42nd Symposium: Opening Doors to Cryo-EM

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Join us in celebrating the launch of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) at UW­­–Madison! The Department of Biochemistry’s 42nd Steenbock Symposium, “Opening Doors to Cryo-EM,” will highlight groundbreaking developments in cryo-EM and related techniques and will bring experts from across structural biology to the UW–Madison campus.

Invited scientific presentations will feature new biological insights from cryo-EM as well as the methods and technologies being pioneered by groups throughout the field, from sample preparation and imaging to data processing and analysis. Keynote presenter David Veesler, a University of Washington associate professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will discuss structure-guided coronavirus vaccine design, including a highly potent vaccine designed by his group that is now in late-stage clinical trials.

Attendees of the 42nd Steenbock Symposium will also engage through posters and networking sessions, hands-on workshops with center staff and industry liaisons, and tours of two research facilities — the Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center (CEMRC) and the Midwest Center for Cryo-Electron Tomography (MCCET). The CEMRC and MCCET, housed in nearly 7,700 square feet of newly renovated space in the H.F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Complex, represent a continuation of UW–Madison’s long history of contributions to structural and cell biology, virology, and medicine. Center missions include the training of future generations of structural biologists and expanding user access to cryo-EM technologies.

Event sponsors include the UW–Madison Department of Biochemistry, CEMRC, MCCET, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Leica Microsystems, TMC, Refeyn, Nanoscience Instruments, Alvéole Lab, and EXpressLO. To submit an abstract to the meeting and to register to attend the meeting in-person or online, click the Registration tab on the right-hand side of this webpage.

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In-person registration is now closed. Virtual program registration is open through June 1!

Interested in attending the 42nd Steenbock Symposium at UW–Madison in-person or virtually? Click here to fill out the registration form!

Both in-person and virtual registration options are free. In-person registration includes all programming, including workshops, tours and meals, as listed under the “Schedule” tab to the right. Note that virtual programming only includes scientific sessions and the keynote presentation.

In-person registration is limited to the first 300 registrants and workshop slots are limited, so please register ASAP if you would like to attend in person! In-person registrants: Note that you can select more than one workshop in the Workshop Preferences section of the registration form.


Abstract Submission — April 15 — EXTENDED: April 22

Early Bird In-Person Registration — April 15 (priority deadline for signing up for workshops)

In-Person Registration — May 1

Virtual Registration — June 1

Questions & Cancellations

Though registration is free, please cancel your registration if you ultimately do not plan to attend the symposium. Contact Matthew Freid at PLACE: Professional Learning and Community Education cell: 716.553.2654 or email: freid@wisc.edu with questions you have about registration or if you need to cancel your registration. Please reference the 42nd Steenbock Symposium in the subject line of your email.

Abstract Guidelines

Submission Deadline: April 15th — EXTENDED: April 22nd

All abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format as part of the registration process. We strongly encourage everyone to download and use the MS Word template linked below as they prepare their abstracts. If your PDF file is incorrectly formatted, you will be contacted to resubmit. Please see additional instructions below. When ready, a PDF file of selected abstracts will be available online. If you have questions about the abstract submission process, please contact Matthew Freid at PLACE: Professional Learning and Community Education cell: 716.553.2654 or emailfreid@wisc.edu. Please reference the 42nd Steenbock Symposium in the subject line of your email.

Symposium organizers will contact you in early May if you are selected to present a poster or give a short talk during the symposium. Click below to download the MS Word abstract template.

Abstract Template (MS Word document)

Abstract Creation & Formatting Instructions:

1. Use any word processing program and any computer platform that supports PDF creation. Correct settings can be found on the Adobe website. We strongly encourage the use of the MS Word template linked above.

2. Your abstract should be limited to a maximum of one page, including all text and images or illustrations.

3. Use 12 pt Times or 12 pt Times New Roman Font throughout your abstract, including title and references. Do not use another font or font size, as these will not be accepted and a revision will be requested.

4. Margins should be 1 inch (2.54 cm) throughout (top, bottom and sides).

5. The abstract text should be single spaced. Use double spaces between the title/authors/affiliations section and the main text.

