Laptops or No Laptops in Class? It’s Complicated

Dear Education Committee, I’m considering a no-laptop policy in my class because I notice that students get distracted when they have their computers open. Is this a good idea? What other factors should I consider in my decision? —Nervous about Notetaking Dear Nervous about Notetaking,  … Read more

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A Sound-Based Probe for Cellular Mechanics

Researchers from the laboratory of Gijs Wuite at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, collaborating with scientists from Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, University of Groningen in The Netherlands, and the University of Barcelona in Spain, have developed a method that uses sound to  … Read more

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Mutually beneficial research partnerships for equity and innovation in science

When describing commitment necessary in professional sports, the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden described the commitment in terms of your typical breakfast of bacon and eggs. He stated, “The chicken is involved in your breakfast, but the pig is committed.”  … Read more

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Seeing beyond sight: new computational approaches to understanding cells

Since Leeuwenhoek’s first illustrations were published, biologists have strived and struggled to extract understanding from the often noisy and nearly transparent interiors of cells. To better determine and comprehend all of the principles that drive cell behavior, we need to collect and integrate multiple types  … Read more

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DORA initiative forms international advisory board

The steering committee for the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) has announced the formation of an international advisory board to provide strategic guidance to the DORA initiative and to further its vision of advancing practical and robust approaches to research assessment globally and  … Read more

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Combating antimalarial drug resistance

Chloroquine (CQ) used to be considered the gold standard in the treatment of malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum. However, several strains of P. falciparum are emerging as drug resistant and compromising the current drug treatment. Researchers at the University of São Paulo, Brazil,  … Read more

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NIH Loses Funds to Unaccompanied Minors Program

On September 5, 2018, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar sent a one-page letter with a nine-page attachment of spreadsheets to the chairs and ranking Democrats of the relevant appropriations committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The letter  … Read more

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Regular-ish Order in Congress Leads to Passage of NIH Budget

As political tensions rise in Washington, DC, pleas for a return to “Regular Order” grow. Regular Order can mean anything from a more bipartisan way of conducting the nation’s business all the way to a return to the arcane rules that govern the way legislation  … Read more

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Collaboration with Biostatisticians: Why, How, When, and Where

Biostatistics is the application of statistics to understanding health and biology. It provides powerful tools for developing research questions, designing studies, refining measurements, analyzing data, and interpreting findings. In the most rigorous cell biology studies, we see the increasing use of statistical methods, but too  … Read more

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Member Profile: Debra “Page” Baluch

Research scientist Page Baluch manages the W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory at Arizona State University (ASU). She helps scientists of all kinds obtain the imaging data they need, from organisms as diverse as plants and bacteria. Although her lab has many tools, the popular confocal microscopes  … Read more

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