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Message from the President


Biophysicist in Profile




Members in the News


Biophysical Journal




Grants and Opportunities


Public Affairs


Upcoming Events


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June 15

Changing Our World




Biophysics of Proteins at

Surfaces: Assembly,

Activation, Signaling

October 13-15

Madrid, Spain

June 1

Abstract Submission

June 23

Early Registration

Polymers and

Self-Assembly: From

Biology to Nanomaterials

October 25-30

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 22

Abstract Submission

July 27

Early Registration

Biophysics in the

Understanding, Diagnosis

and Treatment of

Infectious Diseases

November 16-20

Stellenbosch, South Africa

July 20

Abstract Submission

August 24

Early Registration

Biophysics Awareness Campaign

Have you noticed that every discipline seems to be using some aspect of biophysics these days?

Yet the word “biophysics” remains poorly understood.

Members of the Biophysical Society know what biophysics is and its importance for moving

science forward. Researchers from other disciplines, however, often ask “ What do biophysicists

do?” When you describe one person in their institution who does biophysics, they then think they

understand the field, but do they really? Biophysics is so broad, so multidisciplinary that when you

ask any three biophysicists to define what it is in its totality, all they can agree on is that “it is what

biophysicists do.” Unfortunately, that doesn’t quite clarify it for others!

The strength and beauty of biophysics is pre-

cisely why it is difficult to define: Biophysicists

come from so many disciplines and are often

the only ones in their department who use bio-

physical techniques and analyze the resulting

data. Biophysics is broad, it is quantitative and analytical, and it is all about using these quantitative

and analytical approaches to solve biological problems. It is no accident that each year biophysicists

are among the recipients of Nobel prizes in both medicine/physiology and chemistry, even though

the media does not identify them as biophysicists.

It is important to the field and to biophysicists that

other scientists, potential biophysicists, and the

general public better understand biophysics and what

it offers. That is why the Society is embarking on a

campaign to increase the accessibility of biophysics and help others better understand what it is, its

breadth, what biophysicists do, and why it is such a growth area and an exciting career path. We

want to make it comprehensible to future researchers and more understandable to existing ones. We

want the public to become familiar with the word biophysics and not fear it because it contains the

“P” word. We want to ensure that biophysics continues to grow as a discipline.

That is what Biophysics Week, which will take place March 7-11, 2016, is all about, and we want

the Society membership to be involved in preparing for it. The launch will take place at the Annual

Meeting in Los Angeles, and all Society committees are already working to develop programs, tools,

and materials that everyone can use to make biophysics more understandable in their communities.

Between now and then, we will ask you, the Society members, for ideas and participation in the

rollout of this event.

Biophysicists, stay tuned, and get ready to get involved!

Researchers from other disciplines,

however, often ask "What to

Biophysicists do?"

Biophysics is broad, it is

quantitative and analytical.