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ASCB Newsletter - December 1998

Josiah Macy Jr., Foundation Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory

Woods Hole, Massachusetts

1999 Summer Fellowships sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation at the Marine Biological Laboratory are available to three minority junior or senior faculty members to pursue independent research projects at the MBL.A unique feature of these fellowships provides for each faculty member to select a student to accompany him or her in this research undertaking.These fellowships provide travel, housing, laboratory, and research expenses for investigators and students as well as a weekly stipend for st udents.

Application Deadline:January 15, 1999.Applications are reviewed by the MBL Fellowship Committee.Notification of decisions will be mailed by March 15, 1999.

For forms and additional information, please contact:

Fellowship Coordinator
Office of Research Administration
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015
Phone: (508) 289-7441
Fax: (508) 457-1924


Call for Visiting Professor Hosts

The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) seeks ASCB members willing to host a visiting professor in the member's laboratory during the summer of 1999. The goal of Visiting Professorship Program is to give professors from primarily teaching institutions a research experience in cell biology or a related field, to provide experience with new research tools and techniques, and to allow visitors to enhance their research programs. In addition, a major goal of the Professorship is to establish long-term associations between visiting professors and research-intensive universities.

The Visiting Professor Program, which is funded by a grant from the Minorities Access to Research Careers program of the NIGMS/NIH, provides research support for professors at minority-serving institutions to work in the laboratories of members of the American Society for Cell Biology for an eight-to ten-week period during the summer of 1999. Professors receive support of $12,000, plus $700 for travel expenses; $2,000 is awarded to the host institution for supplies.

Women and minority professors and professors in colleges and universities with a high minority enrollment are encouraged to apply for this Award.

For Professorship application or to volunteer as a host scientist, contact ASCB, at Phone (301) 530-7153; Fax: (301) 530-7139


Education Committee Contributes to CELS Monograph

The Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences has published a monograph, Professional Societies and the Faculty Scholar: Promoting Scholarship and Learning in the Life Sciences. This 87-page report showcases the contributions of dozens of professional societies to undergraduate biology education and recommends specific actions to enrich learning and teaching.

The special role of the ASCB, a member of CELS, is highlighted. Former Education Committee Chair Robert Bloodgood, who along with Sarah Elgin represents the ASCB on CELS, remarks that, "individual faculty members and the professional societies they represent have a profound impact on the ability, knowledge and skills that our undergraduate students will acquire as they become our future citizens... while many scientific societies have markedly increased their support for undergraduate education projects in the past few years, these are often operated independently and in isolation. CELS... promote[s] activities that would be beyond the scope of individual societies."

The monograph can be viewed at the CELS website, or bound copies can be purchased through the website.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a movie worth?

Illustrate your research with video material through Molecular Biology of the Cell. The online version of MBC provides the opportunity to publish videos and large data sets. Check out the videos in the July issue of MBC Online.

For details on preparing and submitting video files, see the Instructions to Authors.


MBC Online Access Continues to Rise

As the online version of Molecular Biology of the Cell continues to expand its capabilities and to add new features, growth in use has risen proportionately. M ore than 12,500 individual computers accessed the online journal in November alone, boosting the number of users to six times its initial usage in December of 1997. The number of users accessing MBC Online now exceeds the total number of subscribers to the printed version of the journal. The December issue of MBC Online features large scale data sets as well as two new video essays.


One-Year Committee Chairs Appointed

ASCB President-elect Randy Schekman announced the appointments of three new committee chairs for 1999:

  • David Drubin of the Program Committee
  • Ira Herskowitz of the Nominating Committee
  • Trina Schroer of the Local Arrangements Committee


Members In The News

The Institute of Medicine recently elected fifty-five new members, including ASCB members Dennis A. Ausiello of Harvard Medical School, Eric S. Lander of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Thomas P. Stossel of Harvard Medical School.

Florence Haseltine, Director of the Center for Population Research and ASCB member since 1990, is being honored this fall with three national recognitions: the Kilby Foundation Award, in the Mayo Foun-dation’s “Women in Medicine” exhibit, and as a “Women’s Health Hero” by American Health for Women magazine.

Richard Klausner, Director of the National Cancer Institute and ASCB member since 1990, was honored at a dinner in Washington on his behalf by the Kidney Cancer Asso-ciation, on October 26. Klausner was recognized for his leadership in support of kidney cancer research and treatment.


