Predators and Prey in Publishing

DEAR LABBY: I’m a mid-career faculty member in a biology department at a large public university. Our department has been fortunate to recruit some really promising new assistant professors within the last few years. I try to check in on the new cell biologists on  … Read more

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Promoting Scholarly Evaluation of Teaching: Addressing the Third Rail of Academia

Education is perhaps the fundamental form of investment societies or individuals can make in their own future welfare. It is a core enterprise of our research universities, and national discussions around improving the quality of higher education have been growing in voice and prominence. Yet  … 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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Tone deaf?

Dear Labby, As a first-year woman medical student, I have appreciated my medical school’s efforts to mitigate unconscious bias. However, today in my pathology lab I had an experience that made me feel belittled and uncomfortable. One of my lab’s preceptors, Dr. XY, an older  … Read more

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Insights for STEM researchers on going global: A voice from the social sciences

Increasing American women’s representation and impact in scientific and technical fields is not only a national imperative—it’s a global goal, and it requires women in STEM to go global! When it comes to international scientific collaborations, women in U.S. institutions face barriers such as gender  … Read more

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MBoC solicits papers for a special issue on the Cell Biology of Stem Cells

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) Editor-in-Chief David Drubin has announced plans to publish a Special Issue on an important emerging area of cell biology, the Cell Biology of Stem Cells. Yukiko Yamashita, Diane Barber, TerryLechler, Jason Spence, and David Traver will serve as Issue  … Read more

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What scientific publishing could look like

If we were to create a way to share scientific research progress today, what would it look like? In this age of immediate digital publishing, it probably wouldn’t take months. In these times of user-generated content, it would probably be author-controlled. In an era where  … Read more

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What it’s like to create a Celldance video

There is no doubt that we live in a society that is increasingly reliant on digital media, allowing us to learn by way of compelling visuals in easily digestible video formats at rapid speeds. With sites like YouTube, you can use videos to learn how  … Read more

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Holzbaur, Nogales run for ASCB president; Eight candidates seek council seats

The two nominees for ASCB President-Elect are Erika L.F. Holzbaur, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The elected candidate will serve on the Society’s Executive Committee as President-Elect in 2019, ASCB President  … Read more

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