Taking the Terror out of Random Call
September 2017 Newsletter

Regardless of our current role in academe, education—for us and for our students—is central to our identity as scientists. With that in mind, the ASCB Education Committee (EdComm) is pleased to offer Office Hours with EdComm, a column addressing broad issues in education, ranging from  … Read more

The scientist’s dilemma: The average person doesn’t understand what I do

In April over a million people marched in 600+ marches around the world advocating for science. As a scientist who wanted to be part of that movement, I pursued communications training through the STEM Ambassador Program (STEMAP), a research and public engagement project funded by  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Derek Applewhite on introducing undergraduates to the wonders of microscopy

Derek Applewhite is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. Applewhite’s lab studies the mechanisms of cytoskeleton regulation that are critical for cell shape change and cell movements. The Applewhite lab uses Drosophila (fruit fly) and Drosophila cells (S2 cells and  … Read more

Four ways trainees can use leadership as self-care

What does your go-to example of a leader look like? Is it the president of your university? A camp counselor who took your group on an overnight hike? It might be easy to think of someone in a position that may seem unattainable to you  … Read more

Medical Science Liaison: a career option for PhDs

In the past, earning a PhD degree would typically lead to an academic position at a research institute or university. However, PhDs do not necessarily have to choose the path of academia and research. It’s high time that PhDs are provided with information about various  … Read more

Journal of Postdoctoral Research: an avenue for postdocs to publish their science

As scientists, we need to become good at critiquing our own and our peers’ research. Analyzing and commenting on research outcomes promotes our own ability to interpret data and realize all its caveats. Writing about our research often gives us a chance to take a  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Ron Vale on converting chemical energy into mechanical work and curiosity into discovery

Ron Vale is a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Department at the University of California, San Francisco and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Vale’s lab studies how the contents of cells are organized, including how molecular motors move cargo to  … Read more

Five ways to make the most of your conference experience

Attending conferences is one of the most important parts of being a scientist. You get to connect with other researchers from all over the world and share your work with them, gaining precious feedback and hopefully returning home full of new ideas. It’s a chance  … Read more

IWISE: The New York Stem Cell Foundation’s strategies for advancing women in science
July/August 2017 NewsletterWICB Columns

The mission of the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is to accelerate cures for the major diseases of our time through stem cell research, and we believe that gender equality in science, medicine, and engineering is a key component to making treatments and cures  … Read more

Great expectations
July/August 2017 NewsletterDear Labby

Dear Labby, I have just joined a top research lab for my postdoc. I was very successful in graduate school, where my advisor gave me complete freedom to come and go as I pleased and attend whatever functions I wanted. Now, in the first week,  … Read more