ASBMB 2019 Annual Meeting Workshops

Click the dates below for details of each day's workshops.

Saturday, April 6

1:15–2:45 p.m. W 305 A

Networking 101: Building Professional Relationships

Presented by: ASBMB Membership Committee
Erica Gobrogge, Van Andel Research Institute

1:15–2:45 p.m. W 307 D

Constructing Your Elevator Pitch

Presented by: ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee

An elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech used to spark interest in your research. Opportunities to put your elevator pitch into action can happen at any moment. How can you be ready with a polished and persuasive pitch? Join members of the ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee as they lead participants through an interactive workshop on how to construct and deliver an elevator pitch. Presenters will discuss tips and real-life examples of approaches to communication and provide opportunities for practice and feedback.

1:15–2:45 p.m. W 305 B

Practical Tools for Navigating Your Career Path Evolution

Presented by: ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee
Shea Feeney, University of California, Davis

4:45–5:45 p.m. W 306 AB  

Undergraduate Workshop: Exploring Careers Speed Networking

Presented by: ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee

Not sure about your future STEM career choices? Need a little inspiration? Scientists from varied career fields will meet with students and share advice about their career paths and answer questions. All undergraduate students are encouraged to attend.

Sunday, April 7

12:15–1:45 p.m. W 307 CD  

ASBMB Advocacy Town Hall Meeting

Presented by: ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee

Join our expert panelists who are prepared to answer your questions on workforce and policy changes being considered by the National Institutes of Health, as well as the impact President Trump and Congress are having on the nation's biomedical research enterprise. Your questions will be taken live and via Twitter, follow #ASBMBTownHall.

Boxed lunches will be provided to the first 75 event participants — first come, first served.

5:30–6:30 p.m. W 305 AB  

Organizing a Successful ASBMB Student Chapter

Presented by: ASBMB Student Chapters Committee

The ASBMB Student Chapters is devoted to building a national community of undergraduate students and faculty members for the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology research, education and science outreach. Our mission is to provide networking and career-development opportunities at regional and national levels, access to research and science outreach, as well as grants and awards to facilitate these aims. Join us to learn how to build and maintain an active chapter. Network with current faculty advisers and student members as they share their chapter activities.

5:30–7:00 p.m. Rosen Centre, Grand Ballroom B  

CREST Conversations: Connecting Researchers, Educators and STudents

Supported by: National Science Foundation

CREST research teams will meet with the ASBMB Young Investigator Award lecturer, Christine Dunham, and colleagues to present protein models that will be used to aid in-depth discussions.

5:30–7:00 p.m. W 205 A  

Alternative Funding: Driving Philanthropic Support for Basic Science

Presented by: ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee
Terri Kinzy, Western Michigan University
Nick Tonks, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Susanna Greer, American Cancer Society
Janet Hieshetter, Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

Support of basic research by private, non-government funding agencies is critical in the current funding climate. Engage in a lively panel discussion about strategies for procuring philanthropic support.

5:30–7:00 p.m. W 307 CD  

Emerging Technologies in the Glycosciences

Presented by:
Catherine Grimes, University of Delaware
Natasha Zachara, Johns Hopkins University

Emerging Technologies in the Glycosciences is an interactive workshop that will bring together researchers and companies developing and supplying tools that facilitate the study of glyans in diverse biological settings. Expertise will cover the detection and analysis of O-GlcNAc and other glycans, probes for studying the bacterial cell wall, synthetic glycan standards, carbohydrate arrays including milk oligosaccharides, and finally, resources to improve education in the glycosciences. If you are new to the field, experts will be on hand to help direct you to appropriate experimental approaches.

5:30–7:00 p.m. W 306 AB  

Integrating Research into the Classroom: Developing an Engaging CURE With Big Data

Presented by:
ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee
Michael J. Wolyniak, Hampden-Sydney College

Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) have emerged as one of the most effective high-impact teaching practices available for providing students with engaging scientific coursework. However, devising and implementing an effective CURE can be a daunting task, especially when an instructor is unsure what type of research project to use. This workshop, offered by members of the Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), will explore how to develop a CURE that is accessible to students at different educational levels and manageable for instructors. The workshop target audience includes all instructors either seeking to develop CUREs or who wish to improve CUREs that they already run. Through panel discussion and small group interactions, participants will be able to take their ideas for CURE development and begin the process of outlining a course plan that best suits their particular learning objectives.

5:30–7:00 p.m. W 207 B  

Storytelling and the Art of Giving a Great Presentation

Presented by: ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee
Parmvir Bahia, University of South Florida
Stuart Ravnik, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Storytelling is an essential component of communication, used by everyone from journalists to comedians to musicians to make challenging subjects accessible to diverse audiences. Mastering this skill requires not only topical knowledge but also creative flexibility and dexterity with language. This interactive session will lead participants through hands-on storytelling training, based on one of the modules from ASBMB’s training course, “The Art of Science Communication.”

Monday, April 8

5:30–7:00 p.m. W 303 ABC  

A Word of Advice: Success in Scientific Publishing

Presented by:
The Journal of Biological Chemistry, an ASBMB Journal
Kaoru Sakabe, Manager of Data Integrity, ASBMB
Catherine Goodman, Scientific Editor, JBC

Are your readers able to meaningfully interpret descriptions of your data? Are your ideas readily accessible thanks to effective and logical text? Are you reaching the audience you and your science deserve?

Join us for this 90-minute workshop to get tips on presenting your data clearly, creating compelling and broad-reaching text, and amplifying your publication with online attention. Let JBC help you achieve your publication goals as part of our mission to bring enduring research to the scientific community.

5:30–7:00 p.m. W 306 AB  

Navigating Difficult Conversations at All Levels

Presented by: ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee
Jonathan Bolton Chair

Feedback is necessary for accurate self-awareness, which is necessary for intentional change, which is necessary for growth. Feedback is also a powerful preemptive strategy to avoid or to navigate difficult conversations that might occur in the workplace, including academic settings. But, feedback can difficult to give and difficult to get. This can put unnecessary limits on knowledge and performance. This session will explore why it is difficult to give and get feedback. Participants will learn methods to improve the effectiveness of their feedback with learners and staff.

5:30–7:00 p.m. W 307 CD  

Transforming Science Research into Science Outreach

Presented by: ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee

Members of the Science Outreach and Communication Committee and other invited speakers will showcase examples of how to turn scientific research projects into outreach activities aimed at diverse audiences. These will include demos and curricular models appropriate for K-12 students; translating detailed research work into policy-relevant summaries; and additional audience-specific outreach. Presenters will discuss the importance of outreach and its impact on various societal issues.