Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
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.
June 27: Pride Month Twitter chat
As we do each year, we'll be hosting a Twitter chat for Pride Month. It will be at 2 p.m. Eastern on June 27 and will feature ASBMB staffers, members and representatives of allied organizations. We hope you can join us! Follow us at @ASBMB.
June 28: Becoming an NIH early-career reviewer
This webinar will feature the ins and outs of the Early Career Reviewer Program at the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review, which gives emerging investigators an inside look at the scientific peer-review process. Elyse Schauwecker, a scientific review officer at CSR, will talk about the benefits of participating, eligibility, the application process and recent changes. There will also be time to ask Schauwecker questions about the program and other CSR opportunities for early-career scientists. Anita Corbett of Emory University, a member of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Commitee, will moderate. Register.
June 29: ASBMB Lipid Research Division Seminar Series
This month's seminar — scheduled for noon Eastern on June 29 — will showcase the research of the following:
Bahnisikha Barman, Vanderbilt University: VAP-A and its binding partner CERT drive biogenesis of RNA-containing extracellular vesicles at ER membrane contact sites
Alexandre Toulmay, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Vps13-like proteins provide phosphatidylethanolamine for GPI anchor synthesis in the ER
June 29 & July 20: ASBMB book club on gender equity
The ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee has launched a book club focused on gender equity for ASBMB members.
June 29: The first book up for (virtual) discussion will be “What Works: Gender Equality by Design” by Iris Bohnet. Save the date: 2 p.m. Eastern on June 29. Karlett Parra of the University of New Mexico and Susan Baserga of Yale University will lead the discussion. Register.
July 20: The next meeting will be about “The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work” by Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund and Laurie Weingart. Register.
June 30: Complete survey about national lab
The National Cancer Institute’s Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is the only national laboratory dedicated to biomedical research. FNLCR is conducting a survey to determine how familiar researchers are with the lab and the services, tools and resources it offers to the scientific community. Take the survey.
July 1: Registration deadline for ASBMB mass spec meeting
This five-day conference will be held Aug. 14–18 in person in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and online. It will be an international forum for discussion of the remarkable advances in cell and human protein biology revealed by ever-more-innovative and powerful mass spectrometric technologies. The conference will juxtapose sessions about methodological advances with sessions about the roles those advances play in solving problems and seizing opportunities to understand the composition, dynamics and function of cellular machinery in numerous biological contexts. In addition to celebrating these successes, we also intend to articulate urgent, unmet needs and unsolved problems that will drive the field in the future. The registration deadline is July 1. Learn more.
July 10: Deadline for papers about open science policies
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Major Group for Children and Youth announced in February a call for papers for a special issue on "open science policies as an accelerator for achieving the sustainable development goals." The deadline for submissions is July 10. To help authors prepare their submissions, the group will be hosting a series of webinars (April 8 & 29, May 20, and June 10) and a science policy paper-writing workshop (March 26–27). Read the call for submissions and learn more about the events.
July 14: Oral abstracts due for transcriptional regulation meeting
This in-person meeting will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 in Snowbird, Utah. Sessions will cover recent advances and new technologies in RNA polymerase II regulation, including the contributions of non-coding RNAs, enhancers and promoters, chromatin structure and post-translational modifications, molecular condensates, and other factors that regulate gene expression. Patrick Cramer of the Max Planck Institute will present the keynote address on the structure and function of transcription regulatory complexes. The deadline for oral presentation abstracts is July 14. The deadline for poster presentation abstracts is Aug. 18. Learn more.
July 15: Deadline to apply for Colorado PRIDE–AGOLD program
Head to beautiful Denver, Colorado, for a summer experience as a PRIDE (Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research) scholar. PRIDE is an initiative of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that trains junior faculty from underrepresented backgrounds and/or with disabilities to advance their scientific careers and make them more competitive for external research funding. The University of Colorado PRIDE (led by Sonia C. Flores, who also leads the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee) is one of nine national PRIDE sites. Its focus is on the "impact of ancestry and gender on omics of lung and cardiovascular diseases" (which is why it's called PRIDE–AGOLD). The program consists of two consecutive summer institutes (two and one week, respectively) that offer comprehensive formal instruction on multi-omics, data sciences and bioinformatics, with an emphasis on interpretations based on ancestry and/or gender; career development and grant-writing tools; pairing with expert mentors; and pilot funds to develop a small research project. Learn more.
Aug. 2: Abstracts due for epigenetics and genome stability meeting
Most meetings on epigenetics and chromatin focus on transcription, while most meetings on genome integrity include little attention to epigenetics and chromatin. This conference in Seattle will bridge this gap to link researchers who are interested in epigenetic regulations and chromatin with those who are interested in genome integrity. The oral and poster abstract deadline and early registration deadline is Aug. 2. The regular registration deadline is Aug. 29. Learn more.
Aug. 9: Two-part webinar featuring ASBMB award winners
Starting at noon on Aug. 9, we'll have talks by two 2022 ASBMB award winners, followed by Q&A sessions. Come for one or both!
12 p.m. Eastern: Snapshots of lipid synthesis and fat storage | Michael Airola, Stony Brook University
1:30 p.m. Eastern: Chromatin-based modulations underlying gene regulation and pathogenesis | Greg Wang, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Aug. 15: Workshop and interest group proposals due for #DiscoverBMB
For Discover BMB, the ASBMB's annual meeting in March in Seattle, we're seeking two types of proposals:
- Workshops: These are interactive 60- to 90-minute events focused on careeers, skill building, science outreach and communication, and diversity, equity, access and inclusion. (This article explains what sorts of proposals we're seeking.) Submit a proposal.
- Interest groups: The goal of the interest group sessions is to build communities. (We wrote about how this program got started and how it has worked in the past in this article.) At #DiscoverBMB, interest groups will be scheduled on the first day of the meeting, March 25. Submit an interest group proposal.
Sept. 28: Deadline for new HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program
In May, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute launched a roughly $1.5 billion program to "help build a scientific workforce that more fully reflects our increasingly diverse country." The Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program will fund 30 scholars every other year, and each appointment can last up to 10 years. That represents up to $8.6 million in total support per scholar. HHMI is accepting applications from researchers "who are strongly committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science." Learn more.
Nov. 2: ASBMB Virtual Career Expo
Save the date for the ASBMB Career Expo. This virtual event aims to highlight the diversity of career choices available to modern biomedical researchers. No matter your career stage, this expo will provide a plethora of career options for you to explore while simultaneously connecting you with knowledgeable professionals in these careers. Each 60-minute session will focus on a different career path and will feature breakout rooms with professionals in those paths. Attendees can choose to meet in a small group with a single professional for the entire session or move freely between breakout rooms to sample advice from multiple professionals. Sessions will feature the following five sectors: industry, government, science communication, science policy and other. The expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 2. Stay tuned for a link to register!
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.
Take over the JLR Twitter account
If you are a graduate student, postdoc or early-career investigator interested in hosting a #LipidTakeover, fill out this application. You can spend a day tweeting from the Journal of Lipid Research's account (@JLipidRes) about your favorite lipids and your work.
IUBMB relocation support for displaced trainees
The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is offering $500 to graduate students and postdocs displaced from their labs as a result of natural disaster, war or "other events beyond their control that interrupt their training." The money is for travel and settling in. Learn more and spread the word to those who could use assistance.
Survey of imaging users
The Center for Open Bioimaging Analysis maintains open-source software CellProfiler and ImageJ. COBA has partnered with Bioimaging North America and the Royal Microscopical Society to create a survey to assess the needs of the community for software and training materials. Take the survey.
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