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ARCS Foundation National Annual Meeting (NAM), “Peak Experience: Cutting Edge Science in the Wasatch”

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014

The 2014 NAM was held in Salt Lake City from September 17-20.  The Utah ARCS Chapter members were delighted to welcome more than 90 individuals, including ARCS Foundation members and their guests from throughout the country.  Chaired by Judith Miller, the NAM Committee put together an outstanding program of special events and presentations.  Out-of-state members stayed in the Grand America Hotel, where several of the programs were also held.  Many ARCS members commented that the Grand America was the best hotel they had ever stayed in. On Wednesday evening, the opening reception was held at The Point at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker welcomed the group.  Mayor Becker’s mother Ann Becker is a founding member of the Metro Washington Chapter and is also a member of the Utah Chapter.  Information sessions on topics important to ARCS Foundation members were given on Thursday morning and afternoon.  The ARCS Light Luncheon, recognizing members who have given extraordinary service to their chapters, was also held on Thursday.  Anne Erickson from our chapter received the ARCS Light Award.  Thursday evening ARCS members and their guests were welcomed and recognized at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsal at Temple Square.  Tours of the Moran Eye Center, Red Butte Gardens and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts occurred on both Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Special presentations at the Grand America on Friday were given by University of Utah President David Pershing, USTAR Executive Director Ivy Estabrooke, L-3 Communications Corp. Executive VP Susan Opp, Dr. Nassir Marrouche and Dr. Chris McGann of the U’s Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research & Management Center (CARMA), Director of the U’s Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Dr. Chris Johnson, and Dean of the U’s College of Engineering Rich Brown.  The attendees were very impressed with the scientific research and development of new services and products that are developed here.  Friday’s social dinner was held at The Leonardo Museum.  Following a general session on Saturday morning, members were given a special architectural tour of the Natural History Museum of Utah.