A focus on molecular forms and functions at the DNA and RNA Biology Symposium

The success of DNA and RNA in, respectively, translating and transcribing their genetic information has as much to do with their physical structure and shape as with the nucleotides they contain. The Symposium on DNA  and RNA Biology at the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting will focus  … Read more

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Cell Biology of Degeneration and Repair in the Nervous System: A preview of the ASCB|EMBO 2017 Doorstep Meeting

Brain development, function, and degeneration are the central themes for the ASCB|EMBO 2017 Doorstep Meeting, to be held on Saturday, December 2 in Philadelphia. The second annual Doorstep Meeting offers talks by experts from disciplines tackling the cell biology of the brain and gives ample  … Read more

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PhDs explore the leap from research science to commerce

As life science PhD students and postdocs scan the horizon for possible careers, many are turning to the one-week ASCB­–Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) course Managing Science in the Biotech Industry to learn what a biosciences industry future looks like. “What we’ve found is that the  … Read more

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ASCB fights to protect H1-B Visas; Science funding faring better in Congress than in the Trump budget

Public Policy Briefing ASCB fights to protect H1-B Visas Since taking office, the Trump Administration has agitated for immigration reform, even launching the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order in April to encourage the U.S. government and private companies to favor American produts and workers.  … Read more

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MAC Holds 2017 Faculty Research and Education Development Program

On July 13, 2017, the ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) kicked off its annual Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Program in Seattle, WA. The FRED Program is a year-long program to promote grant funding success of junior faculty at institutions with a strong commitment  … Read more

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Taking the Terror out of Random Call

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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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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