What Cell Biologists Can Learn from Google Cars

Big data is coming to cell biology. Are we poised to take advantage of it? Image by Johnny Chang. Computer engineers have served up some unimaginable surprises. Just as the steam engine (in particular the highly efficient version devised by James Watt) was key to  … Read more

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ASCB 2015 in San Diego: Nothing Is More Alive than Cell Biology

The paradox of cell biology is that its methods of inquiry are forever changing while the fundamental questions being asked are forever the same, says Stanford University’s Julie Theriot, the Program Chair for ASCB’s 2015 Annual Meeting, December 12–16, in San Diego. “The reason cell  … Read more

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Seen on the Cell

Fluorescence micrograph of the gut of transgenic GFP rat showing actin (red) and nuclei (blue). Honorable mention, 2004 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®. This image (www. cellimagelibrary.org/images/42516) is by Mark Ross and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives License. Want to  … Read more

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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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