Postdoctoral Position available to study the genetics and biochemistry of peroxisomal protein import, peroxisome biogenesis or per-oxisome turnover by autophagy. Qualified candidates should possess either a PhD and/or MD. A strong background in cell biol-ogy and/or yeast genetics is desirable. Recent reviews: Rachubinski, R., Subramani, S., How proteins penetrate peroxisomes. Cell, 83: 525-528 (1995); Subramani, S. PEX genes on the rise. Nature Genetics, 15: 331-333 (1997); Subramani, S., Components involved in peroxisome import, biogenesis, proliferation, turnover and movement, Physiol. Rev. 78:171-188 (1998). Please send CV, a description of research experience and names of three references to Suresh Subramani, Professor, Dept of Biology, Room 3230 Bonner Hall, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA 92093-0322. Phone (619) 534-2327; Fax (619) 534-0053; Email EOE/AA.
Smooth Muscle Biologists Call for Proposals
|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 Robert Blystone.
These sites were checked June 1, 1998. Previous ASCB columns reviewing Educational Web sites with links to the sites may be found on the ASCB website or at trinity.edu
--Robert Blystone for the ASCB Education Committee
|ASCB Annual Meeting Call|
The 1998 ASCB Call for Abstracts was mailed last month to all ASCB members. The ASCB Annual Meeting will be from the December 12-16, in San Francisco.
The call for Abstracts may also be accessed on the ASCB Website.
Special events at the Annual Meeting will include career programs, "Congress 101", a scientific writing workshops, several sessions to familiarize attendees with NIH peer review, and the ASCB Social at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Electronic abstract submitters receive a $10 submission fee discount.
The abstract submission deadline is August 3.
|Education Committee Expands Role With Postdocs|
Frank Solomon chaired the Education Committee meeting held in Boston on May 23, attended by Committee members Robert Blood- good, Robert Blystone, Sarah Elgin, Elizabeth Gavis, Mary Lee Ledbetter, Roger Sloboda, and Christopher Watters, and ASCB staffers Elizabeth Marincola and Dot Doyle; Paul Matsudaira made a presentation on the Methods in Cell Biology series.
Solomon and Marincola discussed the implications of the ASCB member career survey conducted in 1997, and how the EdComm might best address some of the issues it raises. The survey data indicate that scientists at all stages of the profession find that the transition from training to independence has become increasingly difficult. From this situation arises the need to identify multiple career possibilities for trainees.
The Committee discussed ways to evaluate the efficacy of present graduate training for the jobs trainees are likely to fill. Plans were developed for a forum at the ASCB Annual Meeting in December, featuring young people from various career sectors who have effected successful transitions from trainee to independent researcher. The program would provide a forum to highlight education and training critical to career development. It is hoped that such an event would encourage young people to seek the exposure they need, and -- in the long term -- influence the shape of graduate training programs.
Matsudaira reported that four Methods volumes were published in 1997; in 1998, one volume has been published and four additional volumes are in production. He indicated that recruiting editors is the limiting factor in producing volumes.
The Committee suggested that a genetics editor as well as a cytoskeleton editor be appointed for the cytoskeleton volume, that a second Chlamydomonas volume be planned, and that Academic Press provide copies of the new Methods volumes for review at the EdComm/ MAC booth as well as in the Exhibit Hall at the ASCB Annual Meeting.
Marincola reported that a commitment to fund the production of a second edition of Opportunities & Adventures in Cell Biology had been obtained from SmithKline Beecham with the help of Richard Hynes who had contacted ASCB member George Poste, Chief Scientific Officer for SKB (see page 2). The Committee supported Marincola's suggestion that a science writer and graphic designer be retained to produce the second edition.
Solomon reported that Bruce Alberts had agreed for the award for distinguished contributions in science education be named in his honor; the Committee reaffirmed that by conferring the Award, it would provide visible models and validate the importance of science education in the community of basic researchers. The Award announcement appeared in the June issue of the ASCB Newsletter.
