Company News: September 2022


September 15: submission of ASBMB accreditation requests

Since 2013, more than 100 bachelor’s degree programs in BMB and related disciplines in 39 states have been accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Accreditation provides a national, independent tool for evaluating program outcomes. By achieving ASBMB accreditation, programs demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in BMB education. Applications for the next round of accreditation are due September 15th. Learn more.

October 15: Application Deadline for Outreach/Science Communication Grants

The ASBMB Science Outreach and Communication Committee offers five grants of $1,000 to support public engagement activities by society members. These activities can be conducted in person or in a hybrid or fully virtual format. All members can apply. Applications will be accepted from August 17 to October 14. Learn more.

ASBMB Virtual Career Fair

November 2: The ASBMB Virtual Career Expo – Everything But Academia

The ASBMB Virtual Career Exhibit: Everything But Academia will highlight the diversity of career paths available to those with a background in the biological sciences. Regardless of your career stage, you are encouraged to attend and explore career options and connect with knowledgeable professionals in different fields. Mark your calendars for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time on November 2. Learn more.

Letter from the ASBMB to the NIH Center for Scientific Review

ASBMB’s public affairs staff wrote to the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review Advisory Board in April to comment on changes made by CSR to improve scholarship review. The company recommended that CSR eliminate ratings as indicators of qualifications, allow optional disclosure of special circumstances by candidates, and encourage disclosure of qualifications that goes beyond ratings and publications. Read the letter.

Staff updates

Ken Farabaugh

Ken Farabaugh

Ken Farabaugh was promoted to science editor. Farabaugh has served as the ASBMB’s development editor for the past year, and many of our authors may be familiar with his suggestions for clarifying published research articles and highlights of the editor’s choice of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Prior to that, he worked as a freelance scientific editor on numerous successful manuscript submissions and grant applications. Farabaugh earned his BS in Molecular Biology from Kenyon College and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Deborah Martin

Deborah Martin

Deborah Martin joined the ASBMB as an accounting assistant in April. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia and has over 10 years of experience in the field. She has held various Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable positions with several for-profit and non-profit businesses in the DC metro area.

Brittany Rhodes

Brittany Rhodes

Brittany Rhodes joined the ASBMB as an administrative assistant in April. She contributes to projects in the accounting, publications and communication departments. Rhodes earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2020 from Northern Illinois University, where she focused on veterinary science. After graduation, she worked as a veterinary assistant/receptionist in Illinois.

ASBMB Review Metrics Improve

Clarivate released a 2022 update to its Journal Citation Reports in late June. The three journals of the ASBMB — the Journal of Biological Chemistrythe Lipid Research Journaland Molecular and Cellular Proteomics – saw significant gains in their metrics, including Impact Factor and CiteScore.

Impact factor QuoteScore Total number of citations Average time to first decision
JBC 5.486 (instead of 5.157) 8.8 (instead of 7.7) 392,757 17 days
JLR 6.676 (instead of 5.922) 11.0 (instead of 8.9) 29 128 10 days
PCM 7.381 (instead of 5.911) 11.6 (instead of 9.2 21,766 34 days

ASBMB Today wins gold

An essay published in ASBMB Today recently won the Media and Publishing Association’s top Excel award in the magazine editorial/opinion category.

Robert Rosencrans

Robert Rosencrans

The editors invited Robert Rosencrans, MD–Ph.D. student from the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Scientists Training Program, to submit the essay, “Putting Body Weight in Context,” based on a Twitter feed, for the June/July 2021 Reimaging issue from ASBMB Today.

“I didn’t expect to see the intersections of fatphobia with environmental racism or police brutality,” he wrote. “But once you start seeing the redundant damage that bigger people are exposed to, it’s hard to stop.”

The AMP EXCEL Awards, now in their 41st year, awards excellence and leadership in media, publishing, marketing and communications for nonprofits and for-profits. In previous years, ASBMB Today contributors honored for their essays have included Kayunta Johnson–Winters, who won silver for “Being Black in the Ivory Tower” in 2021; TL Jordan, who won bronze for “What I Wish People Would Understand About Being a Trans Scientist” in 2020; Byron Rubin, who won bronze for “Up the creek without a sequence?” in 2019; and Jennifer Dubois, who won gold for “Disappointed in Cancer” in 2018.

ASBMB donates $10,000 to internship program

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology donated $10,000 to the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Health Disparities in Tribal Communities Summer Internship Program, which provides brain and nervous system research experience and career development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The 8-10 week program takes place on the NIH campus and exposes Native American and other traditionally underrepresented students to topics related to research on health disparities in tribal communities.

ASBMB’s contribution to the National Institutes of Health Foundation will fund housing for program participants, helping to remove a barrier to participation and allowing them to gain research experience that will help them in their future careers. This donation demonstrates the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.

ASBMB Virtual Career Fair

Call for proposals for virtual scientific events

The ASBMB provides members with a virtual platform to share research and scientific achievements and to discuss emerging topics and technologies with the BMB community. The company will manage the technical aspects, market the event to tens of thousands of contacts and present the digital event live to a remote audience. Additional tools such as polls, Q&As, breakout rooms, and post-event Twitter chats can be used to facilitate maximum engagement.

Seminars usually last one to two hours. A workshop or a conference can be longer and even last several days.

Potential organizers can submit proposals at any time. Decisions are usually made within four to six weeks.

Propose an event.

Sponsor an ASBMB event

The ASBMB conferences are made possible thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors. Sponsorships at all levels are greatly appreciated.

Chromosomal level: $10,000

Year-round sponsorship of all upcoming conferences.

ASBMB Virtual Career Fair

Benefits include your logo on the conference homepage, all event webpages and emails, printed program, and social media posts. Plus a full-page corporate ad in all print programs, a digital ad on the ASBMB Today website and promotional flyers at the event.

Genetic level: $5,000

Sponsorship of a single conference.

Benefits include your logo on the event webpage, printed program, thank you slide, and social media posts. Plus a banner ad in an event email and a full-page corporate ad in the print program.

Condo level: $2,000

Sponsorship of a single conference.

Benefits include your logo on the event program, webpage, slide and social media.

At all levels, add-ons for follow-up emails, social media posts, poster prizes, conference bag inserts, and travel rewards are available. Learn more.


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