Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
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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.
Virtual Spotlight Sessions
The talks in these virtual events were originally programmed to take place as in-person Spotlight Sessions
- Lipids in inflammation | June 30, 10–11:15 a.m.
- Exciting biological insights revealed by proteomics | June 30, 2–3:30 p.m.
- The pleiotropic roles of lipids in disease | July 1, 10–11 a.m.
- Biochemistry of lipids and membranes | July 1, 11 a.m. – 1p.m.
- Lipid–protein interactions | July 2, 10–11:15 a.m.
- New insights into fatty acid biology | July 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Twitter poster sessions
We've invited those who had planned to present posters at the meeting to join us for themed Twitter chats about their work. Follow @ASBMB on Twitter and use the hashtags below to participate. Can't make it to a chat of interest? You can see all of our poster galleries here.
- Chromatin Structure, Remodeling and Gene Expression (#ASBMBchromatin) | July 2, 11 a.m.
- RNA — Processing, Transport and Regulatory Mechanisms (#asbmbRNA) | July 2, 12 p.m.
- Protein Synthesis, Structure, Modifications and Interactions: Part 2 (#ASBMBproteins2) | July 2, 1 p.m.
Starting June 29: FASEB Research Conferences
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has a virtual conference series running through September. Get details here. The schedule is below.
- The Translational Neuroimmunology Conference: From Mechanisms to Therapeutics | June 29-30
- The Lipid Droplets Conference | July 6-7
- The Microbial Glycobiology Conference | July 13-14
- The Nutrient Sensing and Metabolic Signaling Conference | Aug. 10-11
- The Folic Acid B12 and One-Carbon Metabolism Conference | Aug. 17-19
- The Cell Signaling in Cancer Conference: From Mechanisms to Therapy | Sept. 21-22
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 2: SfN panel on Black Lives Matter
The Society for Neuroscience is putting on a virtual panel discussion titled "Black Lives Matter and Neuroscience: Why This Moment Matters" at noon Eastern on July 2. Joanne Berger–Sweeney will moderate a conversation with panelists Nii Addy, Marguerite Matthews and Fitzroy "Pablo" Wickham about "the challenges diverse neuroscientists face and how the neuroscience community can leverage this moment to influence change." Register here for free.
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.
July 31: Deadline to enter contest for Ph.D. students
The Webinar Series in Sphingolipids Biology and Avanti Polar Lipids are hosting a contest for Ph.D. students studying sphingolipids. Apply by July 31 to be considered for a short virtual talk and the chance to win $500. The presentations will be in September. See the guidelines to enter.
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.
Oct. 1: Deadline to apply for IUBMB fellowships
The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has three fellowship programs — the Wood–Whelan Research Fellowships, the IUBMB Mid-Career Research Fellowships and the Tang Education Fellowships — and funding for educational activities. The deadline to apply for all of them is Oct. 1.
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