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ASCB Newsletter - July 2003

Zena Werb Named President-Elect

Bonifacino, Devreotes, Hicke, Preuss to Serve on Council
Zena Werb of the University of California, San Francisco was elected by the ASCB membership to serve as Society President in 2005. She will succeed Harvey Lodish, who will serve as President in 2004.

Elected from among 8 candidates for Council are Juan Bonifacino of the National Institutes of Health, Peter Devreotes of the Johns Hopkins University, Linda Hicke of Northwestern University and Daphne Preuss of the University of Chicago/Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

3,231 of 7,368 eligible members voted, representing 44% of the voting membership.


Goldsby to Present E.E. Just Lecture

The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee has named Richard Goldsby of Amherst College to present the 10th annual E.E. Just Lecture.

Goldsby’s lab was the first to produce bovine monoclonal antibodies. In 1998, he and three colleagues formed Hematech, a mammalian cloning biotechnology company that creates cloned, transgenic cattle used to produce polyclonal human antibody. Goldsby is currently on sabbatical from Amherst working with Robert Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute/MIT.

Goldsy will present the Just Lecture on The Cell Biology of Guest Loci: Human Antibody Repertoires Produced in Human Artificial Chromosome-transgenic Cloned Cattle, on Sunday, December 14 at the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


E.B. Wilson Medal to be Awarded to Kirschner

Marc W. Kirschner of Harvard Medical School will receive the 2003 E.B. Wilson Medal. The ASCB’s highest honor for science, the Medal is presented for significant and far-reaching contributions to cell biology over the course of a career.

Kirschner was Society President in 1991, was a founder and Associate Editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell and was Chair of the ASCB’s Public Policy Committee from 1993-1996. He received the ASCB Public Service Award in 1996.

The Medal will be presented on Sunday, December 14, at the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


Member Suggestions for 2004 Annual Meeting Program Welcome

The ASCB Program Committee welcomes suggestions from ASCB members for topics and speakers for the 44th Annual Meeting, to be held in Washington, D.C. from December 4-8, 2004. Recommendations received by November 30, 2003 can be considered.

Alternatively, members may propose their own scientific sessions as Special Interest Subgroups (to be held Saturday, December 4, 2004) or Concurrent Symsposia (to be held Wednesday, December 8, 2004.) The deadline for submission of proposals for Special Interest Subgroups or Concurrent Symposia will coincide with the Summer Abstract Submission deadline.


Minorities Affairs Committee Report

Minorities Affairs Committee members Anthony DePass, Pearl Fernandes, Sabrice Guerrier, Vice-Chair J.K. Haynes, Vincent Hollis, Raquell Holmes and Chair Donella Wilson met in Bethesda on June 13 for the Spring Meeting of the Committee.

The Committee named Richard Goldsby as the 2003 Ernest Everett Just Lecturer (see page 1); Goldsby will present the Lecture at the ASCB Annual Meeting in December.

2002 Annual Meeting programs organized and presented by the MAC were evaluated, and plans for 2003 were finalized. The Committee approved the Saturday Mentoring Symposium on “The Unconventional Path”, to be organized by Postdoc Sabrice Guerrier of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Guerrier, with Richard McGee of the Mayo Graduate School, Omar Quinteros of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Anthony DePass of Long Island University will discuss unconventional ways to progress from post-baccelaureate to senior scientist. Keynote speaker C.S. Prakash of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University will take a global look at genetically modified foods.

Committee members received an update from ASCB Executive Director Elizabeth Marincola on the Society’s search for a Director of Minorities Affairs, and an extensive report from Wilson and Haynes on the MAC NIGMS MARC competing grant, submitted on June 1 to the NIH.

Haynes discussed widely published conflicting information about the success of underrepresented minorities in the sciences. He encouraged Committee members to look carefully at data, their source and how they were collected.

The Committee looked critically at the ways it disseminates information about MAC activities, including Committee member contacts with Minority Serving Institutions and other minority organizations. Members will compile a database of underrepresented minority speakers, their fields and CVs, and develop a poster about MAC activities. Wilson has developed a power point presentation of MAC activities that has been provided to Linkage Fellows and MAC members. They have been invited to expand on it to include their own experiences.


Teaching with Controversy

The theme of this year’s Education Committee sessions is “Teaching with Controversy.” Learn how to use controversy in your biology and cell biology teaching to engage students in the excitement of science. Share your experiences with others.

Saturday, December 13 1:00 pm 5:30 pm The Education Committee Workshop on Teaching Controversy: Animal Research, Genetically Modified Organisms, Cloning, Stem Cells, Evolution

Sunday, December 14 12 noon 2:30 pm The K-12 Science Education Lunch “Controversy in the Classroom: Evolution” /eaturing Eugenie Scott, 1999 ASCB Bruce Alberts Awardee and Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education

Register for the Education Workshop and/or the K-12 Lunch when registering for the ASCB Meeting. Space is limited.


