The Centrality of Cell Biology

My earliest encounter with cell biology occurred when I was in medical school during the early 1970s. The beauty and complexity of the intracellular world had a deep impact on me and quickly sealed my decision to become a scientist. In those days, cell biology was still a rather young discipline. Mu…


Seen in the Cell Image Library

Stem cells labeled with green fluorescent protein (GFP) located at the base of the colonic crypt in a section of mouse colon. The stem cells are surrounded by numerous goblet cells (red) that secrete mucous. Other cells of the colon are o…


Effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act Update (or Lack Thereof) on the Postdoctoral Population

On December 1, 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was meant to be updated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and this update was predicted to have a profound effect on the academic enterprise, including postdoctoral researchers. The situation was greatly complicated when, on November 22, …


Applications Now Open for Four MAC Programs

More information is available at ascb.org/community-committee/minorities-affairs. All four applications close on March 1, 2017. Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Mentoring Program The FRED Program is a structured mentorship program designed to promote grant funding success for juni…


Beyond Tenure: The Path to Professorship

Dear Labby, I know that your usual queries come from those establishing careers and dealing with many issues in and outside their institutions. I am now a couple of steps up on the academic ladder: I have a faculty position at a Midwestern research-intensive university, and I have just been given…


ASCB Ensures Access to Conferences for Federal Scientists

Otto von Bismarck is reported to have said, “Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.” While it is likely that Bismarck was referring to the contents of laws and the process by which they were made, the time it takes to create the laws is not something pleasant to watch e…


Scientists and Patients Benefit from a Novel Approach to Legislating

Congress gets criticized for many things, but sometimes it gets things right and should be complimented. One of the times it got things right was the way it approached legislation to revamp the U.S. drug discovery process. Reps. Fred …


New ASCB Committee Members

The ASCB Council has approved new committee members to begin three-year terms in 2017. COMPASS Committee Brooke Gardner, University of California, San Francisco Ashley Lakoduk, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Chenshu Liu, University of California, Berkeley Ashley Rowland, Uni…


Highlights from MBoC

The Editorial Board of Molecular Biology of the Cell has highlighted the following articles from the November and December 2016 issues. From among the many fine articles in the journal, the Board selects for these Highlights articles that are of broad interest and significantly advance knowledge or …


E.E. Just Lecturer Tells URM Scientists, “We Need You and We Need Your Ideas”

The ASCB’s E.E. Just Award comes with a medal, a named lecture, and a two-edged message for minority scientists today, according to this year’s winner, Daniel Cólon-Ramos of the Yale School of Medicine. E.E. Just Awardee Daniel A…