February 2011

20 things to do in D.C.

The 15th annual ASBMB Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition is at 1 p.m. on April 9 at the Washington, D.C., convention center. Here are some answers to questions you might have about the competition.

Q: If I submitted my abstract by the November 2010 deadline, am I automatically entered into the poster competition?
A: No, you are not automatically entered into the poster competition. However, you are eligible to sign up for the competition in January. We encourage all eligible undergraduates to enter the competition.

Q: How do I sign up for the poster competition?
A: If you are a first author and submitted your abstract to an ASBMB topic category, you will have received an e-mail in January inviting you to sign up for the competition online. You also can go to the ASBMB website for information or follow us on Facebook.

Q: I submitted a late-breaking abstract; am I eligible to enter the poster competition?
A: No, late-breaking abstracts are not eligible. However, you are welcome to visit the poster competition as a guest.

Q: I’m a travel award recipient; am I automatically entered into the poster competition?
A: No, you are not automatically entered into the competition. You will need to sign up in early February (see above). Travel award recipients are required to participate in the poster competition.

13. Meet up with friends, pick up some books and grab a bite to eat at Kramerbooks and Afterwards Café and Grille in Dupont Circle.

14. Join in the annual spring celebration at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, commemorating the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington. You can catch the parade on April 9 or take a leisurely walk along the Tidal Basin to view the blooms.

15. Take in a free performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage every evening at 6 p.m. Acts include everything from performances by the National Symphony Orchestra to gospel groups.

16. Head over to the up-and-coming Atlas District for drinks and dinner. You can enjoy a beer and a game of Skee-ball or indoor miniature golf at the H St. Country Club.

17. View some of the amazing photographs that never made it into National Geographic at the National Geographic Museum.

18. See the taped door that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation and try your hand at being a reporter or photographer at the Newseum.

19. Go for a mule-drawn canal boat ride along the C&O Canal in Georgetown. When you’re done, stop at Georgetown Cupcake, meet the sisters from the TLC reality show and grab a tasty bite to eat.

20. Learn about the lives, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere at the National Museum of the American Indian. Don’t forget to save room for some food at the museum’s Mitsitam Native Foods Café.

Nicole Kresge (nkresge@asbmb.org) is the editor of ASBMB Today.


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