Career Programs

Postdoctoral Breakfast
Securing Your First Faculty Position: The Perspective of the Search Committee
PROMOTE your research, PROMOTE yourself: Mid- Career Interactive Forum (Lunch registration form)
Communicating Science 
The Future of Science in America
How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published
How to Get Your Grant Renewed
Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon (Lunch registration form)
Networking with Minority Biophysicists: Resources & Opportunities
Grant Writing Workshop: How (Not) to Write Your NIH Grant Proposal
Early Career Opportunities Outside of the US

Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, February 3, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM 
Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

This breakfast presents an opportunity for postdoctoral members of the Society to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Members of the Early Careers Committee will discuss the transition from postdoc to faculty.  They will also be available to answer questions about how the Committee serves postdocs in the biophysical community and to recruit new Committee members.
Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Securing Your First Faculty Position: The Perspective of the Search Committee 

Sunday, February 3, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Panelists that have served on faculty search committees will discuss the hiring process from their vantage point. This panel discussion, sponsored by the Early Careers committee, will complement the discussions at the postdoc breakfast, where those that have recently gone through the process will share their experiences.

Speakers include: 
Ken Campbell, University of Kentucky
Casey Londergan, Haverford College
Brian Salzberg, University of Pennsylvania


PROMOTE your research, PROMOTE yourself: Mid-Career Interactive Forum

Sunday, February 3, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

This event, sponsored by CPOW, aims to help enhance and expand the professional impact of mid-career biophysicists. How can you continue to grow as a scientist AFTER having secured a job, AFTER having established a lab? This is a forum to discuss ways to increase the visibility of your research program and to widen your scientific influence beyond the bench. Topics will include: how to have your work published in high quality, broad audience journals; how to volunteer your service to editorial boards; and how to become involved with grant review. Experienced panelists will each speak briefly to their own experiences, leading into a question-and-answer exchange with the audience. The session will close with small-group and one-on-one interactions aimed to offer more individualized suggestions for career advancement. Space for this event is limited! Pre-registration is suggested and the fee includes lunch. 
Speakers include:
Susan Amara, Past President, Society for Neuroscience, and member, National Academy of Sciences

Al George, Chair, Electrical Signaling, Ion Transport and Arrhythmia Study Section & Professor, Vanderbilt University
Shai Silberberg, NIH/NINDS
Brian O'Rourke, Circulation Research and Johns Hopkins University
Harel Weinstein, Past President, Biophysical Society, and Weill Cornell Medical College

Register for the Mid-Career Interactive Forum

Communicating Science

Sunday, February 3, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

A leading expert in infectious diseases will offer his experience in communicating the science behind the vaccine-autism controversy and the media’s role in that process, and a seasoned science journalist will explore the challenges in making science accessible to the general public.  Attendees also will learn strategies on communicating their own science and working with journalists effectively at this session organized by the public affairs committee.  


Paul Offit, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, author of Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All
Derrick H. Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director, The Franklin Institute
Maiken Scott, WHYY, behavioral health reporter and part of the station's award-winning health and science team


The Future of Science in America

Monday, February 4, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This symposium, organized by the Public Affairs Committee, will address issues of science funding, training and policy, as seen from the perspective of economists, demographers and scientists. Speakers will discuss the economic impact and cost of scientific research, and what a sustainable science policy might look like.
Gregory A. Petsko, Weill Cornell Medical College
Paula Stephan, Georgia State University
Richard Freeman, Harvard University
Michael Teitelbaum, Harvard University

How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

Monday, February 4, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

This panel discussion, sponsored by the Publications Committee, will focus on the practical issues involved in publishing a scientific paper. The panelists have extensive experience in writing, reviewing, and editing papers, and will provide information on the 'dos and don't's of submitting research manuscripts.  Discussions will likely focus on strategies to avoid common pitfalls, how to prevent and fix problems before submission, and how to respond to critiques and even rejection of a paper. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the session.

Moderator: Da-Neng Wang

Catherine Royer, Editor, Biophysical Journal
Michael Edidin, Associate Editor, Biophysical Journal
Laura Finzi, Editor, Biophysical Journal
Les Loew, Editor-in-Chief, Biophysical Journal
Lara Szewczak, Editor at Cell Press

How to Get Your Grant Renewed

Monday, February 4, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 

The Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women (CPOW) will host a panel discussion on grant renewal.  Hear from knowledgeable NIH staff about the best ways to ensure your research project continues to receive funding. 

Rong Li, Professor, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Donald Schneider, Senior Advisor, NIH Center for Scientific Review
R. John Solaro, Head, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois, Chicago 

Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon 

Tuesday, February 5, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

This question-and-answer luncheon, sponsored by the Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women, is designed for postdocs finishing and actively applying for academic faculty positions. New faculty and recently tenured faculty in basic science and/or medical school departments will lead the discussion as well as experienced senior-level faculty who have served as department chairs and/or part of faculty search committees. Topics for discussion include how to prepare the curriculum vitae, the interview process, how to negotiate the job offer, and advice for new faculty as they balance research with their department obligations. Pre-registration is suggested and the fee includes lunch. 
Sudha Chakrapani, Case Western Reserve University
John Christodoulou, University College London, UK
Shai Silberberg, NIH/NINDS
Kenton Swartz, NIH/NINDS
Additional speakers to be announced. 

♦Register for the Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transistions Forum and Luncheon

Networking with Minority Biophysicists: Resources & Opportunities

Tuesday, February 5, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This networking event, sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC), will give minority students and scientists the opportunity to network and discuss challenges and resources with other minority biophysicists. 
Miguel Holmgren, NIH & SOBLA President

Grant Writing Workshop: How (Not) to Write Your NIH Grant Proposal

Tuesday, February 5, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Through mock study sections, veteran NIH officials will demonstrate what review panels look for when they read and assess proposals. They will also answer questions about the changes at NIH and how to communicate with funding agencies prior to submitting a proposal and after its review. This session is sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee and is appropriate for both experienced principal investigators and those applying for their first grant.

Jean Chin, NIGMS, NIH
Catherine Lewis, NIGMS,NIH
Peter Preusch, NIGMS, NIH
Arnold Revzin, CSR, NIH
Don Schneider, CSR, NIH

Early Career Opportunities Outside of the US

Tuesday, February 5,  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Interested in pursuing work outside of the United States? Come to this session, sponsored by the Early Careers Committee, to hear from scientists that have successfully found work and careers abroad.

Ben Corry, Australian National University
Neelanjana Sengupta, National Chemical Laboratory, India
Additional speakers to be announced


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