Announcement

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

Just posted: Selections from the WHO's film festival, a two-day workshop on creating more sustainable labs and an ASBMB webinar on metabolic reconstruction, modeling and omics data analysis using BioCyc
ASBMB Today Staff
By ASBMB Today Staff
May 16, 2021

Every week, we update this list with new meetings, awards, scholarships and events to help you advance your career. If you’d like us to feature something that you’re offering to the bioscience community, email us with the subject line “For calendar.” ASBMB members’ offerings take priority, and we do not promote products/services. Learn how to advertise in ASBMB Today.

Watch today: Health film festival winners

On Thursday, the World Health Organization announced the winners of its 2021 Health for All Film Festival. You can watch the official selections here. There are three main categories (universal health coverage, health emergencies and better health and well-being) and a special prize category (health equity).


May 18 & 25: Protonic bioenergetics and action potential

It's not too late to enjoy this ASBMB series about the latest discoveries and progress in mitochondria, neurons and other biosystems. It started on May 11, but you can register for the next two installments. The series is being organized by James W. Lee at Old Dominion University. Learn more.

May 19: Panel discussion on how to be a good mentor

The American Society for Cell Biology is hosting a webinar for mentors at all career stages. There will be a panel discussion "mainly guided by audience participation," so you are encouraged to come with questions. The panelists will be Elise M. Lewis of Charles River Laboratories, Meng-meng Fu of the National Institutes of Health and Prachee Avasthi of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Register.


May 24: New deadline for ASBMB award nominations

The ASBMB Annual Awards are given to outstanding professionals who have been recognized by their peers for contributions to their fields, education and diversity. The recipients will give talks about their work at the 2022 ASBMB Annual Meeting. You can nominate or self-nominate. See a list of available awards and prepare your nomination package.

May 26: Talk about RNA-guided DNA insertion with CAST

Feng Zhang of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will present the Genetics Society of America's 2021 Novitski Prize Seminar. Here's how it's described: "Over the past few years, there has been a growing appreciation for the natural diversity of CRISPR–Cas systems, adaptive immune systems microbes use to defend against invading foreign genetic elements. Components of CRISPR–Cas systems have also been found to be associated with transposable elements, creating programmable jumping genes. We have been working to characterize CRISPR-associated transposon (CAST) systems and understand the mechanism of these fascinating molecular machines. Learn more.

May 27: Application deadline for DOE internships

The U.S. Department of Energy is accepting applications through May 27 for the fall cohort of its Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Program. This program allows undergraduates and recent grads to conduct mentored research in DOE labs across the nation. Learn more.

May 31: Application deadline for IUBMB editorship

The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is seeking a new editor for its journal Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry. The editor has a three-year term. Applications are due May 31. See the job description and application instructions.

June 7: Insomnia biomarkers awards for junior researchers

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation has established a new award program for junior researchers. The Focused Projects Award for Junior Investigators is for scientists pursuing basic, translational, clinical or population sleep and circadian science. The work should be related to the identification, evaluation or validation of insomnia biomarkers. The $50,000 award provides seed funding for mentored research projects. We're told the AASM Foundation hopes to issue three awards. The deadline is June 7. Learn more.


June 16: Metabolic reconstruction, modeling and omics data analysis through BioCyc

The first part of this free bioinformatics workshop will provide a tutorial for using the BioCyc pathway/genome web portal and Pathway Tools software developed by the Bioinformatics Research Group at SRI International. In the second part of the workshop, Jeremy Zucker of the Pacific Northwest National Lab will give a talk about Pathway Tools-based metabolic reconstructions. It is titled “AI-assisted metabolic and regulatory investigations of the circadian clock in the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa.” Learn more.


June 20–25: Teaching science with big data

This international meeting guides faculty on how to teach using web-based, free-access large data sets. How big is "big data"? Data that is so large, fast or complex that it's difficult or impossible to process using traditional methods. Join us to learn these valuable teaching skills to prepare students for the future. Sponsored by the ASBMB and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Registration and abstract information.


