Biophysical Society Bulletin | April 2018

April 2018

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

Online Biophysics Education Journal to Launch Several years ago, Society members who had a strong interest in education approached the Society leadership with the idea that those who teach biophysics needed — for their own professional development — a peer-reviewed education-focused venue in which to publish. The BPS Council agreed that in order for the field of biophysics to be fully recognized as a stand-alone discipline, it needed a publication that focused on biophysics education, broadly defined, published by biophysicists. An online journal con- cept fit well with the BPS strategic goals of advocating for the field of biophysics, supporting the next generation of biophysicists throughout the world, and providing biophysics-related teaching resources for the global biophysics community. Council, thus, charged the Publications Committee with developing a product to address these needs and goals. The Publications Committee, along with a subset of Education Committee members, have since been working on preparing a com- prehensive proposal. A working group composed of Linda Columbus , Les Satin , Gundula Bosch , and Will Guilford developed the initial outline, which was discussed extensively by the Publications Committee before being presented to Council. At its February 2018 meeting Council enthusiastically approved the final proposal, which includes a self-publishing business model. The Biophysicist , as the new open access, online only journal will be called, will begin publication in the second half of 2019.

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Inside Biophysicist in Profile

Call for Editor-in Chief The BPS Publications Committee is accepting nominations for editor-in-chief of The Biophysicist . The editor-in-chief will work closely with the Publications Committee to appoint an editorial board and to recruit suitable manuscripts. S/he will also be instrumental in setting standards and best practices for the journal and will serve a five-year term. Nominations should be sent to thebiophysicist@ biophysics.org by May 7, 2018 . To be considered, nominations must include a nominee’s CV as well as a statement of personal interest that includes a vision for the journal.

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Public Affairs

March for Science Take Two

Publications

BPS Committees

BPS18 Recap

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2018 SRAA Winners

Undergraduate Student Poster Award Winners Grants and Opportunities

Biophysics Takes Over City by the Bay

Communities From the Blog Member Corner Student Spotlight Important Dates

The sun was shining on the Moscone Center in down- town San Francisco as biophysicists from around the world gathered in the City by the Bay for five days of learning and collaborating at the Society’s 62nd Annu- al Meeting. The meeting kicked off with a captivating subgroup program on Saturday, followed by four days of programming that included an extensive range of topics in the field of biophysics. Program Co-Chairs Anne Kenworthy , Vanderbilt University, and Francesca Marassi , Sanford Burnham Prebysterian Medical Discov- ery Institute, and their Program Committee members were commended for their exciting scientific program.

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In addition to the science, attendees had the opportunity to explore career advancement, teaching, techniques, science policy, and funding sessions.

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