6. The title of the abstract must be in bold and use upper and lower case. For example, This is the Abstract Title.

7. Authors’ names should appear in upper and lower case. For example, John Doe*, Jane Anyone and Jack Somebody.

8. Place an asterisk (*) after the presenting author’s last name. See #7 for an example.

9. Following the authors’ names, list departmental and institutional affiliations, city, state, zip code, and country. These should be single-spaced.

10. Reference citations can be in any accepted format (e.g., IEEE, PNAS) but must be in size 12 pt Times or 12 pt Times New Roman Font.

11. Save your abstract as a PDF file, name the PDF file “Presenting author’s last name.pdf”.

12. Make sure you’ve followed #1-11 above.

Poster Info

Posters can be a maximum of 4 ft x 4 ft (122 cm x 122 cm) in size. Pins for displaying your poster will be provided. Posters should be set up before 12:00 p.m. on June 7th. You can set up your poster as early as 7:45 a.m. June 7th. Posters must be taken down by 6:30 p.m. on June 8th. Please contact Matthew Freid at PLACE: Professional Learning and Community Education cell: 716.553.2654 or emailfreid@wisc.edu with questions you have about posters. Please reference the 42nd Steenbock Symposium in the subject line of your email.


Downloadable/printable pdf version here.

Tuesday, June 7, Discovery Building – 330 N Orchard Street

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM Registration check-in, poster setup, & light breakfast

Opening Session – H.F. DeLuca Forum

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM Brian Fox, UW–Madison & Brad Schwartz, Morgridge Institute for Research —
Welcome and Introductory Remarks

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM Paula Flicker and Mary Ann Wu, National Institutes of Health —
The NIH Common Fund Program for Transformative High-Resolution Cryo-EM

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Elizabeth Wright, UW–Madison —
Building the Cryo-EM Centers at UW–Madison

SESSION 1 – High-Resolution Cryo-EM Structural Studies of Pathogens – H.F. DeLuca Forum

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Deb Kelly, Penn State University —
High-Resolution Imaging of SARS-CoV-2 Sub-Viral Assemblies Derived from COVID-19 Patients

9:50 AM – 10:10 AM Susan Lea, National Cancer Institute
Using Protons in the Bacterial Cytoplasmic Membrane

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM Robert Kirchdoerfer, UW–Madison —
Co-Factor Interactions in Alpha and Betacoronavirus Core Polymerase Complexes

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Morning Break – Atrium

SESSION 2 – Many Small Things Considered by Cryo-EM – H.F. DeLuca Forum

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM Ci Ji Lim, UW–Madison —
Single-Stranded DNA-Binding Protein CST Sets the Stage for Human DNA Polymerase Alpha/Primase RNA-DNA Primer Synthesis

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM Wei Huang, Case Western Reserve University —
Structural and Mechanistic Basis for Recognition of Alternative tRNA Precursor Substrates by Bacterial Ribonuclease P

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM James Letts, UC Davis —
Structures of Tetrahymena’s Respiratory Chain Reveal the Diversity of Eukaryotic Core Metabolism

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM Michael Schmid, Stanford SLAC, S2C2, SCSC —
Tubulin Intra- and Inter-Polymer Interactions in Toxoplasma

12:00 PM – 12:10 PM Xinyun Cao, UW–Madison —
Basis of Narrow-Spectrum Activity of Fidaxomicin on Clostridioides difficile

12:10 PM – 12:30 PM Michael Stowell, CU Boulder —
The Long Pursuit of the Muscle Type nAChR Structure: Using Chemistry to Tackle Biology

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch in and around the Discovery Building

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Poster Session & Exhibits – Atrium

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Afternoon Break – Atrium

2:45 PM Meet in the Discovery Building Atrium to travel to workshops and tours

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Workshops & Tours – Biochemistry Buildings

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Break, Return to Discovery Building

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Keynote Presentation – H.F. DeLuca Forum
David Veesler, University of Washington, HHMI —
Structure-Guided Coronavirus Vaccine Design

6:30 PM– 8:30 PM Dinner – Atrium

Wednesday, June 8, Discovery Building – 330 N Orchard Street

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM Registration check-in & light breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Boyer Seminar & Award Presentation – H.F. DeLuca Forum
Jae Yang – UW–Madison
In-situ Cryo-Electron Tomography: Exploring Cellular Machinery at the Nanoscale