June 21: Flux-independent signaling by ionotropic receptors

Save the date for the virtual event "Flux-independent signaling by ionotropic receptors: Unforeseen roles and complexities" on June 21. The organizers say it will be of interest to neuroscientists, cell biologists, molecular biologists and biochemists, among others, involved in the study of cell physiology and function in health and disease. Read the event description and register.

July 20–21: Green Labs Digital Summit

Lab Manager is hosting a free two-day event about sustainable labs. If you're interested in greening your lab (reducing energy consumption and waste and optimizing processes), save the dates for presentations on such things as metrics for sustainability, net zero labs and long-term savings strategies. Learn more.


July 21–23: Extracellular vesicle studies: From benchtop to therapeutics

Extracellular vesicles are secreted, membrane-bound compartments containing DNA and cytoplasmic constituent molecules of all types that are thought to act as mediators of intercellular communication. They are classified by both size and location/mechanism of cellular origination. They are thought to be produced by an ever-expanding diversity of cell types and species. However, there is also considerable skepticism related to their existence and utility, as it can be difficult to isolate EVs since there is no EV-specific molecular marker to target. (Editor's note: See this ASBMB Today feature on EVs by former science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay.)

A primary focus in recent years has been to describe the mechanisms of molecular sorting that would allow researchers to target proteins produced from exogenously introduced DNA to EVs for cellular secretion and uptake. The potential value of EVs to therapeutics is thought to be enormous, thanks to the role of EVs in cell–cell communication as a robust, native delivery vehicle.

This event will appeal to a broad audience, including molecular biologists, biochemists, biophysicists, secretion experts, cell–cell communication specialists, clinicians, physiologists and others. Submit an abstract by May 27. The early registration deadline is June 25, and the regular registration deadline is July 16. Visit the event homepage.

July 30: Deadline to apply for PALM fellowship

The Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network is accepting applications from postdocs and faculty members who wish to learn about and get better at implementing evidence-based active learning. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fellows and mentors will participate virtually. Learn more.


Call for virtual scientific event proposals

The ASBMB provides members with a virtual platform to share scientific research and accomplishments and to discuss emerging topics and technologies with the BMB community.

The ASBMB will manage the technical aspects, market the event to tens of thousands of contacts and present the digital event live to a remote audience. Additional tools such as polling, Q&A, breakout rooms and post event Twitter chats may be used to facilitate maximum engagement.

Seminars are typically one to two hours long. A workshop or conference might be longer and even span several days.

Prospective organizers may submit proposals at any time. Decisions are usually made within four to six weeks. 

Propose an event.

Oct. 30: Deadline to apply for PALM fellowship

The Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network is accepting applications from postdocs and faculty members who wish to learn about and get better at implementing evidence-based active learning. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fellows and mentors will participate virtually. Learn more.

ASBMB Today Staff
ASBMB Today Staff

This article was written by a member or members of the ASBMB Today staff.

Featured jobs

from the ASBMB career center

Join the ASBMB Today mailing list

Sign up to get updates on articles, interviews and events.

Latest in Careers

Careers highlights or most popular articles

Reimagining STEM workforce development as a braided river
Jobs

Reimagining STEM workforce development as a braided river

June 11, 2021

A contemporary approach to today’s science careers looks less like a structured pipeline and more like a collection of paths that change and adapt to the needs of the individual.

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
Announcement

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

June 6, 2021

Here's a sampling of Pride Month happenings. Send us more!

What does a scientist look like?
Diversity

What does a scientist look like?

June 5, 2021

After the program, more students drew pictures of scientists as themselves or people of color, demonstrating that they are internalizing an identity of becoming a scientist.

Giving students tools to forge a new path
Observance

Giving students tools to forge a new path

June 4, 2021

"At every level of education, we need a system that is student-centric and that provides opportunities for all to pursue degrees that will allow them to become what they want to be."

How an interest in circuits led to a career in medical devices
Jobs

How an interest in circuits led to a career in medical devices

June 4, 2021

Our industry careers columnist spoke with Damini Agarwal of Infinite Biomedical Technologies.

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
Announcement

Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

May 30, 2021

Deadlines approaching: Apply soon for IUBMB editorship and insomnia research funding. Just added: GSA seminar series, FASEB BioArt contest and NAS awards.