Planning for 2012 Program Well Underway

Th e 2012 Program Committee, co-chaired by Sharona Gordon and William Zagotta, both from the University of Washington, has nearly finished developing the program for the 2012 Annual Meeting, which will be held in San Diego, California, February 25–29, 2012. The 2012 Program Committee members are Laura Finzi, Emory University; Tanja Kortemme, University of California, San Diego; Michael Wiener, University of Virginia; Michael
Cahalan
, University of California, Irvine; and Jamie Williamson, Scripps Research Institute.

How is the Scientific Program for the Annual Meeting Developed?

In August of each year, the newly elected President-Elect names a Program Chair to oversee the development of the scientific program for the Annual Meeting to be held three years later. Th e Chair(s), together with the Program Committee, which includes four members of Council serving three-year terms on a rotating basis and the past Program Chair, develop a program that represents the diversity in the scientific areas, demographics, and geography of the Society membership as well as the best and most exciting biophysics in the world. That program is presented to Council for approval one year before the actual Meeting. The 2012 program was approved by Council when it met in Baltimore.

1. Program Chair Appointed

Three years prior to the Annual Meeting, the President-Elect appoints a Program Chair. The Chair works with the existing Program Committee and adds members to the Committee for a one-year term if necessary to provide greater breadth of scientifi c areas.

2. Request for Topic Suggestions, and Review of Past Programs and Attendance

Each fall, the Program Committee solicits suggestions from the Society membership, subgroup chairs, and committee chairs for possible symposium and workshop topics and speakers. The Committee also looks at recent past meeting topics and attendance to ensure that speakers and topics are new and fresh. Topics for the 2012 Meeting were solicited in the fall of 2010.

3. Program Development

Over the course of a year, the Program Committee members analyze data, review all suggestions, and develop symposia, workshops, and minisymposia topics based on their analyses.

4. Council for Feedback and Approval

One year before the Meeting, the Program Chair(s) presents the proposed program to Council for approval. If approved, the proposed symposia and workshops chairs and speakers are invited and, once confi rmed, the Call for Papers/Meeting announcement is prepared and mailed. Minisymposia topics are also included in the Call for Papers, but the minisymposia speakers are selected from among abstracts submitted to the individual minisymposia topics.

5. Abstract Sort

After the abstract submission deadline, members of Council and the Program Committee sort all abstracts into platform, minisymposium and poster sessions. Once the sorting is completed, the Program Chair(s), together with past chairs, program the sessions and send the final program to all members of Council who review the schedule for possible programming conflicts.

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