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Society news briefs: November 2022

ASBMB Today Staff
Oct. 14, 2022

Today: It's time to renew your ASBMB membership

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ASBMB meets with federal science agencies

In June, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Affairs Advisory Committee held a series of meetings with officials at the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. The PAAC advocated for policy changes that will benefit the biomedical research enterprise, such as improving training programs and increasing re-entry research supplements. Read more at

Society recommends improvements to T32 program 

Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award, or T32, programs provide and/or enhance an institution’s ability to conduct predoctoral and postdoctoral training. The ASBMB has recommended several changes to the program to alleviate the administration burden of these training programs. Read more at

Matthew Hilliker

Headquarters welcomes new finance chief

Matthew Hilliker joined the ASBMB as the director of finance in August. Hilliker is a certified public accountant with 10 years of experience with scientific societies. He has worked with nonprofit organizations as well as in public accounting. He earned his B.A. in accounting from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Emily Ulrich

Two new publications team members

Emily Ulrich joined the publications department as a technical editor at the end of June. She earned her Ph.D. in chemical biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and completed postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tyrone Lofton

Tyrone Lofton provides administrative support to the publications department. A Towson University graduate, Lofton studied molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics on the biochemistry concentration track. He is a native of Washington, D.C., and a two-time AmeriCorps alum. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, rock climbing and horseback riding. He also is a mentor with a nonprofit serving youth in the foster care system.)

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:

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.

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.

Propose an event.

Take over the JLR Twitter account

If you are a graduate student, postdoc or early-career investigator interested in hosting a #LipidTakeover, fill out this application. You can spend a day tweeting from the Journal of Lipid Research's account (@JLipidRes) about your favorite lipids and your work.

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