Time for Second Order Change

I have had the privilege of serving as Editor-in-Chief of CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE) for almost a decade now. During this time, I have seen exponential growth in education research, especially research beyond K–12 schools and outside of colleges of education. Much of this work  … Read more

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Five Ways to Get Scientific About Learning and Teaching

It is August, and many of us are preparing for the upcoming academic year. Whether we instruct students in classes, mentor students informally, or just give seminars on our own research, now is a great time to reflect on all the teaching we do. As  … Read more

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NIGMS Redefines Graduate Training

During his interview with ASCB President Jodi Nunnari,1 Jon Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), gave her a hint of the upcoming changes to the NIGMS training program. In describing the changes, Lorsch said “We’re focused on improving the diversity  … Read more

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ABRCMS and SACNAS: Building a Bridge to Cell Biology through Mentorship and Community

Achieving a diverse and inclusive scientific community is a goal shared by ASCB and many other organizations. Diversity-oriented Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) conferences serve an important role in supporting aspiring minority scientists at critical times in their training. Two of the largest of  … Read more

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The Science and Art of Mentoring

We often do not seize the numerous opportunities we are afforded to shape the learning experiences of our mentees, let alone influence the environments in which those experiences transpire. We do not frequently enough embrace the art of mentoring. Stretching beyond Best Practices Contemplate the  … Read more

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ASCB Leadership on the Hill

The day after the spring ASCB Council Meeting, eight ASCB Council members were joined by five members of ASCB committees for a series of meetings on Capitol Hill. The Council members included ASCB President Jodi Nunnari, ASCB President-elect Andrew Murray, ASCB Treasurer Gary Gorbsky, ASCB  … Read more

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Predators and Prey in Publishing

DEAR LABBY: I’m a mid-career faculty member in a biology department at a large public university. Our department has been fortunate to recruit some really promising new assistant professors within the last few years. I try to check in on the new cell biologists on  … Read more

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Promoting Scholarly Evaluation of Teaching: Addressing the Third Rail of Academia

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

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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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In Memoriam: Günter Blobel, A Voyager of the Cell

It was with profound sadness that the cell biology community learned of the death of Günter Blobel on February 18, 2018, unanticipated by most outside his immediate circle. We can always envision “creators” in science but should be cautious in bouncing this term around too  … Read more

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