Scientific societies join forces to increase diversity in STEM

With the support of the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Cell Biology and the Biophysical Society have joined an effort to create the Alliance of Scientific Societies for broad participation in STEM for the next generation of scientists. The founding partners include the  … Read more

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From Dicty to COPD, Kliment Searches for Breakthrough

                              They can be housed in the same complex or even the same building, but the usual distance between basic research and clinical application is vast. However, there are researchers like  … Read more

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Sallie “Penny” Chisholm: Tiny Cell with Global Impact

Talking with ASCB 2015 Keynote Speakers: Biology on Global, Microscopic, and Political Scales An ASCB Interview in Two Parts Part One: Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University Part Two: Sallie “Penny” Chisholm, MIT The keynote speakers at ASCB 2015, Jane Lubchenco and Sallie “Penny” Chisholm, illustrate  … Read more

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The Importance of Elections in Scientific Societies (including ASCB)

The opinions presented in this piece represent the authors’ opinions and do not reflect either COMPASS or ASCB official opinions. It is election time at ASCB! Every year a new President-Elect and four new Council members are elected. Together with the past and current president,  … Read more

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Dr. Maturin Presents His Compliments—The World’s First Scientific Journal Celebrates 350 Years

Being fictional, Dr. Stephen Maturin, MD, fellow of the Royal Society, and naturalist renowned for his discovery of the giant tortoise, Testudo aubreii, never existed. Yet in the wildly popular series of naval historical novels by Patrick O’Brian, Dr. Maturin and his boon companion, Captain  … Read more

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Fracking in Cells, Yes, Fracking

Fracking isn’t just for natural gas. Elaborating on work presented at the ASCB Meeting in Philadelphia last December, postdoc Laura Caceres, group leader Xavier Trepat, and colleagues at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, show in a new Nature Materials paper that  … Read more

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Career Options for Biomedical Scientists—A Book Review

As I wrap up my fifth year in graduate school, the topic of my “future plans” has begun to rear its ugly head with friends and family. Although I’ve wanted to go into science communication since I started my PhD, the need to start thinking  … Read more

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Old Protein in New Light Suggests How Microtubule-Targeting Cancer Drugs Work in Nerve Injury and Disease

Even after 40 years of research on the protein, kinesin still surprises ASCB member Vladimir Gelfand, professor of cell and molecular biology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The motor protein kinesin-1 marches along the microtubule fibers that form the cell’s skeleton, pulling cargo,  … Read more

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Tweaking CRISPR to Build a Chromosomal GPS That Can Add ‘Where’ to ‘What’ in the Human Genome

CRISPR/Cas9 is one of the hottest tools in biomedical research today. If this new precision gene-editing method were a new smart phone, you would see long lines of scientists waiting in the rain to get their hands on the latest model. Now Thoru Pederson, Hanhui  … Read more

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Science Fair Judgment or How I Learned to Stop Moping and Find the Love

A few months ago on a whim I signed up to judge a local school district science fair. But as soon as I did, memories of composting heaps and potting soil, popsicle sticks and paste, paper mâché and trebuchets, all came flooding back. These remembrances  … Read more

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