Over 3,500 Abstracts Programmed

Following the October 1 regular abstract deadline, members of the Program Committee and Council reviewed and sorted the 3,575 submitted abstracts, which were then programmed into 20 symposia, four workshops, 64 platforms, and 138 poster sessions. Over 700 posters will be presented each day of the meeting!

The Society is indebted to the efforts of the Program Committee, Council, and the many other Society members who participate in the planning, reviewing, sorting, and programming each year. Their work ensures that the final program reflects the breadth of research areas in biophysics with as few programming conflicts as possible given the volume and richness of the scientific program.

The 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee members are Jody Puglisi, Chair, Karen Fleming, Laura Finzi, Angela Gronenborn, Peter Hinterdorfer, Brian Kobilka, Tanja Kortemme, Sharona Gordon and William Zagotta.

The Society members who assisted with the sort are Michael Edidin, Katia Kontrogianni, Robert Nakamoto, Ana-Maria Soto, Gil Wier and Jin Zhang.

Satellite Meeting

Drug Discovery for Ion Channels XIII
Friday, February 1, 2013; 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Pre-registration deadline: Friday, January 4, 2013

Ion channels are an important class of therapeutic drug targets, and mutations in ion channel genes are found to be responsible for an increasing number of diseases. While conventional electrophysiological techniques permit the most detailed and direct study of ion channel function, they are limited due to the manual nature of the method and their low throughput. Because of this, ion channels remain an underrepresented target class for drug discovery. The advent of higher throughput automated electrophysiology systems has begun to change the face of ion channel drug discovery. This symposium will review the advances in automated electrophysiology and other emerging technologies and their impact on ion channel drug discovery today. 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. For more information and to register, please visit www.biophsics.org/2013meeting. Click on Program, Satellite Meetings.

Education Sessions

The Annual Meeting offers many committee-sponsored sessions to help you get ahead in teaching and academia.

Biophysics 101: Atomic Force Microscopy
Monday, February 4, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has emerged as a biophysical technique capable of taking measurements on unstained and unfixed biological molecules and assemblies under fluid. This year’s “Biophysics 101” session, sponsored by the Education Committee, will feature two lectures on the fundamentals of this technique, describing AFM and different applications. Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania, who was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and Manish Butte, Stanford University,will speak. An additional speaker will be announced at a later date.

Teaching Science Like We Do Science: Integrating Research and Education Workshop
Sunday, February 3, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Do you teach undergraduates? Are you looking for a way to incorporate biophysics research into your course curriculum? Join the Education Committee for this popular workshop, where speakers will give participants specific examples of how to better integrate teaching and research into an undergraduate curriculum. Both speakers have been successful in securing both research and education grants, and will provide models and examples of how faculty can be successful and effective in both. Information about funding and grants to develop these research-based undergraduate courses will also be provided. Speakers include Karen Fleming, Johns Hopkins University and Gina MacDonald, James Madison University.

Funding Opportunities for Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions
Tuesday, February 5, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

Do you run an undergraduate research laboratory at a PUI but struggle to find funding? This Education Committee-sponsored session will feature a panel of speakers who will address the challenges PUI faculty face when looking for funding sources. Panelists will discuss different funding sources to help PUI faculty establish or maintain an active and productive undergraduate research laboratory. Speakers include Gina MacDonald, James Madison University; Scott Brewer, Franklin & Marshall College; and Myriam Cotton, Hamilton College.

Biomolecular Discovery Dome
Sunday, February 3–Tuesday, February 5, 10:00 pm–5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 6, 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Watch cells and viruses come to life in an audio-visual immersion experience! The 3-D Biomolecular Discovery Dome will feature films that will take you inside the exciting world of cells, all while showing how difficult biophysical topics can be made accessible to a high school audience. The Biomolecular Discovery Dome will be open to Meeting attendees daily from Sunday through Wednesday. This portable dome is being sponsored by the Public Affairs Committee for the second consecutive year.


Biophysics Wiki-Edit Contest Meet-up
Tuesday, February 5, 2:15 pm–3:30 pm

Share what you know about biophysics with the public! How, you ask? By becoming a Wikipedia contributor. The Society will be launching a wiki-editing contest at the Annual Meeting to encourage members to become editors, and will host a demonstration and discussion for contest entrants and anyone curious about wiki editing. Learn about the contest, as well as the easy techniques and the few basic principles for becoming a science wikipedian. Register your username, do an edit, and get a WikiProject Biophysics button to wear! This event is sponsored by the Early Careers Committee and hosted by host Jane Richardson, Duke University, and Society President. Check the website for more information about the contest.

Late Abstracts

Deadline:  January 3, 2013

Late abstracts for the 2013 BPS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia are now being accepted. Although late abstracts will not be published, they will be posted online in a searchable format through the online itinerary planner, available in late January at www.biophysics.org.

New this year: Late submissions will be programmed throughout the meeting Sunday–Wednesday.

Poster Printing

Looking for an easy way to have your poster printed and delivered directly to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for onsite pick-up? BPS is working with Tray Printing to simplify poster printing. Visit biophysics.org/2013meeting and click on Abstracts, Poster Guildlines for more information.

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