Meeting Updates

Late Abstract Deadline

Missed the October 2 abstract deadline? You can still present your research at the Annual Meeting by submitting a late abstract by January 8.

Call for BPS Bloggers

Planning to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting? Want your opinions to be heard? The Biophysical Society invites you to apply for a spot as a guest blogger on the BPS Blog for the week of the Annual Meeting. BPS Bloggers share their opinions on scientific sessions, hotspots in San Diego, and anything and everything to do with the Annual Meeting! Go to by January 18 to apply. New to blogging? Send a writing sample instead. Need examples? Visit the BPS Blog at to check out posts from last year’s BPS Bloggers.

Student Volunteers

The Biophysical Society invites undergraduate and graduate students to volunteer six hours at the Annual Meeting in exchange for complimentarymeeting registration. Volunteers must be members of the Society with registration fully paid; registration will be refunded within 30 days after the meeting. Volunteers are responsible for housing and travel expenses. For more information and to apply, please go to


Educational Programming

Biophysics 101: Biomolecular NMR

The 2012 BPS Education Committee’s program to educate Society membership about fundamentals of various biophysical techniques with which they may not be familiar features a panel dealing with biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance. Mary Hatcher-Skeers, Claremont College and co-author of the recent text Pocket Guide to Biological NMR, will speak. An additional speaker will be announced at a later date.

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

This workshop will highlight examples of how to better integrate teaching and research, and will provide several models and examples of how faculty can be successful and effective in both aspects of academia. Speakers will present on their biophysical research and on programs they have developed to incorporate biophysics education and research into the undergraduate science curriculum. Speakers include Jennifer Ross, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hands on Optics: Teaching Through Building a Microscope; and Scott Feller, Wabash College, Models for Incorporating Undergraduates into a Research Program.

Faculty Positions at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: Finding a Job and Finding Success

Successful faculty will discuss being faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUI). They will offer tips to graduate students and postdocs looking for jobs, and will provide helpful advice to new faculty at PUIs. Speakers include Scott Feller, Wabash College; Shelli Frey, Gettysburg College; and Benjamin Stottrup, Augsburg College.

The Basics, the Discoveries, and the Controversies: Educational Workshop

The pace of new discoveries frequently does not allow scientists outside of a specific field to keep up with important new developments and breakthroughs. The goal of this workshop is to help students understand the “big picture” and to facilitate cross-talk and collaborations between experts in different fields. Leading scientists in their fields will discuss the most important things that all biophysicists should know about each field, what the consensus ideas are, and what the fights are about. Speakers include Jie Liang, University of Illinois, Chicago, Computational Study of Biological Systems at Multi-scale: Protein Structure, Function, Assemblies, Networks, and Cells; and Nagarajan Vaidehi, City of Hope National Medical Center.

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