Meeting Updates

Calling All Bloggers!

Deadline to apply: January 17

Want to blog for BPS at the 2014 Annual meeting? BPS is looking for five to ten bloggers to share meeting tips, must-go-to events, the best local eateries, and more with the Society’s blog readers (3,500+ during the Meeting). Check out some of the latest entries, as well as posts from the 2013 meeting at biophysicalsociety.wordpress.com. To learn more and submit your application, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/5V7P2GQ.

Late Abstract Deadline

Deadline: January 8
Late abstracts for the 2014 BPS Annual Meeting in San Francisco are now being accepted. Although late abstracts will not be published, they will be posted online in a searchable format through the online itinerary planner, available in late January on the meeting website. Late submissions will be programmed throughout the meeting Sunday–Wednesday.Student VolunteersThe Biophysical Society invites undergraduate and graduate students to volunteer time (six hours) at the Annual Meeting in exchange for complimentary meeting registration. Volunteers must be Society members with registration fully paid. To apply, please send an email to meetings@biophysics.org by December 20, 2013, with the following information: full name, cell phone number, and complete list of dates/times available.

Poster Printing

Looking for an easy way to have your poster printed and delivered directly to the Moscone Center for onsite pickup? BPS is working with AlphaGraphics to simplify poster printing. Visit www.biophysics.org/2014meeting and click on 'Abstracts', 'Poster Guidelines' for more information. Receive discounts for early printing submissions.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Institution Fair

Monday, February 17, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Does your institution have a program that leads the way in biophysics? Reserve a table today to showcase your programs at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Institution Fair at the 2014 Annual Meeting. 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 January 8. Institution registration can be found online at www.biophysics.org/2014meeting/Program/SpecialFunctions/StudentandFacultyActivities/tabid/4265/Default.aspx#gradpostfair.

Over 4,100 Abstracts Programmed

Following the October 1 regular abstract deadline, members of the Program Committee and Council reviewed and sorted the 4,125 submitted abstracts, which were programmed into 21symposia, five workshops, 63 platforms, and 153 poster sessions. Over 900 posters will be presented each day of the meeting. The Society would like to thank the Program Committee, Council, and the many other Society members who participate in the planning, reviewing, sorting, and programming each year. Their work ensures that the final program reflects the breadth of research areas in biophysics with as few programming conflicts as possible given the volume and richness of the scientific program. The 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee members are Robert Nakamoto, Karen Fleming, Rebecca Heald, Peter Hinterdorfer, Linda Kenney, Tanja Kortemme, Carol Robinson, Emad Tajkhorshid, Claudia Veigel, and Jody Puglisi. Society members Enrique de la Cruz, Karen Fleming, James Sellers, Ana-Maria Soto, Sergei Sukharev, and Jin Zhang also assisted Robert Nakamoto with the programming this year.

Satellite Meeting

Drug Discovery for Ion Channels XIV

Sponsored by ChanTest, Molecular Devices, Nanion Technologies GmbH, and Sophion Bioscience

Friday, February 14, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
Pre-registration deadline: January 8

Ion channels are an important class of therapeutic drug targets and mutations in ion channel genes are found to be responsible for an increasing number of diseases. While conventional electrophysiological techniques permit the most detailed and direct study of ion channel function, they are limited due to the manual nature of the method and their low throughput. Because of this, ion channels remain an underrepresented target class for drug discovery. The advent of higher throughput automated electrophysiology systems has begun to change the face of ion channel drug discovery. This symposium will review the advances in automated electrophysiology and other emerging technologies and their impact on ion channel drug discovery today. This year’s meeting will highlight presentations from users of automated electrophysiology instrumentation as well as other speakers in the field of ion channel drug discovery. For more information and to register, please visit www.biophysics.org/2014meeting/Program/SatelliteMeetings/tabid/4272/Default.aspx.

Education Sessions

The Annual Meeting offers many committee-sponsored sessions to help you get ahead in teaching and academia.

Biophysics 101: X-Ray Crystallography

Monday, February 17, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm

2014 is the International Year of Crystallography, and the biophysical end of this 100-year-old field is indeed burgeoning with revolutionary results and new methodologies. Solving macromolecular structures has also now become quite feasible for a non-structural-biology lab. This year’s Biophysics 101 session, sponsored by the Education Committee, will include two lectures on this topic, outlining the practice of x-ray crystallography for not-yet-experts and describing some of its uses and rewards.

Speakers: Charles Pemble, Duke University, Jim Pflugrath, Rigaku

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

Sunday, February 16, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Do you teach undergraduates? Are you looking for a way to incorporate biophysics research into your course curriculum? Join the Education Committee for this popular workshop, where speakers will give participants specific examples of how to better integrate teaching and research into an undergraduate curriculum. Session speakers have been successful in obtaining funding for the development of undergraduate courses and programs. In addition to discussing these funding opportunities, speakers will also comment on national initiatives focused on STEM education.

Career Opportunities at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Finding a Job and Finding Success

Tuesday, February 18, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

This session, sponsored by the Education Committee, will provide graduate students, postdocs, and current faculty with information and resources on career options at PUIs. Speakers are faculty members at PUIs who have been successful in their positions.

Moderator: Scott Feller, Wabash College

Speakers: Julia Koeppe, Ursinus College, Paulo Almeida, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Edwin Li, Saint Joseph’s University

The Basics, the Discoveries, the Controversies: Membrane Protein Structure and Dynamics

Tuesday, February 18, 2:15 pm–3:30 pm

Attendees at this session will learn about super-resolution microscopy techniques for studying membrane proteins and macromolecular complexes in cells, and the type of information this technique can provide a researcher. This session is sponsored by the Education Committee and is intended to introduce the most important ideas, breakthroughs, and outstanding questions of a specific field of biophysics to help those that do not work directly in that area gain a perspective on what is known and what is unknown.

Speaker: Bo Huang, UCSF, The science of counting: a super-resolution view of membrane protein dimerization

Undergraduate Mixer and Poster Fest

Saturday, February 15, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Pre-Registration Deadline: January 13

Come network with other undergraduates who are attending the meeting, socialize, and learn about their research projects. Undergraduates who are presenting posters at the meeting are invited to practice their poster presentations in a relaxed setting during this event. Registration is required to present. For the registration form go www.biophysics.org/2014meeting, and choose www.biophysics.org/2014meeting/Program/SpecialFunctions/StudentandFacultyActivities/tabid/4265/Default.aspx.

Biomolecular Discovery Dome

Sunday, February 16–Tuesday, February 18, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 19, 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Watch cells and viruses come to life in an audio-visual immersion experience! The 3-D Biomolecular Discovery Dome will feature films that will take you inside the exciting world of cells, all while showing how difficult biophysical topics can be made accessible to a broad audience. The Biomolecular Discovery Dome will be open to Meeting attendees daily from Sunday through Wednesday. This portable dome is being sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee for the third consecutive year.