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6:00 - 7:30 pm  AMGDB Welcome Reception


8:00 - 8:10 am

 Welcome and Introductions
       Kevin Raney, AMGDB President
       University of Arkansas

8:10 – 8:30 am  Recovering From The Pandemic
             Jeff Kapler, AMGDB President-Elect
             Texas A&M University
8:30 – 10:30 am

 Career Development

  • Hiring, Mentoring and Retention

    Erin Dolan, PhD

    Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education
    University of Georgia

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Recruiting Under-represented Minorities

    Brian Gittens, EdD, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  • Gender Bias in STEM

    Rachel Roper,
    PhD, Dept Microbiology and Immunology
    East Carolina University
10:30 – 10:45 am  Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm

 Small Group Discussions:

 Challenges and Successful Approaches for Improving Faculty Career Development

12:00 – 1:30 pm  Lunch with Lorsch (Zoom)
         Jon Lorsch, PhD, Director, NIGMS
1:30 - 3:00 pm

 New (and old) Chairs Workshop
Q/A Session Moderator: TBD

  • “What I wish I knew during my first year as Chair”
  • Work-life balance
5:00 - 7:00  pm  Sunset Cruise - Everyone included


8:00 – 8:30 am

 NIH Funding Directions and NIGMS Programs


8:30 – 9:30 am

 Group Discussion: Intra- and Extramural research funding

  • Pros and cons of virtual versus in person study sections
  • Trends in commitment to study section participation
  • Increase in ad hoc study sections members
  • University commitment to interdisciplinary team science           
  • Funding sources and departmental emphasis: discovery” versus “translational” research, individual investigator versus team science research
9:30 - 9:45 am

 NIH/NIAID Response To Stopping Future Pandemics

 Kevin Raney

9:45 – 10:00 am  Break
10:00 - 10:25 am

 New Chairs Presentation I (TBD)

 Personal research interests and department goals

10:25 – 10:50 am

 New Chairs Presentation II (TBD)

 Personal research interests and department goals

10:50 – 11:20 am

 New Chairs Presentation III (TBD)

 Personal research interests and department goals

11:20 - 12:20 pm

 AMGDB Business Meeting

  • Contract with the meeting coordinator 
  • Web Site Content
  • Reports, nominations open positions
 1:00 - 6:00 pm
 Group Excursion to Salvadore Dali Museum     

 Includes round trip transportation, box lunch and entrance fee
 You have choice to drop off at St. Pete Pier where there are many restaurants or take the
 trolley back to the Hyatt



8:00 - 8:20 am  AMGDB Education Session

 Consolidation of Pre-Clinical Sciences: Insights from Association of Biochemistry Educators
          David Franklin, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
          Tulane University School of Medicine
          President, Association of Biochemistry Educators

8:20 – 9:00 am

 Group Discussion:

 Changes in Medical Education- Making Medical Biochemistry Department Relevant

9:00 – 10:15 am

 Panel Discussion: Graduate Education:

  • Are Umbrella Recruiting programs Working for Biochemistry Departments?
  • Graduate Curriculum for Big Data Analysis
  • COVID19 Impact on Student Motivation
  • Rebuilding Community After COVID19
10:15 - 10:30 am  Break
10:30 – 11:30 am
 AMGDB Business Meeting II
  • Discussion of the methods for choosing meeting sites
  • Nominations and Elections of New Officers

11:30 am

6:00 - 7:30 PM

 Closing Remarks - Kevin Raney

 AMGDB Closing Reception

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