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The Undergraduate Affiliate Network of the ASBMB. Kathleen Cornely, Northeast Regional Director Presented to MAALACT Juniata College October, 2004. Alphabet soup, defined. What is the ASBMB? What is the EPD? What is the UAN?. What is the ASBMB?.

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the undergraduate affiliate network of the asbmb

The Undergraduate Affiliate Network of the ASBMB

Kathleen Cornely, Northeast Regional Director

Presented to MAALACT

Juniata College

October, 2004

alphabet soup defined
Alphabet soup, defined
  • What is the ASBMB?
  • What is the EPD?
  • What is the UAN?
what is the asbmb
What is the ASBMB?
  • The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (formerly the ASBC).
  • The goal of the ASBMB is to “promote understanding of the molecular nature of life processes”.
  • The Society’s 12,000 members come from academia, industry, government and non-profit organizations.
the society is nearly 100
The Society is nearly 100!
  • The ASBMB was founded in 1906 and is based in Bethesda, MD.
  • The ASBMB is a constituent society of FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology).
  • A centennial celebration is planned at the annual meeting to be held in San Francisco in 2006.
asbmb publications
ASBMB Publications
  • The Society’s purpose is to advance understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology through publication of scientific and educational journals.
  • The Society currently publishes four journals:
    • The Journal of Biological Chemistry
    • Molecular and Cellular Proteomics
    • Journal of Lipid Research
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (BAMBED)

Co-edited by Donald and Judith Voet

“An unfortunately well-kept secret.”

Christopher Matthews

Chair, Publications Committee

Oregon State University

ASBMB Today, October 2004

ASBMB Members $115/yr

Institutions $375/yr

public affairs at asbmb
Public Affairs at ASBMB
  • The Society's public affairs efforts are overseen by the Public Affairs Advisory Committee, which deals with all matters political, social, and philosophical relating to the government's role in the practice of modern science.
  • The Committee proactively monitors and comments on legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the Society.
asbmb sponsored meetings
ASBMB-sponsored meetings
  • The ASBMB sponsors dozens of regional meetings.
  • The annual meeting of the ASBMB usually takes place in late spring or early summer. The next meeting will be held in San Diego, April 2-6, 2005.

2005 ASBMB Annual Meeting

April 2-6, 2005

San Diego, CA


Dennis Voelker

Cecile Rochette-Egly

Abstract deadline: Nov 3, 2004

Abstract fee $60

what is the epd
What is the EPD?

A wide variety of activities involving students, education, and other human resource matters impacting biochemistry and molecular biology are organized and conducted under the supervision of the Society's Education and Professional Development Committee (EPD).

asbmb epd mission statement
ASBMB EPD Mission Statement

The ASBMB Educational and Professional Development Committee (EPD) promotes the molecular life sciences through educational and informational activities for the Society’s members, the scientific community, and the general public.

recent epd activities
Recent EPD Activities
  • The ASBMB-sponsored digital library
    • Paul Craig and the Library Steering Committee
  • Graduation survey
    • Compiled by James Zimmerman
  • Undergraduate curriculum and career resources
  • Community building
    • J. Ellis Bell and the regional directors of the UAN
the asbmb sponsored digital library biomolecules alive
The ASBMB-sponsored digital library: BioMolecules Alive
  • BioMolecules Alive is a searchable collection of peer-reviewed digital resources.
  • The digital library will provide an electronically accessible repository of high quality instructional materials and learning objects that can be used primarily by educators at the undergraduate, graduate and medical school levels to augment classroom, laboratory and independent learning.
biomolecules alive
BioMolecules Alive
  • The digital library is part of a larger effort called the "BEN Collaborative" managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  • Learning objects are accessible through the BEN portal and are supplied by 11 related organizations including the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Physiological Society(APS).
asbmb graduation survey
ASBMB Graduation Survey
  • Compiled for the first time in 1998, the EPD is collecting graduation data for students earning degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • Important demographic information has been obtained.
  • If your institution would like to participate, a form is available on the ASBMB web site.
curriculum and career resources
Curriculum and career resources
  • The EPD has recently begun to take a more active role within ASBMB.
  • The committee has focused on developing a new undergraduate curriculum for biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • The committee also provides career resources for new graduates, and for established professionals who are interested in changing fields.
community building
Community building
  • The new hub of EPD activity is community building, especially for undergraduate programs.
  • The Undergraduate Affiliate Network is the centerpiece of this new program.
the uan
  • A major concern of those who teach biochemistry and molecular biology is the nationwide decline in the number of students expressing interest in the biological sciences as researchers.
  • The UAN was designed in response to this shortage.
  • The members of the EPD hope that by increasing the quality of undergraduate curricula and directly connecting students with careers in biochemistry and molecular biology, interest in the field will increase.
what is the uan
What is the UAN?
  • The UAN is the Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN).
  • The UAN provides a way for undergraduates to join the society at minimal cost.
  • The program is modeled after other undergraduate society programs, such as SA-ACS and SPS (Society of Physics Students).
what are the aims of the uan
What are the aims of the UAN?
  • The UAN provides the community and resources necessary to establish the future for biochemistry and molecular biology scientists.
  • UAN does this by supporting education and research.
goals of the uan as identified by the epd
Goals of the UAN as identified by the EPD
  • To assist in the development of strong undergraduate programs in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • To provide undergraduate programs with access to seminar speakers and regional programs and symposia.
  • To foster interactions between undergraduate educational and outreach programs both regionally and nationally.
  • To recognize outstanding educational activities in the arena of biochemistry and molecular biology by individuals and by programs.
uan organization
UAN Organization
  • The UAN has been divided into six regions. Each region has a director, who is responsible for maintaining a regional web site. The director also acts as a resource for new UAN chapters.
  • There are plans to add an international region.
regional uan directors and websites
Regional UAN directors and websites

