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NEWS
LETTER
ASCB
Annual Meeting
Childcare Awards
Available
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Cell Biology
Workshop in Ghana
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Tenure and
Promotion
Standards When
Funding Is Tight
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In advance of this year’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, ASCB is conducting a donation
campaign to support an outreach project that will benefit a teacher/classroom in New Orleans.
We have teamed up with Dan Fletcher at the University of California, Berkeley, whose lab
created the CellScopes that were featured at last year’s meeting (view a short video at
. Now upgraded to be used with iPads, these are
fantastic mobile, high-resolution microscopes.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 to purchase a classroom set of 10 CellScopes. A curriculum
for their use in studying plant stomata is being developed by the California Academy of
Sciences, which beta-tested the scopes in May. We are working with local contacts to identify
a motivated teacher (likely grade 4-6) who will be eager to use the scopes and lend them to
others in the future. The teacher and his or her students will be invited to come to the Annual
Meeting to accept the CellScopes and receive training.
Please help us make this campaign a great success and donate at
(This is a tax-deductible contribution for ASCB
members in the United States.)
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—Thea Clarke
Why Pharma Needs the NIH
Fundamental knowledge of biology is what drives
the pharmaceutical industry, James Sabry, Vice
President of Partnering at Genentech and an ASCB
Council member, told a Biomedical Research
Caucus briefing on Capitol Hill recently. And
yet the kind of primary research that yields new
insights into fundamental biological mechanisms
is funded through government agencies like the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), he said. “We
can’t get a grant from the NIH at Genentech. The
money doesn’t come to us directly. What comes to
us is basic knowledge. Without that, our industry
would come to a grinding halt in the United
States.”
Pharma, continued on page 13
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Basic Biology Drives the Industry, Says Genentech VP
James Sabry
Credit: Charles Votaw Photography
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