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ASCB Newsletter - February 2002

Program Announcement for the 42nd ASCB Annual Meeting

Gary Borisy, President; John Cooper, Program Chair; Patricia Calarco, Local Arrangements Chair

Keynote Symposium: Opportunities & Challenges in Cell Biology Saturday, December 14 6:00 pm

  • Steven M. Block Stanford University Bioterrorism
  • R. Alta Charo University of Wisconsin Law School Bioethics
  • Ron McKay National Institutes of Health Stem Cell Biology
  • Andrew W. Murray Harvard University Cell Biology in the Era of Genomics


Sunday, December 15—8:00 am Nuclear Trafficking and Dynamics
Ian G. Macara, University of Virginia
David Spector, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Joan A. Steitz, Yale University

Sunday, December 15—10:30 am How Cells Interact with Each Other
Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University
David A. Cheresh, Scripps Research Institute
Peter Devreotes, The Johns Hopkins University

Monday, December 16—8:00 am Cell Biology of Cancer
Douglas Hanahan, University of California, San Francisco
Jeffrey Trent, National Institutes of Health
Terry A. Van Dyke, University of North Carolina

Monday, December 16—10:30 am Inheritance of Organelles
Susan Dutcher, Washington University
N. Ronald Morris, RW Johnson Medical School
Lois S. Weisman, University of Iowa

Tuesday, December 17—8:00 am Chromatin and Chromosomes
C. David Allis, University of Virginia
Kerry S. Bloom, University of North Carolina
Marjori Matzke, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, December 17—10:30 am Cell Division: New Paradigms for Regulation of Timing and Size
Greenfield Sluder, University of Massachusetts
Michael Tyers, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute
Mitsuhiro Yanagida, Kyoto University

Wednesday, December 18—8:00 am Cell Polarization and Directional Motility
Anthony Bretscher, Cornell University
Ruth Lehmann, New York University
Frederick Maxfield, Cornell University

Wednesday, December 18—10:30 am Signal Transduction Pathways in Development
Gail R. Martin, University of California, San Francisco
Randall T. Moon, University of Washington
Alex Schier, New York University


Are You A Post-Doc? Do You Care How the ASCB Meets Your Needs?

You are hereby cordially invited to participate in an Interim ad hoc Sub-Committee on Postdoctoral Training.

Come help the ASCB better serve the needs of its postdoctoral members! The Education Committee of the ASCB has endorsed the formation of an ad hoc Sub-Committee on Postdoctoral Training to aid the ASCB in promoting the quality of training of postdoctoral fellows. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in postdoctoral affairs on a national level as well as a chance to contribute to the educational mission of the ASCB. All postdoctoral members of the ASCB are invited to participate in this interim ad hoc Sub-Committee by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your affiliation, telephone and FAX numbers, and your e-mail address. This information will be used only to contact you regarding the work of the Sub-Committee. Please indicate whether you would be interested in helping directly with the organization of the Sub-Committee, or simply wish to be informed of its work and participate in surveys.


Minisymposium Topics & Co-Chairs

Minisymposia will be scheduled eight each afternoon, Sunday through Wednesday of the Annual Meeting. Four additional speakers for each minisymposium will be selected by the co-chairs from among abstract submissions. The schedule will be announced in September. See www.ascb.org for more information.

Apoptosis and Cellular Senescence
Barbara Osborne, University of Massachusetts
Kristin White, Harvard Medical School

Cell Biology of Angiogenesis
Nancy Boudreau, University of California, San Francisco
Joseph Madri, Yale University

Cell-Cell Junctions
Eric Beyer, University of Chicago
Sandra Citi, University of Geneva

Cell Cycle Regulation
Orna Cohen-Fix, National Institutes of Health/NIDDK
Dannel McCollum, University of Massachusetts

Cell Junctions and Signal Transduction
Barry Gumbiner, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Susan LaFlamme, Albany Medical College

Cell Migration
John Condeelis, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Anna Huttenlocher, University of Wisconsin

