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2012 ASCB Annual Meeting


Saturday, December 15

Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) Mentoring Keynote
9:00 am-10:15 am

Panel Presentation
10:30 am–12:30 pm
New Challenges and Old Obstacles 101

Moderator - Deborah Harmon Hines, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Anthony DePass, University of Long Island
Lino Gonzalez, Genentech, Inc.
Michelle Juarez, University of California, San Diego
This presentation (geared toward undergraduate and graduate students) is aimed at motivating students to maximize and take proprietorship of their graduate school experiences by highlighting the trials and tribulations underlying the various stages of the academic pipeline. Distinguished panelists at different stages of their academic careers (postdoc, assistant professor, full professor and alternative science career professional) will share their experiences. This panel is sponsored by the MAC.

Grant Writing Seminar
10:30 am–2:00 pm
This seminar addresses writing grants for the United States National Institutes of Health.
This workshop (geared toward postdocs and junior faculty) will address both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. Participants will be taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. Audience questions and participation are encouraged. This workshop is jointly sponsored by the MAC and the Education Committee.

Elevator Speech Contest
Saturday Noon until Tuesday Noon

"Going Up?" ASCB's first-ever, all video Elevator Speech Contest will take place at the 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The elevator door closes and you’ve got a trapped audience; a U.S. Senator, your dean, or your sister-in-law. Now is your chance to sell your science before the door opens!

There are two divisions:

  • Fact and furious: "Sell Your Science in 60 Seconds!"
  • Long form: "Sell Your Science in 120 Seconds!"

The Elevator Speech Contest runs at the ASCB Annual Meeting from Saturday noon to Tuesday noon (PST). Once you have arrived at the Annual Meeting and picked up your meeting badge, you can enter the contest in person at a designated ASCB Elevator Contest Video Booth or record yourself on your smart phone and email your .mov file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You must be registered for the 2012 ASCB Annual Meeting to enter. Each entry must begin with a 10-second camera shot of your ASCB Annual Meeting badge. This doesn’t count against your time, but please be sure that your name can be read in case you’re the winner. Depending on your division, your entry will be cut off by the judges exactly 60 or 120 seconds after you begin. You can enter more than once but only one complete entry will be judged, typically the last submission.

All entries will be posted to the ASCB YouTube Channel, ASCB 8120, under a Creative Commons license. ASCB judges will screen their top picks at the Celldance Theater in the Exhibit Hall at 3:30 pm, Tuesday, December 18.

Prizes, if awarded, will be minimal and fun. The decision of the judges will be fun and final.

IAC International Research & Training Exchange Fair
Opening Night Reception, immediately following Keynote Symposium
For the third year, the International Affairs Committee (IAC) will hold an International Research & Training Exchange Fair, immediately following the Keynote Symposium during the Opening Reception. The fair will:

  • Allow attendees to gain knowledge of IAC activities
  • Enable attendees to learn about research, training, and other opportunities in countries around the world
  • Encourage students and postdocs to think about possibilities in foreign countries
  • Open up exchanges between labs for international collaboration

Tables will be set up displaying information from various regions around the world, and representatives will be available to answer questions. For more information or questions, contact Exchange Fair Coordinator Cynthia Jensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cheryl Lehr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Make sure to check it out while you enjoy refreshments and collegiality during the Opening Night Reception!

WICB/EdComm Joint Panel and Workshop: Packaging Yourself for College Teaching in Your Career
1:30 pm-4:00 pm
Panelists will include faculty from a 1) liberal arts college, 2) community college, 3) research university (someone whose primary responsibility is teaching), and 4) teaching prep program such as Preparing Future Faculty; and 5) current teaching postdoctoral fellow. Brief presentations will precede a question-and-answer session.
A hands-on workshop will follow with breakout groups focusing on: 1) designing a complete and effective course using principles of Scientific Teaching, 2) preparing a teaching portfolio, 3) designing a statement on incorporating undergraduates into research, 4) writing your teaching philosophy, 5) writing the perfect cover letter, and 6) CV review. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two breakout groups for 45 minutes each. Participants are encouraged to bring to the workshop drafts of any teaching job application materials they are working on.

Attendees can choose to participate in the panel and/or the workshop.

Sponsored jointly by the Women in Cell Biology (WICB) Committee and the Education Committee (EdComm)

Sunday, December 16

Table Talk
10:00 am-11:00 am
Graduate Student Roundtable
James Gallagher, Lincoln University

Table Talk
2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Discussion/Demonstration of BEN Portal for educational Resources
George Plopper, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

WICB Awards Presentation and Mentoring Theater
2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Table Talk
3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Getting Into Graduate School
J. Yvette Gardner, Clayton State University

Monday, December 17

Table Talk
9:00 am-10:00 am
Getting a Postdoc Position
Tracie Gibson, University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Table Talk
10:00 am-11:00 am
Choosing to Teach at a College with Little or No Research Obligation or Expectation
Kathy Schmeidler, Irvine Valley College

Table Talk
10:30 am-11:30 am
Undergraduate Student Roundtable
Brenda Schoffstall, Barry University

Jobs and Funding in India: A Discussion for Graduate Students and Postdocs Interested in Research Opportunities in India
12:00 Noon-1:00 pm
Interested in academic research opportunities in India? Whatever your career stage, this is the seminar to attend. We welcome individuals interested in setting up labs, or pursuing postdoctoral or graduate studies in India. With new institutions and universities being set up across India, it is a time of plentiful research opportunities. This, coupled with a 40% success rate in obtaining grants, makes India one of the most fertile research grounds in the world. Learn more about where the jobs are from LS Shashidhara, Indian Institute for Science Education and Research – Pune, one of many newly established institutes and universities in India; funding options and doing science in India from Satyajit Mayor, National Centre for Biological Sciences; and what makes India tick from Jim Spudich, who distributes his time between India and Stanford. The 10-minute talks will be followed by a 20-minute Q&A session. Brought to you by www.indiabioscience.org.

