to provide important skills to investigators at all levels, from high school students to senior faculty.  
16th Annual Grant Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 6, Noon-5:00 p.m.
This intensive half-day workshop features keynote presentations, a mock study section and time for roundtable discussions with senior scientists. This session is aimed toward associate members and nonmember graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows with limited or no experience in preparing grant applications.  
Annual Career Fair
Saturday, April 6
At the AACR Sixth Annual Cancer and Biomedical Research Career Fair, recruiters from academia, industry and government will meet and connect with researchers and clinicians at all career levels. The career fair is free to all job seekers, and recruiters will have free access to interview rooms throughout the Annual Meeting. For more information, visit  
Career Conversations
Organized by AACR's Associate Member Council, these are informal networking and discussion sessions designed for early-career scientists. Sessions take place in the Associate Member Resource and Career Center at the meeting, and limited seating is available. The offerings are: Career Mentoring Session, Career Paths in Cancer Drug Development, Careers Beyond the Bench for Cancer Researchers, Careers in Clinical and Translational Cancer Research Roundtable and Designing and Delivering Effective Scientific Presentations.  
Eighth Annual Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition
This session gives undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about current research in the cancer field, hear from investigators about educational pathways and career development, explore career options in the cancer field and compete for monetary prizes while presenting their research.  
Meet the Research Pioneer
Meet the Research Pioneer Sessions are organized by the Associate Member Council and are intended for early-career scientists. These sessions provide a special opportunity to meet esteemed researchers in a small group setting to discuss their career path and their vision for the future of their particular field of interest. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the offerings are: Mentorship in Cancer Research: Fostering Excellence, Navigating the Road to a Successful Career in Cancer Research and Professional Networking: The Gateway to Scientific Collaborations.
Special Program for High School Students: The Conquest of Cancer and the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers
This free, interactive program is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in cancer research and the biomedical sciences. Students learn about cancer from the experts while interacting with scientists, physicians and their peers. The program includes lectures, tours of the exhibits and poster areas with mentors and a networking lunch. Local students and children and/or students of AACR members and of other annual meeting registrants are eligible to register.

M Street is Georgetown's main shopping street, and tends to be known primarily for stores that are part of major chains or bear well-known names, though many smaller boutique and specialty shops can be found nearby as well. In addition to the stores and restaurants at street level, there are also many located underground in the Georgetown Shops.
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Technology at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013  
The AACR notes that it "is dedicated to bringing you the latest innovations in mobile technology to enhance and facilitate" the annual meeting experience, with the following being notable offerings in that regard:  
Free wireless web access
Wireless Internet access will be available to meeting attendees in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  
Online proceedings and AACR Itinerary Planner
This tool allows for users to search all annual meeting presentations (including all proffered abstracts) by author/speaker, title word and keyword and create a personal itinerary for the meeting.  
Mobile itineraries
Personal itineraries created in the Itinerary Planner above can be exported as an iCalendar file into users' personal Outlook, Google Calendar or Apple iCal applications. Itineraries are also available as an HTML page that can be emailed to users' smartphones (iPhone, Palm Pre/Centro, HTC Touch Pro and Blackberry Curve/Storm/Pearl) for use during the meeting.  
Mobile Proceedings
The digital edition of the Proceedings of the AACR will contain abstracts of all proffered papers accepted for presentation as well as the extended abstracts submitted by invited speakers. The abstracts will be available in mobile and e-pub file formats for download to the Amazon Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony Reader and the Barnes & Noble Nook.  
Proceedings CD-ROM
Users will be able to search and browse all annual meeting abstract presentations by author/speaker, title word, keyword and session type. However, unlike in past years, beginning with 2013, the AACR Annual Meeting CD-ROM will only be available for purchase.  
Annual Meeting 2013 app
As the AACR says, you can "carry the annual meeting with you wherever you go—with or without a network connection, thanks to the Program Guide App, which is available in native versions to serve users of iPhone, iPad and Android devices (including the Kindle Fire) as well as a browser-based version for use on most web-enabled smartphones and tablets." The Program Guide App offers the following features:
  • Native storage: Once downloaded, all app content and functionality is stored natively on your Apple or Android device and can be accessed without an Internet connection.
  • Meeting abstracts: The full text of more than 6,100 abstracts will be stored natively in the Apple and Android Apps, so you have ready access to the poster session and minisymposium presentations.
  • Personal itinerary: Sessions can be bookmarked and saved to an itinerary folder to create a personal schedule for the meeting and can by synced to local device calendars.
  • Notes: User can take notes on sessions, presenters or exhibitors and store them natively in the app or e-mail them to themselves or colleagues.
  • Search/Browse: Users can search or browse annual meeting sessions by type, title, topic or organ site, or even the complete list of invited and proffered presentation titles by keyword or presenter. Exhibitors can be searched or browsed by company name or product category.
  • Maps: Detailed floor plans of all annual meeting venues—including the complete exhibit hall and poster area map as well as the hotel and bus route map—are stored natively in the app for easy browsing. 
As in previous years, the AACR will make the opening ceremony, the major plenary sessions and the award lectures available free as streaming video. In addition, attendees can purchase exclusive online streaming access to the audio and slides of all scientific sessions presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013.    

Dedicated on May 2, 1997, by President Bill Clinton, the FDR Memorial is more than just the statue shown here, spreading over 7.5 acres and tracing 12 years of the history of the United States through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's terms of office.
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Publications at the annual meeting  
New this year, the final program of the annual meeting in print form, as opposed to the online Itinerary Planner or the Program Guide App, will be available only by advance request during advance registration. There is no charge for the physical program, but the focus is now on the digital versions, and late registrants who want physical programs will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  
The Proceedings of the AACR publication will contain abstracts of all proffered papers accepted for presentation as well as the extended abstracts submitted by invited speakers, but copies had to be ordered in advance to ensure receipt. After the annual meeting, any remaining copies will be available for $75 each plus shipping.  
Finally, the Education Book will contain what AACR calls "state-of-the-art overviews" from speakers in the Educational Sessions and Methods Workshops taking place on Saturday, April 6. It will be available free online at after the meeting, but attendees can also obtain a free print copy onsite by request.        

Future Annual Meetings
April 5-9, 2014
San Diego
April 18-22, 2015
April 16-20, 2016
New Orleans

The Washington Monument celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2010. The architectural design for the towering structure was chosen in 1836, but the cornerstone wasn't laid until 1848, and then the Civil War put everything on hold—it wasn't until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over that the structure was finally completed in 1884 and then dedicated on Feb. 21, 1885.
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This aerial view of the Lincoln Memorial, which was built in the form of a Greek Doric temple, provides a view of a large section of the National Mall in which is sits. The memorial was designed by architect Henry Bacon and the sculptor of the huge statue inside—of Abraham Lincoln—was Daniel Chester French. Interior murals were painted by Jules Guerin.
CREDIT: Jason Hawkes

The national World War II Memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004, and was dedicated by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2004, two days before Memorial Day. The memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group.
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