Cell Polarity: Establishment & Maintenance
Erfei Bi, University of Pennsylvania School
Elisabeth Knust, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf

Computational Approaches to Cell Biology
Gaudenz Danuser, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
George Oster, University of California, Berkeley

Control of Growth, Size and Shape
Suzanne Baker, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Martin Raff, University College London Cytokinesis
Fred Chang, Columbia University
John White, University of Wisconsin

Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Living Cells
Inke Näthke, University of Dundee
John Vic Small, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Cytoskeletal Motors
Richard Cheney, University of North Carolina
Richard Vallee, Columbia University

Cytoskeletal Processes During Development
Susan Strome, Indiana University
William Theurkauf, University of Massachusetts

Sandra Lemmon, Case Western Reserve University
Mark Marsh, University College London

ECM Molecules and their Receptors
Elizabeth Lord, University of California, Riverside
E. Helene Sage, Hope Heart Institute

Extracellular Matrix and Cancer
Hynda Kleinman, National Institutes of Health/NIDR
James McCarthy, University of Minnesota

Integrin Signaling
Jun-Lin Guan, Cornell University
Richard Klemke, Scripps Research Institute

Mechanisms of Cell Signaling
Lewis Cantley, Harvard Medical School
Peter Pryciak, University of Massachusetts

Meiosis and Germ Cells
R. Scott Hawley, Stowers Institute
Anne Villeneuve, Stanford University

Microbial Pathogenesis
Vojo Deretic, University of New Mexico
Michele Swanson, University of Michigan

Mitotic Spindle Assembly and Function
Rebecca Heald, University of California, Berkeley
Tim Yen, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Nuclear Structure and Function
Wendy Bickmore, Medical Research Council, UK
Sui Huang, Northwestern University

Nucleocytoplasmic Trafficking
Larry Gerace, Scripps Research Institute
Maureen Powers, Emory University

Organelle Biogenesis and Inheritance
Benjamin Glick, University of Chicago
Judith Klumperman, Utrecht University Medical Center

Protein Folding and Quality Control in the ER
Jeffrey Brodsky, University of Pittsburgh
Linda Hendershot, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Rafts and Other Membrane Microdomains
Pico Caroni, Friedrich Miescher Institute
Martin Hemler, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Regulation of Cytoskeleton Assembly
Lynne Cassimeris, Lehigh University
Tatyana Svitkina, Northwestern University

RNA Localization and Dynamics
Anita Hopper, Pennsylvania State University
Mary Lou King, University of Miami

Signaling and Cell Proliferation
Jonathan Cooper, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Sarah Spiegel, Virginia Commonwealth University

Signaling and Development
Jan Christian, Oregon Health Science University
Janet Heasman, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati

Stem Cells
Emanuela Gussoni, Children’s Hospital, Boston
James Sherley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Vesicle Trafficking
Juan Bonifacino, National Institutes of Health/NICHD
Carolyn Machamer, The Johns Hopkins University


Ubiquitin Focus of ASCB Summer Meeting

Increasing evidence suggests that ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins regulate cell functions by mechanisms that are independent of proteasome-mediated degradation. Some of the most exciting current work in the ubiquitin field is in the area of monoubiquitination—a modification that seldom targets substrates to proteasomes.

The emerging roles of monoubiquitination and ubiquitin-like proteins squarely place these modifiers within processes of central interest to cell biologists, including the endocytosis of growth factor receptors, protein transport, intracellular signaling, the inflammatory response, viral assembly, development, gene regulation, and DNA repair.

The fundamental importance of ubiquitin, its newly appreciated relevance to disease, and the existence of a growing community of researchers who have discovered a nontraditional role for ubiquitin or a UbL in their favorite cell biological process, make it timely and important to convene an international meeting that focuses on non-proteasome-dependent functions of ubiquitin and its relatives.

