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.
Just a few days left to submit your abstract
The 2021 ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology, will be presented in a virtual and interactive format that will allow you to learn, network and engage like never before. Submit your abstract by Jan. 7 to an ASBMB topic category for a chance to present your work in a spotlight session or give a poster talk. Learn more. Don't forget to apply for one of our monetary awards to offset the registration fee!
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.
Jan. 7: Virtual workshop: "Pedagogy of a Pandemic"
Our education team passed along this event for undergraduate educators. Vence L. Bonham Jr. of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will give a keynote talk titled "Race as a Population Descriptor in Human Genomics Research: A Bold Prediction for 2030." The workshop will also include interactive sessions on active learning in the virtual environment, using current events to teach ethics, and incorporating COVID into the curriculum. Register here.
Jan. 9: Caltech WAVE fellowship deadline
Caltech is accepting applications for its WAVE Fellows undergraduate research program, which provides support for underrepresented minority students (who plan to earn Ph.D.s) to conduct 10-week summer research projects with Caltech faculty members. Research-specific information sessions are scheduled throughout November. Applications due Jan 9. Learn more.
Jan. 13: 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.
"Integrin Mechano-chemical Signaling Generates Plasma Membrane Nanodomains that Promote Cell Spreading" by Joseph Kalappurakkal, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in India.
"Phosphoinositides regulate force-independent interactions between talin, vinculin, and actin" by Charlotte Kelley at the Max Planck Institute in Germany.
Jan. 14: Cancer–testis antigens
Cancer–testis antigens belong to a large umbrella of proteins that are normally expressed in gametes and trophoblasts but are aberrantly expressed in a wide variety of human cancers. Their relative cancer specificity can spark immune recognition and subsequent tumor killing. As we move toward personalized treatments for cancer, what defines a cancer cell at the molecular level is of significant interest from a therapeutic point of view. In addition, uncovering basic information about pathways that go awry in cancer can lead to understanding of how cancer can be so successful in reusing and repurposing cellular machinery. Speakers at this virtual event will discuss our current understanding of the function of CTAs and advances to target them therapeutically. Register here.
Jan. 29: L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship application deadline
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards grants of $60,000 to five women postdoctoral scientists annually. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have completed their Ph.D. and have started in their postdoctoral research position by the application deadline, Jan. 29. See past winners and more information.
Feb. 24–26: Proteinases and their inhibitors
Founded by Hans Fritz and Vito Turk, the meeting has been providing a scientifically stimulating and outstanding open atmosphere to researchers on proteolytic enzymes for almost four decades. The meeting covers diverse and vibrant fields of protease research, such as mechanistic studies on proteases in their molecular, cellular and organismic context. Sessions include proteolysis in cancer; proteolysis in neuro-signaling and neurodegeneration; proteolysis in blood coagulation; discovery of protease substrates; mechanisms and engineering of proteases, ligases, their substrates and inhibitors. This will be a forum primarily for young scientists (pre- or postdoctoral) to present their exciting and/or intriguing results for discussion with leading experts. Learn more.
May 4–5: A special symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Protein Data Bank
This celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Protein Data Bank as the first open-access digital data resource in biology will include presentations from speakers from around the world who have made tremendous advances in structural biology and bioinformatics. Students and postdoctoral fellows are especially encouraged to attend and will be eligible for poster awards. Learn more.
May 31: Application deadline for IUBMB editorship
The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is seeking a new editor for its journal Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry. The editor has a three-year term. Applications are due May 31. See the job description and application instructions.
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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