How Cell Biologists Work: Ron Vale on converting chemical energy into mechanical work and curiosity into discovery

Ron Vale is a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Department at the University of California, San Francisco and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Vale’s lab studies how the contents of cells are organized, including how molecular motors move cargo to ne...

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Members in the News for July 2017

Several members of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) have attained notable achievements in recent weeks. Congratulations to one and all. 2017 Shaw Prize for Life Science and Medicine Ian Gibbons (left) and Ron Vale both have been awarded the prestigious 2017 Shaw Prize in Life Sc...

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Five ways to make the most of your conference experience

Attending conferences is one of the most important parts of being a scientist. You get to connect with other researchers from all over the world and share your work with them, gaining precious feedback and hopefully returning home full of new ideas. It’s a chance to discover what other people in t...

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IWISE: The New York Stem Cell Foundation’s strategies for advancing women in science

The mission of the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is to accelerate cures for the major diseases of our time through stem cell research, and we believe that gender equality in science, medicine, and engineering is a key component to making treatments and cures available to all patients as quic...

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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, and much of Europe was turning ...

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Nanoscale forces measured in aortic smooth muscle cells tell story of disease

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated to employ a novel nanoscale fibrous system that can measure the tiny forces exerted by and upon individual cells with extreme precision. The team hopes that this platform, which investigators call nanonet force microsc...

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Great expectations

Dear Labby, I have just joined a top research lab for my postdoc. I was very successful in graduate school, where my advisor gave me complete freedom to come and go as I pleased and attend whatever functions I wanted. Now, in the first week, my new PI has given me a list of expectations. He has tol...

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What happens when your lab decides to switch institutions?

Throughout my training, I’ve seen many labs leave my institution and many labs arrive, and I always thought, “I’m glad it isn’t happening to me” …until one day, it did. Toward the end of my second year as a postdoc at the NIH, my advisor took a position at Rockefeller University, and thu...

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Congress spurns sharp spending cuts for National Science Foundation, other federal agencies

Congress showed its support for the scientific community once again last month as the House Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) subcommittee unveiled its FY718 Appropriations bill, which rejected the White House’s call for drastic cuts to the National Science Foundation (NSF), among other agencie...

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Marchers raise your hands!; ASCB leadership visits capitol hill; FY18 budget proposal calls for massive cuts to NIH, NSF

Marchers Raise Your Hands! Even before the individual March for Science marches were finished, everyone was asking the same question: “How many people are here?” The organizers of the March allowed time to use the best science available to come up with an estimate for the number of marchers....

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