Membership Committee Strives to Meet the Needs of ASCB Members

Membership Committee’s charge is to consider, review, and recommend programs and services that will best serve the needs of the membership and support the Society’s overall mission. In 2016, the Committee welcomes four new members, Andrew Ewald of John Hopkins University, Iain Cheeseman of the  … Read more


ASCB 2015—Exploring the Frontiers of Cell Biology in San Diego

Cajal bodies, snurposomes, Balbiani bodies, magnetoreception—terms both familiar and obscure and the new science behind them were flying fast and furious at ASCB 2015 as speaker after speaker expanded the definition and extended the frontiers of cell biology. The meeting’s traditional themes of cell structure  … Read more


Preserving Data: Who’s Got Your Back(up)?

Data management has become an essential part of research. Scientists need to be able to rely on their data infrastructures to recover data in case of disaster or to assist with reproducibility of their results. Ensuring a reliable data infrastructure and backup processes may not  … Read more


On Cell Biology and Awesomeness – By Peter Walter

What is cell biology? I get this question frequently when I speak about my profession with people outside the inner circles of science. Since beginning my term as President of the ASCB the answer to the question needs to take on a different meaning, as it defines the core—the raison-d’être—of  … Read more


Your Donation to ASCB Goes a Long Way

In 2015 your generous, tax-deductible donations helped provide Postdoctoral Travel Awards, Graduate Student Travel Awards, Junior Faculty Travel Awards, Minority Travel Awards, International Travel Awards, and Childcare Awards. In addition, your contributions provided support to the Early Career Scientist Award, the Bernfield Memorial Award, the  … Read more


Top Stories from the ASCB Post

Brain Cancer Self-Organizes into Streams, Swirls, and Spheres Brain cancer is not anarchy, a leaderless mob of deranged cells storming through the body. Pedro Lowenstein, Sebastien Motsch, and colleagues at the University of Michigan and Arizona State University presented their findings at ASCB 2015 that  … Read more


Upcoming Local Meetings

ASCB is pleased to provide funds for graduate students, postdocs, and community college instructors to organize one-day local meetings. Such meetings usually involve two or more institutions (within the United States or international), and topics can range from basic science to career development as long  … Read more


Jane Lubchenco’s Keynote at ASCB 2015

Not Every Scientist Should Do Public Communications, But All Scientists Should Support Those Who Do—Jane Lubchenco’s Keynote at ASCB 2015 Jane Lubchenco, a professor of marine ecology at Oregon State University, the former Administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the  … Read more


Porter Lecture: What’s True about the Canonical Genome, Except When It’s Not

The book world usually provides the metaphors for genomics, likening genes to words or chapters, but in his Keith Porter Lecture at ASCB 2015 last December, Jonathan Weissman compared the human genome to music. We have around 20,000 genes or protein products, said Weissman, compared  … Read more


From the COPD Clinic to the Dicty Lab, Corrine Kliment Travels in Search of a Breakthrough for Deadly Lung Disease

They can be housed in the same complex or even the same building, but the usual distance between basic research and clinical application is vast. However, there are researchers like ASCB member Corrine Kliment who regularly make the scientific journey. Kliment shuttles back and forth  … Read more