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 American Society for Virology (ASV)  - June 18-22, 2016 - Virginia Tech Campus -Blacksburg, Virginia

Program - Workshops

The following are Special Event Workshops.
See the Program page for the schedule of workshop sessions.

Canadian Society for Virology Workshop

Saturday, June 18, 2016
8:30 AM to 3:20 PM
Location: Squires, Old Dominion Ballroom
Moderators: Nathalie Grandvaux, Université de Montréal Craig McCormick, Dalhousie University

Registration is required for this free workshop. Register at Admittance will not be permitted without meeting and workshop registration as displayed on name badge.

This workshop is presented by the newly formed Canadian Society for Virology (CVS) to offer an opportunity for the Canadian virology community to foster exchanges and multidisciplinary collaborations as a pre-ASV Special Event. We hope to bring together Canadian researchers to showcase our research for an international audience which includes a large ex-patriate community. The objectives of this workshop are: 1) to highlight diversity and excellence of Canadian virology research; and 2) to mobilize Canadian virus researchers across different disciplines (basic, clinical, social and epidemiological) to create a broader base of research expertise committed to tackling the new challenges of virus infections.

8:30 – 8:40 AM Opening Remarks – Nathalie Grandvaux, Université de Montréal
8:40 – 9:20 AM Keynote Lecture: Grant McFadden, University of Florida
From Bunnies to Bone Marrow: Ex vivo virotherapy
9:20 – 9:35 AM Yalena Amador-Cañizares, University of Saskatchewan
Ago2 knockout Huh 7.5 cells support efficient hepatitis C virus replication
9:35 – 9:50 AM Alexa Robitaille, CRCHUM, Université de Montréal
Negative Regulation of Paramyxovirus-induced JNK and p38 pathways by DUSP1
9:50 – 10:10 AM Break
10:10 – 10:40 AM Darryl Falzarano, VIDO-InterVac
Development of an alpaca model for MERS-CoV
10:40 – 11:10 AM Marco Vignuzzi, Institut Pasteur, Paris
Probing the mutant swarm: Monitoring and visualizing RNA virus evolution
11:10 – 11:25 AM Mohamed Abdel-Hakeem, Université de Montréal, University of Pennsylvania
Protective Immunity upon HCV Reinfection is Associated with Selection of Memory CD8 T Cell Clonotypes with the Highest Functional Avidity
11:25 – 11:40 AM Brennan Dirk, University of Western Ontario
HIV-1 Nef targets MHC-I for sequestration by hijacking early endocytic events
11:40 – 11:55 AM Corina Warkentin, University of Ottawa
Characterization of a small molecule inhibitor of Ebola virus entry
12:00 – 1:30 PM Poster Session - Lunch – Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
1:30 – 2:10 PM Keynote Lecture: John Bell, The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa
Replicating Virus Therapeutics for the Treatment of Cancer
2:10 – 2:25 PM Marta Canuti, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Driving forces behind Aleutian disease parvovirus evolution in an intensive mink farming scenario
2:25 – 2:40 PM Jason Wong, University of Alberta
Investigating the Mechanisms of Action of Neutralizing Antibody Responses Elicited by a Recombinant Hepatitis C Virus Envelope Glycoprotein E1E2 Vaccine
2:40 – 3:25 PM Panel Discussion: Future of the CSV and Virology Research Opportunities in Canada
Moderators: CSV temporary Executive Committee and Keynote Speakers
3:25 – 3:30 PM Closing Remarks – Craig McCormick, Dalhousie University

Teaching Virology Discussion:

Transforming How We Teach is Good but Transforming What We Expect Students to Learn is Better
Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University
Sunday, June 19, 2016
12:15 PM to 1:20 PM
Location: Graduate Life Center, Multipurpose Room
Conveners: Troy Cline - California State University, Chico
Lauren O'Donnell – Duquesne University

Two frameworks, used in K-12 and university teaching, are guiding transformation in STEM courses and curricula: Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. At MSU, we are transforming introductory biology, chemistry and physics courses to focus on a few core concepts rather than long lists of topics and to emphasize scientific practices in which all students should become proficient. This workshop will discuss these new frameworks and how they integrate research models into teaching approaches by actively engaging students in core scientific practices. This includes working with data, building, testing, and refining models, developing arguments, and communicating and collaborating across disciplines.

