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.
Oct. 4: Civic engagement grant deadline
We're quoting from an email we received: "Research!America is excited to announce applications are open for the Civic Engagement Microgrant Program, now in its fourth year. Microgrants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to graduate student- and postdoc-led groups in the STEM and social sciences to design projects that create dialogue with public officials, local community leaders and the public around issues of common concern. The funds provide opportunities for grantees to develop skills in communication and program planning, along with an understanding of policy and government in order to have an impact in their local areas." Learn more and apply by Oct. 4.
Oct. 4: NAS award nominations due
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.
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.
Oct. 4 — Monarch Initiative: Cross-species phenotype comparison for disease diagnosis and discovery
Nov. 1 — Unraveling the links between hereditary and viral microcephaly
Oct. 5: Gender diversity forum
The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health is hosting a virtual forum on Oct. 5 to recognize institutions that have won the NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science. Here's how they describe it: "The forum will present the winners' effective, evidence-based practices and feature four panels exploring challenges and discussing ways to improve the existing career paradigm ... All prize recipients and honorable mentions have substantially contributed to systemic change aimed at addressing gender diversity and equity issues among faculty members within their institutions' biomedical and behavioral science departments." Register for the event.
Oct. 6: DOE internship applications due
The U.S. Department of Energy is accepting applications through Oct. 6 from undergraduate students and new grads interested in interning at one of the agency's 17 participating labs in the spring. Participants conduct research under the supervision of DOE researchers and engineers in support of the agency's mission. Learn more.
Oct. 6: Talk on sphingolipids and cancer
ASBMB member Yusuf Hannun of Stony Brook University will be featured in the Sphingolipid Biology webinar series on Oct. 6. His talk is titled "Neutral sphingomyelinase, ceramide signaling and roles in cancer cell migration." Register for free.
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. Learn more.
Oct. 7: Mass spectrometry-based proteomics and disease
In the first installment of the ASBMB Publications Technique Talks webinar series, our speakers will delve into different mass spectrometry approaches with a focus on proteomics and disease.
- Benjamin Garcia of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will discuss developing novel mass spectrometry–based approaches for proteomics and understanding of histone post-translational modifications in disease.
- Matthias Mann of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry will delve into several applications of mass spectrometric methods when studying signal transduction, biomarkers, metabolic diseases and more applications.
- Michael Snyder of Stanford University School of Medicine will explain how his was the first lab to perform large-scale functional genomics and since has developed many proteomics techniques involving mass spectrometry.
Oct. 12: Apply for Ben Barres Spotlight Awards
The journal eLife let us know that they're accepting applications through Oct. 12 for their Ben Barres Spotlight Awards, now in their third year. These awards are for researchers at all career stages and "aim to help address that inequality by providing funds and visibility to researchers from groups that are underrepresented in biology and medicine or from countries with limited research funding," according to the award webpage. Applicants can apply for awards up to $6,000, which can be used however the recipients like. See past winners and learn more about the program.
Oct. 14: Becoming a science influencer
The American Association for Anatomy is offering a free webinar titled "The Power of Suggestion: How to Get and Gain Influence" on Oct. 14. Learn how to use story formulas and other techniques to increase your influence, how to measure the effects of your work, and how to set up a promotional campaign to advance your career. Learn more and register.
Oct. 14–15: Inaugural NIH MOSAIC Scholars Meeting
As we've reported (here, here and here), the ASBMB is proud to host members of the inaugural National Institutes of Health MOSAIC cohort. At this October virtual event, you'll hear from NIH Director Francis S. Collins, learn about the MOSAIC (K99/R00) program and hear from scholars themselves about their research. Register for the event. Learn more about ASBMB's program.
Important 2022 ASBMB Annual Meeting deadlines
The ASBMB annual meeting will be held in person in Philadelphia in April. Here are the deadlines you need to know.
- Feb. 7: Early registration (largest discount) ends
- Feb. 8: Advance registration (smaller but still significant discount) begins
- March 18: Advance registration ends
- March 19: Regular registration begins
- Oct. 15: Deadline for ASBMB’s fast-track program (guaranteed decision within two weeks)
- Nov. 30: Regular submissions end
- Dec. 15: Last-chance submissions begin
- Jan. 27: Last-chance submissions end
- Sept. 15: Applications now accepted
- Dec. 7: Deadline for applications
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: 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.
Dec. 1: Deadline for HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is accepting applications from underrepresented scientists for its Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. Up to 25 fellows will win grants for postdoctoral training and will be eligible for continued funding as they begin their independent careers. Learn about eligibility and application materials.
Jan. 10: Submit an abstract for the ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids
The ASBMB Deuel conference is a must-attend event for leading lipids investigators — and for scientists who’ve just begun to explore the role of lipids in their research programs. This event will bring together a diverse array of people — including those who have not attended Deuel or perhaps any lipid meeting before.
The meeting will be held March 1–4 in Monterey, Calif.
“We'd love to bring in people who might not have cut their teeth in the lipid metabolism field but have found their way to studying lipids. In many cases, that's where you get the most exciting, unusual and off-the-wall presentations, and that can spark collaborations that may have otherwise not have happened,” explains co-organizer Russell DeBose-Boyd.
This year's theme is "Location, location, location: How lipid trafficking impacts cell signaling and metabolism."
Co-organizer Arun Radhakrishnan explains it this way: “In recent years, we have begun to gain deep insights into the mechanisms of lipid trafficking. We thought it would be great to have a meeting focusing on that aspect and what those what these new insights are telling us about cell signaling and metabolism.”
Abstracts are being accepted through Jan. 10. See the program and submit.
Jan. 23: Deadline for papers about STEM education and workforce
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, have launched a call for papers on "Re-envisioning STEM Education and Workforce Development for the 21st Century." The journal will produce a special issue with the winning submissions. The deadline is Jan. 23. ASBMB Today contributor Adriana Bankston is the journal's CEO and managing publiusher. She told us in an email: "For the issue, we are seeking op-eds and policy position papers for re-envisioning the landscape in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and building forward a future that is focused on equity and inclusion, access to technology, and aligning training opportunities with workforce demands. First, second and third place competition winners will be awarded cash prizes." Here's the call for submissions.
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.
Evolution and core processes in gene expression
Coming to an in-person venue in the summer of 2022: The focus of this meeting is to discuss the most recent insights into the cis-regulatory code, how cis-regulatory information is read out by transcription factors, signaling pathways and other proteins, how cellular diversity is created during development and how we can study this problem using cutting-edge genomics technology and computational methods.
The meeting will simultaneously examine the problem from an evolutionary perspective: how cis-regulatory elements evolve, how regulatory variation affects gene expression and phenotypes, how these changes have shaped development and parallel evolution, and how noise affects regulatory circuits and their evolution.
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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