ASCB Newsletter Nov 2013 - page 1

NEWS
LETTER
ASCB
Interdisciplinary
Collaboration
Works
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Should You Have a
Wikipedia Article?
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Treasurer's Report
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Conveys the
Excitement of Modern Biology
ASCB is pleased to announce the launch of iBiology.org, a new website supported by ASCB that
brings together the existing iBioSeminars and iBioMagazine sites and introduces iBioEducation,
which adds new resources for students and educators. iBiology offers free, open-access online
videos about science and scientists and seeks to convey the excitement of modern biology and
the process by which scientific discoveries are made.
iBiology, continued on page 6
N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 3
V O L U M E 3 6 , N U M B E R 1 0
Two days after the federal government
reopened after being closed for 16 days,
the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
issued a heart-stopping announcement that
peer review meetings for the research grants
submitted during the government shutdown
would be rescheduled for February or March
of next year and reassigned to the May 2014
council meetings.
In the original plan, the 16-day official
shutdown would have added another seven
months to the grant funding cycle. Most
importantly, it would have turned a days-long debacle into a career-ending tragedy for many.
Fortunately, the NIH listened to the outcry from the extramural community and several days later
adjusted its plan.
The new plan is that the NIH will prepare as many applications as possible for consideration
at the January council meetings. The successful, prompt review of over 11,000 applications will
depend on assistance from the extramural community.
NIH, continued on page 21
NIH Retracts Proposed Long Delay
in Grant Review
ASCB Members Urged to Help with Post-Shutdown Backlog
NOBEL LAUREATES SCHEKMAN AND ROTHMAN TO SPEAK AT ASCB 2013
see page 24 for details
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