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This week: ASBMB "Finding the funds" webinar on NIAID opportunities. Just added: It's nomination season for the Lasker and Golden Goose awards. Plus, a new ASBMB Lipid Research Division seminar!
ASBMB Today Staff
Nov. 5, 2023

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. 8: ASBMB "Finding the funds" webinar about NIAID opportunities

Join the ASBMB public affairs department for its monthly webinar series in which they connect ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities available to them as BMB scientists. In this edition, representatives from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will present their funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants specifically for postdoctoral scholars and early-career investigators. Join us to discover the many ways you can get funded by NIAID. Learn more.

Nov. 8: Department of Energy summer internship fair

The Department of Energy's Office of Science is hosting a summer internship fair from 1–5 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 8. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about summer 2024 Community College Internships and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships  programs. These stipend-based 10-week programs provide technical training and research opportunities at DOE national laboratories and other facilities. Representatives from the DOE National Laboratories will be available to connect with attendees in one-on-one chats during the event. Learn more. Attendees who are interested in applying for the Visiting Faculty Program are invited to visit virtual booths during the fair. (See the event listed below on Nov. 17 for more details about the VFP.)

Nov. 8: Videocast on phage lysis and its control

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is hosting a videocast of the 2023 Stetten Lecture, "The great escape: Phage lysis and its control" by Ry Young, distinguished professor emeritus at Texas A&M University. Young has dedicated his career, over four decades, to studying phages and discovered that "phage lysis is an elaborately regulated and scheduled event that involves a biological clock." Learn more.

Nov. 9: National Postdoctoral Association International Equity Summit

The National Postdoctoral Association will host a series of interactive online discussions during this summit, which "seeks to identify barriers — and find paths forward — in the greater postdoctoral community that significantly and/or disproportionately impact international scholars. Learn more.


Nov. 15: ASBMB Lipid Research Division seminar series on membrane sensing by proteins and nucleic acids

Each month, the ASBMB Lipid Research Division's seminar series features presentations from researchers highlighting their recent work in the field of lipids. November's seminar will cover membrane sensing by proteins and nucleic acids. Check out the talks scheduled for 12 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 15:

  • Remodeling of yeast vacuole membrane lipidomes from the log (one phase) to stationary stage (two phases) by John Reinhard, Saarland University. 
  • Lipid membranes modulate the activity of RNA through sequence-dependent interactions by Tomasz Czerniak, Technische Universität Dresden.
Learn more.

Nov. 17: Application workshop for DOE Visiting Faculty Program

The Department of Energy's Office of Science is accepting applications for the summer 2024 term of its Visiting Faculty Program. This program is designed for full-time faculty members from institutions historically marginalized in STEM research and offers participants the opportunity to enhance their research competitiveness and invigorate their teaching through a funded, collaborative experience with a DOE national laboratory. Two tracks are available. They are: the VFP Research Collaboration track and the VFP Teaching Initiative track. The application deadline is Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Learn more. There will be an application assistance workshop on Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. Eastern, during which attendees will learn strategies to submit a compliant and competitive application. Save the date for another application assistance workshop on Dec. 1, during which a panel of alumni will discuss their VFP experiences. Learn more.


Nov. 27: Advancing antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion in STEMM organizations webinar

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine developed a consensus report, titled "Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations: Beyond Broadening Participation", that synthesizes the existing body of research on antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion in STEMM organizations and provides guidance and a set of recommendations for stakeholders across the STEMM enterprise to build ADEI into existing systems. Join the ASBMB at 12 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 27 to explore the report's key takeaways and their relevance to graduate students and postdocs. The webinar will feature study author Julie Posselt and study editor Emily Vargas and will be moderated by Teresita Padilla–Benavides, assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Wesleyan University and member of ASBMB’s Maximizing Access Committee. Learn more.


Nov. 28: Important deadline for ASBMB student chapters

Current ASBMB student chapters can renew at any time, but they must do so by Nov. 28 to be eligible for travel awards to the annual meeting, Discover BMB, in March in San Antonio. Log in to renew your chapter. Learn more about the travel awards.


Nov. 30: On-time Discover BMB abstracts due

When you present your research at #DiscoverBMB, you get the recognition and constructive feedback that you need to make your work even better. Abstracts submitted by the Nov. 30 deadline will be reviewed by the #DiscoverBMB program planning committee and the ASBMB Meetings Committee for scheduling as talks or posters.

  • Short talks with Q&As. Preference will be given to abstracts submitted by ASBMB members.
  • Poster presentations are conducted during the poster receptions in the exhibit hall, and presenters actively address attendee questions.
See the abstract categories. Learn more.

Dec. 15: Golden Goose Award nominations deadline

The Golden Goose Award highlights "scientific studies or research that may have seemed obscure, sounded 'funny,' or for which the results were totally unforeseen at the outset, but which ultimately led, often serendipitously, to major breakthroughs that have had significant societal impact." To date, over 80 scientists have been honored. Nominations for the 2024 awards are due by Dec. 15. Learn more.

Dec. 31: Call for stories about science centers

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Association of Science and Technology Centers is seeking stories about "the way that science centers and museums ... and other organizations ... play a role in the lives or careers of individuals and are making a positive impact on local communities." Questions to consider include:

  • Did a science center or museum — or other experience with science engagement — play a formative role in your own life or career?
  • How do science centers and museums have a positive impact on your community?
  • How will the science centers and museums of the future engage all people?
Responses are accepted in the form of video, photos or text. Learn more.

