2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting


Saturday, April 4

1–5 p.m.

ASBMB Lab Management Course

Are you a new faculty member or PI? Are you a postdoctoral fellow or senior graduate student that is interested in starting your own lab? How do you go about setting up your lab? How will you manage an initial budget to get off to a great start? Who will you hire? What criteria will you use to select your staff and how will you mentor your trainees successfully? Will you be able to communicate effectively with your staff, and how will you handle any conflicts when they arise? If you have considered any of these questions, then sign up for this free interactive session. 

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Sunday, April 5

6–7:30 p.m.

Mentoring from both sides: How to find, be and utilize a great mentor

Mentoring should not be a scary or imposing concept — it's really just about getting and giving advice, support and encouragement for ongoing learning. This workshop is intended for everyone: trainees and faculty ready to learn practical tactics in identifying mentors, making the "ask" for mentoring support and how to take the best advantage of mentoring relationships — from both sides.

Storytelling and the art of giving a great presentation

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.”

Organizing a successful ASBMB Student Chapter

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.

Emerging technologies in the glycosciences

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.

Forecasting the future: Setting yourself up with trustworthy data

Are you sure that the data you’re collecting today is as solid and secure as you’ll need it to be next week, month or year? Join ASBMB Data Integrity Manager Kaoru Sakabe and JBC Scientific Editor Catherine Goodman as they lead a panel discussion with researchers on good data stewardship. Learn how to avoid common mistakes, discuss habits and workflows, and get your questions answered to ensure you are doing all you can to generate enduring and reproducible research for the scientific community.

Monday, April 6

5:45–7:15 p.m.

Transforming science research into outreach

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.

Engaging the next generation of biochemistry students

Using 3D-printed models to teach structure-function relationships and network models and simulations to teach metabolic systems in biochemistry courses

Rebecca RostonTomas Helikar and Christine Booth, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Michelle Howell, LCC International University

This workshop takes participants through a comprehensive suite of modules demonstrated to improve educational outcomes in two core undergraduate biochemistry concepts. The first module helps students build accurate mental models of 3D macromolecular structures from 2D images. The second targets how metabolism works not only in discrete modules (e.g., glycolysis, citric acid cycle, electron transport chain) but also as part of larger and dynamic interconnected systems within cells and organisms. Participants will each receive a 3D-printed macromolecule model set and a set of printable coordinates for additional model sets. Additionally, participants will also receive training in software designed for using modeling and simulations to teach about metabolism and other complex biological systems. Finally, instructor materials (associated slides and assessments) will be provided to make classroom incorporation as easy as possible. We will also share strategies and techniques on how to assess student perceptions and modify incorporation for optimal student engagement. Food will be provided.

The journey from academia, to industry to entrepreneurship: How to find a job, build a career and/or a company, outside of the ivory tower

The goal of this workshop is to ensure that the audience gets at least several good take-home ideas for the further development of their industry careers, whether it is to land a first job interviewing/networking skills) or to progress on in a company career or become an entrepreneur. Panelists will tell their own, unique stories of how they’ve moved from academic scientist to industry scientist — and company founders! This workshop will benefit graduate students, postdocs or any job seeker interested in the furtherance of their career outside of academia.