The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA), is an incorporated, non-profit organization that is an affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). ChABSA was established in 1987 by local area members of ABSA with a similar interest in the safety of research using microorganisms and recombinant DNA.







ChABSA Meeting Announcement

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hard Times Cafe
4738 Cherry Hill Rd.
College Park, MD 20740


"Containment: Science through Fiction"
Hank Parker, Ph.D. 
Georgetown University 

Dr. Hank Parker recently published the novel “Containment,” involving a global plot to release a deadly virus and the elite response team who must try to stop it. He holds a PhD in biological oceanography and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, where he teaches a course on biological threats to food and agriculture. He formerly served as a Senior Executive and Acting Director of Homeland Security for the Agricultural Research Service of USDA and has published and lectured on bio- and agro-terrorism. 



Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Place: Hard Times Cafe (Primary location of speaker)
4738 Cherry Hill Rd.
College Park, MD 20740

Time: 6:00 pm - Social Hour
6:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm Speaker

Cost: $30 for ChABSA members
$35 for non-members if RSVP and check received by 1/3/18 
$35 for members and $40 for non-members after 1/3/18
(checks must be received by due date to get early bird pricing)

Sorry, no refunds.

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The remote location in Manassas, Virginia will provide appetizers and desserts.  Please bring your own dinner and drink to network with other biosafety professionals starting at 6:00pm.

Remote Location:

George Mason University
Colgan Hall room 110L
10900 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

Talk is scheduled to start at 7:00 – 7:15 pm.







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Past President   Mark Tartaglia

President-elect  Matt Fischer

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