The first in a new series of annual ASCB summer meetings, Nontraditional Functions of Ubiquitin and Ubiquitin-like Proteins, will focus on newly discovered functions, with little coverage of proteasomal proteolysis. The meeting will be organized along the lines of the very successful Gordon Research Conferences, in encouraging the presentation of recent unpublished results and fostering close interactions among participants. Beginning on Sunday evening, August 11 with a mixer for conference participants, the meeting will be divided into five sessions held in the mornings and evenings from Monday, August 12, through Wednesday, August 14. Monday and Tuesday afternoons will be open for informal discussions, poster sessions, and recreational activities.

In addition to co-chairs Linda Hicke and Cecile Pickart, fourteen speakers are confirmed for the program. The organizers will also choose approximately twelve platform speakers from submitted abstracts. Meeting participants are encouraged but not required to submit abstracts. To be considered for a talk, the abstract deadline is March 15. For poster presentations the deadline is June 7. Registration deadline is June 1 or until filled.


Member Memorial Award

Members are encouraged to memorialize colleagues by making a gift in any amount to support the ASCB Member Memorial Award. A competitively selected Award winner is named annually from among outstanding students and post-docs attending the Society’s Annual Meeting.

The membership is notified of gifts received through the ASCB Newsletter, and family of the deceased is notified by letter. Families will learn that contributions received will support a young person in the field.

The American Society for Cell Biology is a nonprofit 501 (C) 3 organization. A collection of member obituaries is available online.


ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee Summer 2002 Opportunities

The Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA) Financial support for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young investigators to attend summer courses. See http://courses.mbl.edu

Friday Harbor Laboratories (University of Washington, Seattle, WA) Financial support for undergraduate and graduate students to attend courses. See http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/blinkschol.html

Cold Spring Harbor. Financial Support to attend Technical Workshops. Contact the ASCB MAC for additional information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Histochemical Society Workshop. Travel Awards to attend the Workshop, July 18 – 21, 2002.

These programs are funded through a grant from the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program of the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences. U.S. citizens and permanent residents of African American, American Indian, Chicano/ Hispanic or Pacific Island (Guam, Samoa, the Philippines) ethnicity are eligible for these awards.


Visiting Professorship Program

The purpose of the Awards, provided through a grant from the Minorities Access to Research Careers (MARC) program of the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences is to support research at primarily teaching institutions that serve minority students and scientists.

The program will provide research support for professors at minority-serving institutions to work in the laboratories of members of the American Society for Cell Biology for an eightto ten-week period during the summer of 2002.

Women and minority professors and professors in colleges and universities with a high minority enrollment are especially encouraged to apply for this award. Applicants must by U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. The host scientist must be a member of the ASCB or have submitted a membership application. Application forms may be downloaded from the ASCB MAC page.

Program descriptions, photos and comments of previous awardees are online.


Call for Proposals Summer Meeting Series

All ASCB members, individually or in teams, are invited to submit proposals to organize the second in a new series of summer meetings, to be held in 2003. The three-day meeting will host about 200 participants.

Topics should be novel (e.g., combining fields that don’t traditionally meet together, or focusing on an emerging area) and include:

  • a one-page summary of the scientific substance of the meeting;
  • names of 3-10 potential speakers (confirmation need not be obtained in advance);
  • CVs of proposed lead organizers.

Submit proposals to the American Society for Cell Biology, 8120 Woodmont Ave., Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Application deadline is July 1. Some participation in fundraising may be required of organizers. Meeting dates and site to be determined by the Society in consultation with the organizer(s).


MBC Welcomes New Associate Editors

Molecular Biology of the Cell Editor-in-Chief Keith Yamamoto has announced the appointment of New Associate Editors to the MBC Editorial Board, effective January 1, 2002.

