Dr. Paul Wakely, Scientific Program Committee, Chair

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASC’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting will not be on-site in Orlando, Florida as originally scheduled, but will be the very first “virtual” meeting ever held by the Society from November 5 – 8, 2020. Although the meeting will be condensed this year, all major scientific sessions will be presented by live streaming, and will be simultaneously recorded so that if you are unable to join the meeting live, your registration will still allow you to be able to view all recorded sessions at your convenience. Live-streamed sessions include the State of the Art Symposium moderated by Dr. E. Cibas with speakers Dr. L. Pantanowitz, Ms. A. Donnelly, Dr. S. Ali, and Dr. M. Ladanyi and the Current Issues in Cytology on small biopsy specimens moderated by Dr. C. VandenBussche with speakers Drs. M. Thrall, A. Borczuk, O. Basturk, and M. Zakowski. Both the JASC Panal Discussion Seminar whose panel consists of Drs. E. Wojcik, D. Kurtcyz, C. Vandenbussche, and G. Barkan addressing The Paris System version 2.0, and of course, the always popular Diagnostic Cytology Seminar moderated by Dr. J. Brainard and Ms. M. Randolph will be presented live.

A combination of prerecorded and live sessions will include Video Microscopy Tutorials (VMTs), Sign-out with the Professor sessions, Short Courses and Panel Discussion Seminars. Platform presentation with live question and answer sessions and e-posters will also be available for viewing. The Strategies in Cytopathology Education will be presented on Sunday morning. The meeting will begin Thursday, November 5 at 10:30 am.,Eastern Standard Time at which time our President, Dr. Daniel Kurtcyz. will present the State of the Society Address. His presentation will be followed by this year’s New Frontiers Lecture given by Dr. Robert Hazen from the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science. His lecture title is Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origins. Dr. Hazen is currently Senior Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory and Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences at George Mason University. He received the BS and SM in geology at MIT, a PhD at Harvard University in Earth science, and was NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University.

On Friday, the Leopold Koss Lecture will be presented by Dr. Azra Raza. Dr. Raza is Professor of Medicine and Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University, NYC. The title of her presentation is Cancer and Its Discontents. She is the author of the recently published book, The First Cell: The Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer’s Last. The ASC’s 68th Virtual Annual Business Meeting will be held on Saturday morning and will include the address by this year’s Papanicolaou Awardee, Dr. Edmund Cibas.

Although our social program has to be curtailed this year, the multitude of live and prerecorded lectures, symposia, and microscopic sessions at this year’s Annual Virtual Scientific Meeting is certain to allow you to glean incredible value from this tremendous diversity of curriculum.