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The Biophysical Society committees are essential to the implementation of the Society's stated purpose to lead the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. All new and continuing committee appointments are approved by Council when it meets each year at the Annual Meeting. Committee members must be current Society members at the time of their appointment and during their committee terms.

Do you want to get more involved in BPS activities?   If so, submit a volunteer form and select the committees that interest you from among the following:  early careers, education, membership, minority affairs, professional opportunities for women, public affairs, or publications. Volunteer forms submitted by October 1 of each year will be considered for appointment in the following year.

The Awards Committee solicits nominations for the Annual Society Awards and Fellows. The deadline for award nominations is May 1 of each year. Society members are encouraged to nominate candidates by submitting a nomination form and required materials.

Chair

Elizabeth Komives (2019)

Committee Members

Ivet Bahar (2020)
Jim Bowie (2020)
Klaus Gawrisch (2021)
Jonathan Howard (2021)
Richard Kriwacki (2019)
Karolin Lugar (2021)
Antoine van Oijen (2019)
Angela Gronenborn, ex officio
David Piston, ex officio
Lukas Tamm, ex officio

The Committee for Inclusion and Diversity's, formerly the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC), charge is to increase the number of underrepresented biophysicists and enhance the visibility and career opportunities of existing underrepresented biophysicists, and to involve them in Society affairs. The Committee aims to foster a community for underrepresented biophysicists primarily through activities at the Annual Meeting and through the Summer Program. Outreach to young underrepresented students is achieved through participation at the scientific conferences for underrepresented students.

Chair

Marina Ramirez-Alvarado (2019)

Committee Members

Stephen Abini-Agbomson (2018)     
Julia Bourg (2020)    
Otonye Braide (2020)    
Samuel Cho (2020)    
Daryl Eggers (2020)    
Candice Etson (2019)     
Ernesto Fuentes (2020)    
Ruben Gonzalez (2019)
Alemayehu Gorfe (2018)
Kim Ha (2020)
Eda Koculi (2018)
Santiago Schnell (2019)
Ben Stottrup (2019)
Kandice Tanner (2020)
Lipi Thurkral (2020)
Michael Jarstfer, Summer Program Co-PI
Dorothy Erie, Summer Program Co-PI

The Early Careers Committee is charged with guiding and promoting the Society's early career activities, including the organization of career development, networking, and community-building events at the Annual Meeting and writing articles in the Society's newsletter, the BPS Bulletin.  In addition, the Committee is responsible for increasing the involvement of early career (graduate student, postdoctoral, or newly independent scientist) members in Society affairs and recognizing the challenges unique to early career scientists.

Chair

Bert Tanner (2019)

Committee Members

Frank Bosmans (2020)
Anthony Cammarato (2020)
Holly Holman (2018)    
Nathan Hudson (2019)
Joelle Labastide (2020)
Joseph Mindell (2019)
Joseph Muretta (2019)
Thao Nguyen (2019)
Medha Pathak (2019)
Cathy Proenza (2019)
Vidhya Sivakumaran (2018)
Yuhua Song (2018)
Sweta Vangaveti (2019)
Dianwen Zhang (2018)
Hua Zhu (2020)
Yubin Zhou (2020)

The Education Committee is responsible for providing materials and ideas to be used in advertising biophysics to the general public and particularly to students. The Committee plans and executes brochures and educational programs at the Annual Meeting, and at other opportunities including the Undergraduate Student Symposium and the SRAA Poster Competition in conjunction with the Biophysical Society Subgroups.

Chair

Gina MacDonald (2020)

Committee Members

Horia Petrache (2019)
Gundula Bosch (2017)
Allen Price (2020) 
Ashley Carter (2018)
Pranav Rathi (2018)
Linda Columbus (2018)
Sharlene Denos (2019)
Sharyn Endow (2020)     
Esmael Haddadian (2018)
David Stokes (2019)
Dirar Hormouz (2020)
Nael McCarty (2020)
Pedro Muino (2020)
Peter Nelson (2019)
Yadilette Rivera-Colon (2018) 
Alex Small (2019) 
Patricia Soto (2018)
Paul Urayama (2020)
Seth Weinberg (2019) 
Elizabeth Yates (2019)

The Finance Committee, chaired by the Treasurer, advises Council on the finances of the Society. The committee reviews the fiscal health of the Society and with the Executive Director prepares and recommends an annual budget for approval by Council at the Annual Meeting. The Finance Committee oversees the annual audit and the management of the Society's reserves. 

Chair

Kalina Hristova (2021)

Committee Members

Timothy Cross (2021)        
Samantha Harris (2021)    
Criss Hartzell (2019)     
Frances Separovic, ex officio 
Angela Gronenborn, ex officio  
Kathleen Hall, ex officio

The Member Services Committee is charged with coordinating the activities of its member committees to ensure that Society resources are used efficiently and that the diverse human resource needs of the membership are met.

Chair

Frances Separovic (2019) 

Committee Members

Gina MacDonald (2020)
Gabriela Popescu (2018)
Juliette Lecomte (2018)
Marina Ramirez-Alvarado (2019)
Bert Tanner (2019)

The Membership Committee is charged with assessing changes in Society membership and needs, looking for nascent and underserved areas, and based on those assessments, developing plans to attract new members and retain existing members. At the Annual Meeting, the Membership Committee hosts several events, including the New Member Welcome Coffee, giving members an opportunity to speak with Society leadership, and hosts a table at the Graduate Institution Fair. The Membership Committee also sponsors Society Mini-Grants for local networking events.

