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.
Nov. 2: ASBMB Virtual Career Expo
Save the date for the ASBMB Career Expo. This virtual event aims to highlight the diversity of career choices available to modern biomedical researchers. No matter your career stage, this expo will provide a plethora of career options for you to explore while simultaneously connecting you with knowledgeable professionals in these careers. Each 60-minute session will focus on a different career path and will feature breakout rooms with professionals in those paths. Attendees can choose to meet in a small group with a single professional for the entire session or move freely between breakout rooms to sample advice from multiple professionals. Sessions will feature the following five sectors: industry, government, science communication, science policy and other. The expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 2. Register.
Nov. 6: Deadline for policy-related papers
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance and the National Science Policy Network issued a call for papers for an issue containing policy ideas from the next generation of scientists. The submission deadline is Nov. 6. They encourage submissions "that highlight policy opportunities and audiences related to the 2022 U.S. midterm elections at the local, state or national level as well as related foreign policy issues." Read the press release.
Nov. 7: Webinar on debunking misinformation
This ASBMB webinar will provide an overview of the science of misinformation and strategies for debunking misinformation. John Cook, research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, founder of Skeptical Science website, and co-author of "The Debunking Handbook 2020" will be the featured presenter. Cook will apply debunking strategies to misinformation that occurs with biochemistry and molecular biology topics. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about how to apply these strategies to their own research, and just in time for Thanksgiving dinner interactions with friends and family! Register.
Nov. 8: Apply for Ben Barres Spotlight Awards
The journal eLife let us know that they're accepting applications through Nov. 8 for their Ben Barres Spotlight Awards, now in their fourth year. These awards "will provide visibility and funds of up to $5,000 to researchers from groups that are underrepresented in biology and medicine or from countries with limited research funding," according to the award webpage. See past winners and learn more about the program.
Nov. 9: Applications due for DOE grad student awards
The Department of Energy is accepting applications through Nov. 9 for its Office of Science Graduate Student Research Awards program, which places grad students doing thesis research at national labs or other host site in collaboration with agency scientists. Application assistance workshops are scheduled for Sept. 19 and Oct. 20. Learn more.
Nov. 10: Webinar on DEI in precision medicine
Advancements in DNA sequencing technologies have enabled a new era in precision medicine. However, current DNA databases do not represent the diversity of human species. In this ASBMB webinar, we will discuss current strategies, recent success and the road ahead at both national and state levels to move toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive precision medicine initiative. See the speaker lineup and register.
Nov. 11: Rising Black Scientists Award essay deadline
Cell Press launched its annual Rising Black Scientists Award essay competition. "The award is meant to break down barriers and create opportunities by providing funds to support professional development," the award site says. There will be four winners: two undergrads and two grad students or postdocs. Read the prompt and submit.
Nov. 14: ASBMB fellows nominations due
Fellows of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are recognized for their contributions to the society and their contributions advancing the molecular life sciences, whether that's through research, education and mentorship, or other forms of service to the scientific community. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 14. Learn more.
ASIP virtual seminars of interest
The American Society for Investigative Pathology is running a series of young investigator keynote talks through the end of the year. Here's the lineup. Register.
Nov. 16: Modeling Glut1 Deficiency Syndrome at the Human Blood-Brain Barrier In Vitro Using CRISPR-Cas9 Edited Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells — Iqra Pervaiz, Texas Tech University of Health Sciences
Dec. 14: Mechanisms of IL-6-driven Endothelial Dysfunction — Ramon Bossardi Ramos, Albany Medical College
Nov. 17: Webinar on creating, using lab manuals
Every lab needs a manual, handbook or other such guiding documentation to orient new members and keep current members on the same page. It should convey your core values and set forth policies, processes and expectations. It should address a range of topics — from the trivial to the complex. This webinar will help lab leaders zero in on their leadership style and explore the multifaceted nature of lab manuals. Learn more.
Nov. 30: On-time abstracts due for #DiscoverBMB
If you're planning to present your work at #DiscoverBMB, the ASBMB's new annual meeting, the regular abstract-submission deadline is Nov. 30. All accepted abstracts will be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Also, ASBMB members presenting as first authors are encouraged to apply for the following awards, also by Nov. 30:
- Dependent-care grant
- Early-career faculty award
- Graduate student diversity, equity and inclusion award
- Graduate student or postdoctoral researcher award
- Student chapters award
- Undergraduate faculty award
Not an ASBMB member? Join today to take advantage of these awards and registration discounts.
Dec. 6: Deuel lipids meeting early registration deadline
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 conference is a forum for the presentation of new and unpublished data, and attendees enjoy the informal atmosphere that encourages free and open discussion. Interested scientists are invited to attend and encourage trainees to submit abstracts by Jan. 10. Learn more.
Dec. 12: Deadline for FASEB awards for women
FASEB’s Excellence in Science Awards recognize achievements by women in science at three different career stages:
- Lifetime Achievement (established investigators)
- Mid-Career Investigator (within seven to 15 years of first independent scientist position)
- Early-Career Investigator (within seven years of first independent scientist position)
Nominations are due Dec. 12. Learn more.
Reminder: It's time to renew your ASBMB membership
Jan. 9: Deadline for insomnia biomarkers project proposals
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation is offering up to $50,000 for mentored research projects "that address one or more important unanswered scientific questions related to sleep, sleep disorders and/or sleep health." This includes circadian science. Applications will be accepted from Nov. 28 through Jan. 9. Learn more.
Jan. 10: DOE summer internships for undergrads
The Department of Energy is accepting applications from undergraduates who'd like to do internships at national laboratories over the summer. There are two programs, one of which is specifically for community college students. The application deadline is Jan. 10. Learn more.
Jan. 22: Deadline for science policy submissions
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research have launched a new call for papers and competition. The special issue will "showcase early-career voices in addressing global science policy and diplomacy challenges," according to Adriana Bankston, CEO and managing publisher of the journal. Learn more.
FASEB family care awards
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has launched the Career Advancement and Research Excellence Support (CARES) Program, which provides financial support for caregiving, enabling FASEB society members to continue their scientific training, professional development and career progression. Read the eligibility criteria and apply.
IUBMB relocation support for displaced trainees
The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is offering $2,000 to graduate students and postdocs displaced from their labs as a result of natural disaster, war or "other events beyond their control that interrupt their training." The money is for travel and settling in. Learn more and spread the word to those who could use assistance.
On-demand webinar on getting, gaining influence
The American Association for Anatomy has a free on-demand webinar titled "The power of suggestion: How to get and gain influence." It features Adele Cehrs, CEO of the When and How Agency, who explains "when the power of suggestion is most likely to work for individuals and how to use it to your advantage through traditional media and social media channels." As we understand it, AAA membership is not required (but you will have to create an account) to view the webinar. Here's a list of all of AAA's open-access webinars.
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.
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