Teachers Stop by the ASCB Booth at the NABT Meeting

Teachers Turn to the ASCB
ASCB members Ellen Baker of the Biology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Duane Garner of the School of Veterinary Medicine there, addressed an audience spilling into the aisles and out the door at the National Association of Biology Teachers annual meeting in Reno.

ASCB Education Committee members Connie Oliver of the Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirao Preto in Brazil, and Bob Blystone of Trinity University organized a program for the eighth year for secondary and college teachers on Current Topics in Cell Biology. The popular program offers teachers valuable information about cell biology topics, a welcome contrast to the more commonly presented laboratory workshops.

Baker presented "Flagellar Regen-eration as a Model System," using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as the study organism. Garner's research interests focus on flow cytometric analyses of sperm, including determination of their functional status relative to viability, metabolic activity, acrosomal status and fertility. In addition to the fluorescent staining of sperm, he described the analysis of the stained sperm using a flow cytometer.

Teachers continue to discover the value of ASCB materials in making their jobs easier and more fun. Bob Blystone's website reviews remain popular, and this year, the Press Books published annually by the ASCB Public Information Committee were a "hot item" among meeting participants. In them, selected abstracts are presented for science writers, making the information readily accessible to teachers and students.

1995 ASCB teacher fellow Mary Gregory of Lincoln Park Academy in Ft. Pierce, Florida, was named one of the National Outstanding Biology Teachers recognized at the meeting. Gregory worked with ASCB member Shirley A. Pomponi of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI), studying marine invertebrate cell culture for drug discovery research. The pair developed the summer collaboration into a cooperative venture they call "Harborside", which facilitates the frequent interaction among teachers, students and scientists. HBOI staff members have provided guest lectures, discussions and supervision of hands-on student laboratory and field-work. Throughout the program, they serve as role models at a real workplace The Smith-sonian Institution is initiating a similar cooperative program based on the Harborside model.

Because the NABT meeting attracts a large regional audience, the ASCB continues to reach a new population of teachers each year.


Josiah Macy Jr., Foundation Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory

Woods Hole, Massachusetts

1999 Summer Fellowships sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation at the Marine Biological Laboratory are available to three minority junior or senior faculty members to pursue independent research projects at the MBL. A unique feature of these fellowships provides for each faculty member to select a student to accompany him or her in this research undertaking. These fellowships provide travel, housing, laboratory, and research expenses for investigators and students as well as a weekly stipend for students.

Application Deadline: January 15, 1999. Applications are reviewed by the MBL Fellowship Committee. Notification of decisions will be mailed by March 15, 1999.

For forms and additional information, please contact:

Fellowship Coordinator
Office of Research Administration
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015
Phone: (508) 289-7441, Fax: (508) 457-1924


Postdoctoral Associate Position, Cornell University

(molecular genetics, motor proteins in mitosis)

We now have available a minimum of two years of support (starting salary $23-24k annually, plus fringe benefits) for a Postdoctoral Associate. The primary responsibility will be to conduct molecular genetic research into the microtubule-associated motor proteins that generate mitotic forces in the ascomycete fungus, Nectria haematococca. We have cloned, sequenced and mutated cytoplasmic dynein, kinesin and two kinesin-related proteins (KRPs) and have studied the mitotic phenotypes of the dynein and kinesin mutants. Our present priorities are to obtain an additional dynein mutant, to localize microtubules and motor proteins in wild type in vivo using corresponding protein-GFP fusions, and to express the KRPs in E. coli and characterize their in vitro motility. The molecular work will be done under the supervision of Drs. B.G. Turgeon and O.C. Yoder, whereas Dr. J.R. Aist will supervise the microscopical analyses and experiments.

For further information, e-mail Dr. Aist. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and have three letters of recommendation sent by December 7, 1998, to Dr. James R. Aist, Department of Plant Pathology, 334 Plant Science Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.


International Symposium on Biochemical Roles of Eukaryotic Cell Surface Macromolecules

January 4-8, 1999
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore, India

Indian Institute of Science
Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced
Scientific Research
National Center for Biological Sciences

Scientific Program:
Cell-Adhesion, Development & Differentiation
Host-Pathogen Interactions
Glycosylation, Diseases and Cancer
Glycoproteins, Glycolipids and Proteoglycans
Protein-Carbohydrate Recognition
Integrins and Cellular Interactions
Membrane Structure, Organization and Fusion
Intracellular Trafficking
GPI-Anchored Proteins and Lipids
Receptors and Signaling
Photosynthesis and Oxidoreductases

For more information, contact Prof. A. Surolia, Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-560 012; Phone: 91-80-309-2714/-2389; Fax: 91-80-334-8535/-1683.


