ASCB Kaluza Prize Reflects ASCB’s Concern that Young Scientists Are Now a Vulnerable Population

lab equipment 2010The ASCB Kaluza Prize recognizes significant research
achievement by early career scientists who still pursue
excellence amidst economic uncertainties and
political shortsightedness. ASCB Photo.
In the midst of the frantic preparations here at the national office for the Annual Meeting and the ASCB Council, plus end-of-year budgeting and all the rest just around the corner, I want to pause to salute the winners of the ASCB Kaluza Prize supported by Beckman Coulter for outstanding graduate student research. The news of the ASCB Kaluza winner and nine additional ASCB Beckman Coulter Distinguished Graduate Student Achievement travel awards broke today in the ASCB Post. It is a significant moment for our Society as we have made the training of young scientists a priority.

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Round Trip from Stockholm to ASCB

Schmidt Schekman and Rothman 2010With Stockholm still in the future, Randy Schekman (third from left)
with fellow 2013 Nobel winner, Jim Rothman (far right), shared the ASCB's
highest scientific honor, the E. B. Wilson Medal, with Stuart Kornfeld
(first on left) from ASCB former president Sandy Schmid at the 2010
ASCB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. ASCB photo.
This week I attended an insightful seminar by the newly announced Nobel Laureate and former ASCB President Randy Schekman. Months ago, Schekman had agreed to speak at this routine NIH seminar to be held in an obscure conference room in a nondescript government building. However, after the invitation went out, something happened in Stockholm, which transformed the Schekman talk into a major event. Well over a thousand excited scientists turned out.

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Happy Gastrulation Day, Everyone!

The Italian poet, Giovanni Pascoli, once said that inside all adults, there is a child, il fanciullino, who is responsible for putting each of us in contact with the world through imagination and sensitivity. My fanciullino was on steroids when I recently met at a school with second graders to talk about biology! There is nothing so satisfying as explaining biology to children. They have that uncanny curiosity that can light a fire under any adult's lukewarm curiosity.

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Renato Dulbecco: A Gentle Superman Recalled

David Baltimore, who shared the Nobel Prize with Renato Dulbecco and Howard Temin in 1975, said it best in his memorial tribute at the time of Dulbecco's death:[1] "A gentle superman," Baltimore wrote. Renato was truly a superman, although when I first met him, in his late seventies, stylish, sharp-as-a-razor scientist, he reminded me more of James Bond than of a comic book character. But indeed, superhero he was.

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