Biophysics Journal Club (BPJC)
Next Meeting: Spring 2013
What is BPJC? - The biophysics journal club is designed to be a forum where students and faculty present and discuss current research articles relevant to the interests of the group. Typical meetings are informal, discussions are encouraged, and so is good physics. Lunch is included ($2 suggested donation).
What research topics are the group interested in? - Our interests are biased towards cell motility, cytoskeletal networks, nanopore physics, protein self assembly and interactions, single molecule biophysics, bacteria motion, and any other soft matter related literature.
How do I join BPJC? - Everyone is welcome to join our journal club and we strongly encourage graduate student and post-doc participation. To join the e-mail list, please contact Alex Loosley or attend the next meeting.
What have others presented in the past? - To see what others have presented in the past, and what's coming up,view the Schedule page.
How are meetings formatted? - Arrive between 11:50 and 12:00 to get comfortable and eat. The presentation typically gets underway at 12:05 beginning with a short introduction of the subject and how the presenter came to decide to present this particular work at BPJC today. BPJC usually finishes at 12:55.
How should I prepare to be a BPJC presenter? - Meetings are informal and you should expect (and encourage) your audience to politely interupt when there are quesitons. Questions quickly turn into free flowing discussions that are the hallmark of an engaging journal club. To leave time for discussions, you should not prepare more than 20-25 minutes of presentation material. 20-25 minutes of material can easily take 50 minutes of total group time when free discussions take place. Practice your presentation at least once and shorten when necessary. Shortening your presentation might mean focusing on only one part of a long manuscript, or it might mean avoiding long tangents that lead away from the main story.
How long does it take to prepare a BPJC presentation? - In total, preparing a presentation should take no more than 6 hours. First, take the time to choose an article that you are passionate about. Then, take the time to read the article thoroughly. You don't always need to fully understand every last mathematical detail or supplemental experiment, but you should know the paper well enough to convey a clear picture of what's important and how it works. This will take 3-4 hours so remember to choose an article that you are highly motivated to understand well. Finally, make a 20-25 minute presentation (typically 5-9 discussion slides). This task can be done while you read the paper thoroughly by marking down important points into the presentation. Finally, take 1 hour to practise the presentation and make edits where necessary.
Why should I present at BPJC? -
- Understanding - There is no better way to undersand an article that is important to oneself (for research purposes or otherwise) than to present it to the group.
- Ideas - As a researcher, BPJC offers a forum to bounce ideas off a diverse group of biophysics-oriented graduate students, post docs, and professors. Imaginative ideas lead to inovation, publication, and even more good ideas.
- Experience - For junior graduate students, BPJC is a place to learn how to prepare a research presentation. Try out Beamer for the first time instead of Powerpoint, test out teaching aids on the group, or see what works well and what does not before a formal presentation at some conference.
- Excitement - We all have really "cool" things that we want to share with the group. BPJC is your chance to do that. Talk about your own research, or choose a manuscript that you are really excited about and think everybody should see.
- Up-to-Date - Stay current with the literature by keeping an eye out for outstanding manuscripts that you would want to present (or have presented) at BPJC.