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As the Biophysical Society continues to grow, the Society's subgroups allow members to meet and interact within more focused areas in smaller groups. Subgroups hold scientific symposia and business meetings each year on the Saturday that starts the Annual Meeting. They also sponsor several awards, including the Student Research Achievement Awards (SRAA) Poster Competition.

Membership to the Society's subgroups is open to all members. New subgroups may be formed by petition, signed by at least 100 regular members. The petition and accompanying bylaws need to be approved by Council.

Cryo-EM



Cryo-EM is the newest subgroup to join the Biophysical Society. The new subgroup received approval at the recent Council meeting, bringing the total number of Society subgroups to 13. Over 100 regular Society members signed the petition in support of the subgroup, which was spearheaded by Ed Egelman of the University of Virginia, Da-Neng Wang of New York University, Bridget Carragher of the New York Structural Biology Center, Yifan Cheng of University of California, San Francisco, Irina Serysheva of the University of Texas Medical School, and David Stokes of New York University. 

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, the Cryo-EM Subgroup held its inaugural meeting from 7:00-9:00PM at the Biophysical Society 60th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California. The following speakers were chosen from abstract submissions: Tamir Gonen (Janelia Farms, HHMI), Dganit Danino (Israel Inst. of Technology), Zhao Wang (Baylor College of Medicine), Doreen Matthies (NIH), Alexey Amunts (Stockholm University), Yuan Gao (University of California, San Francisco). Over 250 people attended the talks and, afterwards, elected officers and approved the bylaws governing operation of the subgroup.

Join the Cryo-EM Subgroup

 

In order to join the Cryo-EM Subgroup, you must be a member of the Society.

Jenny Hinshaw, Chair (2019)

Elizabeth Villa, Chair Elect (2020)

TBD, Secretary-Treasurer (2018)

2018 Tamir Gonen University of California, Los Angeles
2017 David Stokes New York University School of Medicine

2018 Symposium

Saturday, February 17, 2018
San Francisco, California
7:00 PM–10:00 PM

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2017 Symposium

Saturday, February 11, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
7:00 PM–10:00 PM

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2016 Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Los Angeles, California
7:00 PM–9:00 PM

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Article 1

Purpose: The purpose of the Cryo-EM Subgroup shall be to advance and disseminate knowledge of electron cryo-microscopy, including techniques, methods and applications of cryo-EM to biological problems.
 

Article 2

Membership: Members of the Biophysical Society may join the Cryo-EM Subgroup; non-members of the Biophysical Society are welcome to attend Cryo-EM Subgroup activities but are unable to serve as Officers of the Subgroup or vote.
 

Article 3

Dissolution: This group may be dissolved at the discretion of the Council of the Biophysical Society.
 

Article 4

Meetings: Business meetings shall be held in connection with the annual scientific meeting of the Biophysical Society. Five percent of the members of the Cryo-EM Subgroup or 10 members, whichever is smaller, shall constitute a quorum. Scientific meetings shall be held in association with the annual Biophysical Society meetings, and must follow the guidelines established by the BPS Council.
 

Article 5

Dues: In addition to those requested by the Biophysical Society, subgroup dues of $20/year will be levied by the Subgroup Advisory Committee, and the dues will be reviewed each year by the Subgroup Advisory Committee.
 

Article 6

Officers: The Officers of the Subgroup will be a Chairperson, Chairperson-elect, SecretaryTreasurer, and two Program Co-chairs. The Chairperson-elect shall serve one year as such followed by one year as Chairperson. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected for a term of two years and the Program Co-Chairs shall be elected for a period of 1 year. The Officers plus the two Program Co-Chairs will be responsible for assembling the scientific program for the annual Subgroup Meeting, which will involve both selecting talks from submitted abstracts as well as actively inviting speakers.
 

Article 7

Advisory Committee: The Advisory Committee will be responsible for the fulfillment of the scientific and business obligations of the group. The Advisory Committee will consist of the Officers and the immediate past Chairperson. The Advisory Committee shall have the power to conduct other business by means of email vote. The affairs of the Group shall be handled by the Officers in accordance with the policies determined by the Advisory Committee and the Biophysical Society Council.
 

Article 8

Nominating Committee: The members of the Advisory Committee shall constitute the nominating committee. Nominations will also be received from the floor at the annual business meeting or by email up to two weeks prior to the annual meeting. Nominees must accept their nomination prior to being placed on a ballot.
 

Article 9

Elections: Elections shall be held at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society or electronically. The candidate for each office receiving the highest number of votes will be elected. Officers will take office at the end of the annual business meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society. Interim vacancies in officers or councilors will be filled in accordance with By-Law Article VII of the Biophysical Society.
 

Article 10

Amendments to the By-Laws: Amendments should arise from the members of the Cryo-EM Subgroup, approved by a two-thirds majority of the Subgroup Advisory Committee, and ratified in a ballot by a majority of the members of the group voting.



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