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The Biophysical Society provides a unique opportunity at the Annual Meeting to attend various sessions focused on finding and securing careers, grants, and publishing papers within the biophysics realm. 

Registration is required for the following event: 
Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon

Registration not required for the following events:
Postdoctoral Breakfast
Navigating the Transition: Grad Student to Postdoc
Scientists and Congress: Making Connections
Mid-Career Mixer
Grant Writing Workshop: How (Not) to Write Your NIH Grant Proposal
How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

US Science Education in Global Context
Overcoming Unconscious Bias & Barriers in Science
Industry & Agency Opportunities Fair
Conversation with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch
Grant Opportunities for Early Career Faculty

Networking with Minority Biophysicists: Resources and Opportunities


Registration for some sessions is recommended due to space limitations.

 

Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, February 8, 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 be available to answer questions about how the Committee serves postdocs in the biophysical community. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Navigating the Transition: Grad Student to Postdoc

Sunday, February 8, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

This session, organized by the Early Careers Committee, is designed for graduate students curious about the process of moving from graduate school to a postdoctoral position. A panel of current postdocs will share their experiences with choosing a postdoctoral position and making the transition from graduate school into postdoctoral training.

Scientists and Congress: Making Connections

Sunday, February 8, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

With federal budgets flat and scientists not sure what the future holds for their research programs, it is more critical than ever for scientists to let Congress know how important federal funding is to the research enterprise. Join renowned experts on politics and science policy for a discussion of how scientists can most effectively communicate their message to Congress in the current political climate.

Mid-Career Mixer 

Sunday, February 8, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Baltimore Hilton


You have a position working in biophysics and have some funding for your work, but you have realized that the career challenges continue. Come relax and network with your contemporaries and senior biophysicists over a beer or glass of wine. This event is a great chance to compare notes with colleagues and discuss one-on-one your unique solutions to issues that arise in the time between getting your job and getting tenure, including management of lab staff, getting your work published, and renewing your funding. Refreshments will be provided, with cash bar.


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

Monday, February 9, 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.

How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

Monday, February 9, 2:15 PM - 3:45 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'ts 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.

US Science Education in a Global Context

Monday, February 9, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Why do students in other countries out-perform US students in science? As other countries are increasing their investment in scientific research and creating new opportunities for higher education and work, who will fill the seats in tomorrow’s university science classrooms? Panelists in this session will discuss what other countries are doing differently than the US in science education and the role of the next generation science standards in US education.

Overcoming Unconscious Bias & Barriers in Science

Monday, February 9, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Most scientists want to detect (and to mitigate) the influence of bias in the context of their research. However, in the context of interpersonal relationships, scientists often act with unconscious biases against another person's gender, age, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. These unchecked biases limit the career advancement of susceptible individuals and propagate harmful stereotypes. This panel will explore strategies for detecting our unconscious biases and overcoming them.


Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon 

Tuesday, February 10, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

This question-and-answer luncheon, sponsored by the Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women (CPOW), 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, networking, 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 a box lunch. Click here for the registration form.  

Speakers: 

Sarah Bondos, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Madeline Shea, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Barry Grant, University of Michigan
Jane Clarke, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Rohit Pappu, Washington University, St. Louis
Catherine Royer, Rensselaer Polytech Institute
Anne Hinderliter, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Shai Silberberg, NIH/NINDS
Joanna Sulkowska, University of Warsaw, Poland


Industry & Agency Opportunities Fair

Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Conversation with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch

Tuesday, February 10, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Jon Lorsch assumed the role of Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in 2013. One year in, he is leading a five-ear strategic planning effort for the Institute and looking at how the Institute can make the most of its resources to support fundamental research. Come to this session to learn more about Lorsch’s vision for NIGMS as well as what is new at the Institute.


Grant Opportunities for Early Career Faculty

Tuesday, February 10, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

In this panel, hosted by the Early Careers Committee, program coordinators and research administrators from key funding agencies will discuss and answer questions about the timeline, strategies, and funding opportunities for new faculty working to establish their independent laboratories.

Networking with Minority Biophysicists: Resources and Opportunities

Tuesday, February 10, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This networking event, sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee, will provide minority students and scientists the opportunity to network and discuss challenges and resources with other minority biophysicists.