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WWW.Cell Biology Education

The ASCB Education Committee calls attention each month to several Websites of educational interest to the cell biology community. The Committee does not endorse nor guarantee the accuracy of the information at any of the listed sites. If you wish to comment on the selections or suggest future inclusions, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Profiles in Science
    This is a new and potentially very interesting site from the National Library of Medicine. Its purpose is to focus "on the major scientific achievements of the twentieth century." Currently the site has one entry and it is on Oswald Theodore Avery, "whose findings proved that genetic material is DNA." With the help of Joshua Lederberg, a collection of materials representing the life and science of Avery has been assembled. A number of applications and plug-ins are needed to view and interact with all the collected materials. Access to these aids is provided through the site. The materials are divided into six areas: biographical, early research, the discovery of the "transforming principle," the period after the discovery, photographs, and interviews. What makes this site so valuable to teaching is that it is organized to include material which a scientist would want to see. Ten entries from Avery's laboratory notebooks during the period 1940 to 1946 are included. The site has very high educational content and instructors can demonstrate to students how science works by mining the extensive materials found here. NLM initiative with this new project should be applauded and we all await new entries.
  • ACUBE's BioScene
    ACUBE is the Association of College and University Biology Educators, formally known as the Association of Midwestern College Biology Teachers. Their chief publication is BioScene, which now has a 23-year publication history. BioScene represents a collection of teaching ideas and experiences in undergraduate biology and it is now available on-line at this site. Titles of recent articles include: Teaching Cell Biology: Changing the Paradigm; A Simple Experimental Model to Isolate Antigenic Epitopes Recognized by Antibodies; Investigative Case Study Approach for Biology Learning; Ten Equations that Changed Biology: Mathematics in Problem-Solving Biology Curricula; Taking a Second Look; Investigating Biology with Visual Datasets; Paradigm Lost: The Human Chromosome Story; and A Problem-solving Approach to the Teaching of Evolution. Several ASCB members, including Bill Heidcamp, have published in this teaching journal. If you are looking for good teaching ideas including the area of cell and molecular biology, this might be the site for you.
  • Feminism and Science
    This site, maintained at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga by Kristin Switala, provides links and references to women in the sciences. A more than sixty-item bibliography gives references to publications involving women in science. Two useful links are provided: The Nobel Prize Internet Archive, featuring women laureates, and the HMS Beagle, which lists web resources for women scientists. Although not an extensive web site, this represents a good starting point for individuals who wish to explore the topic of women in science.
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man
    Again we return to the National Library of Medicine and its National Center for Biotechnology Information. This homepage provides a clear description of its function as follows: “This database is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders authored and edited by Dr. Victor A. McKusick and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, and developed for the World Wide Web by NCBI, the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The database contains textual information, pictures, and reference information. It also contains copious links to NCBI's Entrez database of MEDLINE articles and sequence information.” The site has a very robust search engine that can address a database, a gene map, and a morbid map. Links to various resources including the Human/Mouse Homology Map, the Human Gene Mutation Database are possible. This is both a wonderful research and teaching resource for Mendelian genetics.

These sites were checked November 11, 1998. Previous ASCB columns reviewing Educational WEB sites with the links to the sites may be found online.

--Robert Blystone for the ASCB Education Committee

National Institutes of Health


The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the nation';s leading organization responsible for cancer research, seeks a highly motivated individual to fill a senior scientist or science administrator position as the Director, Division of Cancer Biology (DCB). The incumbent will provide visionary leadership and must demonstrate a commitment to the NCI's program goals, priorities, and initiatives.

The Director of the DCB is responsible for formulating with the Director, NCI, the major policies of the National Cancer Program in cancer biology and cancer immunology including planning, directing, coordinating and evaluating a contract and grant-sponsored program of extramural basic and applied research. Included in this research is the study of biological and health effects of exposures to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and the role of chemical and physical agents, acting separately or together, or in combination with biological agents in the inhibition or promotion of cancer. Additionally, the Director of DCB is responsible for establishing program priorities, allocating resources, integrating the projects of the various branches, evaluating program effectiveness and representing the program area in management and scientific decision-making meetings with the Institute; as well as advising the Institute Director and other Institute staff on extramural research in cancer biology and associated areas of science of interest to the Institute.

