November/December 2016 Newsletter

On Publishing and the Sneetches: A Wake-up Call?*

*This column reflects the opinions of the authors about commercial academic publishing. Two institutions—learned societies and scientific journals—midwifed a scientific revolution in the 17th century that still dominates our professional lives today. Learned societies like the ASCB remain r…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Ohsumi’s Nobel Is Big Win for Autophagy, Yeast Genetics, and ASCB

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to ASCB member Yoshinori Ohsumi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology is a big win for basic research into a fundamental mechanism of cellular life, the degradation of proteins through the process of autophagy. Ohsumi revolutionized the field in t…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

ASCB Presents Public Service Award to Richard Durbin, Architect of American Cures Act

The architect of the American Cures Act, U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), was presented with the ASCB Public Service Award on September 20 by Connie Lee, Chair of ASCB’s Public Policy Committee, and Erika Shugart, the Executive Director of the ASCB, for his unwavering support for the …

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Cell Biology of the Stem Cell

As a professional society, ASCB helps to define and support the discipline it represents, embracing new methodologies, approaches, and directions, bringing them into the mainstream of its members’ research. In this way, the ASCB has evolved over time from its origins as a society focused on el…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

ASCB and EMBO Sign Deal for Joint 2017 and 2018 Meetings

In a world of science acronyms, two of the best known in research biology are coming together. The American Society for Cell Biology and the European Molecular Biology Organization will join forces for a joint 2017 ASCB/EMBO Meeting, December 2–6 in Philadelphia, PA. This will be followed in 2…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Five More Years of the Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring (PALM) Network!

ASCB, in cooperation with several other professional societies, has obtained funding from the National Science Foundation for a five-year Research Coordination Network in Undergraduate Biology Education to both enhance biology education and build the professional educators workforce. The grant will …

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Sharing Expertise through the MALT Program

This fall I am sharing my upper-level cell biology class and laboratory at Gannon University, where I am a professor of biology, with Zach Murphy, a graduate student in the lab of James Palis at the University of Rochester. This collaboration is part of the ASCB’s Mentoring in Active Teaching and …

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Segarra to Co-Chair Minorities Affairs Committee

The ASCB Council has appointed Verónica A. Segarra, High Point University, NC, to be the next Co-Chair of the Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC). She has been a member of ASCB since 2009 and joined the MAC early in 2015. She comments, “I have been honored to serve in the role of MAC Acting…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Ligon to Chair ASCB’s Public Information Committee

ASCB’s Public Information Committee (PIC) will have a new Chair in 2017. Lee Ligon, who is in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, will take over PIC from Simon Atkinson, who has served as Chair since 2011. Ligon has been extremely…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

ASCB Elects 39 to Lifetime Achievement Fellows Program

The ASCB Council has named its first ASCB Fellows, members selected for their lifetime achievements in advancing cell biology. The ASCB Fellows Program was launched by a selection of an initial cohort of 10 Inaugural Fellows who have a demonstrated career of exceptional contributions to science and …

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

McKinley and Sheltzer to Receive 2016 Bernfield and Gilula Awards

Kara McKinley, now a postdoc in Ron Vale’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco, will receive the 2016 Merton Bernfield Memorial Award. The Bernfield Award honors a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student who has excelled at research. McKinley was selected for her graduate resea…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Three Early Career Cell Biologists Win ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader Prizes

  Three early career cell biology researchers have won the 2016 ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader Prizes. Each will receive $3,000. Maria Barna, assistant professor at Stanford University, won for her research on ribosome heterogeneity. This “ribocode” form of gene regulation provides a …

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

ASCB Announces Fourth Annual Kaluza Prizes for Excellence in Graduate Student Research

The ASCB, in collaboration with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, has announced the winners of the 2016 Kaluza Prizes for academic excellence in graduate student research. The three top finalists will receive cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000. In addition, seven other finalists have been name…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Mellone, Serio, and Gerbi Receive 2016 WICB Awards

The Women in Cell Biology Committee (WICB) is pleased to announce our award winners for 2016. Barbara Mellone, University of Connecticut, received the Junior Award for her excellence in research on the mechanisms of centromere specification. Tricia Serio, University of Arizona, received the Mid-…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Symposium Preview-Near-Death Experiences Investigating Complex Signals behind Basic Cell Behavior

Cells are often likened to computers, running an operating system that receives signals, processes their input, and responds, according to programming, with cellular output. Yet untangling computer-like pathways in cells is anything but simple, say Denise Montell, professor at the University of …

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

2016 ASCB Annual Meeting Supporters*

American Association of Anatomists and The Anatomical Record Scientific Symposium Atlas Antibodies AB Enhanced Company Listing on Mobile App Baker Enhanced Company Listing on Mobile App Poster Supply Counter BD Biosciences Enhanced Company Listing on Mobile App Beckman Coulter Lif…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Self-Advocacy: Why It’s Uncomfortable, Especially for Women, and What to Do About It

Self-advocacy—speaking or acting on our own behalf—is an increasingly important skill (for a primer on how to do it, see reference 1) and one that makes many of us cringe. Just look at the new National Institutes of Health biosketch: Instead of modestly providing a list of publications, w…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

Louis Staudt, Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute, gave a presentation at the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus.  His talk was entitled “Cancer Genome Project Offers New Hope for Aggressive Lymphoma.” Arturo Vegas, Boston University, gave a presentation entitle…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Tips to Combat Research Blues

Picture it: You’re in the throes of multiple experiments. Your lunch and dinner are often out of a paper sack and most likely eaten in less than 15 minutes. When you leave your house in the morning, it’s dark. When you go home at night, it’s dark. In fact, you know the janitor prefers two suga…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Recent Early Career Meetings

The Triangle Cytoskeleton Meeting Saxapahaw, NC. September 12, 2016 The 2016 edition of the Triangle Cytoskeleton Meeting brought over 200 scientists to the beautiful and tranquil town of Saxapahaw, NC, for a retreat-like day of cell biology. With attendees from diverse research and academic b…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Did You Know…?

You Can Renew Your Membership for Multiple Years and Save The 2017 ASCB membership renewal reminder was sent out recently.  If you think the email may have been blocked or are not sure if you have renewed for 2017, please contact Marta Chacon, Membership Manager, at MChacon@ascb.org. Regular…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Seen in the Cell Image Library

ascb new Looking for new ways to stay up to date with the Cell Image Library? Check us out on Instagram at cell_image_library. Whether you are looking for that one perfect example for a lecture or a big data set to analyze, we can help. Use our Advanced Search to help pinpoint exactly what…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Highlights from MBoC

The Editorial Board of Molecular Biology of the Cell has highlighted the following articles from the October 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 provide new co…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Members in the News

Fourteen ASCB members were among the 84 early-career scientists selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be Faculty Scholars, in recognition of their great potential to make unique contributions to their field.…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Books by Members

Cell Biology, 3rd Edition, Thomas D. Pollard & William C. Earnshaw & Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz & Graham Johnson (2016), Elsevier, ISBN:  9780323341264…

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November/December 2016 Newsletter

Constraints on Teaching

Dear Labby, I am a postdoc and I recently signed up to teach an undergraduate seminar course in my department. The course is organized by a senior professor (who is a very prominent scientist). While preparing my course materials, I was dismayed to learn that the professor requires all syllabi fo…

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