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New this week: Three #ASBMB2020 virtual events, ASBMB Lipid Research Division virtual presentations, PALM network deadline, webinar on safely reopening amid COVID-19, and a SABER virtual meeting
ASBMB Today Staff
By ASBMB Today Staff
July 05, 2020

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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

July through September: 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 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

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 9: Discussion on protecting workers during a pandemic

The Duke Initiative for Science & Society's Coronavirus Conversations will feature a discussion titled "Return to Work: Protecting Workers' Health During a Pandemic" at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on July 9. Here's an excerpt from an email we received: "To enable a successful return to work, employers must proceed based on the science of how the virus spreads in different work environments, using policies, practices, and procedures carefully crafted to protect worker safety. Join Duke Science & Society and our panel of experts in a discussion on the risks of spreading COVID-19 in the workplace, how best to protect employee health, and how to balance worker safety against personal freedoms." RSVP or get more information.

July 10, 17, 24 and 31: SABER meeting

On Fridays throughout July, the Society for the Advancement of Biomedical Education Research is holding its annual meeting virtually. You must register to get a Zoom link to attend or present at Virtual SABER 2020, but there is no charge. This Friday, July 10, there will be a keynote address by Elizabeth Canning, an action group session titled "How can SABER become generally more inclusive and specifically anti-racist?" facilitated by Kecia Thomas (who, by the way, penned the essay "Colorblindness as ideology," for ASBMB Today in 2018), three talks in each of four concurrent sessions, and time for Q&As. See the monthlong schedule of events and register.

Virtual seminar series on lipids and lipid signaling

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 is this week's seminar and links to presenters’ publications. To view recordings of past webinars, click here.

July 10 | Lipid metabolites in innate and cell-mediated immunity

Kristen Johnson, Radhakrishnan lab, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dequina Nicholas, Nicholas lab, University of California San Diego

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: Applications due for PALM network

Applications are due July 31 to participate in the PALM Network. PALM was established to provide mentorship in teaching to enhance the use of active learning in undergraduate education. ASBMB members who are postdocs or faculty are eligible to become fellows. Faculty who are skilled in active-learning strategies may also apply to become PALM mentors. More info.

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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