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Preliminary Program below updated October 30, 2015. It is simply an overview of our meeting. Please click on the appropriate images above for our Full Program information. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

9:00 am-10:15 am Mentoring Keynote- JoAnn Trejo, University of San Diego, California. This talk will focus on diversity in biomedical research and professional development.
10:30 am-2:30 pm Grant Writing Workshop– Registration Required, Fee $50
 1:00 pm-5:00 pm Member-organized Special Interest Subgroups. Click here to view the list of Subgroups.
 2:15 pm-3:15 pm Undergraduate Student Program. Click here for more information.
 3:30 pm-5:30 pm Poster Session Competition and Reception Organized by the Education and Minorities Affairs Committees. Click here for more information.
 4:30 pm-5:30 pm High School Program. Click here for more information.
 5:00 pm-5:45 pm Meet and Greet
 6:00 pm Keynote- The honorable Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University, and Sallie W. Chisholm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will advance the thesis that cell biology including a better understanding of cell technology, structure, and function are critical to coming to grips with the global impacts of human activity. Can the Science Paradox be Resolved? Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University Tiny Cell, Global Impact: A journey of discovery with a microbe from the sea. Sallie W. Chisholm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
End of Keynote- 10:00 pm Opening Night Reception with the International Research and Training Exchange Fair from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sunday, December 13, 2015

 7:30 am-8:00 pm Career Center Open. Click here to see all of the presentations and programs at the career center.
 8:00 am-9:30 am Symposium 1: Pushing the Limits: Visualization of Hidden Biological Processes   (Click here for a full list of Symposia Topics and Speakers)
Supported by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Eric Betzig, Janelia Farm Research Campus/HHMI
Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University/HHMI
W.E. Moerner, Stanford University
8:00 am-12:00 noon Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
 9:30 am-4:00 pm Exhibits open in the ASCB Learning Center
 9:45 am-10:45 am Symposium 2: Wisdom of Crowds: Collective Decision-Making by Cells and Organisms  (Click here for a full list of Symposia Topics and Speakers)
Roberto Mayor, University College London, United Kingdom
Deborah M. Gordon, Stanford University
 10:00 am-12:00 pm Foundational Cell Biology Workshop. Organized by the Education Committee. Click here for more information.
11:00 am-12:00 pm E.E. Just Award Lecture
Awardee: Erich Jarvis, Duke University Medical Center
11:00 am-12:00 pm Talking about Evolution with Doubters: Practical Tips. Organized by the Education Committee. Click here for more information.
11:00 am-12:00 pm Science Discussion Tables in the ASCB Learning Center. Networking opportunities with senior scientists. Click here for a list of topics.
 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Poster Presentations in the ASCB Learning CenterOdd poster board numbers present 12:00 pm-1:30 pm; Even poster board numbers present 1:30 pm-3:00 pm.
12:00 pm-4:00 pm Six Microsymposia in the ASCB Learning Center. (2 rooms, 3 per room) A full schedule will be published in late September. (
Click here for a list of topics and moderators.)
1:30 pm-2:15 pm Meet the Editor of CBE-Life Sciences Education at the ASCB Booth in the ASCB Learning Center
2:00 pm-3:00 pm International Affairs Committee (IAC) Roundtables. By invitation only
3:00 pm-3:50 pm Science Career Panel at the Career Center in the ASCB Learning Center
3:00 pm-3:50 pm Science Discussion Tables in the ASCB Learning Center. Networking opportunities with senior scientists.  Click here for a list of topics.
3:00 pm-4:00 pm WICB Network Reception Goes International. Featuring a panel discussion by international women cell biologists.
3:00 pm-6:25 pm Large-scale Data Workshop on Computational Methods for RNA Sequencing Analysis. Includes a one hour broad overview of the topic, followed by a hands-on workshop. Click here for more information.
3:15 pm-3:45 pm Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education
Awardee: Deborah Harmon Hines, UMASS Medical School
4:00 pm-6:25 pm Concurrent Scientific Minisymposia and the Education Minisymposia
Click here for a list of topics and co-chairs.
6:45 pm-8:00 pm Kaluza Award Presentation and Porter Lecture
Porter Lecturer: Jonathan Weissman, University of California, San Francisco Title: Monitoring translation in space and time with ribosome profiling

