Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
Every week, we update this list with new meetings, awards, scholarships and events. 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.
Sphingolipids in physiology and pathology
Christopher Clarke (Stony Brook Medicine), Giovanni D’Angelo (EPFL) and Liana C. Silva (Universidade de Lisboa) have organized a webinar series focused on sphingolipids, with support from LIPID MAPS and Avanti Polar Lipids. To attend an upcoming lecture, click on the title link to register. You can view past webinars here. All are scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern.
Sphingolipid control of oriented mitosis | Thomas Hannich (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Nogo-A downregulation of ceramide de novo biosynthesis in cardiomyocytes protect the heart from failure | Annarita di Lorenzo (Cornell Medical College)
Molecular phenotyping of CerS1 deficiency in mouse cerebellum | Stefanka Spassieva (University of Kentucky)
Structure and regulation of phospholipase D and lipin | Michael Airola (Stony Brook University)
July 27–Aug. 2: #BlackInNeuroWeek
Next week is #BlackInNeuroWeek on Twitter. According to this tweeted schedule, you should look for the following hashtags: #BlackNeuroRollcall on Monday, #NeuroRacism on Tuesday, #BlackJourneyToNeuro on Wednesday, #BlackNeuroArt on Thursday, #BlackNeuroMentors on Friday, #BlackWomenInNeuro on Saturday and #BlackJoyInNeuro on Sunday.
July 29: NIH workshop on COVID-19 clinical data access
The National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine are hosting a virtual workshop on July 29. The website says the event goals are, and we are quoting here:
- Review existing platforms within the NIH and how they approach COVID-19 use cases.
- Discuss the challenges and approaches to data harmonization, data source linkage, private/public data, and social determinants of health.
- Understand the challenges and approaches to data tracing, appropriate representation, and avoiding selection bias.
- Consider governance, internal review boards, data access committees, eligibility, and confidentiality in data use.
- Understand the global and societal impact of COVID-19 research.
- Develop an approach to data ingestion and harmonization that will position the NIH for success against the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 30: SACNAS webinar "Balancing Work, Family, & Life"
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science has two speakers (both women of color in the academy) lined up for 1 p.m. Pacific time on July 30 to, as the email we received put it, "provide real-world examples and advice about how much to take on, how to balance work loads with personal responsibilities, and more!" Register here.
July 30: Zoom mass spec mixer by FeMS
Females in Mass Spectrometry (FeMS) is hosting a virtual mixer at 7 p.m. July 30 on Zoom. In a tweet, FeMS wrote, "This is an informal networking session featuring Transition Talks from three awesome grad students looking for their next step. All are welcome, employers encouraged!" Register here.
July 31: Deadline to nominate for STAT Wunderkinds contest
We just learned about this contest by STAT. Here's what their email said: "We all know the Landers, Doudnas, and Bradners of the world. But what about the new talent coming up through the ranks? We want to hear their stories, and that’s why each year, STAT scours North America for the next generation of scientists: The STAT Wunderkinds. But we need your help. If you know a Wunderkind (or two, or three), this is your last chance to fill out our short nomination form by the July 31 deadline." Nomination form.
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: 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.
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.
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.
August 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 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
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.
Aug. 12–Dec. 9: Webinar series about careers in science policy
The University of Cincinnati's student-run science policy group is has invited a bunch of speakers to talk about the work they do. You can see the lineup in this tweet.
Aug. 31: Deadline for FASEB's BioArt competition
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is accepting submissions for its BioArt Scientific Image & Video Competition until Aug. 31. ASBMB members frequently win this contest, and we encourage you to check out these examples of past winners and to submit your own images/videos. Learn more about the competition: important dates and guidelines.
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.
Oct. 5: Deadline for Waksman microbiology award
The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for the Selman A. Waksman Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the field of microbiology and carries a $20,000 purse. Learn about the nomination process.
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Wayne Fairbrother leads a department at Genentech tasked with validating disease-associated targets and determining whether they could be feasible for drug development.