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2012 ASCB Annual Meeting

Students / Postdocs

Saturday, December 15 (+)

MAC Mentoring Keynote
9:00 am-10:15 am

Winston Anderson, Professor, Howard University

This talk will focus on diversity in biomedical research and professional development.

Grant Writing Seminar (Full)
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.

MAC Session for Undergraduate and Graduate Students 
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Panel Presentation (geared toward undergraduate and graduate students)

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.

IAC Roundtable
 12:30 pm-2:30 pm 
Note: By invitation only; for U.S. and international postdocs and graduate students.
The goals of the International Affairs Committee Roundtable are to foster interactions between U.S. and international graduate students and postdocs and discuss science and policy issues of special significance for international attendees. Members of the IAC and ASCB Council facilitate discussions over lunch. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Postdoc/Student Town Hall with Council Meeting 
10:00 am-11:00 am
Join all ASCB Council members to discuss issues of importance to young scientists. This is a great way to get more involved in the Society! This event will be held in the Marriott Marquis Hotel Club Room (55 4th Street – less than two blocks from the Moscone Center).

Graduate School Fair 
12:30 pm-2:30 pm 
All undergraduate students are invited to attend this informal event to learn about U.S. and international graduate cell biology programs. Departments and schools can register here.

Undergraduate Program 
2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Being Interested in What You Don’t Know Ensures That You Will Always Have a Goal
Enrique M. De La Cruz, Yale University
In this presentation geared toward undergraduates, De La Cruz will discuss how his training and interest in the biophysics of cytoskeleton filaments and motor proteins have led to current work investigating enzymes involved in phospholipid metabolism and platelet aggregation. He will emphasize strategies for staying motivated, including interdisciplinary research and scientific collaboration. He will also communicate general principles associated with pursuing a professional research career, focusing on lessons he learned throughout his. Time will be allotted for Q&A.

Poster Session/Competition and Reception 
3:30 pm-5:30 pm 
This session allows students to practice presenting their posters before their main poster presentation in the Exhibit Hall. This poster session is also a judged competition, and the winners will receive cash awards. Undergraduate students who submit an abstract by October 17 will be invited (via email later in the year) to take part. Attendees who receive travel awards from the Minorities Affairs Committee are required to take part in the competition; it is optional for other undergraduate students.

Sunday, December 16 (+)

Getting out of the Box: Transitioning to a Career away from the Bench
10:00 am-12:00 Noon
Are you a graduate student, postdoc, or early career scientist and interested in working outside of traditional academic research? If so, come hear panelists representing careers in biotechnology, academic administration, science writing, and policy discuss their professions and offer career advice. Time will be allotted for Q&A and breakout sessions where panelists will offer advice on tailoring a CV, interviewing, networking, and marketing toward a given career path.

Panelists will include Sheryl Denker, Senior Program Advisor, BayBio Institute; Rachel Henderson, Program Coordinator, Biology Scholars Program, University of California, Berkeley; Ellen Kats, Office of Innovation, Technology, and Alliances, University of California, San Francisco; Dharia McGrew, California Science and Technology Fellow; and Shannon Weiman, Science Writer.

High School Program
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men
Tyrone Hayes, University of California, Berkeley
More than 80,000 synthetic chemicals are in the environment today. Recently, scientists have observed that many synthetic chemicals act as “endocrine disrupters” and affect hormones. Even low doses of endocrine disrupters in the environment can dramatically affect wildlife. For example, the herbicide atrazine turns male frogs into females.

There is increasing concern about the effect of endocrine disrupters on human health, especially on the developing fetus. Did you know that humans are exposed to more than 300 synthetic chemicals before we are even born? We must use this emerging science to encourage policies that are more protective of environmental and human health.

Monday, December 17 (+)

Open Forum sponsored by the Subcommittee on Professional Training
10:00 am-11:00 am
Come discuss issues with other postdocs, graduate students, and early-career scientists.

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