From Axons to Zebrafish, ASCB Outreach Grants Help Kids Learn about Science

There were 12 high school students in all, half with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), at a three-day intensive science workshop last August in Brookville, NY. The program was one of 11 funded in part last year by ASCB’s Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) Outreach  … Read more


Erika Shugart Named ASCB Executive Director

The ASCB Council has named Erika Shugart, PhD, as its new Executive Director, effective June 1. In making the announcement, ASCB President Peter Walter hailed Shugart’s background in bench biology, her skills in science communication, and her leadership in marketing and strategic planning as a  … Read more


Mendel’s “Lost” Paper Throws Light on Origins of Reviewer #3

It is the ultimate consolation for every researcher who ever published a fabulous paper and got crickets. The paper “Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden” by Gregor Mendel was published 150 years ago this year in an obscure journal to no acclaim and little notice. Thirty-four years later  … Read more


ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader Prize Essay

In fall 2015, ASCB awarded the first-ever ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader Prizes to three cell biology researchers. ASCB introduced the prizes to honor not-yet-tenured independent investigators with outstanding scientific accomplishments and strong publication track records. The prizes were underwritten by Gibco, a brand of Thermo Fisher  … Read more


COMPASS Welcomes New Members

Seven ASCB members have been approved by Council to serve on the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) for one-year renewable terms beginning in 2016: Anupam Das, graduate student at Albany Medical College Alyssa Lesko, graduate student at the University of Notre Dame Wahid Mulla,  … Read more


The Minority Report—When Simply Adding Numbers Is Not Enough

The 2015 ASCB Annual Meeting included a Special Interest Subgroup entitled “Increasing Diversity in a Changing Research Landscape.” This session provided many suggestions and examples of initiatives that have been started to improve the number of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in science, technology, engineering, and science  … Read more


Recent Local Meetings

Fifth GfP Meeting: The Fabulous Destiny of the Placenta Montreal, Canada. March 14, 2016 The Fifth GfP Meeting, The Fabulous Destiny of the Placenta, was organized as a collaboration of the Fetomaternal and Neonatal Pathologies Research axis of the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine and was  … Read more


Seen on THE CELL

Looking for big data cellular images? Check out the Data Sets tab at the Cell Image Library. Don’t forget, if you are applying for a grant soon and your funder requires you to post all your data, we can help. We can handle big data:  … Read more


Washington in Review

The House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (Labor-HHS) Subcommittee held a hearing on March 16 to discuss the president’s FY17 budget request for the National Institutes of Health. The Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittee held its hearing on April 7. The Senate  … Read more


A Case of Sexual Harassment in the Lab

Dear Labby, I have a sensitive issue: My friend told me today that she has had to fend off both verbal and physical sexual advances by a postdoc in her laboratory. We are both third-year graduate students in the same lab. Her project is a  … Read more