Gibbs Society

In 1987, researchers from 11 U.S. institutions met together in Carbondale, IL for the first Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics. Their goal was to foster more innovative applications in the field of biological thermodynamics than had been traditionally envisioned.

Since its inception, these annual conferences have grown and a society was formed and named after Josiah Willard Gibbs, a mathematical physicist who laid much of the foundation for chemical thermodynamics. The Gibbs Society of Biological Thermodynamics is incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c) organization. Student and postdoctoral fellow participation from laboratories whose research intersects with the discipline of biological thermodynamics is stressed in order to further the aims of the society in future research.

The 34th Gibbs Conference will be held October 4-5, 2020 via Zoom. The deadline for the application is July 31, 2020. For the application link and more information, please visit the 34th Conference site here.

History

History of the Organization

A comprehensive history of the organization is available in "The conference on biothermodynamics: Origins and evolution" by Ackers and Bolen (Biophys. Chem. 64, p 3-5 1997).

In 2002, The Gibbs Conference on Biological Thermodynamics Incorporated as a mechanism of preserving the philosophy and spirit of the meeting.

 

In 2011, a special issue of Biophysical Chemistry was printed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Gibbs Conference on Biological Thermodynamics. The first article in this issue is a history of the Gibbs Conference and a description of the scientific evolution of the work cherished by the Gibbs community.

 

Meeting History

Fall, 1986

 

1st discussion of the discipline of Thermodynamics in biological systems. held in Vail, Colorado: Gary Ackers, Wayne Bolen, Ernesto Freire, Stan Gill, Jim Lee

 

Feb, 1987

 

2nd discussion of the discipline of Thermodynamics in biological systems. held in New Orleans: Gary Ackers, Norma Allewell, Wayne Bolen, Ken Breslauer, Ken Dill, Ernesto Freire, Stan Gill, Jim Lee

Current President: Liskin Swint-Kruse

President Elect: Aaron Lucius

 

Past Presidents

  • Gary K. Ackers, Oct. 2001 - Oct. 2002

  • John J. Correia, Oct. 2002 - Oct. 2003

  • D. Wayne Bolen, Oct. 2003 - Oct. 2004

  • Madeline A. Shea, Oct. 2004 - Oct. 2005

  • Dorothy Beckett, Oct. 2005 - Oct. 2006

  • Brad Chaires, Oct. 2006 - Oct. 2007

  • Tim Lohman, Oct. 2007 - Oct. 2008

  • Luis A Marky, Oct. 2008 - Oct. 2009

  • Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, Oct. 2009 - Oct. 2010

  • Karen Fleming, Oct. 2010 - Oct. 2011

  • Doug Barrick, Oct. 2011 - Oct. 2012

  • David Bain, Oct. 2012 - Oct. 2013

  • George Makhatadze, Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2014

  • Patricia Clark, Oct. 2014 - Oct. 2015

  • Vince LiCata, Oct. 2015 - Oct. 2016

  • James Cole, Oct. 2016 - Oct. 2017

  • Clay Clark, Oct. 2017 - Oct. 2018

  • Brian Baker, Oct. 2018 - Oct. 2019

  • Kathleen Hall, Oct, 2019 - Oct 2020

Past Treasurer

  • Michael Johnson, Oct. 2002 - Oct. 2010

  • John J. Correia, Oct. 2010 - Oct. 2017

Past Secretary

  • Margaret Daugherty, Oct. 2004 - Oct. 2013

  • Liskin Swint-Kruse, Oct. 2013 - Oct. 2019

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Officers

Current Officers

President: Liskin Swint-Kruse, Oct 2020 - Oct 2021

President Elect: Aaron Lucius, Oct 2020 - Oct 2021

Past President: Kathleen Hall, Oct 2020 - Oct 2021

Vice President: Michael Johnson, Oct 2010 - Oct 2020

Secretary: Andrew Herr, Oct 2019 - Oct 2022

Treasurer: Aron Fenton, Oct 2017 - Oct 2020

Volunteers

Web Support: Chiwook Park and Sarah Bondos, 2020 -

Registration Support: Nick Fitzkee, 2020 - 

Board of Directors

  • Kathleen Hall

  • Andrew Herr

  • Aron Fenton

  • Vince LiCata

  • Aaron Lucius

  • Madeline Shea

  • Liskin Swint-Kruse

Meetings

Annual Gibbs Conference on Biological Thermodynamics

1st - 1987: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Jim Lee and Wayne Bolen Keynote: Ken Dill

 

2nd - 1988: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Gary Ackers & Michael Johnson

 

3rd -1989: Program

Organizers: Susan G, Frasier & Michael Johnson

 

4th - 1990: Program

Organizers: Michael Johnson & Marty Straume

 

5th - 1991: Program

Organizers: Gary Ackers & Tim Lohman
Keynote: Ernesto Freire

 

6th - 1992: Attendees

Organizers: Jim Lee & Tomasz Heyduk
Keynotes: Serge Timasheff & John Schellman

 

