PIC Associates

Interested in science outreach? ASCB members, volunteer
now for PIC Associates

The Public Information Committee (PIC) relies on volunteer PIC Associates to help find breaking science news, especially at the ASCB Annual Meeting. To spot the latest, PIC is in need of sharp minds and tireless eyeballs to help committee members screen the roughly 1,000 abstracts submitted for panel presentation at the ASCB’s Annual Meeting. PIC Associates will help winnow that down to a roughly a dozen “Novel & Newsworthy Top Picks" to be featured in the PIC’s press guide for science journalists covering the meeting. The screening—conducted entirely online—is set for late August and early September. 

During the rest of the year, PIC Associates are wanted for other PIC projects including CellTweets, our social media outreach with short takes on hot papers, Celldance, our annual cell biology film contest, and our newly launched "The ASCB Post," a news, comment, and scientific intelligence gathering page. All need your expertise and energy. You must be a current ASCB member or member applicant.

For further information, contact ASCB Science Writer John Fleischman jfleischman@ascb.org.

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Information for the Media and Public

The Public Information Committee (PIC) is the outreach arm of the Society, promoting public awareness of the latest advances in cell biology and the crucial importance of basic research for human health. PIC’s major activities are a breaking science news guide and onsite ASCB Newsroom for journalists covering the Annual Meeting, the Celldance cell biology film contest, and the CellTweets social media working group.

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