Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi is the Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology. In this position he is responsible, with the ASCB Board, for strategic planning and all operations at the Society to serve the needs of its ~9,000 members and to promote the field of cellular biology and basic science. Email: sbertuzzi@ascb.org


ASCB Chemistry: Reactions of a Proud Catalyst

Writing my last Executive Director’s Column for the ASCB Newsletter is bittersweet. The bitter part comes from reflecting on the end of my time leading this fabulous organization. I know I will miss so many ASCB people with whom I have closely interacted. That includes  … Read more

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A New and Stunning Metric from NIH Reveals the Real Nature of Scientific Impact

What if I told you that nearly 90 percent of the publications which have profoundly influenced the life sciences did not appear in a high-impact factor journal? If you signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, you probably aren’t surprised. If you haven’t signed  … Read more

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What Cell Biologists Can Learn from Google Cars

Computer engineers have served up some unimaginable surprises. Just as the steam engine (in particular the highly efficient version devised by James Watt) was key to the industrial revolution in the 18th century, computers and other digital technologies have brought us to the second machine  … Read more

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What Cell Biologists Can Learn from Google Cars

Big data is coming to cell biology. Are we poised to take advantage of it? Image by Johnny Chang. Computer engineers have served up some unimaginable surprises. Just as the steam engine (in particular the highly efficient version devised by James Watt) was key to  … Read more

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The Sensational vs. the Useful in the Quest for Reproducibility in Research

A core concept in scientific research is that empirical results must be replicable. This concept dates back to the birth of the experimental method itself. The Accademia del Cimento (Academy of Experiment) was founded in Florence in 1657 by Galileo’s students and it published the  … Read more

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UPR Video Wins CASE Prize

Got two minutes and 37 seconds to grasp the unfolded protein response (UPR)? At just under three minutes, the video What Is the Unfolded Protein Response? from the University Relations Department at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) does the job with a white board  … Read more

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Sensational Numbers and the Real Irreproducibility Crisis in Preclinical Research

A core concept in scientific research is the ability to replicate empirical results. This concept dates back to the birth of the experimental method itself. The Accademia del Cimento (Academy of Experiment) was funded in Florence in 1657 by Galileo’s students and it published the  … Read more

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A False Sense of Precision—What Happens to Journal Impact Factor (JIF) Rankings When You Drop a Decimal Place?

The current world’s record in the 100-meter dash, held by the Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, is 9.58 seconds. Actually Bolt ran it in 9.572 seconds but the rules require rounding up to two decimal places. And yet in the 100-meter dash, a third decimal place  … Read more

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The Glaring Paradox of Impact Vs. Experience in Biology Journals

We all do it. We wrestle with an experiment for months until finally it works. The data are excellent and the findings novel. We drive our collaborators half mad with revisions and supplements to the many drafts. Now where do we send our precious paper?  … Read more

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Mind the Gap—The Scary Gulf Between Scientists and the Public

Last week I wrote about the unnecessary measles anti-vax crisis and the failure of science communication. I’d like to return to the topic of science communication in this blog post. The Pew Research Center released a report titled Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and  … Read more

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