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ASCB Newsletter - July 2002

Lodish Named President-Elect

Goldstein to Serve Second Term on Executive Committee; Bretscher, Horwitz, Howell, Schwarzbauer, Shaw Elected to Council

Harvey Lodish of the Whitehead Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was elected by the ASCB membership to serve as Society President in 2004. He will succeed Suzanne Pfeffer who will serve as President in 2003.

Larry Goldstein of the University of California, San Diego, was re-elected Secretary, and will start a second three-year term in 2003.

Elected from among 10 candidates for Council are Tony Bretscher of Cornell University, Rick Horwitz of the University of Virginia, Kathryn Howell of the University of Colorado, Jean Schwarzbauer of Princeton University and Janet Shaw of the University of Utah.

3,324 of 7,278 eligible members voted in the ASCB’s electronic balloting, representing 46% of the voting membership, an 11% increase over last year.


WICB Publishes Career Book

The ASCB Women in Cell Biology Committee is publishing a compilation of selected WICB columns from the ASCB Newsletter. The volume, Career Advice for Life Scientists, will be released next month.

Funding from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health will enable the Society to make the book widely available. Free copies of Career Advice for Life Scientists for ASCB members (one per person) will be available at the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco in December. The book is also available upon request from the ASCB (order at www.ascb.org ) for $4 per book (U.S.)/ $10 (international airmail), for shipping & handling. Career Advice for Life Scientists will be accessible in PDF.


Wanted: T-Shirt Slogan

The ASCB welcomes member suggestions for clever tag lines for its 2002 tshirt. Past lines include “Cell La Vie,” “To Thine Own Cell Be True,” “Cellebrate Science” and “Cells are Life: the Rest is Just Detail.”

Submitter of a selected slogan will receive free t-shirts for their immediate family and recognition in the ASCB Newsletter.

Cellular images to be featured on a t-shirt or other ASCB products are also welcomed. Submit suggestions or images to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Talamantes to Give E.E. Just Lecture

Frank Talamantes of the University of California, Santa Cruz has been named to give the E.E. Just Lecture at the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Talamantes’ research is on biochemical endocrinology focusing on the endocrine function of the placenta, hormonal control of mammary carcinogenesis and the structure and regulation of expression of the growth hormone receptor.

Talamantes received his BA in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, his MA in Biology from Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, Texas, and his Ph.D. in endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a faculty member at UC Santa Cruz since 1974, and was appointed Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at UCSC in 2000.

The Just Lecture, sponsored by the ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee, is named in memory of Ernest Everett Just, an early 20th century black zoologist. Talamantes will deliver the ninth annual Just Lecture on Monday, December 16.


Bernfield Memorial Contributors

The Society is grateful to the following donors who helped establish the ASCB-Merton Bernfield Award. Other contributors were listed in the May and June issues of the ASCB Newsletter.

Division of Emergency Medicine—Children’s Hospital, Boston

Douglas Koshland

Helen Christou

Up To $99
David Epel
Susan & Louis Kunkel


2002 WICB Committee Membership

Zena Werb (Chair)
Maureen Brandon
Virginetta Cannon
Daniela Corda
Caroline Kane
Leslie Leinwand
Elizabeth Marincola
Manuela Martins-Green
Sandra Masur
Randy Schekman
Jean Schwarzbauer
W. Sue Shafer
Vivian Siegel
Pamela Silver
Roger Sloboda
Marcia Steinberg
Mary Ann Stepp
Julie Theriot
Thea Tlsty
Leana Topper
Sue Wick
Yixian Zheng


WICB Meets In San Francisco

The Women in Cell Biology Committee held its Spring meeting in San Francisco. Discussion included:

ASCB Annual Meeting Career Options & Issues Lunch.
New topics for this year are: Collaborations and Authorship, Preparing for Promotion, Setting up your First Laboratory and Gay and Lesbian Issues.

ASCB Annual Meeting Evening Program.
WICB members Caroline Kane and Virginetta Cannon are organizing an interactive roleplay on Advancement in Your Career: How to Negotiate in Your Job Hunts and How to Navigate Promotion. The event is scheduled for Monday, December 16 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., beginning with presentation of the 2002 ASCB/WICB Junior & Senior Awards.

ASCB Annual Meeting Saturday Workshop.
A two-hour workshop will be held on promoting women in science in 2003. WICB member Manuela Martins-Green will coordinate the program.

ASCB Newsletter WICB Column.
The Committee is actively seeking a column Editor.

Career Publication.
A new publication, Career Advice for Life Scientists, will be a compilation of selected WICB Columns. Sponsorship of the volume has been provided by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Healt

Speakers Bureau.
The goal of the Bureau is to increase the representation of women on meeting programs, editorial boards, etc.

