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2019 CCBM Workshop

2019 CCBM Workshop on Emerging Themes in Cellular and Biomolecular Machines
November 8 - 9, 2019
University of California, Merced



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The workshop on on Emerging Themes in Cellular and Biomolecular Machines was held Nov. 8-9, and was hosted by the NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM). The event was held on the UC Merced campus on Nov. 8 (and by invitation only on Nov. 9 in Yosemite National Park), integrating talks, a poster session, networking, opportunities for collaborative discussions and breakout sessions, with funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

Invited Speakers:
* David Bishop, Boston University: “Mending Broken Hearts, the CELL-MET ERC”
* Steven M. Block, Stanford University, “Optical Tweezers: Biophysics in a New Light”
* Hana El-Samad, UCSF: “Biological Feedback Control”
* Hernan Garcia, UC Berkeley: “Dissecting Transcriptional Dynamics in Development One Burst at a Time”
* Kerwyn Casey Huang, Stanford University: “Physics of Bacterial Growth”
* Roger D. Kamm, MIT: “The Promise of Multi-cellular Engineered Living Systems”
* Susan Marqusee, UC Berkeley: “Protein Folding On and Off the Ribosome”
* Taher Saif, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “Emergent Living Machines”
* Vivek Shenoy, University of Pennsylvania: “Cell-Matrix Interactions in Cancer: Multiscale Chemo-Mechanical Models"
* Sara Vassmer, University of Missouri, “Broader Impacts: Best Practices, Tools, & Resources for Success”

The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss overlapping scientific topics and to share current and best practices in center efforts in broader impacts. The workshop hosted faculty from institutions across the country and provided collaborative and networking opportunities.

Summary of Event:
“The two-day event provided UC Merced faculty, scientists and students a unique opportunity to discuss cutting-edge research--connected to our NSF CREST center’s mission--with renowned speakers from across the U.S. Topics included single molecule machines, biological control, multicellular machines, designer tissue for biomedicine, and the broader impacts of scientific research": Carrie Kouadio, CCBM Executive Director.

Of note:
--65-75 total participants in many of the sessions on Friday
--20 center students presenting posters – demonstrating the exciting research of the center to an open audience including the external speakers
--35 affiliates and speakers attended the Yosemite trip on Saturday
--Sponsors: Agilent Technologies, Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Fisher Scientific

Contact Information:
Carrie Kouadio, CCBM Executive Director, 209-228-3608

All were welcome to attend the Nov. 8 talks and poster session. Registration not required (for non-center affiliates).
Location: California Room for talks; KL 355 for poster session