Congress sets its own NIH budget, ignoring proposals from two administrations

When the FY17 budget for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) was signed into law on May 5, 2017, six months behind schedule, it was noteworthy for at least two reasons. First, the budget was increased by $2 billion for the second year in  … Read more

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The Perfect Poster: Let your objective, message, and audience shape your presentation

Meeting posters are key message boards for junior scientists to communicate not just their research findings and ideas, but also themselves. And chances are that any scientist will make many more presentations in front of a poster than from a podium. That leads me to  … Read more

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How to tell your department chair you’re leaving

Dear Labby, I was recently promoted to associate professor in an urban private medical school. After celebrating, I had to acknowledge that although I love my current scientific community, the prohibitive cost of city living as the parent of two school-aged kids has meant that  … Read more

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Niche Mentoring: How to Give Advice and Offer Help from Your Areas of Strength

Most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary mentors (e.g., reference 1), just as most of us have seen or heard about extraordinary teachers. By definition, “extraordinary” is not the norm. Our goal in this column is to widen the group of people who  … Read more

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How to Know What Your Students Know before It’s Too Late

Regardless of our current role in academe, education—for us and for our students—is central to our identity as scientists. With that in mind, the ASCB Education Committee (EdComm) is pleased to offer Office Hours with EdComm, a column addressing broad issues in education, ranging from  … Read more

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ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader Prize Essays May 2017

In fall 2016, ASCB awarded ASCB-Gibco Emerging Leader Prizes to three cell biology researchers. ASCB introduced the prizes to honor not-yet-tenured independent investigators with outstanding scientific accomplishments and strong publication track records. The prizes were underwritten by Gibco, a brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Peter  … Read more

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The Collaborating Trailing Spouse

Dear Labby, I am the “trailing” spouse. When it was time for my wife and me to get “real” jobs we decided that if we did not get two positions at the same place, one of us would become a technician/research professor in the other’s  … Read more

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Trump Budget Would be Catastrophic for NIH; Better Never Than Late

It’s hard to settle on one word to define the size of the cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) contained in the Trump Administration’s FY18 budget proposal: huge, unprecedented, jaw-dropping, catastrophic. Words defining the impact of the cuts on the American biomedical research  … Read more

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Green Is Not the New Gold: Beware of False Models for Open Access

This President’s Column is by guest columnist Maria Leptin, Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). EMBO and ASCB are holding joint meetings in 2017 and 2018. Publishing scientific results involves a large and complex network of participants and interested parties, each with its  … Read more

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Negotiating for the Long Term

Dear Labby, I am in the admittedly enviable position of negotiating the terms of my first academic faculty position. My postdoc advisor has suggested that I negotiate aggressively and forcefully to get as much as possible on all fronts—for salary, start-up funding, ideal teaching responsibilities,  … Read more

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