Goldstein to Succeed Berg as Public Policy Chair

Lawrence S.B. Goldstein of the University of California, San Diego, will succeed Paul Berg as Chair of the ASCB Public Policy Committee. He has been a member of the Committee since 1996 and has been Vice Chair since 2002.

Goldstein will head the Committee that advises the Society on issues of Federal science policy and funding. The ASCB’s national leadership in science advocacy has been guided largely by the Committee.

Goldstein will begin chairmanship on January 1. He is also serving his second term as Secretary of the Society.


Goodenough Named WICB Committee Chair

ASCB President-Elect Harvey Lodish has announced the appointment of Ursula Goodenough of Washington University to serve as Chair of the ASCB Women in Cell Biology Committee. She will succeed Zena Werb of UCSF.

Goodenough was Society President in 1995 and was active in the Women in Cell Biology before it became an official Society Committee. She has also served on the Society’s Nominating and Public Policy committees and received the 1999 WICB Senior Award.

Goodenough will head the Committee that provides opportunities and information useful to women and men in developing their careers in cell biology. She will begin her term on January 1.


Graduate Students: Work for Annual Meeting Registration, Social Ticket

Students who are interested in volunteering time (up to six hours) in exchange for free registration and a free Social ticket to the 43rd ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco, December 13-17, may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Priority is given to students who are ASCB members or member applicants. Interested ASCB post-doc members may be selected after students are placed.


Members In The News

Mary Hendrix of the University of Iowa, an ASCB member since 1978, has been named President and Director of Children’s Memorial Institute for Education and Research at Northwestern University.

Eric Lander of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research/ MIT, an ASCB member since 1997, has been named to head the newly-established Broad Institute. The Institute is a cooperative venture of the Whitehead Institute, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that will work at the interface of computational science, medicine and biology.

Bruce Spiegelman of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, an ASCB member since 1981, will receive the Fourth Annual Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Metabolic Research.



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

Mina Bissell
Eloise Clark
Elizabeth Raff
W. Sue and Richard Shafer


2003 ASCB Annual Meeting Sponsors

The ASCB is grateful to its Annual Meeting Sponsors for 2003

Berlex Biosciences
Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Steven & Michele Kirsch Foundation
Merck Research Laboratories
The National Center for Research Resources
The National Eye Institute
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences
The National Institutes of Health
The National Institute of Mental Health
The National Library of Medicine
Schering-Plough Research Institute
Worthington Biomedical Corporation

The ASCB is grateful to its Corporate Members for 2003

BD Biosciences

Chroma Technology Corporation
Schering-Plough Research Institute

Corning, Inc. Science Products
Dharmacon, Inc.
Guava Technologies
Leica Microsystems
Merck & Co., Inc.
Nikon, Inc.
Olympus America Inc.
Omega Optical, Inc.
Quantomix, Ltd.
Carl Zeiss Microimaging, Inc


Call for Volunteer Editor of ASCB Newsletter WICB Column

The Women in Cell Biology Committee welcomes expressions of interest in the position of WICB Column Editor for the ASCB Newsletter. Responsibilities include, in coordination with newsletter editorial staff, conceptualizing topics, recruiting authors, ensuring timely submission of monthly articles, and editing submissions.

Send statement of interest to: The American Society for Cell Biology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Classified Advertising

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Grants & Opportunities

Frontiers in Polar Biology in the Genomic Era. The National Committee on Frontiers in Polar Biology, chaired by ASCB member H. William Detrich, released Frontiers in Polar Biology in the Genomic Era. The report identifies research problems in polar cell physiology and biochemistry that could benefit from genomic sciences. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 202334-3648; or the National Academies Press.

NIGMS Grants. The NIGMS requests applications for the Centers of Excellence in Complex Biomedical Systems Research in cell biology and biophysics, genetics and developmental biology, human physiology in trauma, burn, inflammation, and multiorgan failure, and pharmacology and anesthesiology. Letter of intent deadline: September 3. Application deadline: October 14.

NAS Call for Nominations. The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for the Alexander Hollaender Award, the Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal, the NAS Award in Molecular Biology, the NAS Award in Neurosciences, and the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal. Deadline: September 12.

Stem Cell Research. NICHD announces administrative supplements for human embryonic stem cell research. Deadlines are July 1, 2003 and July 1, 2004.

MARC Grants. The NIGMS Minority Access to Research Careers is accepting applications for predoctoral fellowships. Application deadline: April 5 and December 5.

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