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New this week: Twitter chat about grad student and postdoc mental health, webinar about data integrity, and more
ASBMB Today Staff
By ASBMB Today Staff
April 12, 2020

Every week, we update this list with new meetings, awards, scholarships and events. If you are looking for announcements from federal funding agencies relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are collecting those announcements here.

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Thursdays: Join us for a therapeutic Twitter check-in

These are strange and difficult times. Many of us are under stay-at-home orders. Some are self-quarantined. Some are far from and worried about the people they love. Some are pulling their hair out as they try to juggle homeschooling, mentoring and working from the kitchen table. Join us at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursdays on Twitter to tell us how you're faring. Our account is @ASBMB, and the hashtag is #ASBMBcheckins.

Free webinars and courses for aspiring communicators

Poynter has made all of its News University webinars and courses free for college students and educators through May 31. If you're just beginning your science communication career journey, there are primers on grammar and evaluating sources, among others. More advanced courses include, for example, ones on writing for broadcast media and using video. See the available courses.

Virtual seminar series: lipids and lipid signaling

Every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern

ASBMB Lipid Research Division members John Burke of the University of Victoria and Mike Airola of Stony Brook University have organized a weekly online seminar series to provide "opportunities to graduate students and postdocs who are missing the ability to give talks at conferences” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The series is taking place via Zoom. To sign up to attend, add your name and email address to this Google sheet. If you’re interested in presenting, please contact Burke.

Here is the next seminar and links to presenters’ publications: 

April 17 | Spatiotemporal control of lipid signaling

Reika Tei, Baskin lab, Cornell University 

Claudia Mattheus, Daumke lab, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

April 24 | Lipid transport

Mikael Winkler, Pedersen lab, Aarhus University

PeiQi Li, Reinisch lab, Yale University

May 1 | Lipids and disease

Neil Vasan, Cantley lab, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Thomas Hannich, Riezman lab, University of Geneva

April 15: Setting yourself up with trustworthy data

Are you sure that the data you’re collecting today is as solid and secure as you’ll need it to be next week, month or year? Join ASBMB Data Integrity Manager Kaoru Sakabe, researchers Chris Berndsen and Chris Ulens and librarian Jennifer Reiswig in a discussion on good data stewardship, moderated by JBC Scientific Editor Catherine Goodman. Learn how to avoid common mistakes, discuss habits and workflows, and get your questions answered to ensure you are doing all you can to generate enduring and reproducible research for the scientific community. Register here.

April 15: Startup grants from Schering, Thyssen funds

Schering Stiftung and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation are offering startup grants for new researchers working on "projects in the fields of biochemical, neuroscience or immunological basic research with biomedical implications." Each project grantis worth up to EUR 60,000. Learn more.

April 22: Twitter chat on grad/postdoc mental health

Join the ASBMB on Twitter at 2 p.m. Eastern on April 22 to hear from mental-health experts, advocates and others as we continue to manage the multitude of emotions and stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it.

April 30: Submit a video about your #ASBMB2020 poster

Though the 2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting has been canceled, we can still come together virtually to share our research. Those who were programmed for a poster presentation are invited to participate in a virtual poster session on YouTube. Record a video about your research, upload it to YouTube and then submit your virtual poster presentation to us. See the guidelines.

April 30: Applications due for NIH DATA Scholar Program

The National Institutes of Health has a new opportunity called the Data and Technology Advancement (DATA) National Service Scholar Program. It's for experienced data and computer scientists/engineers who want to "tackle biomedical data challenges with the potential for substantial public health impact." Participants will work at the NIH offices in Maryland or North Carolina. Learn more.

May 6: DOE graduate student program deadline

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research program is accepting applications from those who wish to do thesis work at participating national labs/facilitiesLearn more.

May 15: Letters of intent due for PhRMA fund grants

The PhRMA Foundation is now accepting letters of intent for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships as well as research starter grants for early-career faculty in the areas of drug discovery and drug delivery. Letters of intent are to be submitted through proposalCENTRAL, but more information about eligibility and application process can be found on the PhRMA Foundation website.

June 1: Deadline to apply for diversity scholarship

The ASBMB's Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates offers financial support to students who demonstrate an interest in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and enhance the diversity of science. Students whose social, educational or economic background adds to the diversity of the biomedical workforce or who show commitment to enhancing academic success of underrepresented students are eligible. The scholarship provides up to $2,000 toward undergraduate tuition costs. Learn more.

June 1: Nominations due for Heinrich Wieland Prize

Researchers who have published outstanding work on “biologically active molecules and systems in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry and physiology” are eligible for the 100,000 euro 2020 Heinrich Wieland Prize. Learn more.

June 1: Enter undergrad design challenge

Two institutes at the National Institutes of Health are teaming up with VentureWell to present the 2020 DEBUT Challenge. (DEBUT is short for "Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams.") This contest has lost of prize possibilities, with the biggest at $20,000. See the DEBUT website for details.

June 8: Hopkins to host science writers at press club

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences is offering a free, daylong program for science writers of all kinds on June 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The theme is precision medicine. We can attest that we've found some of our best stories and sources at this annual event. More info.

June 9–10: NASEM workshop on aging, environmental research

The National Academies will be hosting a free two-day workshop titled "Integrating the Science of Aging and Environmental Health Research." In an email announcement, the Academies said speakers will discuss findings about "How environmental exposures influence or mediate aging" and "How aging influences environmentally mediated health outcomes." It will be webcast. Learn more.

July 16–17: Free "train-the-trainers" program

The National Institutes of Health and the Association of American Medical Colleges are presenting their second "Train-the-Trainers" event for advisers, staff members and faculty members who provide guidance to and career-related programming for grad students and postdocs in the life sciences. Advance registration is required, but the program is free. See the agenda.

July 20–29: Free glycobiology training in Brazil

The Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of São Paulo will host the São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Glycobiology (SPSAS-GLYC) this summer. The program includes theoretical and practical courses and opportunities for student presentations. The organizers tell us that, of the 72 attendees, 36 will be chosen from applications from Brazil, and the other 36 will be chosen from applications from other countries. All 72 attendees will attend for free, with the SPSAS-GLYC covering their travel and accommodations. Learn more.

Aug. 11: Deadline for HHMI program for medically trained scientists

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be accepting up to 10 biomedical scientists for its new $120 million research program. According to the announcement we received, the Medically Trained Scientists Program "will offer as many as eight years of support for up to 10 early career scientists who are committed to conducting basic research." See HHMI's site for more details.

Sept. 1: New deadline to apply for PROLAB travel awards

The Promoting Research Opportunities for Latin American Biochemists program allows Latin American graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to spend up to six months in U.S. or Canadian laboratories. Participants get access to technologies and expertise that may not be readily available in their home countries, allowing them to grow their skills and contribute to building capacity in the life sciences at home. Note that the deadline has been extended from this spring to Sept. 1.  Learn more.

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