Mary Spiro is ASCB's Science Writer and Social Media Manager.


Pioneer of RNA biology receives 2018 Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science

Joan Argetsinger Steitz, the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry/HHMI at Yale School of Medicine today received the 2018 Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science. Steitz was recognized for her leadership in biomedical science, pioneering discoveries in RNA biology, and decades of  … Read more

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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

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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

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PALM Network: Developing Science Educators One Best Practice at a Time

Helping to develop top-notch science educators is among ASCB’s top goals as a society. To support this endeavor, in 2016 ASCB and other societies and organizations piloted the Promoting Active Learning and Mentor (PALM) Network. The PALM Network is a National Science Foundation–funded program that  … Read more

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ASCB awards seven ‘Science Sandbox’ public engagement grants

The American Society for Cell Biology’s (ASCB) new Public Engagement Grants, supported by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, has selected seven finalists for the 2018 awards cycle. The grantees will receive from $10,000 to $35,000 to realize their bold ideas, with the  … Read more

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HHMI chooses four ASCB members to join 2018 investigator cadre

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) today announced that it will invest $200 million in a new cadre of 19 investigators, a group of individuals known for pushing the boundaries of biomedical research. The four long-time ASCB members in the new group of investigators announced  … Read more

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Joint NCI-ASCB conference reveals advanced cancer cell imaging methods

The number and types of advanced imaging techniques and technologies available to cell biologists today have grown exponentially over the last few years. As classical microscopy methods are refined and new imaging tools come online to visualize the cellular and subcellular world, it can be  … Read more

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Nine ASCB members elected to National Academy of Sciences

The American Society for Cell Biology congratulates nine ASCB members recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on May 1, 2018. NAS added 84 new members and 21 foreign associates to its ranks in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original  … Read more

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New organoid moves us closer to better understanding of the human brain

Scientists seek to create model systems that accurately recapitulate conditions in living organisms so that they can study everything from basic cellular functions to the effects of drug therapies. In the race to find the best model, the field of organoids has rapidly matured. To  … Read more

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CZI panelists say basic science holds key to cures for neurodegenerative diseases

A panel discussion, “The Challenge of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Will Cell Biology Hold the Answer?” hosted by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), yielded lively discussion about the direction of basic scientific research. The discussion was one of several satellite events held during the 2017 ASCB|EMBO meeting  … Read more

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