The complete scientist—A call to arms

Last year, I was invited to speak at a “nonscientific” session of the Young MitoScientists Forum, a meeting organized by students, postdocs, and junior clinicians attending the associated international EuroMIT meeting. This marked the first and so far only time I have been asked to  … Read more

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Embracing change to strengthen ASCB

Soon we will meet in Philadelphia for our Annual Meeting, where I will pass the gavel to incoming president Jodi Nunnari. As I prepare for this transition, I reflect on our Society, on the journey that brought us here, and on ASCB’s future. The Values  … Read more

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Understanding nature through description

I had the good fortune to have an exceptionally good anatomy teacher during my first year of medical school. One of the exercises during labs was to identify structures. I recall how adamant he was in expecting us not to rush to a “guess,” even  … Read more

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Building bridges: coming together for the joy of discovery

This President’s Column is by guest columnists Laura M. Machesky and Tobias C. Walther, co-chairs of the Program Committee for the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting. It was a difficult time. The United States had just come out of one of the worst economic crises in history,  … Read more

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Looking Beyond the Individual: Reflections on E.E. Just and How Academic Institutions Shape Scientific Careers

This President’s Column is by guest columnist Daniel Colón-Ramos, recipient of the 2016 E.E. Just Award from the ASCB and associate professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Yale University. Science as something already in existence, already completed, is the most objective, impersonal thing that  … 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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The Centrality of Cell Biology

My earliest encounter with cell biology occurred when I was in medical school during the early 1970s. The beauty and complexity of the intracellular world had a deep impact on me and quickly sealed my decision to become a scientist. In those days, cell biology  … Read more

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On Publishing and the Sneetches: A Wake-up Call?*

*This column reflects the opinions of the authors about commercial academic publishing. Two institutions—learned societies and scientific journals—midwifed a scientific revolution in the 17th century that still dominates our professional lives today. Learned societies like the ASCB remain relevant because they provide forums for sharing  … Read more

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On Research Funding and the Power of Youth

“A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of thirty will never do so.” While this quip of Albert Einstein’s certainly does not generally apply to cell biologists, it is well recognized that innovation in science and technology tends to  … Read more

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On Careers and 42

“What is the secret to a successful career in science?” is a question that I often encounter when meeting with students and postdocs at various institutions. It is a loaded question to which there is no tangible answer, and I always enjoy the discussion that  … Read more

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