7th - 1993: Program

Organizers: Maurice Eftink & Glen Ramsay
Keynotes: Peter von Hippel & Julian Sturtevant

 

8th - 1994: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Enrico Di Cera & Madeline Shea
Keynotes: Gary Ackers & Kathleen S. Matthews

 

9th - 1995: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Kenneth P. Murphy & Michael D. Brenowitz
Keynotes: Victor Bloomfield & Mario Amzel

 

10th - 1996: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Jonathan B. Chaires & Michael L. Doyle
Keynotes: J. Michael Schurr & Allen Minton

 

11th - 1997: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Dorothy Beckett & Jack Correia
Keynote: Adrian Parsegian

 

12th - 1998: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Andy Robertson
Keynote: David Draper

 

13th - 1999: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Bertrand Garcia-Moreno & John Shriver
Keynotes: Wayne Bolen & Gary Ackers

 

14th - 2000: Program / Attendees

Organizers: George Turner & Kim Sharp
Keynotes: Steve White (replaced Rodney Biltonen)

 

15th - 2001: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Margaret A. Daugherty & Luis A. Marky
Keynote: George Rose

 

16th - 2002: Program / Attendees / Sponsors

Organizers: Michael Mossing & George Makhatadze
Keynote: Rodney Biltonen

 

17th - 2003: Program

Organizers: Vince Hilser & Dick Sheardy
Keynote: Jim Lee

 

18th - 2004: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Doug Barrick and Kathleen Hall
Keynote: Nacho Tinoco

 

19th - 2005: Program / Attendees

Organizers: Trevor Creamer and Clay Clark
Keynote: Carl Frieden

 

20th - 2006: Program / Attendees / Photographs

Organizers: Karen Fleming and Rohit Pappu
Keynotes: Madeline A. Shea; Timothy Lohman

 

21th - 2007: Program / Attendees / Photograph

Organizers: Brian M. Baker and Michael T. Henzl

Keynote: Jamie Williamson

 

22th - 2008: Program / Attendees / Photograph

Organizers: Jannette Carey and David Bain

Keynotes: Dorothy Beckett, Ken Dill

 

23rd - 2009: Program / Attendees / Photograph

Organizers: Nathan Baker and Liskin Swint-Kruse

1st Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Michael Brenowitz

Keynote: Linda Jen-Jacobson

 

24th - 2010: Program / Attendees / Photograph

Organizers: Elisar Barbar and Vince LiCata

2nd Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Tim Lohman

Keynote: C. Nick Pace

 

25th - 2011: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: The Gibbs Board

3rd Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Madeline Shea

Keynote: Bertrand Garcia-Moreno

 

26th - 2012: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: Patricia L. Clark and Aaron Lucius

4th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Enrico DiCera

Keynote: Terry Oas

 

27th - 2013: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: Jim Cole and Aron Fenton

5th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Bertrand Garcia-Moreno

Keynote: Doug Barrick

 

28th - 2014: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: Steve Whitten and Andrew Herr

6th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: David Draper

Keynote: Karen Fleming

 

29th - 2015: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: Jim Horn and Ernie Fuentes

7th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Walter Englander

Keynote: Rohit Pappu

 

30th - 2016: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: Sarah Bondos and Nick Fitzkee

8th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Ken Dill

Keynote: Patricia Clark

 

31st - 2017: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: Ana Maria Soto and Scott Showalter

9th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Dorothy Beckett

Keynote: Enrique De La Cruz

 

32nd - 2018: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: David Draper and Chiwook Park

10th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: James Lee

Keynote: Kevin Plaxco

 

33rd - 2019: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: Matthew Auton and Carlos Casteñeda

10th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: John (Jack) Correia

Keynote: Cathy Royer

34th - 2020: Program / Attendees / Photograph / Sponsors

Organizers: Roberto Galletto and Karen Lewis

11th Ackers Lecture in Biothermodynamics: Doug Barrick

Keynote: Kathleen Hall

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Documents

The Gibbs Society is incorporated in the state of Virginia.

The corporate address is PO Box 260, Keswick, VA 22947

 

Articles of Incorporation

Available upon request

Tax Exempt Status Documentation

Available upon request

 

W-9

Available upon request

​Bylaws​

Gibbs Bylaws 2020

 

Business Meeting Minutes

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Contact Us

The Gibbs Society is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on charitable donations for support. Our mission is education in the area of Biothermodynamics.


Contact Information

 

Email:

GibbsSociety@gmail.com

 

Postal Mail:

Gibbs Society of Biological Thermodynamics
c/o Aron W. Fenton, PhD
Professor
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MS 3030, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
E-mail: afenton@kumc.edu
Office Phone: +1-(913) 588-7033


To alert the Society of changes in contact information, please notify

Andrew B. Herr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Division of Immunobiology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 7038
Cincinnati, OH 45229
E-mail: andrew.herr@cchmc.org
Office Phone: +1-(513) 803-7490