There is Still Time to Register - Western/Northeast Section Meeting

by Tonya Edvalson on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pre-Registration is Ending on – 03/16/2017!!!

Don’t let Pre-Registration sneak by you – these rates expire March 16, 2017. Please go to the registration site for details and to register before it’s too late to get the best rates.:  Meeting Registration.

According to our good friend, Google, the weather forecast for Honolulu is predicting temperatures in the 80s with sunshine for our conference.  For those of us in much of the West and most of the Northeast right now – THAT SOUNDS AMAZING!!!  This is practically our last article before the meeting and we have a lot to update you about….. so, hold on tight.  

Our Opening Reception will be a traditional luau on the rooftop at the hotel on Monday night, April 3.  We wanted to give everyone some rest after weekend travel and give you an opportunity to appreciate the Hawaiian culture.  Your registration will include a ticket for the event.  If you are bringing family members along, guest tickets (including children) are also available at a discounted price.  This is going to be an amazing Opening Reception!



"I was called to be a doctor from age 3 or 4."  Dr. Kalani Brady is a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in the John A. Burns School of Medicine.   After graduating with honors from Harvard University in engineering and applied physics, he continued his education at the University of Hawaii to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health.  Ultimately, he received his Medical Degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  He completed his Residency at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  Dr. Brady is an Internal Medicine physician who treats chronic health problems for a wide range of patients.  He also leads a clinic for Hansen’s Disease (more commonly known as Leprosy) in Kalaupapa, Hawaii.  He has performed with the Opera Company of Boston, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a soloist of the Harvard Glee Club. His currently on the Board of Directors of the Honolulu Boys Choir.

Dr. Brady will start our meeting with a great Keynote Presentation along with a Hawaiian “oli.”  An oli is a Hawaiian tradition where important information is passed on through songs, chants, or poems.  Those who perform the oli learn their own style and it is usually passed through generations.   We are honored to have him open the meeting with his experiences and to share this unique Hawaiian tradition.  

The hotel has been extremely accommodating.  If you have problems at all registering on the website, please call the hotel directly (1-808-949-4321) and ask for the front desk to register.  They can help you with the room blocks set aside for our meeting.  Click here for Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

If anyone is interested in roommates to save on travel expenses for the meeting, please contact Tonya Edvalson at or (801) 507-7036.

We are incredibly proud of our program this year.  Please don’t forget your opportunity to participate in the Certificate and Track offerings this year.


  • Financial Management
  • Pre-Award 
  • Introduction to Research Administration and Management (IRAM)


  • Professional Development
  • Sponsored Programs Planning, Development and Deliveries 
  • Management and Operations
  • Research Ethics and Compliance
  • Clinical Research
  • Financial and Post-Award Administration

There will be something for everyone!  Take a moment to see the program by clicking here:  Workshops and Concurrent Sessions.  

If you are one of our expert speakers – THANK YOU!!!  We are looking forward to seeing you in Hawaii.  If you have not yet returned your confirmation to Headquarters, please do so ASAP.  

Are you interested in exploring the island, but don’t know what to do or where to start? Our Entertainment Committee, spearheaded by Nick Rogers, has been working hard to find some great activities for us to do as a group while we are on the island on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.  We will have more information available as details are finalized. Please stay tuned to emails and the next Catalyst for details.

Our Silent Auction Committee has been hard at work and has already received some great donations.  The Silent Auction drives our travel award funding for each meeting.  We need more donations to make it successful.  If you have a craft or talent (e.g., artwork, jewelry, etc.) where you would be willing share a piece (or two), please let Ellen Libao ( know.  She would love to hear from you!  Please consider other items as well, such as gift cards or unique items from your state, that could be shared with our members.

It has been such an honor putting this program together for our Sections.  We appreciate everyone’s efforts towards this meeting.  If you have any questions about the meeting, please let us know.  

Tonya Edvalson                                                   Bill Hoffman
Western Section President                                Northeast Section President