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February 2018 Newsletter

The ASCB Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Mentoring Program aims to promote grant funding success for junior faculty or senior postdocs at minority-serving institutions and other institutions with a commitment to students that are underrepresented in STEM. By partnering early-career scientists with successful senior  … Read more

Alliance of scientific societies for broad participation in STEM
February 2018 Newsletter

The Biophysical Society and the ASCB are leading an effort with the support of the National Science Foundation to create an Alliance of Scientific Societies for Broad Participation in STEM to promote participation in STEM by the next generation of scientists. The other founding partners  … Read more

Bullying in science: let’s face the problem

The likelihood of a good scientist succeeding depends on infinite factors. At some point, we have all experienced the fact that being lucky is equally as important as being smart and passionate. Part of being lucky depends on human social interactions. One such example is  … Read more

Balancing demands as a new faculty member
February 2018 NewsletterDear Labby

Dear Labby, I am just completing my first semester as an assistant professor. After five years as an international postdoc I thought that this time would never happen. We now live in a relatively rural part of the United States, in contrast to our former  … Read more

Career Perspectives: Margaret Prendergast, Director of Bioengineering, Allevi, Inc.

Please describe your current position. Allevi (previously BioBots) develops a bioprinting platform for the fabrication of living 3D biological structures. As the director of bioengineering at Allevi, I facilitate an interdisciplinary effort among developers, roboticists, and material scientists to develop a series of standard bioinks  … Read more

The complete scientist—A call to arms
Feburary 2018 NewsletterPresident's Columns

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

The stranger in the lab: Staff scientists—who they are, what they do and how they improve academia

When you think of lab personnel, you probably think of the PI, postdocs, graduate students and even some undergrads. However, there is often another person in the lab who plays an important role that isn’t always clearly understood: the staff scientist. The scientific workforce needs  … Read more

Lego Grad Student: Stepping one brick up in academia

Academia can be filled with intense passion, fruitful discovery, and rewarding self-fulfillment. That’s the dream, right, the reason we are all here? Those moments are great and should be celebrated. But for most, these moments are far too infrequent to sustain us through the long  … Read more

Paying it forward: how we can do better for our undergrads

The vast majority of us discovered our love of research in our undergraduate career and some of us even earlier than that. Thinking back to your experience, there was likely an individual who inspired you in your research. That person mentored you and taught you  … Read more

Career Perspectives: Michael Lang, Consulting Associate at Charles River Associates

Please describe your current position. I use quantitative and qualitative market research as well as structured analytics to deliver insights that help pharmaceutical and biotech clients value and prioritize market opportunities and launch new brands. I work with multiple teams across CRA’s life sciences practice  … Read more