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Abridged Transcript of Nonprofit Commons Meeting: Featured Presentation - Medical Lab Professionals Week (04-25-2014) by Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP)


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On April 25, 2014, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) with a featured presentation by Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT (ASCP) aka SarVana Haalan (SL). The presentation offered the opportunity to share information about the Virtual Laboratory for Training and Career Recruitment Project(VLTC).
The VLTC Project is the ongoing "Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real" (R2V2R) integration of clinical laboratory training; information sharing; and laboratory career development by Ms. Cherry dba Cherry Consulting Network.

Immediately following the Nonprofit Commons meeting, several community members joined Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT (ASCP) aka Sally Cherry (Kitely) in the 3D OpenSim virtual world for a tour of the VLTC Center located within CHARE Village.

The virtual-based component known as the Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center includes Ms. BugLady’s Micro Lab (STI laboratory Training) and "Ms. BugLady's Lab Career Center (medical laboratory career development and recruitment). The Virtual Laboratory Training and Career (VLTC) Center was developed and is managed by STD/STI Laboratory Consultant/Instructor, Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) with the "in-world" assistance of 3D avatars, Sally Cherry (Kitely) and SarVana Haalan (Second Life).

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Abridged Transcript of Nonprofit Commons Meeting: Featured Presentation - Medical Lab Professionals Week (04-25-2014) by Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP)

  1. 1. (Full Transcript of April 25th Nonprofit Commons in Second Life (NPC) Meeting - NPSL Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Your one-stop source for blog posts and news from the world of non-profit organizations making a difference in Second Life Abridged Transcript of April 25th NPC Meeting Featuring Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) aka Sarvana Haalan Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW): Virtual Laboratory Training Center Rhiannon Chatnoir: Let's move on then to today's featured presentation! Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today we have Sally S. Cherry (SarVana Haalan in Second Life). Sally will be presenting on her Virtual Laboratory for Training, Career Recruitment and Retention, focused on medical laboratory professionals and projects. Buffy Beale: cheering for Sar! Beth Ghostraven: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-. Serene Jewell: yay Sar! Rhiannon Chatnoir: let's welcome her up to chat with us on her Virtual Laboratory Training, Career Recruitment and Retention (VLTC) Project Sarvana Haalan: Good morning everyone Rhiannon Chatnoir: start when you are ready! Zinnia Zauber: No we can't do before. Sorry guys. Well, you know the theme and that is a good start! lol Sarvana Haalan: Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week at Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center Providing Laboratory Training, Career Recruitment and Promotion in 3D Virtual Worlds Sarvana Haalan: First, I would like to send a shout to a few of those 300,000 including… the laboratory team at the Baltimore City Health Department – Bureau of Disease Control (BDC) Laboratory. I have been celebrating MLPW with them all week Sarvana Haalan: that some of my lab peeps in Baltimore, Md
  2. 2. 2 Sarvana Haalan: In celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, I am delighted to share information about my ongoing “Virtual Laboratory Training, Career Recruitment and Retention (VLTC) Project”. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual celebration of the laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. Since lab professionals often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical testing they perform every day. Therefore, Lab Week is an excellent time to acknowledge and honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the USA every year Sarvana Haalan: As an ASCP-certified medical technologist, I am proud to be identified as one of the 300,000+ medical laboratory professionals around the country. These lab professionals include pathologists, medical technologists, cytotechnologists, histotechnologists, medical laboratory technicians, histologic technicians, and phlebotomists. Sarvana Haalan: I am sure everyone of you have been in contact with one lab professional Sarvana Haalan: A brief bit about SarVana aka Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP)… the laboratorian! I am medical technologist who is also a media geek. In 1974, Sally S. Cherry graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and from Union Memorial Hospital - School of Medical Technology with a Certificate of Completion in Medical Technology. After college, she worked in medical research at the Carnegie Institute of Washington - Department of Embryology. During this time, she passed the national certification exam for medical technologists administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). After working as a medical technologist at a Baltimore-based hospital, she entered public health as the Laboratory Coordinator at Baltimore City Health Department’s Bureau of Disease Control under the supervision of the late public health pioneers, Dr. David Glasser; and Dr. John Hume of Johns Hopkins University – School of Medicine. Sarvana Haalan: Laboratory professionals are well-educated and highly-trained health professionals who perform and evaluate medical laboratory tests to detect, diagnose, monitor treatment, and help prevent diseases, and save numerous lives each day. The dedication to quality medical lab testing and ultimate patient care is demonstrated 365 days of the year. Sarvana Haalan: Laboratory medicine is indeed an honorable profession and is vital to sustaining a high standard of health care. It is one of the reasons that I am passionate about promoting laboratory science careers in my online and offline activities. Sarvana Haalan: It is the “laboratorian in me” that is always researching and/or testing traditional and alternate platforms for information-sharing, lab training, and career promotion. It is the indeed “laboratorian in me” that created and is developing the Virtual Laboratory Training and Career (VLTC) Center with the in-world assistance of three different avatars… Sally Cherry (Kitely), SarVana Haalan (Second Life) and Sarvana Cherry (JokaydiaGRID). Sarvana Haalan: Since 2008, usability testing and program development for the “Virtual laboratory training, career recruitment and promotion components (VLTC) Project” have been an ongoing process within several virtual-based environments including Metaplace (2D), Second Life, and OpenSim (Kitely, OSGrid, and JokaydiaGRID). In 2009, the first ”Ms. BugLady’s Lab” was created in the now closed 2D virtual world, Metaplace. The name, “Ms. BugLady” was nickname that I was given years ago in real life. Sarvana Haalan: The VLTC Project was inspired by my work as a laboratory instructor specializing in laboratory methods in the diagnosis of STDs/STIs and by the need for interactive “long distance” training platforms. After several international "field" assignments in Turkey, Kenya, Egypt, Uganda, and USA, I became interested in using technology to connect with other medical professionals. Then, I discovered “virtual worlds” and my avatar(s) have never looked back!
