March 2010

Professional Development at the Annual Meeting

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Times and locations for annual meeting events.

•A podcast interview with Larry Shapiro, the subject of “Naturally Obsessed.”

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., is only a month away. In addition to a great scientific program, we’ve planned several events that are geared toward the professional development of young scientists— undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

14th Annual ASBMB Undergraduate Student Poster Competition

Now in its 14th year, this poster competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research. The event, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, is a great way to meet fellow undergraduate attendees and to make friends and contacts before the meeting starts. The poster session also will have a networking break during which students can visit with prospective graduate school representatives. Prizes for the best posters will be awarded Sunday, April 25, at the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education lecture.

The video below shows footage of the poster competition from the 2009 meeting in New Orleans.


Careers in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: A World of Options, a Variety of Skills

The lectures in these symposia, sponsored by the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee, will occur from Saturday, April 24, through Tuesday, April 27. The lectures cover a variety of topics, including the skills that employers are looking for and tips for grant writing. The symposia also feature a panel on biochemistry and molecular biology careers and a career workshop for undergraduate students.

Graduate/Postdoctoral and Graduate Minority Travel Award Symposium

This event begins at 5 p.m. Friday, April 23, with a keynote lecture titled “Adventures in a Scientific Career: Juggling Research, Teaching and Real Life” by Graham C. Walker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This will be followed by a poster session in which all ASBMB travel award recipients will present their work.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development Program*

Back for a third year, this popular program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24. It will feature a morning panel on such careers as teaching, patent law and science writing, a networking luncheon and afternoon workshops that address issues particular to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Minority Scientists’ Welcome Reception

This year, the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee is hosting a welcome reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 25, after the afternoon symposia. Primary investigators, industry professionals, educators, young professionals and students are welcome to attend this networking and mentoring event for discussions on various topics such as career opportunities, mentoring options and issues facing minority scientists.

Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist

ASBMB will present a special screening of the hit movie, “Naturally Obsessed: the Making of a Scientist” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 26. The documentary follows a group of eager students, mentored by Larry Shapiro, along a challenging and uncertain journey toward getting their doctoral degrees. The film was shot over three years’ time at Columbia University Medical Center and also documents how X-ray crystallography enables the discovery of the molecular structure of AMP-activated protein kinase, considered prime for targeted drug development because of its relevance to diabetes and obesity.

Research Funding by the American Cancer Society

At 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 26, Charles Saxe, American Cancer Society program director in cancer cell biology and metastasis, will describe the research grant mechanisms available at the ACS and how to best approach the application process. A peer review committee member and a grantee also will be present to provide further insights and to field questions.

Talk with the Editors: New Guidelines for Publishing in the JBC

The Journal of Biological Chemistry is hosting a discussion at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, for people interested in learning about the Journal of Biological Chemistry review guideline changes and how they affect submissions to the journal.

Women Scientists’ Panel and Networking Reception

Join fellow women biochemists and molecular biologists at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, for a panel discussion on the gender gap and its impact in the field of science. A reception will follow for informal discussion and networking. 

*Registration required.

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