Biophysical Society Bulletin | April 2019

April 2019

T H E N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E B I O P H Y S I C A L S O C I E T Y

Society Launches Ambassador Program

To continue to develop biophysics as an inclusive, interdisciplinary international field, the Bio- physical Society has launched an Ambassador program. The program will create a global net- work of BPS members to serve as local Society resources in their specific countries or regions, where they will promote the field and foster conversations around biophysics. Ambassadors will play a key role in providing the Society with relevant local content to share with member- ship and will serve as BPS’s go-to contact in their country and region. Through this program, the Society hopes to grow the biophysics network globally by educating and inspiring others to pursue careers in biophysics and further develop its advocacy efforts around the world. Ambassadors will serve as the Society’s main point of contact in their country or region, develop content (blog posts, newsletter articles) about scientific or political developments in their areas for the BPS membership, and represent and promote the Society at area meetings and events. Ambassadors should expect to be advocates for biophysics and seek, whenever possible, opportunities to advocate for and promote our field to local scientists and policymakers. Ambassadors will be expected to serve a three-year term, renewable once. An ideal country Ambassador is a mid-career to senior scientist, actively engaged in biophysics research and committed to remaining in the field for the duration of the Ambassadorship, an active paid member of the Society in good standing, able to attend the Annual Meeting at the start of their term, has a working proficiency in English, and has a demonstrated ability to contribute to organi- Ambassador Program

zations or scientific societies outside of their normal job duties. Ambassadors receive several benefits: • A travel stipend to attend a single Annual Meeting • Free registration to a BPS Thematic Meeting in their area • Recognition on the BPS website as an Ambassador • A BPS Ambassador lapel pin and other program materials • A detailed profile on the BPS Blog or Newsletter The program will begin accepting applications in April 2019 through June 2019. To learn more and apply, visit biophysics.org/ambassadors.

Inside President’s Message

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Student Chapters

Biophysicist in Profile

BPS Conferences

Public Affairs

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Career Development

Annual Meeting

Publications 16 Member Corner & Important Dates 17 Student Spotlight 17 Communities 18 Obituary 19 Upcoming Events 20

Biophysics Takes Over Baltimore Theory and Experiment to the Cell and Back was the focus of the 63rd Annual Meeting held last month in Baltimore, Maryland. Biophysicists from over 50 countries came to learn about the latest research in biophysics and share their most recent findings over five very full days. The meeting kicked off with Sub- group Saturday where there were 15 subgroup symposia followed by four days of scientific programming, career advancement, teaching, techniques, science policy, and funding sessions. View Highlights on Page 12

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