Workshops and Networking

May 2022: March Meeting Program Insights

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 — 12:00 PM ET

"Under the Hood: Learn About the Process of Proposing and Leading DBIO Scientific Sessions at March Meeting"

Interested in learning more about how the DBIO scientific program at March Meeting is built? Would you like to get more involved, but don't know how it works? During this panel discussion, several DBIO members will discuss their experiences in running Focus and Invited Sessions at previous March Meetings.

Moderator: Margaret Gardel (UChicago)

Panelists: Ajay Gopinathan (UC Merced), Daniel Weissman (Emory), Josh Shaevitz (Princeton), Sima Setayeshgar (Indiana University)

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June 2022: Life at a PUI

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — 5:00pm PT/7:00pm CT

Life at a PUI: Networking with Biophysics Faculty from Undergraduate Institutions

Have you wondered how to write a successful grant while working at an undergraduate institution, or how to set up a lab on a budget, or how to balance teaching and productive research? In this session, experienced biophysics faculty working at undergraduate institutions will speak to these questions and then host conversations among participants. The goal is to meet and learn from one another to support biophysicists working primarily with undergraduates. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Moderator: Orrin Shindell (Trinity University)

Panelists: Benjamin Stottrup (Augsburg University), Janet Sheung (Claremont McKenna), Rae Robertson-Anderson (University of San Diego)

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July 2022: Applying for Faculty Positions

Wednesday July 27, 2022 9 am PT / 12 pm ET

From Both Sides of the Table: How to Apply for a Faculty Job in the Field of Biological Physics

After productive postdoctoral studies, now you want to look for a faculty position. You may have a number of questions about the process. Where to find the position announcement? Private or public universities? Primarily research or undergraduate institutes? Traditional physics departments or other departments? What to emphasize in the statements? How to interact with the recruitment committee? And many others...

In this workshop sponsored by APS DBIO, a group of panelists at various career stages will provide to-do and not-to-do advice on job applications from perspectives of both recruiters and applicants.

Moderator: Jianhua Xing

Panelists: Sarah Marzen, Jennifer Ross, Andrew Spakowitz, Jing Yan

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August 2022: Decadal Survey Report

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:00 pm ET (US and Canada)

Physics of Life:  Q & A about the Decadal Survey

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has recently completed the first survey of Biological Physics, or the Physics of Living Systems, as part of the Decadal Survey of Physics more broadly.  The report surveys the field; its relation to other fields of science, technology and medicine; and addresses the challenges in education, funding, and community building that we face as we move forward.  This culminates in a series of general and specific recommendations.  

This event is an opportunity for the DBIO community to talk with members of the survey committee, especially to discuss how recommendations can be implemented.  Community input was central to the writing of the report, and community action is essential for the report to have impact.  We hope that you will join us.

The report itself can be found online; a convenient starting point is  The webinar that marked the release of the report can be found at

Panelists: William Bialek, Princeton University (committee chair); Olga Dudko, University of California San Diego; Peter B. Littlewood, The University of Chicago

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August 2022: Teaching Biological Physics

Wednesday August 24, 2022 9 am PT / 12 pm ET

Where does it fit? Insights, innovations, and perspectives on biophysics education

Biological physics is a distinct and vibrant field, but how does it fit within our current educational practices? Should it be integrated into physics curricula or developed as its own program? What student community should it serve? Is there a ‘canon’ of established topics? Whether you are taking classes, teaching classes, or building new programs, this workshop offers the chance to discuss the past, present, and future of biophysics education with a panel of instructional innovators and leaders.

Moderator: Andrew Mugler

Panelists: William Bialek, Lisa Lapidus, Philip Nelson


September 2022: Communicating Biological Physics

Wednesday September 28, 2022, 2 pm ET

Communicating Biophysics - advice from the experts

Biological Physics research developments are exciting, with relevance to many disciplines and real-world applications, and just plain “cool”-ness. Yet, it can be difficult to communicate the relevance of our research to those outside of our community.  Join APS DBIO for a conversation with three experts at scientific communication to learn how to help others – within the scientific community and beyond – realize the importance and share your enthusiasm about research breakthroughs in Biological Physics.

Moderator: Nancy Forde (Simon Fraser University)

Panelists: Philip Ball (Science Writer), Janet Iwasa (Biochemist and Scientific Animator), Raghuveer Parthasarathy (Biophysicist, Blogger and Author).


October 2022

Tentative: Wednesday, October 26, 4 pm ET, to be confirmed

November 2022

Tentative: Tuesday, November 15, 12 pm ET, Future of Biophysics

December 2022

Tentative: Monday, December 19, 12 pm ET, Postdoc event

January 2023

Tentative: Thursday, January 26, 12 pm ET, Mental health in Physics

February 2023

Tentative: Thursday, February 9, 11 am ET, International mobility