Highlights from MBoC

< The Editorial Board of Molecular Biology of the Cell has highlighted the following articles from the July 2015 issues. From among the many fine articles in the journal, the Board selects for these Highlights articles that are of broad interest and significantly advance knowledge  … Read more

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Books by Members

Cyclic Nucleotide Signaling, Xiaodong Cheng (2015), CRC Press, ISBN: 9781482235562

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My Talk Runneth Over

Dear Labby, I am a fourth-year graduate student getting ready to give my first talk at a meeting. It is supposed to be 12 minutes and then three for discussion. I did a trial run with the lab and it was 25 minutes. That was  … Read more

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A Postdoc’s Tale of Two Cities

It’s hard to imagine two more dissimilar cities than Salt Lake City, Utah, and Naples, Campania. Salt Lake is everything orderly, mild, and relatively new (founded 1847). Naples is everything old (founded 8th century BC), spicy, and slightly chaotic. That was an attraction for Dustin  … Read more

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Improving Learning Outcomes with Assessment

Dear EdComm, I recently had lunch with several colleagues who teach in science and other disciplines. While discussing student performance, several of them explained that they test students frequently and have seen dramatic improvement in their learning outcomes. I couldn’t stop thinking about how this  … Read more

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Science Out, Money In

Science Outreach as a Vital Tool to Promote Research Funding Society’s perception of science and scientists is quite complex. While the prestige of scientists is second only to that of firefighters,1 there are stark differences in opinion between many scientists and the general population regarding  … Read more

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One House Down, One to Go for the 21st Century Cures Act

After detailed study and examination, on July 10 the House of Representatives passed H.R.6, the 21st Century Cures Act, by a vote of 344 to 77. The bill, which modernizes the drug discovery process from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Food and  … Read more

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Bob Goldstein

Many researchers have scientific idols but Bob Goldstein is one of the few with an actual shrine. Inside Goldstein’s microscope room at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, there’s a small wall recess dedicated to the cell biology pioneer Ray Rappaport. It was Rappaport,  … Read more

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Role Models and Peers as a Social Vaccine to Enhance Women’s Self- Concept in STEM

In 1998, I met a student in the undergraduate class I was teaching who stood head-and- shoulders above her peers academically. I learned that Jennifer had started college as an engineering major. Because she was mathematically talented and interested in engineering she was heavily recruited  … Read more

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