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BioCurious Random Walks: Past, Present, and Future of Biophysics

by Andre on 6 March 2005

I thought it would be useful to compile a few general resources as I come across them. This will be the general theme of this and any future Random Walks articles (but as the name implies, I don’t plan on sticking strictly to any format). To keep with the title, I’ll send you first to the Biophysical Society’s history of biophysics website. Then, if you enjoyed that, you can check out this older article (1995) in Physics Today that I find quite interesting. It argues for more representation in physics departments from faculty studying important emerging areas of physics, including biophysics. The article comes in two parts (pdf). Part 2

I wish I had been at the opportunities for physicists in biology meeting, but I guess this is the next best thing. The site has slides from the presenters’ talks as well as video of most of the presentations. The meeting was intended to provide an overview of some areas, so the talks are less technical than those at a typical scientific conference.

Finally, this is a document that resulted from a three day workshop at Arizona State University. Although the focus is on theory, I think it does a very good job of outlining many of the interesting challenges facing biological physicists, including experimentalists, that will drive the field in the next few years. I personally get pretty excited when I read it, but I don’t expect that to be a general phenomenon!

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