Attending the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting is the richest annual networking and professional development opportunity for researchers in the field of biophysics. The breadth of research represented by the nearly 7,000 attendees and to the personal interactions that take place are enhanced by the career, education, policy, and social programs scheduled throughout the Meeting.
Saturday, February 17 - Wednesday, February 21This space is reserved for undergraduate meeting attendees looking for a place to relax or catch up on coursework they may be missing while at the Annual Meeting.
Journal manuscript - check. Abstract writing - check. But can you explain your work to your grandmother? Being able to talk about your research to someone who is not a scientist is an important skill usually not included in formal scientific training. Come to this session to learn the art of telling your scientific story from National Public Radio’s science correspondent Joe Palca and Assistant Producer for the Science Desk Madeline Sofia. Bring either your own abstract, or an abstract from your field, paper, and pencil to use during this hands-on workshop. Please plan to stay for the full two hours. Registration required; walk-in attendees will be allowed on a space available basis. Register here.Panelists:Joe Palca, NPRMadeline K. Sofia, NPR
Saturday, February 17, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 17, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMStop by to get your questions answered about careers, science communication, Friends of Joe’s Big Ideas, and other related topics on your mind.Joe Palca, NPRMadeline Sofia, NPR
Saturday, February 17, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PMAll registered attendees are welcome to attend this reception. Cash bar and light refreshments will be offered.
Saturday, February 17, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMDuring this reception, students, postdocs, and early and mid-career scientists will be honored and presented with their travel awards by the chairs of the Education, Inclusion and Diversity, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees.
Sunday, February 18, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AMThis breakfast presents an opportunity for postdoctoral Annual Meeting attendees to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Limited to the first 100 attendees.
Sunday, February 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PMThis “breakfast” for undergraduate students offers a valuable networking and social opportunity to meet other students, Biophysical Society Committee members, and scientists at all career levels to discuss academic goals and questions, and to develop a biophysics career path. The Breakfast will include a panel discussion on academic and career paths in biophysics, with opportunities for questions and answers from the audience - come prepared to find out about the course of study that aspiring biophysicists undertake, what it means to be a biophysicist, and how biophysicists make important discoveries. Space for this session is limited to the first 100 attendees.
Sunday, February 18, 11:30 AM –5:00 PM
This free day for San Francisco Bay Area college students at the BPS 62nd Annual Meeting kicks off with an Undergraduate Student Pizza “Breakfast” where participants will have an opportunity to network with their peers and members of the Biophysical Society’s Education Committee in a fun and relaxed environment. The Breakfast will include a panel discussion on academic and career paths in biophysics, with opportunities for questions and answers from the audience - come prepared to find out about the course of study that aspiring biophysicists undertake, what it means to be a biophysicist, and how biophysicists make important discoveries. Students will also receive information and advice on how to get the most out of attending the Annual Meeting. Attendees will be permitted to attend any of the meetings open sessions and activities for the full day, including the Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair where they can meet with representatives of, and learn about, programs from all over the country. Local undergraduate students, and their PI’s, residing within a 50-mile radius of the San Francisco who are not presenting an abstract or listed on an abstract being presented at this meeting may register for this event and gain FREE access to all Annual Meeting sessions on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Registration is required for both students and their PI’s. Register by Monday, January 15, 2018. There will be no on-site registration for this event. Click here to register.
Sunday, February 18, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMA number of international students, postdocs, and scientists will be recognized during this luncheon for their outstanding achievements in biophysics research. This event is hosted by the International Relations Committee.
Sunday, February 18, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PMHave you ever wondered how you can apply the skills learned while working on your PhD in a career away from the bench? This panel will explore multiple career options that exist in government, industry, and academia. Panelists with science backgrounds, now involved in a wide variety of careers, will share their personal experiences.Panelists:Yasmeen Hussain, 2017-2018 BPS Congressional FellowAlexandra Schnoes, iBiologyJeanne Small, NSF Program Director
Sunday, February 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMThis fair will introduce students and postdoctoral candidates to colleges and universities with leading programs in biophysics. Representatives interested in reserving a table at this fair to display information about their institution’s biophysics program must complete a registration form and submit the registration fee in advance. All students attending the Annual Meeting are encouraged to attend to learn about these programs. Register for a table today! Please contact the Society at email@example.com with questions.
