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New this week: Genetics meeting goes virtual, ACS webinar on chem careers, a lab design summit, and a series of discussions about the biomedical workforce during COVID-19
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By ASBMB Today Staff
April 19, 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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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 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 22: Twitter chat on 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 22–25: GSA meeting goes online 

The Genetics Society of American is moving its annual meeting online next week. Registration is free. There will be talks, poster presentations, Slack channels and more. See the details.

April 22: Webinar on chem careers amid COVID-19

The American Chemical Society is hosting a webinar at 2 p.m. April 22 titled "Navigating Your Chemistry Career in a COVID-19 World." The stated learning outcomes are: "What to look for in this fluid employment environment," "Tips to ramp up your virtual efforts" and "Strategies for those furloughed or downsized due to COVID-19 issues." Learn more.

Discussions on biomedical workforce during COVID-19

Rescuing Biomedical Research is hosting a series of virtual discussions this month and next. All of the events listed below begin at 2 p.m. Eastern. Register here.

April 23: Graduate student and postdoc issues (co-sponsored by Future of Research)

April 30: Improving academic pandemic preparedness

May 7: Early-career faculty issues (co-sponsored by DORA)

April 30: Send video of 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: Apply 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 11–13: Lab Manager offers lab design summit

This summit for architects, engineers, planners, designers, and laboratory management professionals will be held online May 11-13. The events are free. Learn 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.

May 31: Free courses for new 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.

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 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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