Biophysical Newsletter - April 2014





Good food and conversation were enjoyed by everyone at the BIV symposium din- ner at Buca di Beppo’s.

Kardon presented new work on triple-A unfoldas- es from Tania Baker’s lab. Ron Elber developed a model for coiled coil conformational transitions, Steve Gross showed how competing motors affect cargo transport, and Zan Schulten talked about her full cell microbial simulations. Postdoctoral fellows Sarah Rouse , Rudra Kafle , and Andreas Vaskedis , who each received a BIV travel award, presented short talks. The session was closed by Sunney Xie with his final keynote about supercoil- ing’s effects on transcription. We are very grateful to our sponsors for making this wonderful symposium possible. Officer elections were held and plans for the up- coming year were discussed at the BIV business meeting. The main topics were the subgroup’s plan to enlist BIV student and postdoc representa-

tives to reach out to the younger scientists, and the institution of a BIV junior faculty award. The BIV subgroup is also excited about serving as a vec- tor to widely advertise the impact of pioneering ideas in the field, in vivo biophysicist’s research, and upcoming worldwide conferences devoted to the study of cellular processes. We will soon have a prize for best BIV logo design by students or post- docs: stay tuned for more information in an up- coming newsletter. We are extremely excited about the growing importance of in vivo biophysics, and we hope that many of you will join the ranks of the BIV subgroup!

— Lila Gierasch , Silvia Cavagnero , and Martin Gruebele, Former, current, and future BIV chairs

Annual Meeting Survey Winners

Congratulations to Huinan Li , Texas A&M University, and Irma Martisiene , Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, for winning complimentary registration to the Biophysical Soci- ety's 59th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, February 7-11, 2015. Their names were selected from among all the meeting at- tendees who submitted a complete 2014 Annual Meeting survey. Feedback from the survey is used for the planning of future meetings. Thanks to all attendees who took the time to complete the questionnaire.

Huinan Li

Irma Martisiene

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