Sunday, February 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PMThis interactive, hands-on workshop will provide participants with practical tools and evidence-based recommendations for bringing biophysics education to life in the lab, the classroom and the community. Experienced educators will share their first-hand experiences in brief presentations. The session focus will be on collaborative group discussions, during which participants will design an individualized action plan for implementing active learning techniques and effective assessment strategies into their teaching practice. Moderators will offer guidance and advice on adequate projects for any educational level.Speakers:Gundula Bosch, Johns Hopkins UniversityPedro Muino, St Francis University
Sunday, February 18, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PMYou finally have a job working in biophysics, in industry or academia, with some funding and a lab, but you’ve 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 your next promotion, including management of lab staff, getting your work published, and renewing your funding. Refreshments will be provided, with cash bar.
Sunday, February 18, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PMThis session features students who are presenting posters at the Meeting and have indicated at the time of abstract submission that they wish to participate in the competition. During the competition, students will give a five-to-seven minute oral presentation of their posters to one or more judges. Winners will be recognized on Monday evening prior to the National Lecture. For more information click here.
Sunday, February 18, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
After a full day of scientific talks and posters, join fellow attendees for a screening and discussion of the 2014 documentary Merchants of Doubt. This film, based on a book of the same title, examines the tactics used to cast doubt on the science by those that have in interest in doing so - from the health risks of tobacco use to the cause of global climate change.
Monday, February 19, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AMThis breakfast presents an opportunity for graduate student Annual Meeting attendees to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Limited to the first 100 attendees.
Monday, February 19, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AMAll new Biophysical Society members are invited to participate in an informal gathering to meet members of the Society’s council and programs, find out about the Society’s activities, get acquainted with other new members, and enjoy refreshments. Current members are encouraged to come meet the new members.
Monday, February 19, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Moderator: Sharyn Endow, Duke UniversityPresenters:Keir Neuman, National Institutes of HealthMichael Sheetz, National University of Singapore Mechanobiology InstituteMaria Leptin, European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Monday, February 19, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PMCome join us for a Q&A discussion about science in industry. Hear from a panel of scientists about their career path to industry. Learn about the different roles and positions and get perspective about how you can tailor your current research experience to align with industry needs.
Monday, February 19, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PMPutting your best foot forward in your grant proposal is key to securing funding for research. Program officers from the National Science Foundation will walk attendees through the process and provide tips on how to prepare the best possible proposal.
Monday, February 19, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PMThis interactive session will focus on how to best represent your data visually, whether for a talk, a poster, or a paper. Different types of data require different approaches to presentation while the emergence of new ways to publish and present results are challenging traditional ways of showcasing outcomes and data. New tools and approaches are now enhancing how we interact with our data. How to determine the best approach, summarize complex material in easily digestible forms, and why simpler is better will all be discussed. Datasets and real examples of visual interpretations by participants will be discussed.
Monday, February 19, 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Career development and networking is important in science, but can be a big time commitment. Here we offer refreshments and the chance to speed network, an exciting way to connect with a large number of biophysicists (including Biophysical Society committee members) in a short amount of time. Mid-career and more experienced scientists could learn how to get more involved in the Society or network for open positions in their labs. Early career scientists could discuss career goals and challenges, get advice on tenure or grant writing, or find out how to gain recognition for their work. Graduate students and postdocs could make contacts to find their next position. After introductions, each person will have short 3-5 minute meetings with consecutive new contacts. During this time you can exchange information and ask questions. When time is up, you select the next person to talk to. By the end of the event, each participant will have had meaningful interactions with over half a dozen colleagues and the opportunity to meet many more. It's that simple!
Space is limited for this event and pre-registration is recommended to ensure a spot. Register here.Registration Deadline January 15, 2018.
Mentors:Patricia Soto, Creighton University, Associate Professor of PhysicsDaryl Eggers, San Jose State University, Professor of BiochemistryFrank Bosmans, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Associate Professor of PhysiologyJulio Cordero-Morales, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Assistant Professor Gail Robertson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Marie Longo, University of California, Davis, Professor Medha Pathak, University of California, Irvine, Assistant Professor, Physiology & BiophysicsOtonye Braide, Gordon College, Assistant Professor of ChemistrySam Cho, Wake Forrest University, Assistant Professor Depts. of Physics & Computer ScienceEda Kocili, University of Central Florida, Assistant Professor Ernie Fuentes, University of Iowa, Associate Professor of BiochemistryMore to be announced!
