Biophysical Society Bulletin | July/August 2019

July/August 2019

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Sunney Xie Named 2020 BPS Lecturer Xiaoliang Sunney Xie , Lee Shau-kee Professor at Peking University and Director of Biomedical Pioneering Innovation Center, has been selected as the 2020 BPS Lecturer at the Biophysical Society 64 th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Previously, Xie received the Biophysical Society Founders Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, among several other prestigious honors. He has made major contributions to the fields of single-molecule enzymology and biophysical chemistry and, along with his research group, pioneered the development of coherent Raman scattering microscopy and single-cell whole genome sequencing. Recently named Director of the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics, Xie has made significant advances in single-cell genomics. In particular, his inventions have been used for preimplantation genetic testing with in vitro fer- tilization. His lecture, “From Single Molecule Biophysics to Single Cell Genomics: When Stochasticity Meets Precision,” will take place on Monday, February 17, 2020.

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BPS Announces Leah Cairns as Congressional Fellow

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The Society is pleased to announce that it has selected Leah Cairns , PhD, as its 2019–2020 Congressional Fellow. Cairns will spend a year working in a congressional office on legislative and policy areas requiring scientific input. She will also participate in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)’s Science and Technology Fellowship Program, which includes an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations and a year-long seminar series on issues related to science policy. Since receiving her PhD in biophysics and biophysical chemistry, Cairns has worked as a fellow at the Na- tional Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. “I’m so

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honored to serve as the Biophysical Society Congressional Fellow in the historic 116 th Congress,” said Cairns. “I look forward to learning how public policy is truly made and to acting as a voice for scientists on Capitol Hill.“ Read more: https:/www.biophysics.org/ policy-advocacy/congressional-fellowship.

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