Biophysical Society Bulletin | December 2020

December 2020

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

Future of Biophysics BurroughsWellcome Fund SymposiumSpeakers

Elisabeth Fischer- Friedrich

Tijana Ivanovic

Abhishek Singharoy

Chen Song

The 2021 Future of Biophysics Burroughs Wellcome Fund Symposium will again highlight the work of young researchers who are currently conducting cutting-edge research at the interface of the physical and life sciences. The speakers selected for the 2021 Symposium are Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich , TU Dresden, Germany; Tijana Ivanovic , Brandeis University, USA; Abhishek Singharoy , Arizona State University, USA; and Chen Song , Peking University, China. The Symposium, in its 12th year, will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021, during the Biophysical Society virtual Annual Meeting. Patricia Bassereau and Bertrand Garcia-Moreno , Program Co-Chairs for the 65th Annual Meeting, will co-chair the symposium. “The Future of Biophysics Symposium is one of the highlights of our Annual Meeting. Four outstanding young biophysicists are selected each year from among dozens of entries and invited to present their work at the Symposium. The goal of the Symposium is to showcase our young talent in biophysics and also cutting-edge research in areas that reflect the richness and diversity of biophysics. These young colleagues and the many more who are not selected, truly represent the promising future of Biophysics.” — Patricia Bassereau and Bertrand Garcia-Moreno

President’s Symposium: Building an Inclusive Biophysical Society Cathy Royer – Biophysical Society President David Asai – Senior Director for Science Education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Bil Clemons – Professor of Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology Yadilette Rivera-Colón – Assistant Professor of Biology, Bay Path University Billy Williams – Senior Vice President for Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion at the American Geophysical Union The scientific community, and indeed the world, has undertaken a great deal of introspection recently on the topics of inclusion and diversity. Organizations, associations, and institutions are faced with identifying a pathway that will create and sustain an inclusive community. However, before we begin to discuss what an inclusive Biophysical Society (BPS) would look like, we must first understand the baseline from which we begin. How do we define inclusion? Where are we starting from, and where do we want to go? How do we measure successful change in culture and attitudes outside of metrics? Join BPS President Cathy Royer as she leads a discussion based on input from BPS members featuring four invited speakers with extensive experience in working to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion for scientists at their organizations and across the scientific enterprise. We hope this session on Friday, February 26, during the Annual Meeting will serve as the beginning of the discussion about creating a welcoming, inclusive BPS

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