BIOCHEMISTRY IS AWESOME – way too awesome to not be accessible to anyone who wants to learn! From the beginning, this has been one of the core principles of my alter ego, the bumbling biochemist’s mission. And, over the last year, this mission has gone global! This week marks my 1-year anniversary of serving as Student Ambassador for the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and I am just as excited and grateful now as I was 53 weeks ago!
On the one hand, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year, as it doesn’t seem that long ago that I met IUBMB president-elect Dr. Alexandra Newton in the hotel lobby at a conference and then later got an email from her with the offer. But on the other hand, I can’t believe it’s *only* been a whole year, because the IUBMB has become such an integral part of my life. Not only has it allowed me to connect with people from around the world and share the joys of biochemistry, but it has also provided priceless friendships – from the mentorship of Dr. Newton to the “e-friends” I’ve made through my infographic-translation project.
With the help of the IUBMB, I have been able to get my Covid-19 testing infographics translated into over 30 languages which has provided at least a sense of usefulness and purpose in these challenging times. My weekly IUBMB posts started off as Bri*fings from the Bench, but, thanks to Covid, turned into Bri*fings from the Bedroom. I look forward to the bench briefings returning, but in the meantime, I’m grateful to be able to contribute in a small way. I hope everyone is staying as healthy and happy as possible. Even if I don’t know you, I’m thinking of you and rooting for you.
I’m incredibly grateful to the IUBMB for giving me the opportunity to serve as a global ambassador for the biochemistry community. Because biochemistry is way too cool to not share with everyone – regardless of where they live.
Learning biochemistry allows you to see the same world at a whole ‘other level, see the beauty in the mundane, the surface tension in the rain. But knowledge is also a tremendous privilege. I have been incredibly fortunate and dumb-lucky to have had an amazing education and I don’t want to take it for granted – I want to give back as much as I can, and I hope you’ll join me as I continue to bring you weekly IUBMB Bri*fings explaining various core biochemistry concepts, fundamental experimental techniques, and some of what it’s like to be a PhD student!
Speaking of the IUBMB… As the name implies, it’s an international organization that brings together biochemists and biochemical societies from around the world (currently 79 member countries) including the @theasbmb (American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) here in the U.S. As Student Ambassador, I’m helping them engage with the next generation of biochemists – which I’m sure means some of you!
Thanks again to the IUBMB (especially Dr. Newton) and all of you for supporting me on my mission!
Sincerely (I mean it!),
the bumbling biochemist
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