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ASBMB conducting essential concepts survey

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) is conducting a survey on Essential Concepts and Underlying Theories from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics that every biochemistry and molecular biology major needs to understand after they complete their major coursework.  This is part of an ASBMB project that seeks to define the CORE PRINCIPLES of biochemistry and molecular biology. 

Over the past two years, through a RCN UBE grant from NSF, the ASBMB has been bringing together biochemistry and molecular biology faculty from around the country to participate in small one day workshops focusing on developing a list of Core Principles in biochemistry and molecular biology, Essential Concepts & Underlying Theories from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, and a list of Foundational Skills that every biochemistry or molecular biology major needs to understand after they complete their major coursework. 

Based on these conversations, we have generated a list of five Essential Concepts and Underlying Theories from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics that biochemistry or molecular biology majors need to understand after they complete their major courses.  They are:
1. Mechanical Concepts from Physics
2. Energy and Thermodynamic Concepts from Physics
3. Critical Concepts of Structure from Chemistry
4. Critical Concepts of Reactions from Chemistry
5. Essential Mathematics
 

If you are a biochemistry and/or molecular biology educator and wish to participate in this survey, email Weiyi Zhao for a survey invitation.