WICB Junior and Senior Awards.
The Committee determined to make the nomination deadline for future years’ awards earlier, so the Committee can discuss candidates at its Spring meeting.

How to Get a Research Job in Academia and Industry.
The Committee is in the process of updating and rewriting the popular publication to be available for distribution at the 2002 meeting.

Sue Shafer reported on progress since the AXXS’99 meeting held in conjunction to the ASCB 39th Annual Meeting. AXXS information is accessible through the WICB page.


MAC Sets Challenges for the Future

At the recent Minorities Affairs Committee meeting, incoming chair Donella Wilson focused on goals for the next three years. The MAC hopes to continue to effect minority representation on all ASCB committees to fully integrate minorities into Society programs and governance. Wilson expressed gratification at progress toward the goal through current minority representation on Council, and the Education, Nominating, Public Information and Women in Cell Biology committees.

The MAC reviewed over 15 programs and events. Financial support for most of MAC’s programs is through a Minority Access to Research Careers grant from the NIGMS/NIH; a competitive renewal will be submitted in 2004. The Committee is exploring ways to demonstrate the value of its currently funded programs and to develop compelling new proposals. Additional funding sources will be sought for programs not eligible for MARC support.

Promotion of MAC programs and encouragement of minority students and faculty in all aspects of cell biology has been effected through regional meetings, the Just/Garcia/Hill

Science Web Site, MACfunded Linkage Institutions, the Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. The MAC funded thirteen minority scientists to attend the Histochemical Society Workshop last Summer at the University of Washington. The Committee also seeks to strengthen relationships with the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and teaching institutions that serve underrepresented minority students and faculty through Committee members as well as the National Institute on Aging and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

New directions for the MAC were discussed, including expanding the number of national laboratories with which the Committee is affiliated, and expansion of the Linkage Fellows Program to include more Minority Serving Institutions. The Committee also determined to revitalize the “Super MAC” (a coalition of scientific societies), provide ASCB Annual Meeting travel support for undergraduate faculty and their students who are not presenting abstracts, and continue development of the ASCB-MAC website.

Wilson encouraged Committee members to become informed on minority pipeline issues. J.K. Haynes reported on pipeline data from the National Science Foundation1 and the National Academy of Sciences. Degree completion in science and engineering by underrepresented groups increased significantly in the 1990s. In 1993, for the first time, more Black women than men received Ph.D.s; this crossover occurred for Hispanics in 1999, and the trend continues. Of total Ph.D.s in science and engineering that decade, awards to Blacks have increased from 2.4% to 4.1%. Similar gains were noted for Hispanics and Native Americans.

National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies, Science and Engineering Doctorate Awards: 1999, NSF 01-314, Susan T. Hill (Arlington, VA 2001).

National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Science and Engineering Indicators–2002, NSB 02-01 [April 2002], (Arlington, VA )


2002 MAC Committee Membership

Donella Wilson (Chair)
J.K. Haynes (Vice Chair)
Renato Aguilera
Virginetta Cannon
Daniel Chavez
Maria Corena
Wilfred Denetclaw
Anthony DePass
William R. Eckberg
Paul Fernandes
Vincent Hollis
Raquell Holmes
Sandra Murray
Laura Robles
Alexis J. Rodriguez


MAC at the Annual Meeting

The MAC Mentoring Symposium, “Climbing the Career Ladder,” will be held Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. at the 42nd ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Enrique M. De La Cruz of Yale University will be the featured speaker. He will describe his journey from undergraduate to professor. A panel of ASCB members will discuss “Rungs of the Career Ladder.”

The Program will include breakout sessions and a networking lunch, and will be followed by the MAC poster competition and reception.



The ASCB is grateful to the following member who has given a gift to support Society activities:

Jan DeMey


Members In The News

Public Policy Committee Chair Paul Berg, an ASCB member since 1994, received the first Alan Cranston Living Legend Award. The Award is sponsored by the Alliance for Aging Research and named after the late Senator, a California Democrat.

Stephen Carmichael of the Mayo Clinic, an ASCB member since 1976 , was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Anatomy, the journal of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the British Association of Clinical Anatomists.

Stephen Elledge of the Baylor College of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, an ASCB member since 1993, received the 2002 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology.

H. Robert Horvitz of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, an ASCB member since 1988, received the first annual Wiley Prize in the Biomedical Sciences from John Wiley & Sons Publishers.

Roger Y. Tsien of the University of California, San Diego and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, an ASCB member since 1987, was awarded the 2002 American Chemical Society’s Award for Creative Invention.



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