Jan. 10: Deadline for Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program is administered by Universities Space Research Association with the goal of "strengthening the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce pipeline." Undergraduate and graduate-level university students pursuing STEM degrees and upper-level high school students are invited to apply for the AFRL Scholars Program. Selected students will participate in stipend-paid internship opportunities and "gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects." Learn more.

Jan. 15: Congressional policy fellowship application deadline

The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy is partnering with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to host a one-year policy fellowship on Capitol Hill. "Fellows will provide high-quality, science-based, independent guidance to federal policy makers and elevate awareness of the society among policymaking circles." Learn more.

Feb. 5: 2024 Lasker Awards nomination deadline

The Lasker Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2024 Lasker Awards in biomedical research and advocacy. Prize categories include: Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research and Public Service. Winners will receive a $250,000 honorarium. "Since 1945, the Lasker Foundation has conferred more than 410 awards, which recognize the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public citizens who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease." Learn more.

March 15–16: National Postdoctoral Association Annual Conference

The 2024 National Postdoctoral Conference will be held in Seattle. It is "the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community " during which attendees will have the "opportunity to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills." Learn more.


March 23–26: See you at #DiscoverBMB in San Antonio

#DiscoverBMB is the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. With a mission to share the latest, most impactful research findings in the molecular life sciences, #DiscoverBMB offers an exciting agenda that includes talks by the field's foremost experts, interactive workshops on the latest trends, technologies and techniques, and an invigorating exhibition of posters, services and products. The meeting attracts researchers in academia and industry, educators, trainees and students from across the globe. It offers unparalleled opportunities for collaborating, networking and recruiting. See the symposia themes and organizers.  Learn more.

April 5: Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program Biotech and MedTech application deadline

The Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program is a one-year career mentoring program that pairs ethnically diverse students (undergraduate juniors and seniors, baccalaureate, master's or Ph.D.), postdocs and early-career researchers with industry mentors "who work at companies in the medical technology, biotechnology and consumer healthcare industries." Scholars will attend a five-day training session "to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. They also attend a major industry conference." Learn more.


Sept. 26–30, 2024: ASBMB's transcriptional regulation meeting

The fields of transcription biochemistry and molecular biology have become one with chromatin biology and epigenetics with extensive cross-talk. RNA polymerase II and its transcription machinery play an essential role in the modification and remodeling of chromatin, and chromatin regulates gene expression in both normal and pathological conditions. With recent innovations and technological advances in clinical and preclinical research, personalized medicine is becoming a reality, in part because of advances in our understanding of RNA polymerase II. Many established and new investigators have taken on the challenge of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of gene expression by RNA polymerase II in the context of chromatin. The community is highly dynamic and multi-disciplinary, with an ever-changing set of focal areas that establish new paradigms and new ways of thinking about the topic. Even after decades of study, this research area continues to advance, reveal new concepts, and bolsters almost every other area of biology. Learn more.


Jan. 21–24, 2025: ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids

The 2025 Deuel conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, Calif. It 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. Learn more.


Aug. 17–21, 2025: The 15th international symposium on proteomics in the life sciences

This five-day symposium, held at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., will be an international forum for discussion of the remarkable advances in cell and human protein biology revealed by ever-more-innovative and powerful proteomics technologies. Formerly known as the "International symposium on mass spectrometry in the health and life sciences," the meeting has been renamed to reflect the growing number of partial and non-mass spectrometry–based methods under discussion.

The symposium will juxtapose sessions about methodological advances with sessions about the roles those advances play in solving problems and seizing opportunities to understand the composition, dynamics and function of cellular machinery in numerous biological contexts. In addition to celebrating these successes, we also intend to articulate urgent, unmet needs and unsolved problems that will drive the field in the future. In addition to talks by invited plenary and session speakers, short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. See the program of our previous meeting.

Themes:

  • Sunday minisymposium — Biofluid proteomics: discovery to clinic
  • Emerging technologies: Sample preparation and automation
  • Emerging technologies: Instrumentation and data generation
  • Emerging technologies: Single cell and spatial proteomics
  • Proteomics in structural biology and integration with other high resolution methods
  • Interactomics: Understanding pathways, networks and molecular machines
  • Chemical biology and chemoproteomics: Toward functional understanding of drugs and their targets
  • Cell, organellar and tissue biology: Signaling, cross talk and communication
  • Impact of clinical and translational proteomics in human health and treatment
  • Multiomics integrative analysis and the emerging roles of machine learning and neural models
Registration and abstract-submission information will be available in late 2024. Learn more and sign up for email updates to stay informed.

Do you have a great idea for a scientific event?

We are now accepting proposals for scientific events to be held in 2024 and 2025. You pick the topic, the sessions and the speakers, and we’ll do the rest.

That’s right! We’ll manage registration, market the event to tens of thousands of scientists, and handle all the logistics so that you can focus on the science.  

The top areas of research interest among ASBMB members include the following, but we’ll consider all proposals:  

  • Protein structure and folding 
  • Molecular bases of disease 
  • Gene regulation 
  • Signal transduction 
  • Metabolism 

What molecule, method or research question needs more attention? We’re here to help you realize your vision and deliver cutting-edge science to the BMB community. 

Propose an event.

Year-round: Van Andel Institute postdoc preview applications

Van Andel Institute offers sernior graduate students who are exploring postdoc options the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about its postdoctoral training positions. Applications are accepted year-round, and participants will meet one-on-one with faculty and explore VAI's scientific resources. There is no cost to attend for selected applicants. Learn more.

Year-round: HHMI Janelia Visiting Scientist Program applications

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and established senior investigators are all invited to participate in Janelia's Visiting Scientist Program. Janelia accepts visitor proposals on a continuous basis. Since 2007, more than 410 visiting scientists from 23 countries have participated in the program. Learn more.

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