The American Society for 

Reproductive Immunology



About the Project

What is the Voices of ASRI Video History Project?

The Voices of ASRI Video History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of current and former American Society for Reproductive Immunology members and their experiences being a member of the society so that future members may hear directly from veterans and better understand the history of this society and the progress which has been made in the field of reproductive immunology over time.

Why Should I Participate?

In 2020, the American Society for Reproductive Immunology celebrates its 40th Anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion, we would like to create a living history record of video interviews of founding ASRI members, senior ASRI members and past presidents who have meaningful recollections of the history of the society over the past 40 years. These video vignettes will be used to inspire students, drive membership and encourage long-term contributions to the society.

Interview Guide

Each interview session will be unique. The next section contains interview questions (not a script) to help guide you through the video conversation. We highly recommend writing out your answers in advance, then practicing your responses a few times before recording to reduce the amount of editing needed. Here are a few additional tips when creating your video:

  • Please do NOT read from your script on camera, as it will not film well.
  • Record 10 min. maximum, ideally 5 minutes.
  • Have a neutral background such a solid colored wall or wallpaper. Try NOT to film in front of lab equipment, books, or anything that will look “cluttered” on camera.
  • Make sure you are well lit from the front and do not have a window or bright light behind you.
  • If you have a stand alone microphone, please use it. Computer audio is good, but a separate mic is better!
  • Fix your hair and wear formal, simple clothing like you would give a talk. NO shirts or dresses with stripes or patterns please.
  • Ladies – a little makeup is ideal. Either mascara OR eyeliner (not both) is recommended.
  • Do not disclose any personal, private information, like your contact information (videos will be publicly posted on a YouTube channel)
  • If you are at a large university, you may want to consider asking your media department to do the filming for you.

Video Tips


Interview Questions

Introduction & Biographical Details (red=required)

  1. Begin by stating your name and institution or organizational affiliation (if any).
  2. Where and when were you born?
  3. What inspired you to go into the field of reproductive immunology?

Membership Experience

  1. What year did you join ASRI?
  2. How many years have you been a member?  Are you still active or retired?
  3. How did you find out about the society (mentor, colleague)
  4. Who were your mentors in the society and scientific community?
  5. What makes ASRI distinctive versus other scientific societies to which you belong?
  6. What is unique about ASRI?

Reflections

  1. What are your fondest memories related to ASRI?
  2. What kinds of friendships and camaraderie did you form at ASRI?
  3. How did being a member of ASRI help shape your career?
  4. Retirees: Have you remained in contact with or reunited with fellow colleagues? If so, who?
  5. What message would you like to leave for future generations who will view this interview?
  6. Please add anything you feel should be added to this interview

How to Record your Video

Local recording is available to all Zoom subscribers. Local recording means in your computer, not in the cloud.  It allows users to record video and/or audio locally to a computer.  Note: Local recording is not supported on iOS and Android phones. *If you have a paid Zoom account, see cloud recording to use a mobile device. If you have a Zoom account already, skip to step #3.

  1. Visit www.zoom.us/signup for a FREE account.
  2. Sign up using your existing Google or Facebook account, or enter your email address & create password (an email will be sent to you for validation).  Follow the prompts to finish signing up.
  3. Sign In with your email address and password.
  4. A screen will open with your profile.  On upper right corner, hover over “Host a Meeting” then select With Video On
  5. Click on Open Zoom Meeting.  A file will download in lower left OR a window will pop up showing Zoom.exe - open the software to launch Zoom. Click on Join with Computer Audio
  6. Your face should appear on the screen.  Close the popup window that says Click to invite participants
  7. To start recording- click on the Record button in the lower right corner and choose Record on this ComputerYou are now recording!  To pause or stop recording briefly, click the Pause or Stop buttons.
  8. To end the session, click on End Meeting on the bottom right corner, then End Meeting for All. This will end your session so you can save your recording.
  9. A pop-up window will open and show the saved file from recording. Click on file labelled “zoom_0” to play back your recording. The recorded file will be saved in your computer’s Documents folder which will now have a folder “Zoom” automatically created. Inside the Zoom folder,  all of your “zoom_0” files will be saved in subfolders with the specific time and date of the recording.  You can play back all of your files and delete the ones you don’t like.  Feel free to do as many “takes” as you like, but please only send us your BEST audio or video recording!
  10. When you have selected your favorite recording, right click on the file you wish to send us and rename it using your last then first name as the file name
  11. Send your Zoom file to ASRI:

      Click here to upload via the ASRI Video History Project Upload form
    • Enter your name, phone and email address, then upload your file and click submit to send your files to us.  That’s it!

ASRI reserves the right to edit any/all submitted files for content, clarity and brevity. ASRI reserves the right to post any submitted content on their website, YouTube or social media channels for public viewing.

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