26th Annual SALIS Conference was hosted by Andrea
Mitchell, Research Librarian for the Alcohol
Research Group and a founding member of SALIS. From
the warm ambiance of the historic Berkeley City Club,
to the impressive agenda of speakers, and with a full-court
tackling of an especially urgent issue (the threatened
demise of ETOH), the 24th Annual SALIS Conference was
a resounding succcess. The conference theme of "Making
Waves for Change" turned out to be a
prophetic call for SALIS to sail against the cold winds
ands rough seas that were beginning to loom in the world
of drug and alcohol information. Nonetheless, the conference
offered many saving graces and "sweet memories."
Among the excellent speakers:
- Cynthia Hallett,
MPH, Executive Director, Americans for Nonsmokers
Rights and & American Nonsmokers Rights
Foundation, on "Tobacco Prevention: Policies,
Research, and Tobacco Industry Interference"
- Geoffrey Hunt,
PhD, Senior Scientist, Institute for Scientific
Analysis, on "Dancing and Drugs: A Cross-National
- Judy Appel,
JD, Deputy Director, Legal Affairs, Drug Policy
Alliance, on "School Drug Testing"
- Craig Reinarman,
PhD, Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies,
UC Santa Cruz & Visiting Scholar, Center for Drug
Research, Univ. of Amsterdam, on "Librarians
as Subversives: Truth is the First Casualty of Drug
- James Mosher,
JD, Director, Center for the Study of Law &
Enforcement Policy, Pacific Institute for Research
& Evaluation, on "Underage Drinking and
the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS)."
Other highlights included the piano
stylings of SALIS member Eric Helmuth during the opening
Reception, with a reprise performance by the "SALIS
Swingers," singing SALIS' own version of "Memories
Are Made of This." The meeting was capped (corked?)
on Saturday afternoon with a tour of the Napa Wine Country
-- educational and fun!
the final Program.
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