Cell Biology Research in China
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Presenters: Yequang Chen, Xiaoyan Ding, Guangshuo Ou and Xuebiao Yao, Chinese Society of Cell Biology and Chinese Academy of Sciences

This session will highlight the current cell biology research activities and opportunities in China. It will also touch on the potential opportunities for international collaboration on fundamental and translational research. The event is specifically designed for those who plan to explore employment opportunities and/or establish collaborative efforts in China.

European Research Council Funding Opportunities in Europe
1:00 pm-2:30 pm

European Research Council:
Funding Opportunities in Europe for Researchers from Anywhere in the World
Jhansi Kota, Scientific Officer, European Research Council Executive Agency, Brussels, Belgium; and ERC Grantees

The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European body to fund bottom-up, investigator-driven research at the frontiers of knowledge. Launched in 2007, this year it celebrates its 5th anniversary of funding excellent science in Europe. Governed by a council of 22 eminent scientists, the ERC is highly regarded by the international research community and is fast establishing itself as a world-class research funding agency. Since 2007, the ERC has funded pioneering research, which is now starting to bear fruit. Through highly competitive calls for attractive grants, the ERC encourages both junior and established researchers to pursue their work in Europe in any field of research and regardless of their nationality. The ERC promotes collaborations between scientists working on funded projects in Europe and international groups anywhere in the world, including the United States. To date, close to 30,000 scientific proposals have been received, and over 2,000 researchers have been funded, including several Nobel Prize winners.

ERC’s scientific officer will present the ERC funding schemes and provide answers to practical questions on the application and selection process such as:

  • How can the ERC support research careers?
  • What are their main features?
  • What are the selection criteria and how long is the selection process?
  • How does the application process work?
  • How many researchers are funded each year?
  • What are the chances of success?

In addition, ERC grantees will discuss their experience with the ERC evaluation and funding process as well as key highlights from their funded research.

Table Talk
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
The Cell: An Image Library-CCDB
Caroline Kane, University of California, Berkeley, emerita

National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Learn about:

  • Core grant programs and new program initiatives
  • Important changes in submission of proposals to the NSF, including the pre-proposal process in some Divisions
  • The NSF merit review criteria and review process
  • How funding decisions are made, and practical tips for preparing a successful application
  • Exciting developing events in undergraduate biology education, PULSE, and next steps in Vision and Change

You will also have an opportunity to meet with program directors from the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

NEW! MAC Visiting Professor Lecture Series
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Teresa Shakespeare, Fort Valley State University

Second year MAC Visiting Professor will give a talk on research done that past two summers.

WICB Career Discussion and Mentoring Roundtables
3:00 pm-4:30 pm (no food/beverage served)
No charge but pre-registration is required and attendance will be limited. No food or beverages will be served.

The Career Discussion allows participants to meet informally for roundtable discussions on issues of importance to cell biologists in various stages of their careers. Conversations are moderated by individuals who have experience in various professional areas or with particular issues. The organizers envision this session as an excellent way to disseminate practical information on career choices, to discuss strategies for effectively developing a career, and to network with others who share career interests and concerns. Sign up to: 1) participate OR 2) be a Table Leader on the Annual Meeting Registration form.

To register for the meeting, and this program, click here.

Table Talk
3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Getting Into Graduate School
Michael Lipscomb, Howard University

Tuesday, December 18

Table Talk
9:30 am-10:30 am
Getting a Job at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution
Fran Norflus, Clayton State University

Table Talk
11:00 pm-12:00 pm
Choosing a Graduate School Advisor and Mentor
Tiffany Oliver, Spelman College

Table Talk
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Getting a Faculty Position
Blake Riggs, San Francisco State University

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Session
1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Table Talk
2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Undergraduate Student Roundtable
Triscia Hendrickson, Morehouse College

Table Talk
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Postdoc Roundtable
Nelson Nunez-Rodriguez, Hostos Community College, CUNY

Visit the Students/Postdocs page for more Career Sessions

Opportunities in Brazil: Fellowships, Resources, and Interactions
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
This session will highlight the fast growth of cell biology research in Brazil. Agencies like the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the National Research Council (CNPq) have a variety of programs that support postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and visiting researchers wishing to spend research time in Brazil. Brazilian nationality is not a requirement; at FAPESP the proposal success rate for postdocs is 45%, and for young investigators it is 25%. The agencies also have programs supporting research internships for Brazilian students in excellent research labs abroad. Cell biology is a relevant topic for both agencies. Scholarship awards for undergraduate and graduate studies and post-doctoral activities in Brazil and abroad were also supported by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES)

  • 2:00 pm–2:20 pm Highlights of Cell Biology in São Paulo, Celia Regina da Silva Garcia
  • 2:20 pm–2.40 pm Research Opportunities in São Paulo: the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Marie-Anne Van Sluys
  • 2:40 pm–3:00 pm Research Opportunities in Brazil: National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Celia Regina da Silva Garcia

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