preLights: Preprint highlights for biology
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Preprints are a growing trend that is pushing the pace of dissemination of scientific information. preLights is a new service that selects and highlights preprints in a wide range of biological fields and can help you keep up to date! First, what are preprints? Preprints are unpublished  … Read more

Leticia Vega
Critical Career Transitions: So I Got Tenure, Now What?
June 2018 Newsletter

Three pillars of faculty development at most institutions are teaching, scholarship, and service. Though much attention has been given to recruiting and retaining a diverse pool of scientists (including cell biologists) from graduate school though the postdoc years to junior faculty and finally tenure, one  … Read more

Finding your grad school family
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The scientific community is comprised mostly of transplants–people who work or study somewhere far from home and family. I find that grad school tends to take us even further from home. Many of my colleagues, myself included, received our bachelor’s degrees close to home, but  … Read more

Mentoring undergraduates: all you need to know to help your summer student
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This is another post in a series highlighting the collaboration between COMPASS and CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE)–featuring some of the exciting work that is being done to understand how we learn about science and how science careers impact the people who work in both academia  … Read more

Toward a MIRAtocracy: An Interview with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch
June 2018 NewsletterPresident's Columns

Jon Lorsch is arguably one of the most influential scientific public leaders in the United States for the ASCB constituency. As Director of the National Institute of General Medicial Sciences (NIGMS) since 2013, he guides a multibillion dollar enterprise that funds over 10% of National  … Read more

Moving from diversity to inclusion

June is Pride month, and so many articles will get written and posted this month promoting LGBTQ+ diversity in various organizations and institutions. We are fortunate that the ASCB recognizes the value of diversity and promotes the involvement all people, including women, underrepresented minorities, and  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz on uncovering biological surprises with microscopy; interdisciplinary science
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This month we are excited to hear from Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, whose past and present positions are as diverse as the scientific fields that her research encompasses. She is currently a senior group leader at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus and Co-director of the Physiology Course  … Read more

Is an Academic Career Just a Dream?
June 2018 NewsletterDear Labby

Dear Labby, I am a fifth-year cell biology graduate student doing basic research at a major research university. I am ambitious, worked hard during my rotations, and was rewarded by being accepted into the best-known lab in our department. It has been a lot of  … Read more

Let’s face lab bullying, part 3
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Reporting the bully Most bullied trainees decide not to report the person who bullied them. As one postdoc says: “I am afraid that the department chair, provost, or HR would not be responsive.” Trainees who don’t report their abusive supervisors/lab mates are not cowards, they  … Read more

Controlling the chaos: trainee tips for keeping the lab organized
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Labs are naturally chaotic places. There are multiple people in a small space all working on different projects in their own style and on their own schedule. At best, this controlled chaos can bring forth incredible collaboration and creativity, but at worst, a truly unorganized  … Read more