Erika C. Shugart, PhD, is ASCB Chief Executive Officer. Previously she was Director of Communications and Marketing Strategy at the American Society for Microbiology and Deputy Director of the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.


The Next Five Years for ASCB

I have now had the pleasure of leading ASCB for a year. I have had the good fortune of getting to know many of you during this time and I look forward to the opportunity to meet more of you in the future. As I  … Read more

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Harris’s book explores critical topic of scientific rigor

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) was one of the first to highlight issues of reproducibility with science, so it was with great anticipation that I picked up Richard Harris’s book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions.  … Read more

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ASCB Council Looks to the Future

The ASCB Council’s December 2016 meeting was a chance for Council members, committee chairs, and journal editors to examine some of the Society’s major programs and look to the future to determine strategic direction. The meeting started with an update from 2016 President Peter Walter.  … Read more

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Tending the ASCB Garden through Strategic Planning

Several years ago I moved into a house with a well-established garden. The flowerbeds were full of hydrangeas, daylilies, azaleas, peonies, irises, and weeds, lots and lots of weeds. Although the garden had amazing potential, the first summer my husband and I looked out on  … Read more

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On Cup Holders and Evidence-Based Approaches

By Erika Shugart How do we make decisions? And how can we do it better? My husband and I will need to buy a car in the near future, and the thought fills me with dread. There are so many options! Investigating reliability, safety, and  … Read more

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Note on Bias Against Novelty

The use of the Journal Impact Factor as a measure of the quality of scientific research may undervalue precisely the type of novel, “high risk/high gain” research that we need to advance our field. This is one conclusion to be drawn from a recent article  … Read more

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ASCB’s New Executive Director—Taking On a Scientific Society in a World of Change

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead I now have several weeks under my belt as the new Executive Director and am deep into learning mode to  … Read more

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