Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
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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ASBMB 2020 Annual Meeting online
Even though the 2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting was canceled, you can still learn from experts in the field and connect with your colleagues. Here is the free programming we have slated for this week. All times are Eastern.
- Chromatin structure and transcription | 10–11 a.m. June 9
- Proteomics | 3–4 p.m. June 9
- Structure and function of molecular machines | 10–11 a.m. June 10
- Enzymes | 1–2 p.m June 10
- New technology | 1–2:15 p.m. June 11
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.
Below si this week's seminar and links to presenters’ publications. To view recordings of past webinars, click here.
Georgia Isam, Bhabha-Ekiert lab, New York University. Recent publication.
John Janetzko, Kobilka lab, Stanford University. Recent publication.
On-demand webinar: The new reality in biotech
You can watch this panel discussion about "managing a drug development operation in a radically different world" at your leisure. Presenters include:
- Michael Gilman, chief executive officer of Arrakis Therapeutics
- Pushkal Garg, chief medical officer at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
- Lynn Seely, chief executive officer at Myovant Sciences
- David Chang, chief executive officer at Allogene Therapeutics
June 8: Webinar on leading during COVID-19
Women in Bio is hosting a live discussion about 12:30 p.m. EDT about leadership during the ongoing crisis. It is free and will be on the GoToWebinar platform. Speakers include: Shehnaaz Suliman, a physician and strategy and business development leader; Jung E. Choi, chief business and strategy officer at Global Blood Therapeutics; Natalie Holles, president and chief executive officer of Audentes ; and Elena Ridloff, executive vice president and chief financial officer at ACADIA Pharmaceuticals. Read their bios and register here.
June 8: Bootcamp for science writers
The Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences is offering a free, daylong Zoom webinar for science writers of all kinds on June 8. The theme is precision medicine. ASBMB member Namandje Bumpus will give a talk titled "The Basic Biology of Why Certain Medications Don’t Work for Some African Americans." Arvind Pathak will give a talk titled "Turning Images into Insights." We can attest that we've found some of our best stories and sources at Hopkins bootcamps. 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.
June 28: Workshop on planning research programs at PUIs
The Council on Undergraduate Research is hosting a workshop for graduate students and postdocs interesting in teaching at primarily undergraduate institutions. This three-hour workshop starts at 2 p.m. Eastern on June 28. Note that there's a $40 or $45 fee, depending upon your institution. The workshop is part of CUR's Virtual Biennial Conference. Learn more.
June 30: Deadline to nominate for AAAS awards
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is accepting nominations for its 2021 awards. The slate of awards is pretty long. There are ones for mentors, young investigators, advocates, diplomats, authors of great papers and more. See the criteria and nominate.
July 8–9: AMPylationPlus Virtual Meeting
ASBMB–Merck award winner Kim Orth at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas let us know that she is co-organizing the AMPylationPlus Virtual Meeting in July. This Zoom event is free, but you need to register to get the link. There will be six or seven talks each day, and they'll be brief, so you need to set aside only a couple of hours per day. The Twitter hashtag is #AMPylationPlus. Register here.
July 15: Deadline to apply to be IUBMB Life editor-in-chief
We received an email this week announcing that the journal IUBMB Life is seeking a new editor-in-chief. We recommend that you read the full announcement here. Applications should be submitted to Zengyi Chang by July 15.
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.
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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