Five ways to get involved in community science outreach

The start of the new year is often a time for reflection, gratitude, and thinking about new year’s resolutions. Is one of your resolutions to volunteer more? To give back to your community? Perhaps you can become an advocate for science! Science outreach benefits everyone  … Read more

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How Cell Biologists Work: Abby Dernburg on meiosis and mindfulness

Abby Dernburg is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. The Dernburg lab studies the great mysteries of meiosis: how homologous chromosomes successfully pair with each other and how  … Read more

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Informational interviews: Four ways to transform weak ties into a strong network

Early on in my graduate career, I did a few informational interviews to learn more about different career options. I also helped design a “protocol” for conducting informational interviews, which we published at Science Careers (check it out for sample emails and lists of questions).  … Read more

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Bioprinting: Ethical and societal implications

In a recent ASCB Post article in the “What’s it all about?” series, Amanda Haage explains developments in the recent field of 3D printing with biological materials (i.e., bioprinting). Although these methods are still being fine-tuned, the field holds tremendous promise in such areas as  … Read more

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Three ways to improve the culture of lab-life balance

You’re exhausted from working long hours, but have you ever asked yourself how you spent your time? We live in a science culture where we feel like we are good students or postdocs only if we show everybody how hard we work. Right? Not really.  … Read more

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Practical tips to make your lab more sustainable

If you’ve done bench work in a cell biology lab in the last 10 years, you’ve almost certainly used a product called a mini-prep kit to purify plasmid DNA from a bacterial culture. Depending on how many samples you have, it can take a while,  … Read more

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What’s it all about? 3D bioprinting

The idea of scientists growing body parts in the lab usually conjures up images of popular science fiction, too farfetched to ever be considered outside of a mad scientist stereotype. In reality, the fields of medical and tissue engineering have made great strides in utilizing  … Read more

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Outreach, conference-style: the importance of attending scientific meetings that are not research topic-based

It is October, and most cell biologists around the world are looking forward to the ASCB|EMBO meeting in San Diego! The very best of cell biology and career development will be there, waiting for us. However, there are plenty of other STEM conferences that are  … Read more

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Society grant-funded symposium on translational cell biology a huge success

The Sunshine State made good on its name on a clear, late September day as over 160 scientists at all career stages from across the state of Florida and beyond gathered at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville for the Second Annual Florida Translational  … Read more

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How Cell Biologists Work with Radhika Subramanian: Building up proteins and spirits in academia

Radhika Subramanian is an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, she is studying cellular structures built from microtubules, and how they assemble, to better understand their function. Her lab  … Read more

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