Conflict in the Lab: A Problem and an Opportunity

  Conflict is a normal part of working with other people. If it is identified early and resolved effectively, it can be an engine for productivity and improvement. If it is left unresolved, the damage it can cause—both professional and personal—can be significant. When we  … Read more

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Mixed News on International Funding for Science

At the same time that the U.S. National Institutes of Health is benefiting from increases in its budget, the news in other nations is mixed. Researchers in Canada continue to see support from the Trudeau administration. Scientists at government labs in India are not as lucky.  … Read more

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Critical Career Transitions: So I Got Tenure, Now What?

Three pillars of faculty development at most institutions are teaching, scholarship, and service. Though much attention has been given to recruiting and retaining a diverse pool of scientists (including cell biologists) from graduate school though the postdoc years to junior faculty and finally tenure, one  … Read more

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In Memoriam: James L. Maller, Leading Researcher in Cell Cycle and Signal Transduction

Long-time ASCB member James L. Maller passed away on January 18, 2018, in a tragic auto accident. Jim was a professor at the University of Colorado Medical School for over 30 years. He was a leading researcher in Xenopus and human cell cycle and signal  … Read more

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Toward a MIRAtocracy: An Interview with NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch

Jon Lorsch is arguably one of the most influential scientific public leaders in the United States for the ASCB constituency. As Director of the National Institute of General Medicial Sciences (NIGMS) since 2013, he guides a multibillion dollar enterprise that funds over 10% of National  … Read more

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Is an Academic Career Just a Dream?

Dear Labby, I am a fifth-year cell biology graduate student doing basic research at a major research university. I am ambitious, worked hard during my rotations, and was rewarded by being accepted into the best-known lab in our department. It has been a lot of  … Read more

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