  3. 3. 3 Sarvana Haalan: With the shutdown of Metaplace in 2010, the VLTC Project was re-established in Second Life with the assistance of the 3D avatar, SarVana Haalan. In 2011, the hands-on laboratory was built and launched in CherNetiva located in JokaydiaGRID, an OpenSim grid. It is still an active training laboratory. In 2012, various components of the VLTC Project were relocated to Kitely, another OpenSim grid. Currently, the STI Laboratory Training Center and Laboratory Career Center are located in my Kitely region known as CHARE (Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange) Village. It also houses a Social Media Center, HIV/AIDS Awareness Center, and other health-related resource components. Sarvana Haalan: Everything is not complete so please excuse our dust when you visit. :-) Sarvana Haalan: It is hoped that VLTC Laboratory Career Center, the laboratory science career recruitment and promotion component will be visited by high school and college students, teachers, parents, medical professionals, and anyone interested in laboratory science and/or pursuing a career in laboratory science. According to an annual survey performed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), laboratory professions are seeing an increasing vacancy rate. Currently, there are more than 40,000 vacant lab jobs in the United States. Thus, the need to recruit for laboratory professionals. Sarvana Haalan: The overall objective for the STI Lab Training and Career Center is to provide access and delivery of information, links, and resources pertaining to STI laboratory methods, laboratory guidelines, laboratory science careers, and laboratory organizations as well as foster networking and collaborative partnerships with other professionals. Sarvana Haalan: The components of the VLTC Project include: • STI Laboratory Training Center - STI Clinical Laboratory Training • Lab Career Resource Center - Lab Career Recruitment and Promotion • CHeTARE Social Media Center - Social Media and 3D Virtual Worlds in Laboratory Science and Public Health (to be completed in June 2014) Sarvana Haalan: It is hoped the VLTC Center will be used for STI Lab Methods Training; events; Virtual World Usability Training; laboratory promotions (such as Medical Laboratory Professionals Week); and other lab-related capacity building tasks. As in real life, I welcome virtual-based connections, networking, and collaborating with local, national, and international laboratory colleagues, educators, organizations, and researchers. I must applaud the creative skills of Linda Kellie Designs (now owned by Zadaroo - for the OAR file upon which CHARE Village was created. Much of the laboratory equipment including the microscope was built in-world but some items are obtained from other sources such as FleepGrid Shop ( and Kitely Market ( Sarvana Haalan: I elected to build a close to the real thing microscope because I hope to teach basic microscopy in world Sarvana Haalan: Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) Links Medical Laboratory Professionals Week Facebook Page - Sarvana Haalan: ASCP - Medical Laboratory Professionals Week American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Sarvana Haalan: ASCLS - Medical Lab Professionals Week The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
  4. 4. 4 Sarvana Haalan: Kudos to a colleague for this excellent article... The hidden profession that saves lives By Rodney E. Rohde, PhD (Feb 11, 2014) “Medical Laboratory Science (also called Clinical Laboratory Science) is one of the most under- recognized health professions – with excellent job prospects” Sarvana Haalan: Now, some “shameless self-promotion” I was recently contacted to be interviewed for my professional laboratory organization, American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP - As an ASCP-certified medical technologist, it is indeed a delight and honor to be interviewed and featured for the ASCP-ONElab's "inspiring stories from the lab". The talented ASCP Communications Writer, Susan Montgomery said it best... "Never underestimate the impact a teacher can have on a student." Sarvana Haalan: An ONElab article featuring an ASCP interview with real life Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) – Celebrating 2014 Laboratory Professionals’ Week (April 23, 2014) Sarvana Haalan: Thank you for the opportunity to present SarVana Haalan aka Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP) Sarvana Haalan: Website - CHARE Village - Cherry/CHARE-Village Cherry Network Centre - Pinterest Board: bugladys-world/ Rhiannon Chatnoir: you have several regions on Kitely, what are the projects you have