Student and Faculty Activities

Student & Minority Biophysicists Travel Awardee Reception

Saturday, March 5, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
During this reception, students who have exhibited involvement in exceptional research will be honored and presented with their travel awards by the Chairs of the Education and Minority Affairs Committees.

Jackson Chief Elk, University of Montana

Undergraduate Student Symposium

Sunday, March 6, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
This program, sponsored by the Education Committee, introduces college and university undergraduates to research and career opportunities in biophysics through a seminar on emerging topics in biophysics and the Emily M. Gray award lecture. A special Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair will follow the symposium.

In addition to registered attendees, undergraduate students who reside within a 75-mile radius of the Baltimore Convention Center and are not presenting an abstract may attend these events for free and have access to the entire Meeting on this day. Local undergraduate students interested in attending the Undergraduate Student Symposium must complete a registration form and submit to the Society office. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

11:30 AM
Opening Reception

12:00 PM
What is Biophysics?
Richard Ludescher, Rutgers University

12:30 PM
Emily M. Gray Award Lecture: Biophysical methods decipher nerve cell signals
Bertil Hille, University of Washington

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International Travel Awardee Luncheon

Sunday, March 6, 12:00 - 1:45 PM
A selective number of international students and scientists will be recognized during this luncheon for their outstanding achievements in biophysics research. This event is hosted by the International Relations Committee.

Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair

Sunday, March 6, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
This fair will introduce undergraduate students and postdocs to colleges and universities with leading programs in biophysics. Representatives interested in reserving a table at this fair to display information about their institution's biophysics program must complete a registration form and submit the registration fee by the January 21, 2011 deadline.

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The Future of Biomedical Research

Sunday, March 6, 2:15 - 3:30 PM
With a change in Congressional leadership and increasing pressure to cut domestic spending, it appears that federal funding for biomedical research will be tight in the next few years. While the NIH received a major boost of funding in the 2009 stimulus bill, those funds are scheduled to run out in 2011. Come to this session, sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee, to learn how the NIH plans to handle this challenge as well as others, and to hear from the Foundation community on the role it plays in funding research.    

Jerry Lee, Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives, NCI, NIH
Nancy Sung, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Joann Roskoski, NSF

Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

Sunday, March 6, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
This session features students who are presenting posters at the meeting and have indicated they wish to participate in the competition at the time of abstract submission. During the competition, students give a five-to-ten minute verbal presentation of their posters to one or more judges. Awardees are honored at the Monday evening Awards Ceremony.

Graduate Student Breakfast

Monday, March 7, 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund
This breakfast presents an opportunity for graduate student members of the Society to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Members of the Early Careers Committee will be there to answer questions about how the Committee serves grad students in the biophysical community and to recruit new Committee members. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Undergraduate Student Breakfast at Noon - New this year!

Monday, March 7, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
The Education Committee will host this "breakfast" with undergraduate student meeting attendees. This breakfast will serve as a valuable networking and social opportunity to meet other students and committee members, to discuss academic goals, and to develop a biophysics career. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Biophysics 101: Visualizing One (or a few) Molecule(s) at a Time

Monday, March 7, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
This session is part of a new series of symposia initiated by the Education Committee to educate the Society membership about fundamentals of various biophysical techniques with which they may not be familiar. The “Biophysics 101" series is envisioned to be not only for novice students but also for specialists in non-related areas, and will be an annual event with topics changing each year.

This year's symposium will focus on ways to modify proteins, from how one can use genetically encoded biosensors (i.e., derivatives of Green Fluorescent Protein) in biochemical studies to how one can manipulate the genetic code to use site-directed mutagenesis to incorporate unnatural amino acids. Both panelists will bring examples from their own research to their presentations.

Madeline Shea, University of Iowa
Francis Valiyaveetil, Oregon Health & Science University

Funding Opportunities for Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUI)

Tuesday, March 8, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
The Education Committee is hosting a session aimed at helping PUI faculty find funding sources that will help them to establish or maintain an active and productive undergraduate research laboratory. Panel members are representatives from funding agencies who will discuss funding sources and grants that are appropriate for faculty at undergraduate institutions.

Kamal Shukla, National Science Foundation
Jean Chin, NIGMS, NIH

The Basics, the Discoveries and the Controversies: Educational Workshop

Tuesday, March 8, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
The pace of new discoveries frequently does not allow scientists outside of a specific field to keep up with important new developments and breakthroughs. Furthermore, one of the major difficulties for a student entering a new field is gaining a perspective on what is known, what is really known and what are the main unknowns. The goal of this new series of educational workshops is to help students understand the "big picture" and to facilitate cross-talk and collaborations between experts in different fields. Leading scientists in their fields will discuss the most important things that all biophysicists should know about each field, what the consensus ideas are and what the fights are about. This session is sponsored by the Education Committee.

John Lemasters, Medical University of South Carolina
Michael Edidin, Johns Hopkins University

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