The Award will be presented by Alberts during an Education Initiative Forum at the 1998 Annual Meeting, and the recipient will be asked to describe his or her contributions to science education.
Watters proposed three programs for the Education Initiative Forum, leaving the fourth slot for the new Alberts Award, to be presented on Sunday, December 13. The other three proposed sessions are:
Ongoing Committee activities were reviewed:
The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) solicits the names of ASCB members interested in helping to plan MAC activities as well as to provide comments and suggestions about current or future MAC programs.
Please send comments and suggestions to:
|ASCB Supports Ground, Not Space Research|
Steven Harrison of Harvard, Anthony Mahowald of the University of Chicago, Elliot Meyerowitz of Cal Tech, Christopher Somerville of Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution, and Andrew Staehelin of the University of Colorado.
The Committee's recommendations were adopted without modification by the governing Council and became Society policy in June.
The policy supports many of NASA's ground- based programs, especially in plant biology, the cell and developmental biology of the vestibular system, evolutionary biology and “origins of life” investigation, and environmental sciences. But it is sharply critical of many of NASA's space-based programs, underscoring the greater standard of scientific interest that should be satisfied to justify the exorbitant and difficult-to-control nature of research in space. Specifically, the Society calls for the abolition of the space- based crystallography program, claiming that “no serious contributions to knowledge of protein structure or to drug discovery or design have yet been made in space.”
SmithKline Beecham to Fund Education Brochure
SmithKline Beecham has announced a gift of $50,000 for the redesign and publication of the popular ASCB publication, Opportunity and Adventure in Cell Biology.
The ASCB receives thousands of requests annually from students, teachers, parents and counselors for information about cell biology. The “Opps” brochure, which is targeted to a high school and lay public audience, was designed to respond to such inquiries and is also distributed to school career offices, science fairs, and through exhibits such as at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Society Sponsorship Requirement Dropped to One
The modified sponsorship requirement is effective immediately.
WICB Conforms to Society Committee Structure
MAC Receives MARC Support
The Minorities Access to Research Careers (MARC) grant, which is a continuation of a 1996 grant, will enable the continuation of previously established MAC programs: travel awards to the ASCB Annual Meeting and the Histochemical Society Workshop; course support for students at the Friday Harbor Laboratory at the University of Washington and the Marine Biological Laboratory; Visiting Professorship awards; and, in association with the ASCB Annual Meeting, the Special Saturday Workshop, the E. E. Just Lecture and the EdComm/ MAC Booth (see MAC Affirms Mission and Objectives)
MAC Announces Travel Awards for Histochemical Society Workshop
Minorities Affairs Committee Affirms Missions and Objectives
The Committee approved a MAC Mission Statement (see Mission Statement).
Marincola reported that 1% of respondents on the ASCB member career survey identified themselves as black and 2% as Hispanic. Hall commented that the number of underrepresented minorities receiving advanced degrees in science has not increased significantly in years and that the recent trend away from affirmative action in college and university admissions policies will further drive down that trend. He also registered his objection to the use of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as an admissions screening tool, claiming that it is biased against minorities and that it is only a weak indicator of scholarly success.
Committee members reviewed the MAC Web Site and suggested improvements to the index and that a brief biosketch of MAC Committee members be included. Links with the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Friday Harbor Laboratories will be initiated.
The Committee recognized the need to increase the applicant pool for many of its programs. To better promote opportunities offered by the Society and the MAC, each Committee member was assigned a group of Historically Black Colleges and University with which to develop improved communication.
The Committee reviewed the following MAC activities:
The Undergraduate Summer Program listings will be updated in the fall; copies will be made available at the EdComm/ MAC Booth at this year's Annual Meeting. Asection on pharmaceutical companies and international programs will be added.
The Minority Action Committee (SuperMAC) plans to meet in November and will continue development of the minority database.
Members In The News
Gerald Fischbach, ASCB member since 1990, has been appointed Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the NIH. Fischbach has been Chair of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.