It can be flattering or terrifying but it's always important. It's that rare opportunity when a non-scientist is genuinely curious about what you do. It's your chance to talk about the puzzling result that keeps you up at night, the critical piece of data you finally got, or the little pieces of a microscopic mystery that you're working to solve.

Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:43

Our People—Dicty Racers and Sloan Fellowship

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The world of slime molds is seething with activity as teams prepare their entries for the upcoming Dicty World Race, set for May 16 in the Massachusetts General Hospital lab of Daniel Irimia. Meantime, Irimia and ASCB member Chris Janetopoulos of Vanderbilt University have raised $3,000 from private sponsors for prize money. Their goal now is to raise the grand prize to $5,000 through crowd funding on RocketHub. The idea that you could win real money racing Dictyostelium discoideum is startling. Imagine cell biology on the sports pages. Give generously.

CHICAGO—The "Triple A-S" meeting is like no other scientific gathering in that it is not really for scientists but for journalists who follow science. Scientists do come to present talks or to serve on AAAS governing sections, but to understand the meeting's central purpose, think of AAAS as the world's largest annual science press conference.

Your cells should go to Washington. Or at least your cell images should go to Washington's Dulles International Airport where ASCB and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) are collaborating on an eye-popping exhibit of cell images in the Gateway Gallery of the United Airlines hub terminal from June through November. The exhibit, to be called Life: Magnified, will feature stunning micrographs of cells, tissues, microorganisms, and molecular landscapes.

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