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Morning Break

SESSION 3 – Tools of the Trade: Developments in Methods and Applications of Cryo-EM – H.F. DeLuca Forum

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Wah Chiu, Stanford SLAC, S2C2, SCSC —
Cryo-EM is a Tool to Answer Long Standing Biochemistry Puzzles

10:20 AM – 10:30 AM Beth Stadtmueller, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign —
Cryo-Electron Microscopy Structures of Secretory Immunoglobulins from Mammals and Fish Reveal Long Hidden Structure-Function Relationship

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM Vicky Pappas, UW–Madison —
Cryo-EM Structural Studies of the Vibrio cholerae Flagellum

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM Daija Bobe, NYSBC, SEMC, NCITU —
The Waffle Method: An Approach for Cryo-FIB/SEM Thin Lamellae Preparation

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM Brandon Malone, The Rockefeller University —
Structural Insights into Substrate Selection by the SARS-CoV-2 Replicase

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM Tim Grant, Morgridge Institute for Research & UW–Madison —
New Methodologies for Preparing and Imaging Cryo-EM Samples

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM Open Discussion

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch in and around the Discovery Building

SESSION 4 – Explorations In Situ: Cryo-ET is Coming of Age – H.F. DeLuca Forum

12:30 PM – 12:50 PM Clint Potter, NYSBC, NRAMM, NCCAT, NCITU —
Challenges of Cellular Cryotomography

12:50 PM – 1:00 PM Joseph Kim, UW–Madison —
Morphological Comparisons of Primary Neurons Cryo-Preserved Under Varied Conditions

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM Andreas Hoenger, CU Boulder —
Cryo-ET at CU Boulder: From Microtubules to Cells and Tissues

1:20 PM – 1:30 PM Thomas Laughlin, UC San Diego —
Architecture and Self-Assembly of the Giant Bacteriophage Nucleus-Like Compartment

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM Bryan Sibert, UW–Madison —
Structure of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Matrix Protein Determined with Sub-Nanometer Resolution using Cryo-Electron Tomography

1:40 PM – 2:00 PM Danielle Grotjahn, Scripps Research Institute —
Structure Among the Chaos: Using Cellular Tomography to Study Mitochondrial Behavior

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Afternoon Break

2:15 PM Meet in the Discovery Building Atrium to travel to workshops and tours

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Workshops & Tours – Biochemistry Buildings

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Break, Return to Discovery Building – H.F. DeLuca Forum

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Elizabeth Wright, UW–Madison –
Closing Remarks & Poster Awards Presentation

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Refreshments, Posters & Exhibits – Atrium

6:30 PM Take posters down


If you are interested in attending any of the workshops listed below, please indicate your preferences at the time of registration. To amend your registration, contact Matthew Freid at PLACE: Professional Learning and Community Education cell: 716.553.2654 or email: freid@wisc.edu. Please reference the 42nd Steenbock Symposium in the subject line of your email.

Workshop 1: Mass is mass! Using the Refeyn mass photometry system for cryo-EM sample optimization

Workshop 2: We must have order! Micropatterning with the Alveole PRIMO system for advanced cryo-CLEM, cryo-FIB, and cryo-ET workflows

Workshop 3: Is that my complex? Advanced cryo-CLEM with the Leica cryo-confocal CLEM or cryo-CLEM systems for accurate correlation in cellular environments

Workshop 4: Can you make it thinner? Cryo-FIB milling cells with the Aquilos 2 cryo-FIB

Workshop 5: Taking my (multi-)shot! Cryo-electron tomography on the Krios G3 and Krios G4



Keynote Speaker

David VeeslerDavid Veesler (he/him/his) is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Washington and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Veesler pioneered studies of coronavirus entry into cells and obtained molecular snapshots of the early stages of infection. Early in 2020, his lab identified the SARS-CoV-2 entry receptor and revealed the architecture of the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein. These data have been used by thousands of groups worldwide to understand the effect of mutations found in SARS-CoV-2 variants and to design countermeasures throughout the pandemic. He has been studying immunity elicited by SARS-CoV-2 infection or vaccination in real-time and identified a key site of vulnerability in the SARS-CoV-2 spike, which led his group to design a vaccine that focuses antibody responses on this Achilles heel. This highly potent vaccine is currently in late-stage clinical trials and will help meet the global demand for doses due to its exceptional scalability and high shelf-life stability. Veesler’s keynote presentation is titled, “Structure-guided coronavirus vaccine-design.” Visit David Veesler’s lab website: https://www.veeslerlab.com/.


