We’re all made of star stuff: Cells, philosophy, and a small bar

My inability to be productive on an airplane started when I began doing scientific research. Graduate students, postdocs, and primary investigators I’ve talked to have all had the same experience. You pull out your laptop, put in your headphones, and open a grant, a paper,  … Read more

ASCB announces East and West Coast dates for summer biotech course, scholarships

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) will offer an East Coast version of the popular week-long summer biotechnology management course this June in partnership with the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The East Coast course will be held June  … Read more

Mentors and funding matter to a successful career in biomedical research

If you ask most people involved in biomedical research what two things are extremely important to career success, they might respond with funding and mentorship. The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) has designed programs to promote successful career development in these two specific areas.  … Read more

ASCB honorific award might be the boost your career needs

ASCB offers numerous honorific awards for every career stage. Most come with travel funds to attend the ASCB|EMBO meeting, as well as a speaking opportunity, while some offer cash. All awards would be prestigious additions to anyone’s CV. There’s something for everyone, so please consider  … Read more

ASCB COMPASS Outreach Grant spotlight: Sharon STEM Talks

It is 6:50 pm on an October evening. Fifty-five 11th and 12th-grade students pile into the Sharon High School (SHS) Library in quiet suburban Sharon, MA. As they crowd a plate of cookies and the coffee machine, their excitement builds. They are about to attend  … Read more

ASCB announces new webinars for 2019

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is excited to announce its 2019 free webinar series. These webinars are designed to provide life science educators worldwide with insights about how to design, conduct, and interpret education studies. The first three webinars offer a journal club-style  … Read more

How to ignore good advice and postdoc in a newly opened lab

Once we reach the end of our PhD, grad students interested in an academic postdoc are united by one thing: freaking out. Approaching the end of my PhD, far too many things were happening at once. Raising my head from the minutiae of my project,  … Read more

Five ways to get involved in community science outreach
COMPASS

The start of the new year is often a time for reflection, gratitude, and thinking about new year’s resolutions. Is one of your resolutions to volunteer more? To give back to your community? Perhaps you can become an advocate for science! Science outreach benefits everyone  … Read more

How Cell Biologists Work: Abby Dernburg on meiosis and mindfulness
COMPASS

Abby Dernburg is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. The Dernburg lab studies the great mysteries of meiosis: how homologous chromosomes successfully pair with each other and how  … Read more

Laptops or No Laptops in Class? It’s Complicated
December 2018 Newsletter

Dear Education Committee, I’m considering a no-laptop policy in my class because I notice that students get distracted when they have their computers open. Is this a good idea? What other factors should I consider in my decision? —Nervous about Notetaking Dear Nervous about Notetaking,  … Read more