Career Center Job Board

Looking for a new position? Have a position to fill? Visit the Career Center at the Annual Meeting. Candidates can post their CVs at no charge and apply for job openings. Employers wishing to advertise job opportunities can do so, and 2012 BPS members qualify for a reduced posting fee. Post your job or resume on the Society Job Board from February 1–February 21, indicate that you’re participating in the Annual Meeting Career Center, and receive the following advantages:

  • Copies of your job posting or inclusion of your resume in the Resume Binder for participants to view onsite;
  • A listing of job postings given to all attendees;
  • Job seeker’s name along with poster/platform presentation name and number (if applicable) included on the candidate listing page, given
    to all employers;
  • The ability to set up interviews onsite at the meeting;
  • Time saved at the Annual Meeting!

Resume posting is FREE for all attendees. Can’t post your resume online by February 21? Don’t worry! You can 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: and click the Career Center tab.

Outreach Activities

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

Monday, February 27, 1:30–3:30 pm

Through mock study sections, veteran NIH officials will demonstrate what review panels look for when they read and assess proposals. They will also answer questions about the changes at NIH and how to communicate with funding agenciesprior to submitting a proposal and after its review.
This popular session is sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee and is appropriate for both experienced principal investigators and those applying for their first grant.

The NIH panelists (pictured left) include: Ravi Basavappa, NIH, Jean Chin, NIGMS, NIH, Charles G. Edmonds, NIGMS, NIH, Donald L. Schneider, DBIBS, NIH, Janna P. Wehrle, NIGMS, NIH.

US Investment in Energy Research: What Happens Next?

Tuesday, February 28, 1:00–2:30 pm

The Presidential Administration has shown its commitment to creating new sources of energy and making our lives more energy efficient. Researchers are working diligently on these challenges and are making progress, but where does US policy stand on adopting and implementing these technologies. Is the public ready to make the necessary changes? This session will explore the intersection of energy sciences, politics, and the public. Scott Ander, Director of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law will speak, as will Robert B. Weisenmiller, California Energy Comission. Additional speakers to be announced.

High School Teachers Event

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 11:15 am–12:15 pm

This new event, sponsored by the Education Committee, will introduce high school teachers to biophysics and the benefits of teaching interdisciplinary science at the high school level. Speakers will address challenges that arise while teaching an interdisciplinary subject and ways to address them. Inexpensive and engaging experiments that effectively teach biophysical concepts will be demonstrated for future use in a classroom setting. A special tour of the Exhibit Hall will follow this event. Speakers include Chris Miller, Brandeis University and a former high
school science teacher, and Margaret Cheung, University of Houston, who mentors high school students and works with local science
teachers to prepare interactive lesson plans.

Biomolecular Discovery Dome

Sunday, February 26–Monday, February 27, 2012

See proteins and molecular machines like never before in the Biomolecular Discovery Dome! This audio-visual immersion experience will take you inside the world of cells and viruses. The full-dome theater will run multiple short films on topics such as viruses, HIV drug design, and flagella in parasites. The Biomolecular Discovery Dome will be located near the registration area. This event is sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee.

Satellite Meetings

Friday, February 24

Drug Discovery for Ion Channels XII

9:00 am–5:00 pm
Sponsored by Molecular Devices, Nanion, Sophion, and Cellectricon
Keynote speaker: Stuart Lipton, Del E. Webb Neuroscience, Aging, and Stem Cell Research Center, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute
Additional speakers to be announced

Since the inaugural “Drug Discovery for Ion Channels” satellite meeting, there have been many advances in ion channel drug discovery including new instrumentation and techniques. This year’s Satellite Meeting will review the advances in automated electrophysiology and other emerging technologies and the impact they’ve had on ion channel drug discovery. 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.

Orai Channels—New Insights, New Ideas

1:00–5:00 pm
Sponsored by the Journal of Physiology

12:00–1:10 pm Registration

1:10–1:20 pm Introduction

1:20–2:00 pm

The role of Orai and STIM in CRAC channel function and immune responses
Stefan Feske, Department of Pathology, New York University, Langone Medical Center

2:00–2:40 pm
Molecular and structural determinants of permeation and gating in CRAC channels
Murali Prakriya, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

2:40–3:20 pm
Novel regulators of CRAC channels in T cells
Yousang Gwack, Department of Physiology, David Geffen, School of Medicine at UCLA

3:30–3:50 pm Coffee Break

3:50–4:30 pm
Store-independent Orai channels in vascular smooth muscle
Mohamed Trebak, Center for Cardiovascular Sciences, Albany Medical College

4:30–5:10 pm
Altering ORAI and STIM function by ROS, glycosylation and stoichiometry changes
Barbara Niemeyer, Department of Biophysics, Saarland University, Homburg, Germany

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.

January 2012 Table of Contents