Monday, February 19, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Bringing your best self to interviews, conferences, talks – all aspects of your career – means projecting confidence. While competence matters, studies show that representing yourself with confidence has a huge impact on success. Yet women are often less self-assured than men: they underestimate their abilities, they predict that they will do worse on tests than they do, and they are not sure that they are qualified to take that next step. This session will discuss the studies that show this confidence gap, how this gap affects career decisions made by women at multiple stages and will conclude with strategies to overcome this barrier. Understanding the confidence gap concerns not only women, but also anyone who recruits, trains, mentors or advocates for women.Panelists:Karen Fleming, Johns Hopkins UniversityLinda Columbus, University of Virginia
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM This question-and-answer luncheon is designed for postdocs finishing and actively applying for academic faculty positions. Discussion will be led by a panel of new faculty in basic science and/or medical school departments and experienced 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. To reserve a box lunch, you must pre-register. Attendance is limited to the first 60 participants.Panelists:John Bankston, University of Colorado School of MedicineEleonora Grandi, University of California, DavisAndrea Meredith, University of Maryland School of MedicineShai Silberberg, NIHKenton Swartz, NIH
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PMThis session is aimed at helping PUI faculty find funding for establishing or maintaining an active and productive undergraduate research laboratory.Panelists:Alexandra Ainsztein, National Institutes of HealthWilson Francisco, National Science FoundationModerators:Paul Urayama, Miami UniversityElizabeth Yates, United States Naval Academy
Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMThis fair will introduce attendees to companies and agencies that have employment and funding opportunities outside of academia. Stop by the fair to learn about the variety of opportunities available to scientists in industry and government and to talk one-on-one with representatives from participating organizations. Don’t forget to check out the Career Development Center for current job opportunities available at many of the participating organizations.Industry & Agency Representatives interested in reserving a table at this event to display information about their company/agency must register in advance.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Tuesday, February 20th from 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM This workshop will help participants gain insight into the complex interplay of unconscious bias and stereotype threat, two ubiquitous but generally misunderstood or overlooked factors that have a significant impact on the way we perceive, evaluate, and behave towards others and ourselves. Unconscious biases are implicit attitudes or stereotypes that are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. A deep body of peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated that unconscious biases affect the way we make decisions as well as the way we see, judge and behave towards others. Stereotype Threat is a situational predicament in which people are aware (consciously or unconsciously) that they may be being judged or perceived according to their group category. Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have shown that the experience of stereotype threat can causes a cascade of negative effects, including changes in behavior and temporary loss of skills. Participants in the workshop will engage in didactic, interactive and reflective strategies in a respectful and supportive atmosphere. Participants will gain an awareness of individual strategies to protect themselves from being influenced by unconscious or unintended biases and an awareness of strategies to protect themselves and others from the detrimental effects of stereotype threat.Speakers:Michelle van Ryn, Institute for Equity & Inclusion in Healthcare
Tuesday, February 20, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PMYou have spent years training and are ready to apply for an NIH grant. But where do you start? At this session, NIGMS program directors and officers with expertise in biophysics will be providing details on the NIH grant-making process as it stands in 2018, with a particular emphasis on grant writing and submission for new and early career investigators.Panelists:Alexandra Ainsztein, NIGMSJoseph Gindhart, NIGMSJohn (Randy) Knowlton, NCIPeter Preusch NIGMS Paul Sammak, NIGMSC.L. Albert Wang, CSRMary Ann Wu, NIGMS
Tuesday, February 20, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PMLeveling the Playing Field is a new series of yearly workshops designed to increase your skills in addressing the barriers faced by women in science. Are you all in favor of increasing professional opportunities of women but don’t know how to contribute? These ’hands-on’ sessions can help you to become more effective in improving the climate for women in biophysics at all stages of their careers.The 2018 workshop aims to increase your effectiveness in raising awareness of your research program and contributions, and the scientific contributions of women in biophysics in general, using your web presence, social media and other means.Panelists:Constance Jeffery, University of Illinois at ChicagoGabriela Popescu, University at Buffalo
Each evening, Sunday - Tuesday, at 5:30 PMLocal students will be waiting at the Society Booth to meet up with attendees who want to experience the local flavor of San Francisco.