Student and Faculty Activities

Pre-registration is required:

Graduate and Postdoc Institution Fair (Registration is required for institutions only.)

Registration is not required to attend the following functions:

Education and Minority Affairs Committees Travel Awardee Reception
International Travel Awardee Luncheon
Graduate and Postdoc Institution Fair
Teaching Science Like We Do Science: Integrating Research and Undergraduate Education Workshop
Wikipedia for Biophysicists
Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition
Graduate Student Breakfast
Undergraduate Student Breakfast at Noon
Biophysics 101: Biomolecular NMR
Funding Opportunities for Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: Finding a Job and Finding Success
The Basics, the Discoveries, and the Controversies: Educational Workshop

Education & Minority Affairs Committees Travel Awardee Reception

Saturday, February 25, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
During this reception, students, postdocs, and early career scientists 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.
Speaker:
Enrique De La Cruz, Yale University

Undergraduate Student Symposium

Sunday, February 26, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
This program, sponsored by the Education Committee, introduces undergraduate and high school students to research and career opportunities in biophysics through a seminar on emerging topics in biophysics and the Emily M. Gray Award Lecture. A graduate student panel will discuss their work and the future of biophysics research. A special Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair and Tour of the Exhibit Hall will follow this event.

In addition to registered attendees, undergraduate and high school students who reside within a 75-mile radius of the San Diego Convention Center that are not presenting an abstract may attend these events for free and have access to the entire Meeting on this day. Local 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.

Program

11:00 AM: Introduction & Welcome
Richard Ludescher, Rutgers University, Education Committee Chair
 
11:05 AM: Emily M. Gray Award Presentation & Lecture
Kenneth Dill, Stony Brook University & Sarina Bromberg, Freelance Writer
 
11:50 AM: Graduate Student Panel
 
 
12:30 PM: Tour of the Exhibit Hall and Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair
       Agilent Technologies
       KinTek Corp
       UVP
       JASCO
       Stanford Photonics
       Narashige International
       Leica
      JANS Technology
 

High School Teachers Event

Sunday, February 26, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
This new event introduces high school teachers to biophysics and the benefits of teaching interdisciplinary science at the high school level. Speakers will address different challenges that arise while teaching interdisciplinary subjects and ways to address them. Inexpensive and engaging experiments that effectively teach biophysical concepts will be demonstrated for future use in a classroom setting. A special tour of the exhibit hall will follow this symposium. Speakers include Chris Miller, Brandeis University, a former high school science teacher, and Margaret Cheung, University of Houston, who mentors high school students and works with local science teachers to prepare interactive lesson plans.

In addition to registered attendees, high school teachers who reside within a 75-mile radius of the San Diego Convention Center may attend these events for free and have access to the entire Meeting on this day. Local high school teachers interested in attending the High School Teacher Event must complete a registration form and submit it to the Society office. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 
Speakers and General Program
11:15 AM: Introduction & Welcome, Pat Dillon, Michigan State University
 
11:20 AM: Chris Miller Brandeis University
 
11: 35 AM: Margaret Cheung, University of Houston
 
11:50 AM: Demonstrations for Classroom Use
 
12:30 PM: Tour of the Exhibit Hall and Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair
 

International Travel Awardee Luncheon

Sunday, February 26, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
A selective number of international students, postdocs, and scientists will be recognized during this luncheon for their outstanding achievements in biophysics research. This event is hosted by the International Relations Committee.
*Please note that this event will be in the Omni Hotel (Gallery 3).

Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair

Sunday, February 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This fair will introduce 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 27, 2012 deadline. Registration is not needed to participate as a student. 

♦University/Institution Flier and Registration Form

Teaching Science Like We Do Science: Integrating Research and Education Workshop

Sunday, February 26, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

This session will highlight examples of how to better integrate teaching and research. Speakers will present on their biophysical research and on programs they have developed to incorporate biophysics education and research into the undergraduate science curriculum. The speakers have each been successful in both research and education grants and will provide several models and examples of how faculty can be successful and effective in both aspects of academia.

Speakers:
Jennifer Ross, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hands on Optics: Teaching Through Building a Microscope
Scott Feller, Wabash College, Models for Incorporating Undergraduates into a Research Program
Linda Columbus, University of Virginia, Teaching through research: an undergraduate biochemistry laboratory curriculum

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Wikipedia for Biophysicists

Sunday, February 26, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Are you editing Wikipedia articles, contributing images to Wikimedia Commons, working on other Wiki projects, or having your students do these things? Share your Wiki experiences and learn about rewarding opportunities at a panel discussion sponsored by the Education and the Early Careers committees. Whether you’re an avid Wikipedian or new to the Wiki world, check out this session and bring questions for the panelists. 
 
Speakers:
Jane Richardson, Duke University, Co-Chair
Damien Samways, Clarkson University, Co-Chair
Phoebe Ayers, University of California, Davis

Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

Sunday, February 26, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
This session will feature 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 will give a five-to-seven minute verbal presentation of their posters to one or more judges. Winners will be recognized on Monday evening prior to the National Lecture.

Graduate Student Breakfast

Monday, February 27, 7:30 AM - 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 graduate students in the biophysical community and to recruit new Committee members. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Speaker:
Prithwish Pal, Electronic BioSciences
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Undergraduate Student Breakfast at Noon

Monday, February 27, 12:00 PM - 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.

Speakers:
Rick Ludescher, Rutgers University
Prithwish Pal, Electronic Biosciences

Biophysics 101: Biomolecular NMR

Monday, February 27, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
This session is part of a 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. This year’s session deals with the topic of Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Dr. Mary Hatcher-Skeers of the Claremont Colleges and co-author of the recent text “Pocket Guide to Biological NMR” will speak; as well as Brian Sykes from the University of Alberta.

Speakers:
Mary Hatcher-Skeers, Claremont College
Brian Sykes, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
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Faculty Positions at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: Finding a Job and Finding Success

Tuesday, February 28, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
This panel, sponsored by the Education Committee, will feature successful faculty who will discuss being a faculty member at an undergraduate institution. They will give tips to graduate students and postdocs looking for jobs, in addition to providing helpful advice to new faculty at PUIs.

Panel:
Scott Feller, Wabash College
Shelli Frey, Gettysburg College
Benjamin Stottrup, Augsburg College

The Basics, the Discoveries and the Controversies: Educational Workshop

Tuesday, February 28, 1:30 PM - 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 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.

Speakers:
Computational study of biological systems at multi-scale: protein structure, function, assemblies, networks, and cells
Jie Liang, University of Illinois, Chicago
Current Status of Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Its Applications to Protein Dynamics
Nagarajan Vaidehi, City of Hope National Medical Center

 

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