Inaugural BIOPHYSICS WEEK
The very first Biophysics Week is coming up March 7-11, 2016. Mark your calendars and join your peers in celebrating this special week. Biophysics Week is a global effort to encourage connections within the biophysics community and raise awareness of the field and its impact among the general public, policy makers, students, and scientists in related fields.
Check out the updated Biophysics Week website to see all the events happening around the world and the resources available to you: lesson plans, career brochures, profiles, fun facts, blogs, news, and more. Currently, there are registered events taking place in ten countries across the continents of Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, with more events being added daily— you may find that some of them are happening near you!
To find out more about Biophysics Week and to see the most up-to-date list of events, visit www.biophysics.org/BiophysicsWeek. Check back daily for featured events and new resources during this unique week dedicated to you and the field of biophysics.
The week kicks off with Biophysics Bunch: A Biophysics Week Global Hangout. Join Biophysical Society members and guests on Monday, March 7, at 1:00PM (ET) for this live Google Hangout event. Moderated by host Karen Fleming of Johns Hopkins University, the Hangout will feature several biophysicists working to improve human health through the development of new technologies, novel therapies, and programs:
Fleming will introduce viewers to the field of biophysics and its practical applications, including her own work to gain insight into how genetic mutations cause diseases when they occur in membrane proteins.
Suhrud M. Rajguru of the University of Miami will discuss how his research on the application of pulsed infrared radiation in cochlear implants has contributed to key improvements in the speech and hearing capabilities of the deaf.
Gaya Amarasinghe of Washington University in St. Louis will talk about how he uses technologies, including X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy, to look at how viruses, such as Ebola, overcome the body’s natural defense mechanisms, and to develop antiviral therapies to combat those viruses.
Tara Schewtz, a Special Assistant at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss how a background in biophysics helped prepare her for working at the intersection of science, public health, and public policy.
Viewers will have a chance to ask questions and learn about the courses an undergraduate should take to prepare for an advanced degree in biophysics, as well as the different career opportunities available to biophysicists.
Sign up to hang out here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TYKSW9.
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