NIH Directors Talk Training at ASCB Council Meeting

“Science has changed dramatically in the past two decades, but graduate education has not,” Jon Lorsch, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), told a room full of ASCB Councilors and NIH administrators, meeting at the society’s headquarters in Bethesda on M...

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Preprint’s Greatest Hits

For research biologists who have been living under a rock or finishing a grant application for the last six months, good morning and welcome to the world of preprint servers. Or at least you are welcome to the big debate about uploading your latest, still-to-be-reviewed, still-to-be-journal-publ...

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Cell News—Cells store extra membrane to keep up with supply and demand

Cells store extra membrane along pits and protrusions in the cell surface. But how cells regulate those membrane stores is not well understood. ASCB members Lauren Figard, Anna Marie Sokac, and colleagues at the Baylor College of Medicine monitored membrane supply and demand in Drosophila embryos....

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Cell News—Endoplasmic reticulum protein involved in plasma membrane lipid regulation

Organelles once thought to be independent are coming to light as allies. Research in the last few years has built evidence that interactions between the endoplasmic reticulum and the plasma membrane play a role in lipid synthesis. However, the molecular mechanisms are still being investigated. N...

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Jodi Nunnari elected as 2018 President of American Society for Cell Biology

Jodi Nunnari was elected by American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) members to serve as ASCB President in 2018. Nunnari, Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis, and Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Cell Biology, will serve...

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Cell News—Signaling OK to exit mitosis when spindle is aligned

In budding yeast if the mitotic spindle isn’t properly aligned, the cells won’t divide. But whether the cell signaling causes a halt in mitosis when the spindle is misoriented, or whether a properly oriented spindle causes mitosis to proceed was not known. Now Jill Falk in ASCB member Angeli...

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Cell News—Yeast lifestyles affect responses to stress

Even yeast get stressed. The environmental stress response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the yeast used for wine-, beer-, and bread-making and model organisms in the lab, has been well studied. But whether its stress responses are unique to this species of yeast, or common in all yeast was not kn...

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Cell News—Tango lessons for big guys from Barcelona

There has been a rather large hole in our understanding of how the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the cell’s protein and lipid assembly plant, manages to export very large molecules. A whole array of important but bulky proteins are simply too big to be exported inside COPII-coated vesicles, the ...

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“Our People” Rising: New Academicians, New Dean, New Prize, New Award

Five ASCB Members Ascend to American Academy of Arts & Sciences The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has elected five ASCB members, two to the section on Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology, two to the section on Cellular & Developmental Biology, and one as a Foreig...

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Sammy the Chlamy—A superhero for the environment

Sammy the Chlamy is a single-celled alga currently starring in a 3:28 original musical video on YouTube that advances the notion that Sammy and her kind can blunt climate change and curb world hunger. Chlamy is, of course, short for Chlamydomonas, a green alga that like all plants can photosynthesiz...

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