Collaboration with Biostatisticians: Why, How, When, and Where

Biostatistics is the application of statistics to understanding health and biology. It provides powerful tools for developing research questions, designing studies, refining measurements, analyzing data, and interpreting findings. In the most rigorous cell biology studies, we see the increasing use of statistical methods, but too  … Read more

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Member Profile: Debra “Page” Baluch

Research scientist Page Baluch manages the W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory at Arizona State University (ASU). She helps scientists of all kinds obtain the imaging data they need, from organisms as diverse as plants and bacteria. Although her lab has many tools, the popular confocal microscopes  … Read more

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Eight ASCB Members Honored with NIH Director’s Awards

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented 89 grants to fund “extraordinarily creative scientists proposing highly innovative research to address major challenges in biomedical science.” The grants are part of the NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, which supports ideas with the potential for great impact  … Read more

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Making the Most of Your Invited Seminar

DEAR LABBY: I’m a relatively new assistant professor with my own lab. I have been invited to give a seminar by a scientist at a major university whose research overlaps mine. I’m thrilled at the chance to present my research to people who would appreciate  … Read more

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Developing a Computational Pipeline and Benchmark Datasets for Image-Based Transcriptomics

A New Technology Multiplexed image-based transcriptomics is an emerging technology for measuring spatially resolved gene expression in cells and intact tissues at scale. These transcriptomic profiles can be correlated with other measures of cellular structure, function, and localization to obtain a better understanding of cellular  … Read more

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Shining Our Light on Science

As I write this, I am looking forward with great anticipation to the ASCB|EMBO Meeting in San Diego, which is guaranteed to deliver inspiring science and scientists. Let’s party! I am in awe of the time and effort spent by both member volunteers and the  … Read more

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HHMI Janelia’s Advanced Imaging Center: Breaking Barriers

Back in the 1980s, I was astounded to be able to see individual microtubules in a squid giant axon the first time I looked through Robert Allen’s video microscope. As a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Shinya Inoue, I observed spindle microtubules in living  … Read more

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The cell biologist’s expanding toolbox

The cell biologist’s toolbox grows more powerful with each passing year. As cell scientists collaborate with experts in computer science, chemistry, physics, and engineering, new technologies and new methods of using established technologies are added regularly. What can these advanced technologies tell us about cells  … Read more

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In Memoriam: Kenneth H. Downing, 72, Cryo-EM Pioneer

Kenneth H. Downing, a longtime ASCB member, passed away on August 2, 2018. His impact on science—and on the scientists who worked with him—was enormous, and he will be greatly missed. He was 72. Born in Chelsea, MA, Ken grew up liking electronics and with  … Read more

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EMBO Gold Medal Winners Honored for Research on Meiosis Mistakes, Bacterial Defense

German biochemist and ASCB member Melina Schuh and Czech microbiologist Marek Basler have been awarded the 2018 EMBO Gold Medal. The award is given each year to scientists under the age of 40 who have made outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe. Basler  … Read more

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