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Press Releases

ASCB grant funds five new innovative public engagement projects

June 21, 2021

The American Society for Cell Biology is pleased to announce the five 2021 recipients of ASCB Public Engagement Grants, which are funded by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. This round of grantees features STEM outreach and training opportunities for children through adults, focusing on marginalized and underserved communities, as well as fragile…

Erika Shugart leaving ASCB to head NSTA

February 8, 2021

After almost five years as CEO, Erika Shugart will be leaving the American Society for Cell Biology as of March 5 to become the Executive Director of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). In a letter announcing the change to members of the ASCB Council, ASCB President Ruth Lehmann said: “I wish Erika the best…

December 2020 Newsletter

January 11, 2021

The theme for the December issue is Technology and the issue includes a Feature Article on focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy, the winning entries from ASCB’s annual Image and Video Contest, and an article on lung cell organoids and how they can be used to explore possible treatments for COVID-19. Also in the issue…

Policy Statements

ASCB has a strong reputation as a leader in life science policy and as a “go-to” group for state, national, and international policymakers in need of critical information or advice on life science policy issues.

White Papers and Position Papers

One way ASCB educates government officials is through publication of Position Papers outlining ASCB’s position on critical science-related issues. ASCB Public Policy Committee Taskforces also produce White papers on specific topics of interest to the cell biology community.

ASCB Letters and Official Policy Comments

The ASCB also sends official letters in response to official requests for comment from agencies like the NIH and the NSF and to policymakers in Congress and federal agencies.

To read recent letters and policy comments by the ASCB, go to Letters and Official Policy Comments.

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About ASCB

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ASCB History

ASCB is an inclusive, international community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. We are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce. ASCB has 8,500 members and members in 57 countries around the world.