The Physics & Astronomy Category Recipient of the PLOS ONE Early Career Travel Award in the Physical Sciences Is…

  The Physics & Astronomy Category Recipient of the PLOS ONE Early Career Travel Award in the Physical Sciences Is…   post-info Thank you to all community members who submitted applications! We are delighted to

Hello, Pasadena! Day 1 of the APHL Annual Meeting

Hello, Pasadena! Day 1 of the APHL Annual Meeting | www.APHLblog.org

We are in sunny Pasadena, California for the 2018 APHL Annual Meeting! Here is a little look at what we did on the first day. Stay tuned for updates every day through June 5.

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The PLOS ONE Early Career Researcher Travel Awards in the Physical Sciences

By PLOS ONE Editors post-info Early career researchers (ECRs) are very much at the heart of what we do at PLOS. Last year alone, PLOS ONE published more than 20,000 research papers, undoubtedly with tens

I survived giving my first large conference talk as a PhD student

  By Lei Shen When I was in the middle of designing my poster, an email from the organizers  of  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory‘s Asia Conference arrived informing me that my abstract was selected to

Academia & Parenthood: Advocating for Child-friendly Conferences

0000-0002-8715-2896 I’m currently navigating the stormy and under-charted academic conference-childcare seas. My daughter hasn’t attended an academic conference since she was an infant. During our parental leave, my (non-academic) partner and I banged out two

Farewell, Providence! APHL Annual Meeting — Days 3 and 4

Farewell, Providence! APHL Annual Meeting — Days 3 and 4 | www.APHLblog.org

After four days of fascinating speakers, networking with peers and partners from around the world, and enjoying public health jokes that only insiders would understand, the 2017 APHL Annual Meeting came to a close. It was the largest meeting yet with over 700 attendees. We are so thankful to the APHL staff, members, partners, exhibitors and speakers who made this meeting a success! See you all in Pasadena, California in 2018!

Below is a round-up of days 3 and 4.

Day 1 round-up

Day 2 round-up

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Questions about GTR, ClinVar, or MedGen? Ask us at ASCO 2017!

NCBI will be exhibiting at the ASCO Annual Meeting 2017 from June 2-6. Exhibit Hall Booth #3046 ASCO attendees can get navigation tips and hands-on help with GTR and ClinVar submissions, take handout materials and meet with Adriana Malheiro, MS* … Continue reading

Conferences on Weekends? Good or Bad Idea? Summary of responses to query ..

Lots of fascinating and very useful response to a question I asked yesterday about conferences on weekends.  When I wrote the post I had a personal point of view - that conferences on weekends were bad.  But I knew I had heard many others argue that it was better for some people to have them on weekends and I thought it might be good to hear what people thought.

So I made a Storify of the responses so far.



I also got some good responses on Facebook.

Some of the themes so far are discussed below:

Many factors come into play including
  • Job type
  • Financial status
  • Having children and the children's ages
  • Having partners 
  • Partner's work commitments
  • Distance from meeting
  • Duration of meeting
  • Quality of the conference
Weekends can be BAD for some people if
  • They try to save weekends for family or general life (as in, not work) activities
  • They have children and children are young, seems like many find it harder or less desirable to go away on weekends
  • They get assistance with childcare during the week (e.g., daycare) but not on weekend so then partners have harder time alone on weekend
  • They are in a long-distance relationship weekends may be only chance to see partner
Weekends can be GOOD for some people if
  • They just cannot get away at all during the week 
    • maybe due to clinical commitments 
    • maybe due to heavy teaching loads
  • When they leave their partner(s) take care of family commitments and if partners work during the week, they may be better able to deal with weekends without a partner
  • Even if partners do not work, taking care of family alone during week may be harder than on weekends
Suggestions for how to deal with the challenges of conferences
  • Move the location around so that people are affected differently each time (e.g., travel time can add to the challenges for meetings so if you move the meeting travel time will not always affect people from the same places in the same way)
  • Move the weekend/weekday aspect of the meeting 
  • Make meetings as family friendly as possible (this seems to be true if on weekend or not)
  • Make meetings short
  • Conference participation needs to be optional 
  • Have meeting stat bridge weekdays and weekends and allow registration just for one part
  • Live stream conferences so people can participate remotely
  • Record and post videos 
  • Live Tweet and use other social media to allow people to participate remotely
More comments and thoughts would be welcome and thanks so much to the comments so far.

UPDATE 1:
I will repost the request during the week so that I sample thoughts from people who are not answering questions on weekends.  Doh. Thanks to Fiona Brinkman for pointing this sampling bias out to me.




Have questions about newborn screening and genetics? Now is your chance to ask!

Have questions about newborn screening and genetics? Now is your chance to ask! | www.APHLblog.org

Next Monday, APHL will kick off the 2016 Newborn Screening and Genetic Testing Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri! Held every 18 months, this conference brings together newborn screening lab scientists, pediatricians, genetic counselors, follow-up coordinators and other professionals working on population genetics. Together, they will address state, national and international newborn screening and genetic testing issues that are important to public health.

Whether you are attending the symposium or not, you can follow the conversation on Twitter using #NBSGTS.

We are extremely excited to have NPR science correspondent, Joe Palca, join our keynote panel! Dr. Palca will present as one of the panelists during this session entitled, “Expanding the Newborn Screening Gateway: Considerations, Applications and Future Implications for Genomics and Precision Medicine.” He will also moderate the Q&A portion of this session.

This year we want to invite you to submit questions to be answered by Dr. Palca and our other highly regarded panelists.

Below is a list of the panelists and their presentation topics, as well as information on how to submit your questions. It is going to be a great discussion!

If you have a question about newborn screening and whole genome sequencing, genetics or genomics, please send them to us by Friday, February 26 at 5:00pm ET. Here’s how:

We might not be able to respond to every question, but we will try our best! If we can’t answer your question during the session, we will work to have an APHL newborn screening team member provide an answer after the symposium.

The keynote session is on Monday, February 29 from 1:30-3:30 PM CT (2:30-4:30 ET)! Be sure to follow #NBSGTS for live tweets from conference attendees!

Have questions about newborn screening and genetics? Now is your chance to ask! | www.APHLblog.org

#YAMMM Alert: NGS Data Analysis & Informatics (Yet Another Mostly Male Meeting)




Just got this email:

Dear Jonathan, 

I hope this email finds you well. I came across your profile while doing some research on the NGS Data Analysis field and I would like to invite you and your team to the “NGS Data Analysis and Informatics Conference, 2016” which will be held on the 18th and 19th of February in San Diego, USA which I hope would be of your interest. I am glad to inform one of the conference sponsors (Illumina, Seven Bridges Genomics, and Molecular Health) has helped arrange a complimentary VIP pass for you. We have limited passes which are being offered for you and some other experts in US. 

We are holding these sponsored pass until the end of this week or till these passes are taken, whichever is the earliest. Request you to kindly confirm your participation at the earliest by replying to this email. Attached is the VIP pass.
Our conference link- http://www.mnmconferences.com/ngs-data-analysis-informatics-congress-usa.html 

I would be grateful if you can share the information with your colleagues if you are not the right person to contact. Let me know if you need any further information. 

Kind Regards, Mahvish Anwar Delegate Executive- Markets and Markets Conferences

So, I checked out the meeting and the gender ratio of speakers.  Not good:
4 and 16 were counted at NGS Data Analysis #NGS. Learn more at GenderAvenger Tally




No thanks, not interested in attending, even for free, a YAMMM (Yet Another Mostly Male Meeting).