Newcomers and Cytoskeleton Classicists Find Common Cause in the Cell—Part Two of Scientific Highlights from ASCB/IFCB 2014

The ASCB/IFCB Meeting in Philadelphia last month saw many new faces in the poster alleys and on panel podiums. These newcomers came to Philadelphia with backgrounds in bioengineering, biophysics, and computer modeling because they are finding that their research paths now run through the heart  … Read more

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ASCB Council Gets Photo Bombed in Philly

Photographer James McWilliams asked the distinguished senior scientists gathered in Philadelphia this month for the ASCB Council meeting to relax. Councillors promptly reverted to wild type. ASCB photo

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Eva Nogales Unpacks the Microtubule, Piece by Piece

Our big, bony skeletons are wonders of articulation but they can’t come close to our cytoskeletons for sheer dynamism, says Eva Nogales, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. The cytoskeleton is always being rebuilt to help the  … Read more

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Shuffle Round the House with Your Nobel Jibe Leads to CellSlam Tie-Breaker in Philly

It came down to a one-joke showdown. The Zombie CellSlam, ASCB’s juried stand-up, science slam, back from the Undead for the ASCB/IFCB 2014 meeting in Philadelphia, went to a tie-breaker challenge—“Say something funny about GFP.” The judges, including Nobel laureate Marty Chalfie and NIH Director  … Read more

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“Factory Direct” Route for Lipid Transport Described at ASCB 2014

The cells in your body run a kind of Amazon.com warehouse, sorting, packaging, and shipping items with remarkable speed and efficiency. But the warehouse operations inside neurons have an additional challenge: the packaging stations (the Golgi) are in the cell body while many cargoes need  … Read more

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A Hometown Pathogen the Hometown Would Like to Forget—Effector Protein’s Role in Legionella Described in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is an apt location to give a talk about Legionella pneumophila. The Legionella bacterium was discovered in 1977 after a deadly outbreak of a mystery illness at a Philadelphia meeting of the American Legion at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in 1976. Two hundred twenty one  … Read more

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COMPASS Wrap Up from ASCB 2014

After 17 Symposium talks, 238 minisymposium talks, 112 ePosters, 2400 posters, and an unknown number of Philly cheesesteaks, the 2014 ASCB Annual Meeting is now in the books. And even though all traces of the 5,760 attendees are already gone from the Pennsylvania Convention Center,  … Read more

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What Goes Up—Elevator Speech Ends on Triumphant Note

In 60 second intervals, ASCB’s one-minute, mostly-selfies, elevator speech video contest came down to its final round Tuesday afternoon at the ASCB/IFCB 2014 meeting in Philadelphia as judges from the Public Information and Public Policy committees named the winners. Top place and a new iPad  … Read more

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Announcing COMPASS’s Comic Contest Winners

Today at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB meeting Pinar Gurel of the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) announced the winners of the COMPASS comic contest. The audience in Theater 1 of the ASCB Learning Center had a good laugh as each of the comics was projected.  … Read more

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Celldance 2014

“Killing Cancer, Cytotoxic T-Cells on Patrol” by Alex Ritter, NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program, is one of three “Tell Your Own Cell Story” videos commissioned by Celldance Studios, a.k.a. the ASCB’s Public Information Committee (PIC). “Companions in Discovery” by Amy Gladfelter, Dartmouth, is one of three  … Read more

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