2015 Special Symposia

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.

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Molecular Life Sciences
July 30 - August 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.

Membrane-Anchored Serine Proteases
September 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.

Kinases and Pseudokinases: Spines, Scaffolds and Molecular Switches
December 5-8, 2015, San Diego, CA
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.