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


Career enhancement sessions provide diverse offerings for meeting attendees

Along with the myriad scientific speeches, talks, and Symposia offered at the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting in Philadelphia this December, the meeting provides attendees with more than three dozen career enhancement and special interest learning sessions. These sessions cover a broad array of topics to interest  … Read more

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2017 EMBO Gold Medal winner Maya Schuldiner credits work-life balance for her success

For her significant contributions to the understanding of protein synthesis, trafficking, and quality control, Maya Schuldiner of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has been awarded the prestigious EMBO Gold Medal for 2017. At a December 4 ceremony at the ASCB|EMBO meeting in Philadelphia,  … Read more

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Quality Control Symposium Examines Mechanisms of Ubiquitin-Dependent Protein Degradation

Like any successful factory, cells perform quality control. Explore this topic at the Quality Control Symposium led by Tom Rapoport, Harvard Medical School/HHMI, and Brenda Schulman, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. Both Rapoport and Schulman use multidisciplinary approaches to define intricate pathways, and ultimately use  … Read more

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A focus on molecular forms and functions at the DNA and RNA Biology Symposium

The success of DNA and RNA in, respectively, translating and transcribing their genetic information has as much to do with their physical structure and shape as with the nucleotides they contain. The Symposium on DNA  and RNA Biology at the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting will focus  … Read more

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Cell Biology of Degeneration and Repair in the Nervous System: A preview of the ASCB|EMBO 2017 Doorstep Meeting

Brain development, function, and degeneration are the central themes for the ASCB|EMBO 2017 Doorstep Meeting, to be held on Saturday, December 2 in Philadelphia. The second annual Doorstep Meeting offers talks by experts from disciplines tackling the cell biology of the brain and gives ample  … Read more

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Nanoscale forces measured in aortic smooth muscle cells tell story of disease

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated to employ a novel nanoscale fibrous system that can measure the tiny forces exerted by and upon individual cells with extreme precision. The team hopes that this platform, which investigators call nanonet force microscopy  … Read more

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Why PhDs should consider a career in academia

Doctoral and postdoctoral trainees these days may be steering away from what was once thought to be their most obvious career path–academia. That is the thesis of a Perspective column for the July 1, 2017 issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell written by two  … Read more

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­In Memoriam: Nathaniel B. Kurnick, 99, expert in hematology, oncology

Nathaniel B. Kurnick, medical professor, clinician, and exp­­­ert in oncology and hematology, passed away February 18, 2017, at his home in Huntington Beach, CA, at the age of 99. Kurnick had been a member of ASCB since 1973. Born on November 8, 1917, in New  … Read more

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Council approves strategic plan; visits Capitol Hill during spring meeting

Members of the American Society for Cell Biology’s (ASCB) Council met May 15 and 16 in Bethesda for their spring business meeting as well as to meet with members of Congress on May 17. The Council discussed membership, the Society’s peer-reviewed journal Molecular Biology of  … Read more

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In Memoriam: Emma Shelton, 96, cell biologist and ASCB’s first executive director

Emma Shelton, research biologist and first executive director of the ASCB, passed away March 29, 2017, at her home in Bethesda, MD, not far from Society headquarters. She was 96 and died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Born in 1920, Shelton pioneered many firsts for  … Read more

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