Wah ChiuWah Chiu is the Wallenberg-Bienenstock Professor and a Professor of Bioengineering, Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Chiu is the director of the Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM Center (S2C2), and the Stanford-SLAC CryoET Specimen Preparation Center (SCSC). Chiu’s presentation is titled, “CryoEM is a tool to answer long-standing biochemistry puzzles.” Visit Wah Chiu’s website: https://profiles.stanford.edu/wah-chiu.

Tim GrantTim Grant (he/him/his) is an investigator in the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Center for Research in Virology and an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at UW–Madison. His research combines his love of both biology and computing — developing new cryo-EM methodologies and applying them to solve structures relevant to human disease. He is the primary developer of cisTEM, a software package used to process single-particle cryo-EM from movies to high resolution structures. Grant’s presentation is titled, “New methodologies for preparing and imaging cryo-EM samples.” Grant’s presentation is titled, “New methodologies for preparing and imaging cryo-EM samples.” Visit Tim Grant’s lab website: https://morgridge.org/research/labs/grant/.

Danielle GrotjahnDanielle Grotjahn (she/her/hers) received her B.S. in biology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison while completing her College of Agricultural and Life Sciences honors thesis in the lab of Professor Francisco Pelegri. She joined Professor Gabe Lander’s lab at The Scripps Research Institute for her Ph.D. studies, where she used cryo-electron tomography to solve the first three-dimensional structure of the microtubule-bound dynein motor complex. After earning her Ph.D. in biophysics, she started her independent career as a Scripps Fellow in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology and receive a promotion to assistant professor in 2021. Grotjahn’s lab uses cryo-electron tomography to study the structural and functional interactions that mediate stress-induced modulations to dynamic mitochondrial networks in cells. She is the recipient of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation award, the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Grotjahn’s presentation is titled, “Structure among the chaos: Using cellular tomography to study mitochondrial behavior.” Visit Danielle Grotjahn’s lab website: https://grotjahnlab.org/.

Andreas HoengerAndreas Hoenger is a Professor of Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Hoenger co-directs the CU Boulder Center for Cryo-ET (CCET) along with Karolin Luger and Michael Stowell. Hoenger’s presentation is titled, “Cryo-ET at CU Boulder: From Microtubules to Cells and Tissues.” Visit Andreas Hoenger’s lab website: https://hoengerlab.colorado.edu/docs/ah.html.

Deb KellyDeb Kelly is the Director of the Center for Structural Oncology, the Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Penn State University. Kelly is also President of the Microscopy Society of America. Kelly’s presentation is titled, “High-resolution Imaging of SARS-CoV-2 Sub-viral Assemblies Derived from COVID-19 Patients.” Visit Deb Kelly’s lab website: https://www.debkellylab.org/.

Robert KirchdoerferRobert Kirchdoerfer (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and an Institute for Molecular Virology faculty member at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Kirchdoerfer’s presentation is titled, “Co-factor Interactions in Alpha and Betacoronavirus Core Polymerase Complexes.” Visit Robert Kirchdoerfer’s lab website: https://kirchdoerferlab.wisc.edu/.

Susan LeaSusan Lea is the Chief PI of the Center for Structural Biology in the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research. Lea is an internationally renowned structural biologist who has pioneered the use of mixed structural methods to study host-pathogen interactions and other medically important pathways. Her laboratory uses and develops cutting-edge structural methods, including cryo-electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography, to define molecular mechanisms involved in health and disease. Lea’s presentation is titled, “Using protons in the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane.” Visit Susan Lea’s website: https://ccr.cancer.gov/staff-directory/susan-m-lea.

