Calendar of events, awards and opportunities

Happening soon: Abstract deadline for ASBMB nucleolus meeting and a Lipid Research Division seminar. Just added: Webinar about NIH funding opportunities, submissions sought for pd|hub Collections and SACNAS diversity meeting.
ASBMB Today Staff
By ASBMB Today Staff
July 25, 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.

GSA seminar series on gene function across organisms

The Genetics Society of America is hosting a free series of seminars through November exploring gene function across humans and model organisms. GSA's president, Hugo Bellen, explained the impetus for this series in an op-ed in May. He wrote, in part, "We believe that these seminars will be useful to investigators at all career stages and across different model organisms, as well as for human biologists. We hope this will add a new dimension to research, reveal unanticipated phenotypes, speed up discovery, allow new funding opportunities, and lead to the discovery of new fundamental aspects of biology." Below is the schedule of seminars. See the speakers and register here.

July 26 — Matching interests across research teams: GeneMatcher and ModelMatcher

Aug. 23 — MARRVEL: Mining genetic and genomic data across model organisms and human

Sept. 20 — Mining model organism data in the Alliance of Genome Resources Portal

Oct. 4 — Monarch Initiative: Cross-species phenotype comparison for disease diagnosis and discovery

Nov. 1 — Unraveling the links between hereditary and viral microcephaly

ASBMB Lipid Research Division Seminar Series

The ASBMB Lipid Research Division features the work of young investigators at noon Eastern on Wednesdays. If you are interested in presenting, please contact John Burke. Register once to access the whole series. Below are the speakers and topics for the July 28 seminar.

Dianne Lumaquin, Sloan Kettering Institute: "An in vivo reporter for tracking lipid droplet dynamics in transparent zebrafish"

Meredith Wilson, Carnegie Institution for Science: "A point mutation decouples the lipid transfer activities of microsomal triglyceride transfer protein" and "Imaging cytoplasmic lipid droplets in vivo with fluorescent perilipin 2 and perilipin 3 knockin zebrafish"

July 28: Deadline for submissions to the pd|hub Collections

The pd|hub Collections are a new, innovative framework designed to streamline the dissemination and adoption of effective professional-development practices in graduate and postdoctoral education. The pd|hub Collections will feature curated, peer-reviewed educational models with train-the-trainer workshops and mentored communities of practice. The Collections will be paired with tools and guidance from pd|hub to support rigorous evaluation and assessment, empowering more efficient, data-driven evolution of educational approaches in the field. The first pd|hub Collection will highlight approaches that advance the career exploration of Ph.D.-level STEMM graduate students and postdocs. A broad diversity of submissions from those who have developed, coordinated, taught or facilitated courses, workshops, structured peer groups, etc. focused on this topic are welcome. See the full call for submissions.

July 29: Webinar on ethical use and disposition of remains

The American Association for Anatomy is hosting a webinar open to everyone interested about "options for storage, use and disposition of legacy anatomical collections from continued ethical use to repatriation to mass burial." Speakers include Sabine Hildebrandt of Boston Children's Hospital, Jason "Jay" Mussell of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Andreas Winkelmann of the Institute of Anatomy Medical School Brandenburg. Learn more and register.

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.

Aug. 1: Propose a workshop for the 2022 ASBMB Annual Meeting

The ASBMB annual meeting will be held in person in Philadelphia in April. We're accepting proposals through Aug. 1 for workshops at the meeting. This is your chance to shape the content and nature of our most important conference of the year. Please consider submitting a proposal for a 60- to 90-minute interactive event. Here's the form.

Also: The 2021 annual award lectures are now available on demand. Tune in for talks on research, education and diversity.

Aug. 1: Apply for NPA IMPACT Fellowship Program

The National Postdoctoral Association offers a six-month professional-development fellowship for marginalized early-career research trainees. It provides peer circles, mentoring, a speaker series and other activities. Participants, according to the website, "use the knowledge, tools and resources they gain from the program to implement activities or initiatives at their institutions to contribute back to their communities." Applications are due. Aug. 1. Learn more.

Aug. 6: Deadline to vote in ASBMB election

The ASBMB is a member-led organization. ASBMB members influence and contribute to the society's initiatives all year long — but the importance of voting in the society's elections cannot be overstated. During this election period, please do your part to help determine how the ASBMB will be governed in the coming years. Each candidate has provided a statement of interest and biographical information. See our voter guide and then make your selections!

Aug. 6: NIH Common Fund webinar on funding opportunities

The National Institutes of Health Common Fund has active funding opportunities for the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. These funding opportunities seek outside-the-box research ideas that if successful would have a large impact in an area of research relevant to the broad mission of NIH. This is an opportunity for you to speak with NIH program officers and have your questions directly answered about the four initiatives the HRHR program offers. Register for the webinar.

Aug. 13: Deadline to apply to join an ASBMB committee

The ASBMB provides multiple opportunities for members to get involved through service on our committees. (This includes the ASBMB Today editorial advisory board.) We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as early-career scientists, in the governance of the society to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion. Additionally, the committee strives for institutional, geographic and career stage diversity. See eligibility criteria and apply here.

Aug. 18: ASIP webinar on rotavirus and host signaling

The American Society for Investigative Pathology is hosting a virtual event titled "High Powered Viruses: How Rotavirus Exploits Host Signaling to Induce Pathogenesis" at 2 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 18. Kristen A. Engevik, a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, will present. Register for this event on Zoom.

Aug. 31: FASEB BioArt contest entries due

Every year, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology holds a competition featuring stellar scientific images and videos. Submissions are welcome from federally funded investigators/groups and members of constituent societies. Read the guidelines. Submissions are welcome beginning July 15. See past winning images.

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. 4: Deadline for NAS award nominations

The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for its annual awards. The nominations are due in October, winners will be announced in January, and the ceremony will be held in April. See the list of available awards. Read the nominating instructions.

Oct. 6–9: Emerging roles of the nucleolus

This unique meeting will bring together scientists who focus on nucleolar structure and function, but with diverse research perspectives and approaches, to facilitate a wide-ranging discussion and an in-depth exploration of the subject from many angles. The topics addressed will range in scope from basic biology to human disease, including the biophysical properties of this organelle, cancer prognosis and treatments, and reproduction.

The abstract and early registration deadline is Aug. 5. Learn more.

Oct. 24–29: SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science will hold its national meeting Oct. 25–29 online. Registration opens Aug. 2, and SACNAS members get discounts. See what's on the agenda.

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.

Who among you loves tweeting about lipids?

The ASBMB's Journal of Lipid Research invites graduate students, postdocs and early-career investigators to take over the JLR Twitter account (@jlipidres) for a day apiece to talk about their favorite lipids. To express interest, fill out the JLR #LipidTakeover application. Also, the ASBMB Lipid Research Division just started its own Twitter feed. Check it out at @AsbmbLrd.

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