Monday, December 14, 2015

 7:30 am-8:00 pm Career Center Open. Click here to see all of the presentations and programs at the career center.
 8:00 am-9:30 am Symposium 3: Embraces across the Species Barrier: Complex Cell Interactions  (Click here for a full list of Symposia Topics and Speakers)
William Sullivan, University of California, Santa Cruz
Rachel Dutton, University of California, San Diego F
orest Rohwer, San Diego State University
 9:30 am-4:00 pm Exhibits open in the ASCB Learning Center
 9:45 am-10:45 am Symposium 4: Like Oil and Water: New Principles Governing Cell Organization  (Click here for a full list of Symposia Topics and Speakers)
Michael Rosen, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Tony Hyman, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
10:00 am-11:00 am COMPASS Open Forum
10:30 am-12:00 pm Advocacy Toolbox. Click here for more information.
10:45 am-12:00 pm Career Discussion and Mentoring Roundtables (organized by WICB)
11:00 am-12:00 pm International Funding and Training Opportunities Session – China/Chinese Society for Cell Biology
 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Poster Presentations in the ASCB Learning CenterOdd poster board numbers present 12:00 pm-1:30 pm; Even poster board numbers present 1:30 pm-3:00 pm.
12:00 pm-4:00 pm Six Microsymposia in the ASCB Learning Center(2 rooms, 3 per room) A full schedule will be published in late September. (
Click here for a list of topics and moderators.)
1:30 pm-2:15 pm Meet the Editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell at the ASCB Booth in the ASCB Learning Center
3:00 pm-3:50 pm Science Discussion Tables in the ASCB Learning Center. Networking opportunities with senior scientists. Click here for a list of topics.
3:00 pm-4:00 pm International Funding and Training Opportunities Session- South Korea
3:00 pm-6:25 pm Large-scale Data Workshop on Quantitative Analysis and Visualization of Signaling Networks. Includes a one hour broad overview of the topic, followed by a hands-on workshop. Click here for more information.
3:15 pm-3:45 pm Education Initiative Forum. Click here for more information.
4:00 pm-6:25 pm Concurrent Scientific Minisymposia and the Kaluza Minisymposium
Click here for a list of topics and co-chairs.
4:00 pm-6:00 pm Networking Happy Hour at the Career Center. 
6:45 pm-8:00 pm Emerging Topic Symposium – Mitochondria and Cancer Cell Biology
Jointly supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH and the ASCB.Chairs: Michael Espey, National Cancer Institute, NIH and Jodi Nunnari, University of California, Davis
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

 7:30 am-4:00 pm Career Center Open. Click here to see all of the presentations and programs at the career center.
 8:00 am-9:30 am Symposium 5: Bending Nature to Our Purposes: Engineering of Cells and Tissues  (Click here for a full list of Symposia Topics and Speakers)
Supported by SGI-DNA, A Synthetic Genomics, Inc. Company
Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI
Angela Belcher, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado, Boulder/HHMI
 9:30 am-4:00 pm Exhibits open in the ASCB Learning Center
 9:45 am-10:45 am Symposium 6: Going the Distance: Determining Size and Spacing of Biological Structures  (Click here for a full list of Symposia Topics and Speakers)
Rebecca Heald, University of California, Berkeley
Shigeru Kondo, Osaka University Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Japan
10:45 am-12:00 pm WICB Awards Presentation and Mentoring Theater.
2015 WICB Awardees: WICB Junior Awardee for Excellence in Research- Mihaela Serpe, NIH WICB Mid-Career Awardee for Excellence in Research- Amy Gladfelter, Dartmouth College WICB Sandra K. Masur Senior Leadership Award- Angelika AmonMassachusetts Institute of Technology
10:45 am-12:00 pm Morning with the Editors: An Open Discussion with Journal Editors. Click here for more information.
11:00 am-12:00 pm Advocacy Toolbox: How to Start and Sustain a Policy Advocacy Group. Click here for more information.
11:00 am-12:00 pm LGBTQ Diversity Session. Click here for more information.
11:00 am-12:00 pm International Funding and Training Opportunities Session- Brazil
 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Poster Presentations in the ASCB Learning Center. Odd poster board numbers present 12:00 pm-1:30 pm; Even poster board numbers present 1:30 pm-3:00 pm.
12:00 pm-4:00 pm Six Microsymposia in the ASCB Learning Center(2 rooms, 3 per room) A full schedule will be published in late September. (
Click here for a list of topics and moderators.)
3:00 pm-3:30 pm Celldance and Elevator Speech Awards in the ASCB Learning Center
3:00 pm-3:50 pm Science Discussion Tables in the ASCB Learning Center. Networking opportunities with senior scientists. Click here for a list of topics.
3:00 pm-3:50 pm ASCB Business Meeting and Interactive Forum at the ASCB Booth
3:00 pm-4:00 pm International Funding and Training Opportunities Session- France
3:00 pm-6:25 pm Large-scale Data Workshop on Image Analysis in Quantitative MicroscopyIncludes a one hour broad overview of the topic, followed by a hands-on workshop. Click here for more information.
3:00 pm-6:30 pm Subgroup P: The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Invasive Metastatic Cancer. Click here for details.
3:15 pm-3:45 pm Education Initiative. Click here for more information.
4:00 pm-6:25 pm Concurrent Scientific Minisymposia
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6:45 pm-7:45 pm ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader Prize and E.B. Wilson Medal Presentation and Lecture E.B. Wilson Medalist: Elaine Fuchs, The Rockefeller University Title: Skin Stem Cells: Where They Come From, How They Make Tissues and Who Controls Their Decisions

Wednesday, December 16

8:30 am-10:55 am Concurrent Scientific Minisymposia
Click here for a list of topics and co-chairs.
11:15 am-12:15 pm Symposium 7: Beyond the Five Senses: Detection of Magnetic and Electric Fields  (Click here for a full list of Symposia Topics and Speakers)
Arash Komeili, University of California, Berkeley
Alex Mogilner, New York University
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