Ci Ji LimCi Ji Lim, “CJ”, (he/him/his) grew up in Singapore. CJ did his postdoctoral training with Tom Cech at CU Boulder where he studied telomeric protein-DNA complexes using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy. Now at UW-Madison, the Lim Lab is using a multidisciplinary approach to study human telomere replication and maintenance. Lim’s presentation is titled, “Single-stranded DNA-binding Protein CST Sets the Stage for Human DNA Polymerase Alpha/Primase RNA-DNA Primer Synthesis.” Visit Ci Ji Lim’s website: https://biochem.wisc.edu/faculty/Lim.

Clint PotterClint Potter is a co-director of the Simons Electron Microscopy Center at the New York Structural Biology Center. For the last 25 years, his efforts have focused on the development of technology for advancing electron microscopy methods for structural biology through automation. He and Bridget Carragher have jointly directed the Simons Electron Microscopy Center at the New York Structural Biology Center since 2015. Potter is also the co-director of several national cryo-EM centers, including the National Resource for Automated Molecular Microscopy (NRAMM), the National Center for CryoEm Access and Training (NCCAT), and the National Center for In-situ Tomographic Ultramicroscopy (NCITU). Potter’s presentation is titled, “Challenges of Cellular Cryotomography.” Visit the New York Structural Biology Center website: https://nysbc.org/people/scientific-staff/.

Mike SchmidMike Schmid is a Senior Scientist at Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Schmid is a co-PI of the Stanford-SLAC Cryo-EM Center (S2C2) and the Stanford-SLAC CryoET Specimen Preparation Center (SCSC). Schmid’s presentation is titled, “Tubulin Intra- and Inter-polymer Interactions in Toxoplasma.” Visit the Stanford-SLAC Cryo-Electron Microscopy website: https://cryoem.slac.stanford.edu/ncmi/people.

Michael StowellMichael Stowell received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biophysics from the California Institute of Technology and was a Postdoctoral Scientist at the MRC – Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge England and the Biophysics Department of Kyoto University, Japan. Dr. Stowell has authored publications in the fields of synthetic organic chemistry, mechanical engineering, structural biology, neurobiology, and biophysics and has used cryo-EM and cryo-ET to investigate synaptic proteins and synaptic architecture. He also co-directs the CU Boulder Center for Cryo-ET (CCET) along with Andreas Hoenger and Karolin Luger. Stowell’s presentation is titled, “The Long Pursuit of the Muscle Type nAChR Structure: Using Chemistry to Tackle Biology.” Visit Michael Stowell’s lab website: https://dosequis.colorado.edu/.

Elizabeth WrightElizabeth Wright (she/her/hers) is the Director of the Cryo-Electron Microscopy Research Center at UW–Madison and the Midwest Center for Cryo-Electron Tomography, also based at UW–Madison. She is a Professor of Biochemistry at UW–Madison and an Investigator at the Morgridge Institute for Research. Visit the UW-Madison Cryo-EM Research Center website and Elizabeth Wright’s lab website at: https://cryoem.wisc.edu/, https://www.wrightlab.wisc.edu/.

Jae YangJae Yang (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Scientist at the Midwest Center for Cryo-Electron Tomography and a staff scientist in Elizabeth Wright’s lab. Jae is also the recipient of the 2022 Boyer Award. The title of her Boyer Lecture is “In-situ cryo-electron tomography: Exploring cellular machinery at the nano-scale.” Read about Jae Yang’s contributions to science here.


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Lodging and Travel


Room rates for the hotels listed below are secured through May 6th. If you call to make a reservation, be sure to mention the UW–Madison Department of Biochemistry’s 42nd Steenbock Symposium to book at the meeting rate.

The Madison Concourse Hotel ($169.99/night meeting rate) in downtown Madison is a 25-minute walk or 13-minute bus ride from the Discovery Building. Reserve a room here.

The Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison ($159.99/night meeting rate) is located just west of the main UW–Madison campus and is a 22-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride from the Discovery Building. Reserve a room here.

The Hilton Garden Inn Madison Downtown ($149.99/night meeting rate) in downtown Madison is a 16-minute walk or 13-minute bus ride from the Discovery Building. Reserve a room here.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Madison/Downtown ($131.00/night meeting rate) in downtown Madison is a 16-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride from the Discovery Building. Reserve a room here.


Air travel: The closest airport to the Discovery Building is the Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), located a convenient 15-minute drive or cab ride from campus. The Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) is served by several airlines and can be reached via Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), among others.

