Past Symposia

Transforming Undergraduate Education in the Molecular Life Sciences
July 20–23, 2017 | Tampa, Fl. 
The two overarching meeting themes are (1) high-impact teaching and learning practices and (2) mechanisms to facilitate student transitions from two-year colleges to four-year colleges and universities.

Evolution and Core Processes in Gene Expression  
July 13–16, 2017 | Kansas City, Mo.
Genetic variation in core machinery for protein translation has been shown to be associated with a variety of human diseases, providing a glimpse of the likely variation that underlies population-­‐level differences relevant to studies of “personalized genomics” in humans.  

The field of transcription biochemistry and molecular biology has become one with the field of chromatin biology and epigenetics; these two fields are basically inseparable. RNA polymerase II and its transcription machinery play an essential role in the modification and remodeling of chromatin; and chromatin plays a pivotal role in the regulation of gene expression by RNA polymerase II.

Kinases and Pseudokinases: Spines, Scaffolds and Molecular Switches 
Dec. 5–8, 2015 | San Diego, Calif.
This meeting explored the duality of kinase function as enzymes and allosterically regulated scaffolds, as well as the dynamic features that define constitutively active kinases and kinase dead allosteric activators of signaling pathways.  

Membrane-Anchored Serine Proteases 
Sept. 17–20, 2015 | Potomac, Md.
The symposium provided an opportunity for researchers within this rapidly expanding field to get together to present and discuss the latest and most important research on structural, biochemical, biological, and pathophysiological aspects of membrane-anchored serine proteases.  

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Molecular Life Sciences 
July 30–Aug. 2, 2015 | Saint Joseph, Mo.
This special symposium brought together both new and experienced educators to share, synthesize, and generate effective classroom strategies in undergraduate molecular life science courses.  Through a series of presentations, workshops, and open discussions led by successful educators in the field, the most recent strategies identified to improve student learning and success in undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology courses were highlighted. 

Evolution and Core Processes in Gene Regulation
June 25–28, 2015 | St. Louis, Mo.    
This meeting highlighted a number of examples of how studies of core processes in gene expression can provide unexpected and illuminating insights into evolutionary processes. Participants were excited to interact in a very interdisciplinary space, and specifically noted how the exposure to areas not usually represented at their “usual” conferences made this event particularly productive.