Pennsylvania Regional Networking Meeting Takes Off

The BPS Networking meeting took place on Friday 11-11-11 at The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. The meeting was extremely well attended with representation from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast Regions including PA, NJ, NY, MD, VA, DC, and NC.

Kurt Andresen presenting his research.

A total of 65 people attended the meeting in which participants enjoyed four 15 minute platform talks, a keynote address, and over 30 poster presentations. The group was quite diverse and included high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and principle investigators from both academia and industry. The discussion periods after the talks were quite lively and the poster presentations offered opportunities for scientific discussions and networking. The meeting was supported by sponsorship from several companies including Fisher Scientific, VWR, LabRepco, Optical Apparatus Co., B&B Microscopes, Andor, Chroma, and Photon Technology International.

One of two poster sessions that took place during the meeting.

Following the meeting, the participants discussed the possibility for future events and networking opportunities. A group of three participants expressed an interest in organizing a regional meeting next year:
William Hancock – Penn State University (wohbio@engr.psu.edu)
Ekaterina Grishchuk – University of Pennsylvania (gekate@mail.med.upenn.edu)
Damian Thevenin – Lehigh University (damien.thevenin@lehigh.edu)

Thank you to all who attended and made the meeting a success.

-Christopher Yengo, BPS Member

Biophysical Society member Christopher Yengo (Penn State College of Medicine) organized this session with help from a BPS networking mini-grant. To view the full program, visit the Pennsylvania networking event page of the Society website.

Want to organize a networking session in your area? Visit the networking events page of the BPS website to submit your mini-grant application.

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Founded in 1958 to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics, the Biophysical Society does so through its many programs, including its meetings, publications, and committee outreach activities. The Society's members, now over 9,000, work in academia, industry, and in government agencies throughout the world.
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