Chair

Juliette Lecomte (2018) 

Committee Members

Ann-Sofie U. Cans (2020)
Melanie Cocco (2020)
Jim Cole (2019)
Douglas Swank (2018)
Robert Dempski (2019)
Michael Fried (2019)
Sonia Gregory (2020)
Taviare Hawkins (2020) 
Jonathan Rocheleau (2020)
Frances Separovic, ex officio

The Nominating Committee is charged with preparing a list of nominees for President-Elect, Council, Treasurer or Secretary when necessary, determine the willingness of the candidates to run, and report its list to the Executive Board and Council for approval the year following its election.

Per the Society bylaws, nominations for Council may also be received by petition. Contact the Society Office at society@biophysics.org for information on how to submit a petition candidate for Council.

Chair

Jane Clark

Committee Members

Zev Bryant
Ruth Heidelberger
Christopher Yip
Art Palmer
Lukas Tamm

The CPOW is charged with promoting science education for girls and women; promoting the advancement and retention of women and minorities in biophysics; fostering development of professional communities among women; raising awareness of the scientific contributions of women in biophysics; recognizing the challenges of balancing career and family; promoting fair and equitable treatment, and improving the climate for women in biophysics in all stages of their careers. Each year, the CPOW sponsors Annual Meeting activities and hosts panel discussions on various topics, which are open to all attendees. The CPOW also provides a list of resources to support scientists at all stages of their careers.

The mission of CPOW is:

  • To promote science education for girls and women
  • To promote the advancement and retention of women and minorities in biophysics
  • To raise awareness of the scientific contributions of women in biophysics
  • To recognize the importance of balancing a career and family
  • To promote fair and equitable treatment and improve the climate for women in biophysics at all stages of their careers

Chair

Gabriela Popescu (2018)

Committee Members

Sarah Bondos (2019)
Angela Brown (2020)
Silvia Cavagnero (2020)     
Sudha Chakrapani (2018)
Julio Cordero (2019)      
Evelyne Deplazes (2019)     
Carmen Domene (2019)     
Marta Filizola (2018)
Karen Fleming (2020)
Dorit Hanein (2018)
Constance Jeffery (2018)
Susy Kohout (2018)
Thao Nguyen (2018)
Liliana Quintanar (2018) 
Marina Ramirez-Alvarado (2020)
Yuly Sanchez-Mendoza (2019) 
Emily Smith (2019)
Liskin Swint-Kruse (2019)  
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede (2020)

The Biophysical Society Program Committee is charged with the organization of the Annual Meeting scientific program. The program must respond to and serve the needs of the membership, which represents diverse scientific, technical, and educational constituencies.

Co-Chair

Susan Marqusee

Co-Chair

Andrej Sali

Committee Members

Joanna Swain
Michael Pusch
Ruben Gonzalez
Anne Kenworthy
Francesca Marassi

The Public Affairs Committee's responsibilities include (1) ensuring appropriate support for biophysics and basic research at the federal funding agencies; (2) supporting biophysics through congressional and public outreach and education; (3) developing special initiatives and responses, as appropriate, to matters of public policy that impact on biophysics and biophysicists at all education and career levels; and (4) advising the Society president and council on matters of public affairs.  Recently, the committee has provided input on strategic plans at NSF and NIH, budget and appropriations decisions on Capitol Hill, reauthorization legislation for NIH, NSF, and the Department of Energy Office of Science, open access regulations and bills, as well as other areas of interest to the Society.  The committee also plans policy events for the Annual Meeting and sponsors scientists to participate in Hill Days in Washington, DC.

Chair

Ed Egelman (2018)

Committee Members

Dorothy Beckett (2018)     
Timothy A. Cross (2018)     
Yale E. Goldman (2018)     
Kathleen Hall (2018)     
Samantha Harris (2018)     
Eric Jakobsson (2018)     
Jonathan KIng (2019)    
Eric Sundberg (2020)    
Arnold Revzin (2020)
Tara Schwetz (2020)
Randy Wadkins (2019)
Seth Weinberg (2018)
Harel Weinstein (2018)
Peter Winter (2019)
Tianqi Zhang (2020)
Lukas Tamm, ex officio 
Frances Separovic, ex officio 
Eleonora Zakharian (2019)

The Publications Committee is responsible for overseeing Society peer-reviewed publications and recommending editorial policies for each to ensure achievement of Society goals. It appoints all Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members (such appointments to be ratified by Council). The Committee is also responsible for understanding and developing journal budgets in collaboration with the Finance Committee, for approval by the Council.

Chair

Olaf Andersen (2018)

Committee Members

Linda Colubus (2020)    
Carol Deutsch (2019)     
William Hancock (2019)     
Marjorie Longo (2019)      
Gail Robertson (2018) 
Catherine Royer (2020)
Dierk Thomas (2019) 
David Warshaw (2018) 
Bill Zagotta (2018) 
Christopher Yip (2020)
Kalina Hristova, Treasurer, ex officio 

Chair

Lukas Tamm (2021)

Committee Members

Miguel Holmgren (2019)
Tanja Kortemme (2019)
Vincent Hilser (2019)
Vasanthi Jayaraman (2020)
Linda Kenney (2019)
Joe Mindell (2020)
Antoine van Oijen (2020)
Andrej Sali (2021)
Da-Neng Wang (2021) 
Ming Zhou (2019)
Bill Kobertz, ex officio (2019)
Patricia Clark, ex officio (2019)