The Director manages a budget of approximately $550 million, four major programmatic areas (seven branches) and oversees a staff of approximately 62. These programs are implemented through extramural grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, collaborative projects, and other activities. The Director serves as a member of the NCI Executive Committee and directs and provides leadership to the senior professional staff. Through presentations and personal interactions, the incumbent advises the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors, National Cancer Advisory Board, and the President's Cancer Panel of advances and changes within the overall program.

The qualified candidate must be an experienced Senior Scientist and/or Science Administrator with considerable experience and demonstrated recognition for achievements related to cancer biology research. The candidate must have extensive scientific expertise in the field of chemistry, biology, microbiology, or medicine; must be nationally recognized by the scientific community as an authority in basic cancer research, scientific administration and financial management of a multi-million dollar research program; and must have professional experience that has demonstrated successful program planning, implementation, development, and scientific administration of biomedical research programs. In addition to the duties outlined above, opportunities for continued personal direct participation in research may be provided through continued external collaborative efforts or by affiliation with an intramural unit of the NIH.

Senior Executive Service Appointments - ES-1 to ES-6 (Currently $106,412 to $125,900 including locality pay). A one-time lump-sum recruitment bonus of up to 25% of basic salary may be paid subject to approval. In addition, a Physician Comparability Allowance of up to $20,000 may be paid if applicable. Total compensation, however, may not exceed the maximum payable amount of $151,800.

Other Appointment Mechanisms and Incentives - May apply in individual circumstances based on experience and expertise with total salary and incentive compensation to be negotiated.

Benefits - Health and life insurance options, retirement, savings plans, paid holidays, and vacation and sick leave.

Applications will be accepted from all qualified persons, including PHS Commissioned Corps Officers and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility. The individual selected, if not presently in the SES, must serve a one-year probationary period.

Applicants must meet the qualifications requirements. Applicants will be further evaluated on the degree to which they possess these requirements. A copy of the requirements may be obtained by contacting Ms. Toni McKeown in the Human Resources Management and Consulting Branch, NCI, at (301) 402-2812. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain this information. A current curriculum vitae and bibliography must accompany all applications/resumes. Applications/resumes are to be postmarked to Ms. McKeown by January 22, 1999, at:

National Cancer Institute (vacancy announcement CA-98-2151)
Human Resources Management and Consulting Branch
6120 Executive Boulevard
EPS/Room 550, MSC-7211
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7211

All applicants will be given consideration without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation.


Radcliffe College and Harvard University Press
Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary
Call for Nominations

Volume V of Notable American Women will include essays on approximately 500-600 women who will have died between January 1, 1976 and January 1, 2000, with an expected publication date of 2003. This volume will follow the criteria for selection used in Notable American Women: The Modern Period (1980): 1) the subject’s influence on her times or field; 2) ability; 3) innovative or pioneering work; 4) relevance of her career for the history of women. We are actively soliciting suggestions of possible subjects for our extensive database, especially nominations reflecting the contributions of underdocumented groups, regions, or specialties. If you wish to nominate a subject (or subjects), please supply a short synopsis of her career and its importance, as well as basic bibliographic sources, both secondary and archival (if known). We also welcome the names of scholars who are interested in writing specific articles or serving as consultants for specialized fields.

Please address all communication to:
Susan Ware, Editor, Notable American Women, Volume Five, The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; (617) 496-0564.


1999 ASCB Annual Meeting
Program Suggestions Welcome


ASCB members who have suggestions for symposium or minisymposium topics and/or speakers for the 1999 ASCB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. are encouraged to submit them to Program Committee Chair David Drubin through the ASCB National Office.
Suggestions received by January 1 will be given careful consideration by the Program Committee.

Arousing the Fury of the Immune System:
New Ways to Boost the Body & Defenses

A new report from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute describes recent progress in understanding how the immune system deploys its billions of weapons against infection or cancer.


The free, 75-page publication also focuses on the 3-D shapes of immuno-logical molecules and on how impor-tant it is for scientists to actually see them. And it describes the new, "double-stick" molecules that are being designed to turn on certain genes upon command, thereby turning on and off the immune system at will.

For more information, contact the HHMI Office of Communications, 4000 Jones Bridge Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789.

