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vote 
The polls for the 2015 AACC Elections are open, and online ballots from VoteNet were emailed to all eligible voting members on September 1. AACC encourages eligible members to vote for the association’s 2015 president-elect, two Board of Directors members, and two nominating committee members, as well as to approve two Bylaws revisions. Deadline: September 30
ebola 
News of the worsening Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has put labs in the U.S. on alert. How would your lab manage specimens from and test suspected Ebola virus patients? Join AACC for this October 7, 2–3 p.m. EDT webinar and find out how your lab should approach testing patients with suspected emerging infectious viruses.
patient safety 
Earn 10 CE with AACC’s online certificate program Patient Safety Essentials for Laboratory Professionals, which will teach you step-by-step methods to approach risk detection, how to better respond to laboratory errors, and how to conduct process improvement within your lab. Enroll by October 31, and you can receive 15% off with promo code 153.
caterpillar 
If you’re worried about the rising numbers of asp caterpillars (also known as the puss caterpillar or Megalopyge opercularis) in the Southern U.S., you can find out more about their life cycle, venom, and treatment for their sting in AACC’s Toxin Library.
plebani 
In a recent Scientific Short, Mario Plebani, MD, discusses the need to assure that every phase of the total testing process, including pre- and post-analytical steps, is correctly performed, and not just the steps that the clinical laboratory directly controls.