Happy Summer!

Hello NECyto members and flow community! I would like to announce that Michele Griffin, who works with Glenn at the Koch Institute Flow Core at MIT, is interested in starting up a new meeting group for interested flow cytometrists.

flowomen will be an informal, fun women’s flow cytometry gathering where members meet up to vent all things flow and support each other as strong women leaders and scientists.
Location TBD (a local Cambridge Restaurant), on Wednesday September 7 at 5:30 PM. RSVP to Michele (michelep@mit.edu).

I’ll also take this opportunity to remind you all that BBGs are coming back, we will skip July but the first Monday in August is August 1, so block off your sort calendars now so you can come! As always, you can send me suggestions for venue, and let me know you are coming so I can book a table.

While you have your calendar out, pencil in NECyto for October 27, for the return of our annual fall meeting. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


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Zoom BBG!

Originally sent via the HSFC email list on 3/11, its in their archives but I never got the message in my inbox. I’m hoping you all did.
Greetings, FLOWers! I hope everyone is doing well, I know many of us are feeling somewhat isolated and miss seeing everyone’s smiling faces at BBGs (preferably with a beer in hand!), so NECyto will be hosting a zoom BBG on Monday 3/22 starting officially at 5, but I’ll try to log in early. Depending on turnout we may end up using breakout rooms (“tables”) as it’ll be hard having too many people in one room… I know Howard is looking forward to seeing everyone so if you can find a time to stop by, please log in!
Michael Waring is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NECyto BBG
Time: Mar 22, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 873 8973 0424
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COVID online class from MIT

Hello flow community! While we wont be having NECyto this year, the opportunities for learning never end! I’ve just found out about this offering from MIT, co-organized by one of the Ragon PIs.

New Subject Offering: “COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic”
In Fall 2020, all MIT students and the general public are welcome to join Professors Richard Young and Facundo Batista as they discuss the science of the pandemic during this new class. Special guest speakers include: Anthony Fauci, David Baltimore, Britt Glaunsinger, Bruce Walker, Eric Lander, Michel Nussenzweig, Akiko Iwasaki, Arlene Sharpe, Kizzmekia Corbett, and others. The class will run from September 1, 2020 through December 8, 2020 and begin each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The live stream is available to the public, but only registered students will be able to ask questions. The sessions will be recorded and made available. If you are interested, visit this link!

I hope you are all staying well.

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NECyto 2020

Greetings NECyto members and followers. After careful consideration we have decided not to host a meeting this year. As disappointing and difficult a decision this was, we hope that Monday BBGs will be able to resume sometime soon (before it is too cold to sit outside!) and that the lively flow discussions in person can resume, and we will return next year with some format changes to the fall meeting!
I can’t believe this is the first post of 2020, and I will try to post more content in the coming months to keep you informed and entertained. Any suggestions or requests are welcomed!


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NECyto recap and contact info

Thanks to all who attended NECyto 2019 as a registrant, vendor, or speaker, it was a great day (if you don’t mind a little wind…). Some of the slide decks have been posted on the meetings page, some will not be made publicly available. Be sure to come next year so you don’t miss a thing!

A reminder that we have lots of ways to get in touch with us. Our email is new.england.cytometry@gmail.com, and we are also on Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, and Instagram! And don’t forget the ISAC social forum. For new users in the area, there is the HSFC mailing list (High Speed Flow Cytometry) for local announcements and events! Visit:  https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/arc/hsfc to join.
This info is now on our “Contact Us” page as well.

We are looking for new members for the organizing committee,  to bring in some fresh ideas and extra hands! If you have ideas but no time, we are happy to hear from you as well. Speakers for next year, content for the blog, anything you’d like your local professional society to provide. Use any of the platforms listed above (email is probably the most reliable).

Finally, I didn’t realize it had been over a year since I added to the “humor” page, so enjoy the latest addition. There are several older creations that haven’t made it on there yet, I’ll get those posted in the near future.



