Spotlight: COMPASS Outreach Grant Recipients Spring/Summer 2018

Science is an endeavor that impacts everyone. The ultimate goal of science is the advancement of humankind, through exploration, medical technology, or conservation of our surroundings. Despite this overarching goal, much of the public remains uninvolved in the deep and confusing world of scientific research.  … Read more

Help gather data and inform­ation to recognize the role of early career researchers in peer review

Peer review is a central tenet of the evaluation of academic research. Peer reviewing manuscripts for journal publication is seen as part of a researcher’s service. Graduate students, who are supposed to be training in the sciences, should therefore clearly be participating in, and receiving  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work with Dominique Bergmann: Working ‘out of the mainstream’ to study conserved biology
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Our featured cell biologist this month is Dominique Bergmann, a Professor of Biology at Stanford University and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Bergmann Lab uses the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana (a small flowering plant), along with other plant species, to study the fundamentals of development. Plants  … Read more

Time for Second Order Change
August 2018 NewsletterPresident's Columns

I have had the privilege of serving as Editor-in-Chief of CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE) for almost a decade now. During this time, I have seen exponential growth in education research, especially research beyond K–12 schools and outside of colleges of education. Much of this work  … Read more

ASCB offers free green card webinar for foreign scientific researchers

Recent federal policy changes have impacted the ability for some international researchers to work in the United States, but there are solutions. The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) has teamed with immigration law firm Getson and Shatz to offer a free webinar—Green Cards for Scientific Researchers:  … Read more

Five Ways to Get Scientific About Learning and Teaching
August 2018 Newsletter

It is August, and many of us are preparing for the upcoming academic year. Whether we instruct students in classes, mentor students informally, or just give seminars on our own research, now is a great time to reflect on all the teaching we do. As  … Read more

ABRCMS and SACNAS: Building a Bridge to Cell Biology through Mentorship and Community
ASCB NewsletterAugust 2018 Newsletter

Achieving a diverse and inclusive scientific community is a goal shared by ASCB and many other organizations. Diversity-oriented Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) conferences serve an important role in supporting aspiring minority scientists at critical times in their training. Two of the largest of  … Read more

The Science and Art of Mentoring
August 2018 NewsletterWICB Columns

We often do not seize the numerous opportunities we are afforded to shape the learning experiences of our mentees, let alone influence the environments in which those experiences transpire. We do not frequently enough embrace the art of mentoring. Stretching beyond Best Practices Contemplate the  … Read more

Predators and Prey in Publishing
August 2018 NewsletterDear Labby

DEAR LABBY: I’m a mid-career faculty member in a biology department at a large public university. Our department has been fortunate to recruit some really promising new assistant professors within the last few years. I try to check in on the new cell biologists on  … Read more

The importance of an elevator speech

It’s called an “elevator pitch” or “speech,” but it could also be referred to as the “water cooler speech,” the “cocktail party speech,” or the standard blurb you use at your family get-togethers. When time is limiting (e.g., an elevator ride), it helps to have  … Read more