You can also reach Madison by flying into Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) or Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and then driving or taking a bus to Madison. Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is a 90-minute drive from Madison, with bus service available through Badger Bus. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is a 2-1/2 to 3-hour drive from Madison, with bus service available through Van Galder Bus Company and others.

Ground transport within Madison: UW–Madison campus routes are fare-free for all riders. All campus bus stops with real-time pick-up information can be found on the interactive campus map. Routes 80 and 84 provide daytime service, while routes 80, 81, and 82 provide nighttime service. Madison Metro routes run within campus and throughout the city of Madison. For more information, visit the Madison Metro website or call (608) 266-4466. Before you ride, check Madison Metro’s detour page for up-to-date detours for campus and city routes. Green Cab Madison and Union Cab of Madison Cooperative are two reputable taxi services in Madison. Call to schedule Green Cab in advance at (608) 255-1234 and Union Cab at (608) 252-2000. Uber and Lyft are also available.

Bicycle: Madison BCycle is available throughout campus and across Madison.

Parking: Most hotels provide parking. Parking is extremely limited on campus. Let us know if you want to explore parking options and fill out the parking form here.

Campus and Location

The 42nd Steenbock Symposium will be held at the Discovery Building, which is located at the heart of the UW–Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Workshops and facilities tours will be held in the H.F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Complex on the UW–Madison campus. The Biochemical Sciences Complex is a 5-minute (0.3 mile) walk from the Discovery Building.

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COVID-19 Precautions

As a group of scientists, we acknowledge and emphasize the importance of vaccines in fighting COVID-19. We urge all meeting attendees to be fully vaccinated and boosted before attending the 42nd Steenbock Symposium. Proof of vaccination is not required to enter public indoor locations on the UW–Madison campus.

Anyone attending an indoor in-person event must comply with any active orders on wearing masks while indoors in campus buildings or facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in indoor spaces on the UW–Madison campus, but they are encouraged, especially if you are not vaccinated. Masks are also no longer required on public transportation. We will continue to follow local guidelines. Visit the UW–Madison COVID-19 response webpage for more information. To assist in minimizing potential physical contact, elbow bumps are a great alternative to handshakes. Hand sanitizer stations and/or hand washing facilities will be easily accessible to everyone.

We encourage you not to attend the in-person meeting if you or someone with whom you have had close contact (e.g., someone who lives in your house, a relative, a friend, or a co-workers) is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. We recommend that you contact Matthew Freid at PLACE: Professional Learning and Community Education cell: 716.553.2654 or email: freid@wisc.edu to amend your meeting registration to attend the virtual program. Please reference the 42nd Steenbock Symposium in the subject line of your email.

In attending this meeting, you acknowledge that UW–Madison cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 and that you are assuming a risk that you may be exposing yourself to COVID-19 and its potential health risks.

Code of Conduct

This meeting is dedicated to providing a harassment-free meeting experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of or by meeting participants in any form. Meeting participants violating these rules may be expelled from the meeting at the discretion of the meeting organizers.

To speak to someone regarding misconduct or harassment, please talk with our staff at the registration booth.

Photography and Social Media

To encourage open communication, each attendee of the 42nd Steenbock Symposium agrees that any information presented, whether in a formal talk, poster session, or discussion, is a private communication and presented with the restriction that such information is not for public use. The audio or video recording of lectures by any means, the photography of a slide or poster material, and printed or electronic quotes from papers, presentations and discussion without written consent of the contributing member is prohibited. These restrictions apply to each attendee of the symposium and are intended to cover social networks, blogs, tweets, or any other publication, distribution, communication or sharing of information presented or discussed at the symposium.

Other photography is allowed for personal and private use only. Photos cannot be copied, altered, sold, exhibited, or further distributed without the Department of Biochemistry’s consent. Photos may not be used in sponsor advertising. No disruptions due to photography shall be allowed during the meeting. Please note that UW–Madison photographers will be circulating throughout the symposium to capture parts of the meeting.

Land Acknowledgement

The Discovery Building occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.

We acknowledge the circumstances that led to the forced removal of the Ho-Chunk people, and honor their legacy of resistance and resilience. This history of colonization informs our work and vision for a collaborative future. We recognize and respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other 11 First Nations within the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin.