ASCB Newsletter Dec 2013 - page 33

iBioMagazine features short, 10- to 20-minute talks about the human side
of science. The latest issue includes 10 talks about topics ranging from
discoveries to education and outreach (
Among the talks in the new issue are four additions to the
iBioMagazine Discoveries series, which are first-hand accounts of famous
science discoveries:
Arthur Horwich describes how his lab stumbled upon chaperones while
studying the import and export of mitochondrial proteins.
Elizabeth Blackburn talks about her lab’s discovery of telomeric DNA
and telomerase.
Paul Berg reminisces about the ideas and experiments that led to the
creation of the first recombinant DNA molecule.
In an interview with Ron Vale, James Watson discusses his journey to
Cambridge, his collaboration with Francis Crick, and the events leading
to the elucidation of the double helix model for DNA.
There are two talks about science and society:
Gregory Petsko talks about his own findings after chairing a National
Academy of Sciences committee that investigated the science and
engineering postdoctoral experience in the United States.
Howard Schachman presents a historical perspective of the U.S.
government’s involvement in issues of misconduct in science, starting
with congressional hearings on fraudulent research.  
This issue also has several talks that focus on science education:
We follow students from Abraham Lincoln High School as they
participate in the iGEM program at the University of California, San
Erin Dolan, Editor-in-Chief of
CBE—Life Sciences Education
, talks about biology education scholarship and gives practical
advice on transitioning from lab research to biology education research.
Daniel Colón-Ramos describes Ciencia Puerto Rico, an organization that he helped establish to connect geographically
dispersed Puerto Rican scientists to communicate, mentor, educate, and promote scientific research.
Summer students at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, answer the question, Why do you like doing
iBiology is an open-access collection of online videos by the world’s leading scientists. This project is funded by the National Science
Foundation, the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is supported by the ASCB.
The iBiology team will be at the ASCB Educational Resources/Minorities Affairs Committee Booth throughout the Annual Meeting.
An launch celebration is scheduled for Monday, December 16, at 4:00 pm, and there will be a presentation of iBiology tools
on Tuesday, December 17, at 12:00 pm.
—Sarah Goodwin, iBiology Director
iBiology has started a new series of live question and answer sessions with scientists. Each Q&A event includes a live video
broadcast where viewers can submit and vote on questions. The first iBiology Hangout was on November 7 with Ron Vale,
who answered questions from an international audience. The second, on December 3, was with Gregory Petsko, who discussed
postdocs and the biomedical workforce, a topic covered by a recent report by a National Academy of Sciences committee that
Petsko chaired. The interviews can be seen on iBiology’s website at
iBiology Hangouts will feature Bonnie Bassler on January 13 and Bruce Alberts on February 7.
iBiology Hangouts: Live Q&As with Scientists
New Issue of iBioMagazine
Arthur Horwich talks about how chaperones were discovered.
Erin Dolan discusses biology education scholarship.
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