there Sarvana Haalan: I tried to keep the presentation so if any lab folks are in the audience... they can share what is going on in there labs. Sarvana Haalan: or for any questions INCARN8 (incarn8): great presentation Sarvana! Sarvana Haalan: Thank you Buffy Beale: Excellent work Sar thanks! INCARN8 (incarn8): do you have the ability to do gene sequencing or molecule modeling? INCARN8 (incarn8): in real time? Sarvana Haalan: This the classroom for lectures and viewing of YouTube presentations Zo (zotarah.shepherd): Very impressive work Sarvana. Sarvana Haalan: Thanks... Wisdomseeker (lissena): love the images Serene Jewell: I was just in your world in your CHARE world a few days ago. It is a very impressive and professional place. Rhiannon Chatnoir: I know there is someone on the VIBE sims that has an educational region dedicated to genetic science INCARN8 (incarn8): lets confer outside this mtg i may have some resources you can integrate or enhance desired Buffy Beale: I think that one is on the VWBPE MOOC coming up Rhi
  5. 5. 5 Sarvana Haalan: My specialty since 1978 has been the microbiology of sexually transmitted diseases... I feel that: "Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real" in the Lab” is essential Beth Ghostraven: Max Chatnoir has an SL sim on genetics Sarvana Haalan: I do have one challenge right now INCARN8 (incarn8): thanks Beth . . . I'll reach out to Max Sarvana Haalan: Getting my microscopes as interactive as in JokayGRID Jan Avi Ray (jan71): My friend is an AMT registered is she has a chance still to go to US to work? Sarvana Haalan: I need a microscope script Sarvana Haalan: awesome... Have her to check out ASCP and/or ASCLS websites. Jan Avi Ray (jan71): thank you Sarvana:) Rhiannon Chatnoir: I think that is a common hurdle for those moving to OpenSim, there are less access to objects/scripts made by others, though Kitely does now have a marketplace Beth Ghostraven: Sar, have you contacted any scripters to see if they can help you with the microscope script? Sarvana Haalan: I have and must sync our schedules for more discussions Rhiannon Chatnoir: and, if you are interested in Science focused topics, especially as they might relate to education, the VIBE region is a good place to collaborate with others Sarvana Haalan: I have a script but can not get it to work Sarvana Haalan: Great... will contact Stephen, Kat Lemieux: Depending on what you want it to do, you might look at some builders who have made telescopes, since a microscope is sort of related technology. Sarvana Haalan: any other questions or comments? Rhiannon Chatnoir: for others interested in VIBE Beth Ghostraven: VIBE has a sim in SL, too, and the BIO-SE group Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes Serene Jewell: You make virtual worlds look great, Sar! Well done! Rhiannon Chatnoir: they do events in both as well, which is nice Sarvana Haalan: Thank you... still much to do Buffy Beale: Sar do you spend much time training the students to get around? Sarvana Haalan: We will be having our Open House in Kitely through the rest of April and the entire month of May Sarvana Haalan: I have conducted a couple of real life usability sessions in real life. Hope to do more but I am self- funded so I must get a bit more creative on the end of the spectrum :-) Buffy Beale: yeah it's tough Sarvana Haalan: I have used Skype to work with a couple individual online Sarvana Haalan: That is why I moved my SL Project to Kitely... it is more budget-friendly ... hehe Rhiannon Chatnoir: for those not familiar, Kitely has not only a monthly model, but has a by access pricing Sarvana Haalan:I hope to conduct a component of my real life Brightfield Microscopy Lab Course inworld Rhiannon Chatnoir: that would be great
  6. 6. 6 Sarvana Haalan: I will be able to have refresher sessions without the trip to Maryland Serene Jewell: Such a great use of virtual worlds. Sarvana Haalan: That is a major appeal for me to use VWs Rhiannon Chatnoir: to use at as professional development training for lab professionals you mean? Rhiannon Chatnoir: btw, speaking of VIBE, Stephen just popped in Sarvana Haalan: yes... plus lab recruitment Jan Avi Ray (jan71): Can u give me the lm of the SIM, Sarvana? Stephen Xootfly: Greetings all. Sarvana Haalan: for career information as well as Buffy Beale: heyy Stephen! Beth Ghostraven: Stephen! We were just talking about you :o) Sarvana Haalan: sorry... * Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod, told him he had perfect timing Rhiannon Chatnoir: the link to Sarvana's region we will be visiting today is: world/Sally-Cherry/CHARE-Village Jan Avi Ray (jan71): thank you:) Sarvana Haalan: