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This year, the ASCB Post underwent some visual and organizational updates. We now categorize each item under one of the following topics: Careers, Science News, Science Policy, Member News, or Meetings. So as 2017 comes to an end, we looked to see what posts resonated most. Rather than settle for a commonplace Top 10 List, we have chosen the Top 11, because, of course, that’s one louder.

So without further delay, here were the 11 most popular (i.e., most viewed) ASCB Post entries, in descending order. We hope you enjoy revisiting these topics, or perhaps discovering them for the first time. If you want to be notified of new content on the ASCB Post, please subscribe by entering your email in the box on the right side of the ASCB Post homepage.

Happy New Year from everyone at ASCB Headquarters!

  1. Medical Science Liaison: a career option for PhDs by Sayantan Chakraborty | August 4, 2017
  2.  How Cell Biologists Work: Ron Vale on converting chemical energy into mechanical work and curiosity into discovery by Jennifer Heppert | July 19, 2017
  3. Opinions on the GSI by ASCB Post Staff | July 31, 2017
  4.  COMPASS marches with ASCB by Kate Carbone | March 31, 2017
  5. How Cell Biologists Work: Valentina Greco on cultivating a passionate research team by Jennifer Heppert | October 13, 2017
  6. Why PhDs should consider a career in academia by Mary Spiro | July 6, 2017
  7. Six best practices learned from mentoring undergraduates by Arunika Das | April 7, 2017
  8. Wang nets ASCB 2017 Early Career Life Scientist Award by Mary Spiro | October 18, 2017
  9. Data deleted, truth denied by Kerry Leehan | May 26, 2017
  10. What’s it all about? Organoids by Amanda Haage | October 6, 2017
  11. The scientist’s dilemma: The average person doesn’t understand what I do by Helena Lucente | September 1, 2017
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Mary Spiro

Mary Spiro is ASCB's Science Writer and Social Media Manager. She has a master's degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and bachelor's degrees in both Agronomy and Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She can be reached at mspiro@ascb.org


  • Mark Peifer

    Great to see the story on limiting @NIH funding for individual PIs to help at-risk labs made the top 3. If you remain concerned about that issue its great time to contact the Next Generation Researcher Initiative Working Group and express your opinion–they are framing key parts of this new Initiative and want input. am advocating two key changes: open funding to all productive at risk-PIs, without the 10 year limitation, and identify dedicated funds that don’t simply shift which people lose grant funding and need to close their labs. Google “Future of Research NGRI” to get contact information