Evidence indicates desire for change in undergraduate learning techniques

As an undergraduate psychology major, I had a mandatory course—Biological Basis of Behavior. Previously, I had taken a neurobiology course as an elective and absolutely loved it, so I was looking forward to this course. Unfortunately, the professor teaching the mandatory course never interacted with  … Read more

MBoC to begin publishing reviewer commentary along with articles

To promote transparency in scientific research, the basic research journal of the American Society for Cell Biology, Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), will begin publishing peer review reports along with articles beginning in early 2019. “Publishing peer reviewers’ comments and authors’ responses will encourage  … Read more

Cancer in English: Translating cancer cell biology for everyone through Instagram
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In today’s age of social media, it’s easy for the sheer volume of posts and opinions floating around the internet to distract us. Communication on social media focuses heavily on quick ideas, immediate updates, and instant gratification and much less on the depth of information.  … Read more

Four evidence-based ways universities can enhance graduate training

The biomedical and life sciences have a longstanding culture of postdoctoral training with the ultimate goal of a career as academic faculty or research tenure. Today’s industry, however, doesn’t support that model anymore, according to a study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  … Read more

MBoC seeks submissions for 5th issue on quantitative cell biology

The American Society for Cell Biology announces that their journal, Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) seeks submissions for the Fifth Annual Special Issue on Quantitative Cell Biology. This issue will build on the successes of four previous issues published in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and will provide an opportunity for researchers whose  … 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

Promoting Scholarly Evaluation of Teaching: Addressing the Third Rail of Academia
August 2018 Newsletter

Education is perhaps the fundamental form of investment societies or individuals can make in their own future welfare. It is a core enterprise of our research universities, and national discussions around improving the quality of higher education have been growing in voice and prominence. Yet  … Read more

Physical sciences meet cell biology in special edition ‘Forces’ issue

The second annual edition of “Forces On and Within Cells, a special issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), launched August 8, online.  The collection of research in this issue represents some of the discipline’s  … Read more

Mixed News on International Funding for Science
June 2018 Newsletter

At the same time that the U.S. National Institutes of Health is benefiting from increases in its budget, the news in other nations is mixed. Researchers in Canada continue to see support from the Trudeau administration. Scientists at government labs in India are not as lucky.  … Read more

What’s it all about? Microfluidics
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This installment of “What’s it all about?” will attempt to demystify the exciting miniature world of microfluidic technology, particularly as it pertains to cell biology and chip-sized cell culture systems. What are microfluidics? The term microfluidics can be used for both the physics-based study of  … Read more