How Cell Biologists Work: Prachee Avasthi on ‘exuberantly’ tackling elegant experiments and the value of preprints

In this edition of How Cell Biologists Work, we interview  Prachee Avasthi, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology and assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.  The Avasthi Lab studies the formation and regulation of ciliary struc...

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How international scientists can advocate, and how U.S. scientists can support them

In the current political climate in the United States, many scientists are looking to become more politically engaged or to advocate, whether it be marching for science (#ascbmarches), or contacting elected representatives and attending town halls. As someone here on a Green Card, and as someone ...

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Harris’s book explores critical topic of scientific rigor

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) was one of the first to highlight issues of reproducibility with science, so it was with great anticipation that I picked up Richard Harris’s book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions. Although the ...

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Five ways to prepare yourself to become a postdoc

The end of a PhD is undoubtedly the end of an era. You’ve worked hard, and your work has paid off. You are now a full-fledged Doctor of Philosophy. You successfully played the field and got yourself a postdoctoral position in your dream lab. You’re no longer a student; you are now a professional...

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Ahmet Yildiz wins Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Creativity sometimes means coloring outside the lines. For Ahmet Yildiz, associate professor of physics and molecular cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, choosing the unexpected path seems to be a way of life. Now a leading expert in molecular motors and single-molecule imaging, ...

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Career Perspectives: Erica A. Siebrasse, Education and Professional Development Manager, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Please describe your current position. I am responsible for the ASBMB’s education, professional development and diversity initiatives. I report directly to our executive director and have two people who report to me.. While my position is multi-faceted, it is most succinctly described as projec...

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Six best practices learned from mentoring undergraduates

  Most scientists will mentor undergraduates at one time in their career. If these students are well trained, they can be an important asset for early career scientists and sometimes even generate publishable data. As scientists, it is our responsibility to train future scientists and encour...

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COMPASS marches with ASCB

Science is often thought of as an apolitical pursuit, and yet it is inexorably intertwined with government. So we as scientists must balance maintaining our effort to be non-partisans while publicly advocating for our profession. On April 22, there will be marches and rallies around the world as “...

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ASCB statement on Trump Fy17 budget proposal

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) strongly urges Congress and the Trump Administration to recognize the benefits research has to our nation, including its role as an economic driver. In particular, the ASCB calls on Congress to ignore the Trump cuts and ratify the FY17 budget increases fo...

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Letting the right ones in: obstacles in graduate admissions  

Our previous article discussed admission metrics such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), undergraduate GPA (grade point average), previous research experience, recommendation letters, personal statements and in-person interviews, and their relation to graduate student performance. Several stu...

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