Southeast RegionJ. Ellis Bell, Department of Chemistry, University of Richmond

Northwest RegionMark A. Wallert, Department of Biology, Minnesota State University Moorhead Joseph Provost, Department of Biology, Minnesota State University, Moorhead

Northeast RegionKathleen Cornely, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Providence College

North-Central RegionMarilee Benore-Parsons, Dept. of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan at Dearborn

Southwest RegionNeena Grover, Department of Chemistry, Colorado College

South-Central RegionJohn A. Boyle, Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Mississippi State University


To affiliate with ASBMB as an Undergraduate Biochemistry and Molecular Biology network member, programs should:

  • Have five or more undergraduate student members of ASBMB (cost $20/year).
  • Have a faculty advisor who is a member of ASBMB (cost $140/year).
  • Regularly report to ASBMB on the activities of their program.
benefits to students
Benefits to students
  • Free subscription to the award-winning magazine ASBMB Today.
  • Free subscription to Enzymatic.
  • Free registration at the annual meeting.
  • Free access to JBC and MCP Online.
  • Discounts on ASBMB publications.
  • Free online access to AAAS ScienceNOW and Science’s NextWave.
  • Public policy materials.
  • Career information and resources.
  • Listing in FASEB directory.


  • Letters to the Editor
  • Member profiles
  • Science policy issues
  • “Hot research” articles
  • Education issues
  • Scientific Meeting Calendar


  • Editorials
  • Outreach Activities
  • National Highlights
  • Teaching resources (highlights from BAMBED)
  • Focus on Faculty
  • Career Resources
  • Annual Meeting Info
annual meeting
Annual meeting
  • An undergraduate poster session is held at each annual meeting, sponsored by EPD and MAC (Minority Affairs Committee).
  • The 9th Annual Undergraduate Poster Competition will be held on April 4, 2005 in San Diego (abstract deadline Nov 3, 2004, abstract fee $60).
  • Grand prize provided by the Biochemical Journal.
undergraduate poster session boston june 2004
Undergraduate Poster Session—Boston, June 2004

Winners of the posters competition can be found on the ASBMB web site.

Note: Undergraduates also present their posters in the general meeting.

benefits to students31
Benefits to students
  • Each affiliated program will be awarded one $350.00 travel grant to send a UAN member to the ASBMB Annual Meeting to present his/her research in the Annual ASBMB Undergraduate Poster Competition.
  • Each affiliated program may nominate an outstanding UAN senior member for one of ten competitive Seniors in Science Excellence Awards. Award winners will also receive a $350.00 travel grant to present their research in the Poster Competition.
  • Deadline is October 27, 2004.
benefits to faculty
Benefits to faculty
  • UAN faculty advisors may apply for one of 20 competitive $500.00 travel grants to attend the ASBMB Annual Meeting (deadline Oct 27, 2004).
  • Bring your students to the poster competition.
  • Volunteer to be a judge at the poster competition.
  • Become a reviewer for Biomolecules Alive.
  • Consider joining the board of BAMBED.
  • Consider joining the EPD.
benefits to faculty33
Benefits to faculty
  • Access to ASBMB consulting services
    • Recommended curriculum
    • New or existing programs can use the new consulting service recently developed by the EPD.
  • Sites of interest—curriculum resources, etc.
becoming a member of the uan
Becoming a member of the UAN

Institutional applications to become a UAN Member will be accepted at the start of the 2004-2005 academic year. Faculty advisors must complete an application form listing all ASBMB student members of the affiliate. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. Please remember the faculty advisor and at least five members of the UAN must be members of the Society.

http www asbmb org

This slideshow may be found on my web site at:

Scroll down on the right hand side under “What’s New in Biochemistry” to find the link.

the uan song sung to the tune of i heard it through the grapevine
The UAN songSung to the tune of “ I heard it Through the Grapevine”

Ooh, I bet you’re wondering what to do,

When you finally get out of school.

Should you do research in industry?

Or go on to get a PhD?

Well we’re here to help you know,

What to do and where to go

Don’t you know….

We heard it through the grapevine

That the UAN is mighty fine

We heard it through the grapevine

That the UAN is mighty fine, we heard it through the grapevine

With apologies and thanks to: Marvin Gaye, Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong