Policy Sessions 

Biophysics at the National Large Facilities: Current and Future Science Possibilities

Monday, February 17, 2:30 pm–4:00 pm

This session will survey a range of techniques available at the national user facilities around the country to elucidate structural information for biomolecules. The standard tools, such as macromolecular crystallography, will be included, as well as up-and-coming techniques such as LCLS-based structure determination. Attendees will also learn how researchers can access and take advantage of these facilities. Sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee.

Jen Bohon, National Synchrotron Light Source, Case Center for Synchrotron Biosciences
Britt Hedman, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Photon Science Department
Caralyn Larabell, UC San Francisco, Anatomy Department
John Spence, Arizona State University, Physics Department
Peter Zwart, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Physical Biosciences Division

Funding: If Not from Federal Agencies, from Where?

Sunday, February 16, 2:30 pm–4:00 pm

In this session, experts representing foundations, nonprofits, universities, and business will discuss non-federal sources of research funding, how to pursue them, and whether they present a viable substitute for lost or decreased government funding sources. The panelists will also discuss if and how their funding strategies have changed in response to federal funding, how scientists can effectively forge relationships with industry and foundations, and how universities are responding to the changing funding landscape. This session is sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee.

Robert Conn, President, The Kavli Foundation
Bill Balke, University of California, San Francisco, and American Heart Association
Additional speaker to be announced.

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

Monday, February 17, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Through mock study sections and discussions, veteran NIH officials will demonstrate what review panels look for when they read and assess proposals. They will also answer questions about peer review, avoiding application pitfalls and responding to review concerns. This session is sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee and is appropriate for both experienced principal investigators and those applying for their first grant.

John Bowers, Center for Scientific Review, NIH
Jean Chin, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
Catherine Lewis, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
Peter Preusch, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
Don Schneider, Center for Scientific Review, NIH

Science and Policy with Steven Chu

Tuesday, February 18, 1:30pm–2:30 pm

Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy, has returned to academia and Stanford University. During this session he will discuss his current research and biophysics research in general, and also reflect on science policy in the US.

Career Center/Job Board

Looking for a new position? Have a position to fill? Visit the Career Center at the Annual Meeting. Candidates may post their CVs at no charge and apply for job openings. Employers wishing to advertise job opportunities may do so, and 2014 BPS members qualify for a reduced posting fee.

Annual Meeting Special: Employers and Job Seekers—Post Early to Save and Increase Visibility!

Post your job or resume on the Society Job Board between January 2 and February 3, indicate that you’re participating in the Annual Meeting Career Center, and receive the following advantages:

For Employers:

  • Viewable job posting on the Society Job Board for 60 days;
  • Copies of your job posting or inclusion of your resume in the Resume Binder for participants to view onsite;
  • Inclusion on a listing of job postings given to all attendees;
  • The ability to set up interviews onsite at the meeting;
  • Time saved at the Annual Meeting.

For Job Seekers:

  • Copies of your resume in the Resume Binder for employers to view onsite;
  • Job seeker’s name along with poster/platform presentation name and number (if applicable) included on the candidate listing page and given to all employers;
  • Time saved at the Annual Meeting.

Resume/CV posting is FREE for all attendees. Can’t post your job or resume online by February 3? Don’t worry! You may still post your resume at the Annual Meeting, but your job posting or resume will not be included in the items listed above. For more information, please visit www.biophysics.org/2014meeting/CareerCenter/tabid/4296/Default.aspx.

New Member Welcome Coffee

Monday, February 17, 10:15 am–11:15 am

All new Biophysical Society members are invited to participate in an informal gathering to meet members of the Society’s Council and committees, learn about the Society’s activities, get acquainted with other new members, and enjoy refreshments. Current members are encouraged to attend and welcome the new members.

Child Care

The Biophysical Society will once again provide child care services while you attend the Annual Meeting! Discounted child care will be available at the Annual Meeting through KiddieCorp. Trained professionals will be on hand to watch children of all ages, and the fee includes fun activities and light snacks. Pre-registration is recommended. A family room will also be available in the Moscone Center, stocked with diapers, a small refrigerator, private areas for nursing, electrical outlets, and a small area for rest and play. To register your child for the child care service, visit www.biophysics.org/2014meeting/GeneralInfo/Overview/tabid/4181/Default.aspx.

Calling All Bloggers!

BPS is looking for bloggers to share meeting tips, can't miss 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. Deadline to apply is January 17.



First-Time Attendee Drop-By

Is this your first time attending a Biophysical Society Annual Meeting? Wondering what to do first? Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering how to best use your time? Drop by the first time attendee event on Saturday evening during the Opening Mixer to learn how to navigate the Meeting. Society staff and Membership Committee Members will be on hand to answer your questions and help you gain the most from your time at the BPS 2014 San Francisco meeting.

Wiki-Edit 2014 Contest Kick-off

The Importance of Open License Media to Our Science

Sunday, February 16, 2:15 pm–3:30 pm

Interested in entering the Society’s wiki-editing contest and learning more about open license media? Come to this demonstration and discussion for contest entrants and anyone curious about wiki editing and the use of images and films on Wikipedia. Learn about the contest, as well as the do’s and don’ts of posting images. Register your username, do an edit, and get a WikiProject Biophysics button to wear!

Daniel Mietchen, WikiProject Open Access and Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
Jane Richardson, BPS Past President.