Department of Developmental and Cell Biology School of Biological Sciences

University of California, Irvine
We seek applicants at the Assistant Professor level in the area of biological imaging. We especially encourage candidates who are developing or exploiting new approaches and technologies for imaging at the cellular and molecular levels, and whose research complements existing efforts in developmental biology and cell biology. The position, which is the first of a series to be filled as part of a school and campus-wide initiative in biological imaging, offers the opportunity to use and help develop shared research facilities including the Beckman Laser Institute and the Optical Biology Core. Successful applicants are expected to maintain an active, funded research program and participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Please submit a curriculum vitae, synopsis of research and teaching interests and three letters of reference to the Search Committee, Dept. of Developmental and Cell Biology, 5207 Bio Sci II, Univ. of California, Irvine, Irvine CA 92697-2300 by Jan 15, 1999.

UCI is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.


38th Annual ASCB Meeting Schedule Summary

Views of the Cell
Book Signing

Sunday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Booth #1229, Moscone Convention Center
Joseph Gall The Carnegie Institution of Washington

Meet the author of this beautiful and historic book depicting the pioneers of cell biology through their historic contributions, observations, and illustrations as depicted on the covers of Molecular Biology of the Cell in its first five years. Books will be offered for sale for $29.

Affirmative Action in the Biological Sciences:
Problems and Solutions

Wednesday, December 16, 12 Noon – 1:30 PM
Room 270, Moscone Convention Center

Elizabeth Blackburn
ASCB President
University of California, San Francisco

Yolanda Cruz, Oberlin College
Edward E. Penhoet, Chiron Corporation; University of California, Berkeley
Donella Wilson, The American Cancer Society

NSF Research Opportunities
in Cell Biology

Wednesday, December 16, 12 Noon – 1:30 PM
Room 300, Moscone Convention Center

Participating NSF staff:
Maryanna Henkart, Director, Division of
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Eve Barak, Program Director for Cell Biology
Jerry Cohen, Program Director for Cell Biology

Richard Rodewald, Program Director for Cell Biology
Barbara Zain, Program Director for Cell Biology

Staff from the National Science Foundation will provide information about research grant opportunities in cell biology and related biological sciences. Topics will include how the NSF reviews grant proposals and selects projects for awards; scientific areas and themes that are of particular interest to the NSF; types of awards available, including special programs of interest to the cell biology community (such as the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER); Research in Under-graduate Institutions (RUI); Small Grants for Explora-tory Research (SGER); Multi-User Instrumentation and Instrument Development; etc.), and advice on preparing proposals for submission to the NSF.

Biotech Symposium

Saturday, December 12, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Room 135, Moscone Convention Center

Insights into the Biotech World
Joan Brugge, Harvard Medical School

Genetics in a Postgenomic Era: Lessons from a Model System
Geoffrey Duyk, Exelixis Pharmaceuticals

Imparting Small-Molecule Control to Gene and Cell Therapies
Michael Gilman, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

Inflammation Signaling Pathways: New Targets for Drug Discovery
David Goeddel, Tularik, Inc.

Career Structure in Biomedical Science: Implications for Training & Trainees

Sunday, December 13, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Room 250, Moscone Convention Center

Frank Solomon
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Cummings
Marine Biological Laboratory

Elizabeth Marincola
The American Society for Cell Biology

J. Richard McIntosh
University of Colorado

The Panel will discuss the results and implications of the ASCB Career Survey and the recently released National Research Council’s report, Trends in the Early Careers of Life Scientists.

The Practice of Science Series
Sharing Science
Monday, December 14, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Room 102, Moscone Convention Center

Keith Yamamoto
University of California, San Francisco

John Barton
Stanford Law School

Douglas Hanahan
University of California, San Francisco

Jeffrey Labovitz
University of California, San Francisco

Have you ever been stymied in doing an experiment because a reagent, cell line or data base that you request from another investigator can be obtained only after protracted negotiations and voluminous forms pass between your two institutions? Commercial rights and potential financial benefits have become strong considerations in the sharing of scientific information and in providing access to research tools. What’s the proper balance between free exchange of scientific materials and protecting their potential for application and profit? Should the NIH regulate the dissemination of research tools and enforce sanctions against violators? Can university technology management offices avoid delays to research while serving the interests of competing companies, anxious administrations and entrepreneurial faculty? Keith Yamamoto (UCSF) will moderate a panel that will include John Barton (Stanford Law School), Doug Hanahan (UCSF) and Jeffrey Labovitz (UCSF). But in the tradition of all Practice of Science sessions at ASCB, your questions and comments will be central features of the program.

