Calendar of events, awards and opportunities
Every week, we update this list with new meetings, awards, scholarships and events to help you get your ducks in a row. 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. 1: Register for ABRCMS virtual meeting
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students will be held virtually Nov. 9–13. Though organizers are no longer accepting abstracts for presentations, you can still register to attend through Nov. 1. See the schedule. See the plenary speaker lineup. As usual, the ASBMB will be an exhibitor at the meeting. We hope you'll stop by our virtual booth!
Through Nov. 2: Free screening of "Picture a Scientist"
The lives of women scientists in academia are fraught with gender discrimination, and yet they persevere — making discoveries, educating emerging scientists and administering departments and research programs. The ASBMB is proud to offer its members a free screening of the new feature-length documentary "Picture a Scientist." The film will be available for viewing by ASBMB members from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. You're invited to join film's director, Sharon Shattuck, and the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee for a panel discussion on at 3 p.m. EST Nov. 2. See the list of panelists here. A link to the screening and to the panel discussion will be provided in your registration confirmation email. Register here.
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.
Nov. 4 | 12 p.m. Eastern | Lipids at the plasma membrane and in primary cilium function
Maia Kinnebrew, Stanford University: Cholesterol accessibility at the ciliary membrane controls hedgehog signaling
Joseph Lorent, Universiteit Utrecht: Plasma membranes are asymmetric in lipid unsaturation, packing and protein shape
Nov. 11 | 12 p.m. Eastern | New roles for phosphoinositides in membrane signaling
Audrey Hong, University of California, San Diego: Critical roles of phosphoinositides and NF2 in Hippo pathway regulation
Huiwang (David) Zhan, Johns Hopkins University: An excitable Ras/PI3K/ERK signaling network controls migration and oncogenic transformation in epithelial cells
Nov. 18 | 12 p.m. Easterb | Focus on ether lipids
Noemi Jiménez-Rojo, University of Geneva: Conserved functions of ether lipids and sphingolipids in the early secretory pathway
Yilong Zou, Broad Institute: Plasticity of ether lipids promotes ferroptosis susceptibility and evasion
Nov. 9: Sign up to participate in BioMolViz molecular visualization workshops
BioMolViz is a team of faculty and assessment experts providing biochemistry and molecular biology educators with assessment tools, instruments and activities to teach biomolecular visualization. They are inviting instructors to participate in two workshops to develop biomolecular visualization assessments, which will be made broadly available to interested instructors through an online repository. The first workshop will be held on Dec. 14 & 16; the keynote speaker will be Janet Iwasa of the University of Utah. The second workshop will be held Jan. 11 & 13; the keynote speaker will be H. Adam Steinberg of Art for Science. A $250 stipend will be provided for participation in both days and finalization of your team-written contribution to the assessment database. Learn more here. Note that you must express interest by completing this form by Nov. 9.
Nov. 12: Collaboration 101: Developing partnerships between academia and industry
Want to know what it takes to form successful partnerships between academic and industrial laboratories? Join the ASBMB Membership Committee at this webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 12. It will feature a panel of commercialization experts from diverse backgrounds who have successfully forged these relationships. It also will dispel misconceptions about how these interactions work and guide those interested in developing and maintaining productive partnerships. Register here.
Nov. 16, 18 & 20: Navigating career development and building resilience in times of unrest
From COVID-19 to the racial justice movement, 2020 has been a year of disruption and change for those in or entering the STEM workforce. Some Ph.D. life scientists may be considering new directions for their careers as a result of this disruption, while others may not know the myriad career paths open to those with advanced training in STEM. This free three-day virtual conference, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16, 18 and 20, will provide direct access to scientists in various roles and job sectors who will share their career journeys and advice for those who wish to pursue similar careers. Each day will begin with a keynote covering overarching topics related to the STEM workforce or career development and will end with informal networking for participants to engage with each other. Register here.
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.
Dec. 1: Grants for grad students with disabilities
The Foundation for Science and Disability gives out $1,000 grants to disabled fourth-year undergraduates who've been accepted by a graduate program and to students already enrolled in graduate programs. The Science Student Grant Fund is meant to support work on a project or thesis. You can use the grant, for example, to gain access to assistive devices or otherwise facilitate your work. Learn more.
Jan. 1: AAAS media fellowship deadline
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is accepting applications for it's 10-week AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship through Jan. 1. If you are interested in working in radio, magazines, newspaper or TV, consider applying for this super competitive fellowship. This is a summer program, with orientation typically in D.C. in June, but we'll see what the pandemic has to say about that. Please note: This is a paid fellowship ($7,000), and AAAS covers your travel. However, it doesn't provide housing, a housing stipend or health insurance. Learn more.
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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.