The ASCB Post staff brings you the latest news about science, advocacy, discovery, innovation, research and funding.


Career Perspectives: Michael Lang, Consulting Associate at Charles River Associates

Please describe your current position. I use quantitative and qualitative market research as well as structured analytics to deliver insights that help pharmaceutical and biotech clients value and prioritize market opportunities and launch new brands. I work with multiple teams across CRA’s life sciences practice  … Read more

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Curry calls for renewed dedication to DORA mission

At the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, a group of scientific publishers and editors gathered to call for a paradigm shift in how the value of research significance and impact should be assessed. The result of that meeting  … Read more

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Scientific societies join forces to increase diversity in STEM

With the support of the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Cell Biology and the Biophysical Society have joined an effort to create the Alliance of Scientific Societies for broad participation in STEM for the next generation of scientists. The founding partners include the  … Read more

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Putting active learning into practice: an interview with PALM fellow Christopher Baker and PALM mentor Michelle Smith

This blog post originally appeared on Genes to Genomes, the Genetics Society of America blog. Are you a postdoc looking for hands-on education experience and mentoring? Or a faculty member interested in bringing evidence-based, effective active learning strategies into your classroom? The PALM (Promoting Active Learning  … Read more

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Career Perspectives: Bret L. Judson, Imaging Facility Manager at Boston College

Please describe your current position. At Boston College, I manage all aspects of the light microscopy imaging facility housed within the Department of Biology. The facility serves the entire Boston College campus community. In addition to managing the imaging facility, I also teach the Advanced  … Read more

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ASCB among founding members of newly launched Scientific Society Publisher Alliance

A group of prestigious not-for-profit scientific membership societies, including the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), have announced the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA), an initiative focused on building awareness of and support for publication of scientific research by scientist-run scientific societies.  … Read more

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Michael Hall wins 2017 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award

Michael N. Hall has won the 2017 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. Hall, an ASCB member since 2002, conducts research at Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland, and was recognized for his discoveries concerning the nutrient-activated TOR proteins and their central role in the metabolic  … Read more

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Opinions on the GSI

ASCB members may have heard about proposed changes at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to reduce the current hypercompetitive funding atmosphere that currently exists among NIH-funded investigators. Since the Grant Support Index (GSI) program was first announced by the NIH in May, it  … Read more

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Members in the News for July 2017

Several members of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) have attained notable achievements in recent weeks. Congratulations to one and all. 2017 Shaw Prize for Life Science and Medicine Ian Gibbons (left) and Ron Vale both have been awarded the prestigious 2017 Shaw Prize in  … Read more

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Great expectations

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

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