Sponsored by the ASCB Public Policy Committee

Demonstration Study Section

Tuesday, December 15
12 Noon – 1:30 PM

Room 130
Moscone Convention Center

The Demonstration Study Section will be moderated by Anthony Carter, Scientific Review Administrator at the Center for Scientific Review of the NIH. Actual study section members will review grants to demonstrate the review process; there will be an opportunity for questions & answers. This year the focus will be on a new RO1, a resubmitted RO1 and a postdoc grant.

Career Panel
Tuesday, December 15, 12 Noon – 1:30 PM
Room 130, Moscone Convention Center

Frank Solomon
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dan Curtis, Exelixis Pharmaceuticals
Ray Deshaies, California Institute of Technology
Carol Francis, Bozicevic and Reed
Sharon Hayes, Office of Congressman Vernon Ehlers
Linda Silveira, University of Redlands
David Speiser, McKinsey & Company

Each of the panelists recently began an independent career after training in cell biology. Remarks and audience discussion will include: how they found their current job, how they would suggest preparing for a job search, what about their training turned out to be relevant, and what their job is like on a daily basis.

Congress 101: How to Talk Science with your Representative and Why
Tuesday, December 15
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Room 270
Moscone Convention Center

A leader in science will be paired with his or her own Congressional Representative to lead a lively discussion with attendees about the nexus between Congress and science. Issues to be addressed include:

  • What do Members of Congress understand about science?
  • What should Members of Congress understand about science?
  • How do I approach my Representative?
  • What should I expect my Representative to do for me?
  • What can I do to support my Representative?
  • How can I most effectively influence Congressional support for biomedical research?
  • How can I help my Representative become an advocate for biomedical research?

Most of the time will be designated for audience discussion; everyone is encouraged to attend and participate. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the ASCB Public Policy Committee

An Evolutionary Perspective for the Next Century of Cell Biologists
Tuesday, December 15, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Room 102, Moscone Convention Center

Marc Kirschner
Harvard Medical School

John Gerhart University of California, Berkeley

Paul Sternberg
The California Institute of Technology

Julie Theriot
Stanford University

Günter Wagner
Yale University

The panelists will discuss the “big problems” in cell biology that emerge from evolutionary studies, consider what problems in evolution can be approached by cell and developmental biology, and ask if the techniques to approach these problems exist. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Careers Discussion Lunch/WICB Awards
Monday, December 14, 12 Noon – 2:00 PM
Room 103, Moscone Convention Center

(by preregistration only)

Christine Guthrie University of California, San Francisco

Daphne Preuss University of Chicago

Christine Guthrie of the University of California, San Francisco and Daphne Preuss of the University of Chicago will receive the Senior and Junior Awards of the ASCB Women in Cell Biology Committee for 1998. Guthrie will receive the Senior Award. She is being recognized for her pioneering contributions to the understanding of the structure and function of yeast small nuclear RNAs, as well as for her sustained guidance of students and junior colleagues. Preuss, who will receive the Junior Award, is cited for her promise to the field of cell biology, in particular for developing immunoelectron microscopy of yeast cells and for defining the plant centromere.

The Careers Discussion Lunch will follow brief presentations of the WICB Awards. Participants will meet informally for roundtable discussions on issues of importance to cell biologists in various stages of their careers. The conversations will be moderated by individuals who have experience in various professional areas or with particular issues. The sponsoring committees envision this session as an excellent way to disseminate practical information on career choices, to discuss strategies for effectively developing a career, to make contacts with others who share career interests and concerns and to enjoy a collegial lunch.

Sponsored by the ASCB Education and Women in Cell Biology Committees

Minorities Affairs Committee
E.E. Just Lecture
Sunday, December 13
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Room 102
Moscone Convention Center

Eloy Rodriguez
Cornell University

Exploring the African and Amazonian
Rainforest for Novel Cytotoxins and

Public Service Award & Address
Sunday, December 13
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Room 270
Moscone Convention Center

J. Michael Bishop
University of California,
San Francisco

E.B. Wilson Medal Presentations & Addresses
Sunday, December 13, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Room 103, Moscone Convention Center

James Darnell The Rockefeller University
Sheldon Penman The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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