September 2010

Meeting Theme: Education and Professional Development


The "Education and Professional Development" annual meeting theme will cover dealing with frustrations at the bench, classroom management skills, mentoring students in the laboratory and the art of collaboration. There also will be a workshop on Process-oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. The meeting will be held April 9-13, 2011, in Washington, D.C. (Titled "Education and Professional Development: Coping with the Ups and Downs" in print version.)


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The way scientists perceive and cope with the inevitable ups and downs of exploratory research, instruction and mentorship is crucial to their success and satisfaction. Students particularly are prone to magnifying routine setbacks into personal failures that, if left unchecked, can extinguish their interest in a scientific career. As the stresses continue to mount, many promising students cite pressure as a key reason in their decision to turn away from a career in science. Consequently, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2011 annual meeting Education and Professional Development theme – “It Didn’t Work! Coping with ‘Failure’ for Students and Professionals” – focuses on common sources of stress and frustration in the classroom and laboratory.

The program is organized into five sessions. On Saturday, April 9, the activities will focus on education and outreach in coordination with the 15th annual ASBMB undergraduate poster session sponsored by the Undergraduate Affiliates Network. Prior to the poster session, Erin Dolan (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) will speak on “Wiki Wizardry: Using Information Technology for Outreach.” Afterwards, students will be invited to a workshop titled “Preparing for Graduate School” featuring a panel of graduate students.

Click here for more 2011 annual meeting thematic overviews.

For information on  annual meeting registration, housing and abstract submission, click here.

Frustrations at the Bench

On the morning of Sunday, April 10, a session titled, “It’s Not Your Fault. Dealing with Frustration at the Bench,” will focus on approaches to bolstering the confidence and performance of research trainees. Ann Stock (University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine) will lead off with a talk on “Overcoming Student Perceptions of Failure: Helping Students Develop a Constructive Approach.” Next, in “An Ounce of Prevention: Failure-resistant Experimental Design,” Peter J. Kennelly (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) will discuss ways to avoid fueling the “It didn’t work/I failed” syndrome. Finally, Phillip Pekala (East Carolina University) will speak on addressing peer reviews in “Manuscripts and Grant Applications: Reading and Responding to Critiques.”


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This meeting will be very fruitful.



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