He heard us talking about raiding his community. lol, lol Rhiannon Chatnoir: you will need an OpenSimulator capable viewer Rhiannon Chatnoir: indeed, all good stuff of course Rhiannon Chatnoir: you can also tell Max we were talking on Genome Island Maggie Larimore: what do you suggest; was having trouble with Singularity yesterday trying to get into Kitely Sarvana Haalan: I use Singularity most of the time Sarvana Haalan: sometimes Firestorm Rhiannon Chatnoir: some people also use Firestorm Stephen Xootfly: Should I put up a moat and pikes? Rhiannon Chatnoir: heh Stephen Mrs Jenelle Angel Williams (jenelle.levenque): I use Firestorm with no problems Sarvana Haalan: I will parachute in, Stephen LOL, LOL Rhiannon Chatnoir: I tend to use Singularity viewer myself Stephen Xootfly: Drawbridge will be down, of course. Sarvana Haalan: VIBE is an awesome community Buffy Beale: with a huge welcome mat right Stephen :) Serene Jewell: I use Firestorm for Kitely. It has to be the FirestormOS version. The version that works for Secondlife doesn't work for Kitely. Ari (arisia.vita): The latest FS version works for both Mrs Jenelle Angel Williams (jenelle.levenque): I use the OS version for SL and the Open Grids Serene Jewell: Ari, that's great news.
  7. 7. 7 Sarvana Haalan: Oh, yes... If you have a YouTube presentation that you would like to share ... please send me the link.... I would like to feature various projects or labs monthly or weekly Sarvana Haalan: media on a prim Sarvana Haalan: self-study with a quiz to be taken at the end Kat Lemieux: Yes! Sarvana Haalan: Ok... Like I said before... I am proud to be a Laboratory "RockSTar"... ASCP-certified! Sarvana Haalan: Please feel free to send me a friend request here or in Facebook or Linkedin... Sally S. Cherry. Thank you for listening! Hope that you had a rocking MLPW Svea Morane: Sarvana, great vision for the work, excellent execution on the project. Well done, and congratulations. Dancers Yao: excellent ...thank you so much Zo (zotarah.shepherd) applauds Rhiannon Chatnoir: I have my avatar in Sally's region now in Kitely Maggie Larimore applauds Sarvana Haalan: Thank you... I am honored by the kind words! Wisdomseeker (lissena): wonderful application for education! Zinnia Zauber: Rah Sar! You inspire us so much! Rhiannon Chatnoir: if your viewer doesn't have Kitely automatically set up, you will have to add Kitely as a new grid Rhiannon Chatnoir: you can use Grid Name: Kitely Login URI: Buffy Beale: ty Rhi Rhiannon Chatnoir: to set it up Sarvana Haalan: OK... I am heading over Rhiannon Chatnoir: then you can use whatever your username and password is for Kitely grid Rhiannon Chatnoir: the info for where her project sim is at Cherry/CHARE-Village Rhiannon Chatnoir: you can also create/login to your account through there and get whatever info you need Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Sally for presenting today! Stephen Xootfly: Yay, Sally. Thanks. Rhiannon Chatnoir: Please feel free to send her any questions Rhiannon Chatnoir: and we will be touring Sally's project in Kitely for those interested in that, several of us are already there Rhiannon Chatnoir: Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Tour: STI Training Laboratory and Career Center in Kitely (Full Transcript of TechSoup Global’s Nonprofit Commons April 25th Meeting:
  8. 8. 8 NPSL Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Your one-stop source for blog posts and news from the world of non-profit organizations making a difference in Second Life Nonprofit Commons in Second Life The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is sponsored by TechSoup Global and is a program of Caravan Studios and the TechSoup Global Community & Social Media team. It is a community of practice for nonprofits making a difference in the 3D virtual world. The community members are worldwide. The TechSoup Global’s Nonprofit Commons April 25th meeting included colleagues from Victoria BC Canada; Boston, MA; Akron, OH; Oklahoma USA; San Francisco, CA; Tullahoma, TN; Baltimore, MD; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; NYS Metro area; Rochester, MN; Santa Rosa, CA; UK; Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington; Los Angeles, CA; Greater Boston; Northern Virginia; Spring Branch, Texas; Brussels, Belgium; Saudi Arabia; Arizona, Mexico; and various other locations. Ways to You Can Get Involved with the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life: - Nonprofit Commons Blog: - Wiki: - Twitter: - Facebook: - G+ Community: - Google Group: - Google Calendar: - About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons - - About Caravan Studios - - -