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One day until the 2019 NECyto user group meeting! The agenda and speaker list can be found under Meetings>2019, or direct link here:

Please note that we will again hold registration in the Atrium of 100/200 Technology Square, like last year–closer to the food and the vendors!

We are pleased to again provide $5 parking in 800 Tech Square garage, but ask that you park on the top levels to accommodate local monthly passholders. You will be provided with a voucher to turn in at the cashier window upon exiting, and can stay for the post-meeting BBG gathering.

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2019 NECyto Registration is live!

With just over 6 weeks to go before the NECyto User Group fall meeting on October 17th, registration is now live! The link is at the bottom of this message, but a few items of note for our vendors:
–Vendor tables include 2 attendees (so 2 tables covers 4 attendees), additional reps would need to register as a “General Attendee”. We will get names for the vendor badges after registration.
–There is an option for vendors to sponsor either Breakfast, Lunch, or break, for an additional $200. (The registration site description says $150, we are trying to correct that!). We appreciate your support!
–further vendor information can be found here:

Click this link to register:

We hope to see you at the meeting!
Mike Waring
President, New England Cytometry User Group
Director, Ragon Institute Imaging Core

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Talk titles for NECyto 2019

Optimist: Glass is half full.  Pessimist: Glass is half empty.  Cytometrist: glass starts out half empty, but is full by the end of the sort!

October 17th will be upon us soon, and I know you are all eager to know what we will talk about at NECyto and to get registered! Well the server we’ve been using for registration is in transition, and we’ll get that launched as soon as we can. In the meantime, we will post the talk titles so you know what we will be presenting!

-Jon Fallon and Allison Demas, Ragon Institute: “Using high throughput, flow-based tools to guide the development of functionalized malaria antibodies.”
-Greg Behbehani, Ohio State University. “Applications of mass cytometry in myeloid malignancies”
-Anne Carpenter, Broad Institute. “A picture is worth a million numbers: Targeting disease by profiling cells via microscopy and imaging flow cytometry”
-Kelly Lundsten Biolegend. “A new age in spectral detection: expanding and upgrading fluorophore selection”
-Marcela Maus MGH: “CAR T cells: a new role for cytometry.”
-Joe Trotter, BD Biosciences: “Future of Sorting.”

For the Vendors! Please visit this link for information about the meeting:
We will send out an announcement when registration goes live.

We look forward to seeing everyone!
Mike Waring
President, New England Cytometry
Director, Ragon Institute Imaging Core

Reminder: we are now on Twitter (@NECytometry)
and FaceBook (New England Cytometry)!

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2019 CYTO and NECyto

Hello flow users! I hope to see some of you at CYTO in Vancouver in a few short weeks.
One of the workshops there will be “Assuring Rigor and Reproducibility for use of Mass Cytometry in Clinical Research”, if you have a few minutes to fill out a poll about the technology the hosts would find it very helpful.
<Click for the poll>
In general I would encourage all of you to participate in these types of surveys, the more accurate the data and the more responses, the better the understanding of the challenges and needs of the community, and the more likely we will get changes!

I’m also happy to announce our speaker lineup for NECyto on October 17th:

Anne Carpenter, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Marcela Maus, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Jon Fallon and Allison Demas, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Kelly Lundsten, Biolegend
Greg Behbehani, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Simon Watkins, University of Pittsburgh Center for Biologic Imaging

Registration will go live some time in July, updates will be posted to this site and via mailing lists. Hope to see you there, too!

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42nd annual course in Cytometry

The 42nd annual course in Cytometry is being held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from June 8-13. Participants will attend lectures and hands-on activities, with topics including:
Building a Flow Cytometer
Flow Cytometry Data Acquisition
Next Generation Cell Sorting: New Tools and Methods
Panel Design and Optimization
Spectral Flow Cytometry

For the full agenda and more info, visit the website here:

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