Seating for this event may be limited (no pre-registration required).

Pick up your boxed lunch and enjoy it during this special event!

This Week in Virology (TWiV)

Live Podcast at ASV 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Location: Graduate Life Center, Multipurpose Room
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler and Guests

"This Week in Virology (TWiV)" comes to the American Society for Virology 35th annual meeting at Virginia Tech! Join the TWiV hosts for a live episode of this popular podcast about viruses. Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler and guests have a casual conversation about the latest stories in virology. If you've never heard of TWiV, you can find it at iTunes or at

Bring your questions and become part of the podcast!

Pick up your lunch and enjoy it during this popular, special event

Come early!

Career Development Workshop

Creating Effective Slides
Jean-luc Doumont, Principiæ
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Graduate Life Center, Multipurpose Room
Convenor: John Parker, Cornell University

Those of us who attend presentations probably agree that most slides out there are ineffective, detracting from what presenters are saying instead of enhancing their presentations. Slides may impress with decoration, but seldom with content. In this lecture, Dr. Doumont will discuss what (not) to include on a slide and why, how to optimize the slide's layout to get the message across, and how to handle slides when speaking.

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior scientists, and teachers are especially invited to attend

Communications Committee Science and Society Workshop

Translating Science to Policy
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
12:15 PM to 1:20 PM
Location: Graduate Life Center, Multipurpose Room
Convener: Matthew Frieman, University of Maryland School of Medicine

This workshop will feature two presentations from science policy makers at the front lines of informing the government about Science. They will discuss how they communicate lab research to Capitol Hill, how scientists can help inform politicians about science policy, and how scientists can also transition from the pipette to politics. The workshop will be interactive and will offer time for discussion and questions.

12:15 - 12:20 pm Opening Remarks
Matthew Frieman, PhD University of Maryland School of Medicine
12:20 - 12:40 pm Jessica Petrillo, PhD
Senior Health Security Officer
Office of International Health and Biodefense
U.S. Department of State
12:40 - 1:00 pm Jo Handelsman, PhD
Associate Director for Science
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
1:00 - 1:20 pm Discussion with the Speakers

NIH/NSF Outreach Session

Dr. Rollie Clem, current program director at NSF, will host a lively panel discussion/informational session geared towards new investigators. Participants include SROs John Pugh, Kenneth Izumi, and Travis Taylor (Scientific Review Officers) and Eun-Chung Park (NIAID Program Officer). This will be combined with a question-and-answer period on submitting NIH and NSF research grant applications. Join them on Monday June 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Deets – D2 Dining Facility.

Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD
Member, Department of Infectious Diseases
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901-595-6629
Fax: 901-595-3099
Cell: 901-216-2627

Special Lunch/Dinner Events

U.S. Department of Commerce Lunch "Understanding Export Control and How it Impacts Scientists"
Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

Location: Owens Hall, Banquet Room
Presenters: Betty Lee, PhD and Kimberly Orr, DVM, PhD Chemical and Biological Controls Division, Office of Non-proliferation and Treaty Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce

This workshop will provide an overview of the biological agents (viruses, bacteria and toxins) and genetic elements (DNA, plasmids, vectors, sequences that are associated with pathogenicity) which are currently on the Commerce Control List. We will also discuss deemed exports of fundamental research and technology transfer. We will offer time for discussion and questions.

Faculty Hiring: Postdocs-on-the-Job-Market Dinner
Sunday, June 19, 2016, 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: D2-West Flex, D2 Dining Facility

This is a "mixer" for department chairs or search committee members hiring Assistant Professors. This is not limited to academic positions. Anyone advertising "Assistant Professor"-level positions is welcome to attend. Postdocs should bring copies of their CVs and their questions for this interactive dinner event.

Grant Agency Program Officers Informational Dinner
Monday, June 20, 2016, 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Deets, D2 Dining Facility

This dinner event will provide meeting registrants with an opportunity to meet with NIH, USDA and NSF grants program staff and ask questions regarding the grant process.

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