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ASCB Newsletter - December 2003

Cytokinesis Researchers to Convene in Vermont

The ASCB Summer Meeting on Cytokinesis will be held at University of Vermont in Burlington from July 22-25, 2004.

The meeting is being organized by Yu-Li Wang of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Registration for the Summer Meeting will be available next month. To maximize participant interaction, registration will be limited to about 200.


“Jingle Cells” Available at ASCB Meeting

Just in time for the holidays, the ASCB will debut its 10th t-shirt, “Jingle Cells” at the 2003 ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The “holly” of the red and green “wreath,” submitted by Kristin Patterson and Janice Fischer of the University of Texas at Austin, is the confocal image of a developing Drosophila eye.

The t-shirt will be available at the ASCB booth during exhibit hours in the Moscone Convention Center. Toddler, children and adult sizes available. It may also be ordered through the ASCB at (301) 347-9300. Fast shipping is available


Record Number Apply to ASCB Membership

Notable Surge in Foreign Applicants
A record number of new members will be presented for Council’s approval this month—1,717 applications were received between May 1 and November 1, compared to 1,470 for the same period in 2002.

The number of non-U.S. members is at an all-time high of 2,072, or 20% of the membership, as of November 14. Contributing to this were an international member campaign and special international newsletter edition for foreign members in May, 2003, and a decrease in dues effective 2004. The decrease eliminated the geographic distinction in member dues for the first time in ASCB history. Foreign member renewals were up by 14% as of November, 2003 compared to the same time a year before.


Members In The News

Michael Ehlers of Duke University, an ASCB member since 2000, received the Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology.

Eric Lander of the Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an ASCB member since 1999, received Research!America’s 2004 Advocacy Award for Sustained Leadership at the National Level.


Grants & Opportunities

NIAID Fellowships. The NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases solicits applications from biodefense training and development researchers of prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases caused by potential bioterrorism agents. Grants, fellowships and career development awards.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs. The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs offer up to $35,000 per year to repay student loans of scientists, physicians, dentists, and other health professionals willing to commit to a career in clinical, pediatric, health disparities or contraception and infertility research. Applicants must have a doctorate and be able to commit at least 50% time for two years conducting qualified research. Application deadline: December 31.

MARC Grants. The NIH NIGMS Minority Access to Research Careers solicits applications for predoctoral fellowships. Application deadlines: April 5 and December 5.

Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiatives. The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health solicits innovative solutions to 14 critical research problems. See www.grandchallengesgh.org. Deadline: January 9.



The ASCB is grateful to the following members who have recently given gifts to support Society activities:

Ariane Abrieu
Robert Adelstein
Keith Burridge
Julie Donaldson
Howard Ducoff
Caroline Enns
Douglass Forbes
Michael Gleason
Vincent Hollis
Marvin Karasek
Marc Kirschner
Elizabeth Neufield
Evelyn Ralston
Edward Salmon
Frederick Schuster
Michael Shelanski
Kunio Shiota
Roberto Sitia


ASCB Job Service Free to Members

The American Society for Cell Biology Job Board invites ASCB members to post their CV free of charge. Individuals who post their CV may control access to identifying information. CVs are accessible and searchable without charge. Employers pay a nominal fee to list positions. Employers and job seekers contact each other directly; interviews may be scheduled by mutual convenience at any time throughout the year or at the ASCB Annual Meeting Career Center.

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