  • Rick Assoian University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Cori Bargmann University of California, San Francisco
  • Anthony Bretscher Cornell University
  • Reid Gilmore University of Massachusetts Medical Center
  • Mark Ginsberg The Scripps Research Institute
  • Keith Mostov University of California, San Francisco
  • Allan Spradling The Carnegie Institution of Washington


  Member Memorial Award For Graduate Students and PostDoctoral Fellows

The ASCB invites nominations for the Member Memorial Award for 2002. The Award was established with member donations in memory of deceased colleagues. The winner will be selected on merit and will receive financial support for the 42nd ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The student or post-doc or their advisor should submit a one-page research statement, a list of publications if any, and the advisor’s letter of recommendation. Post-docs may also submit the recommendation of their graduate student advisor.

Application deadline is August 1. Submit applications to the ASCB Member Memorial Award Selection Committee, 8120 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814, or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Duplicate applications from graduate students may be submitted for the Gilula and Member Memorial Awards.


Norton B. Gilula Award For Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The ASCB invites nominations for the Norton B. Gilula Award for 2002. The Award was established in memory of longtime Society member and Journal of Cell Biology Editor-in-Chief Norton B. “Bernie” Gilula. The winner will be selected on merit and will receive financial support for the 42nd ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The Award is funded by an annual grant from the Rockefeller University Press

The student or advisor should submit a one-page research statement, a list of publications if any, and the advisor’s letter of recommendation.

Application deadline is August 1. Submit applications to the ASCB Gilula Award Selection Committee, 8120 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Duplicate applications from graduate students may be submitted for the Gilula and Member Memorial Awards.


Call for Nominations WICB Career Recognition Awards

The WICB Committee recognizes outstanding achievements in cell biology by presenting two Career Recognition Awards at the ASCB Annual Meeting. The Junior Award is given to a woman in an early stage of her career (assistant professor or equivalent) who has made exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology and exhibits the potential for continuing a high level of scientific endeavor while fostering the career development of young scientists. The Senior Award is given to a woman or man in a later career stage (full professor or equivalent) whose outstanding scientific achievements are coupled with a long-standing record of support for women in science and by mentorship of both men and women in scientific careers.

To submit a nomination for a 2002 Career Recognition Award, please provide: for the Senior Award, a letter of nomination, curriculum vitae of the candidate and a maximum of 5 letters of support; for the Junior Award, a letter of nomination, curriculum vitae of the candidate, and a maxiumum of 3 letters of support. A complete packet of materials should be sent to Trina Armstrong at the ASCB National Office: 8120 Woodmont Ave., Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nominations must be received by July 1.


Members In The News

Marvin Cassman, Director of the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences and an ASCB member since 1996, has announced his resignation from the NIGMS to become Director of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research in San Francisco.


Grants & Opportunities

WISC Research Program and Grants. The American Association for the Advancement of Science seeks applicants with recent doctoral degrees for its Women’s International Science Collaboration Program 2001-2003. Application deadline is July 15.

National Organization for Rare Disorders is accepting applications for clinical research of Hallervorden-Spatz Syndrome. Full proposals, by invitation only, are due July 1, and announcement of awards is in September.



Fellowship. Postdoctoral fellowship position in lipase biology. Position open for enthusiastic, highly motivated Ph.D. with expertise in molecular and cellular biology /biochemistry. The NIHfunded position will investigate the role of hepatic lipase and endothelial derived lipase in cholesterol homeostasis, including steroidogenesis and atherosclerosis. Experimental systems include transgenic and gene-targeted animal models and primary cell cultures. Expertise in lipoprotein /lipid biochemistry desirable. To qualify for this postdoctoral position the doctoral degree should be awarded within four years of the application. Position available immediately. Send summary of research experience, CV, and the names of three current references familiar with the applicant’s research skills to: Dr. Helén L. Dichek, Department of Pediatrics, Bx 356320, University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



The ASCB is grateful to those below who have recently given gifts to support Society activities:

Gary Borisy
Steven Castillo
Hideyasu Hirano
Richard Hynes
Claude Klee
Francesco Marincola
Michael Marks
Margit Pavelka
Evelyn Ralston
Michael Reedy
Juan Sanchez-Esteban
Jerrold Schwaber
Yong Song

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