Balancing demands as a new faculty member

Dear Labby, I am just completing my first semester as an assistant professor. After five years as an international postdoc I thought that this time would never happen. We now live in a relatively rural part of the United States, in contrast to our former  … Read more

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Pushing the boundaries of cell biology: Highlights of the 2017 ASCB|EMBO meeting

Nearly 7,000 scientists gathered in Philadelphia in December to learn, share, network, and celebrate all things cell biology at the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting. The five-day meeting included daily poster sessions featuring more than 2,500 posters, six major Symposia, 25 Minisymposia, 18 Microsymposia, 24 Member-Organized Special  … Read more

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The complete scientist—A call to arms

Last year, I was invited to speak at a “nonscientific” session of the Young MitoScientists Forum, a meeting organized by students, postdocs, and junior clinicians attending the associated international EuroMIT meeting. This marked the first and so far only time I have been asked to  … Read more

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How to join the conversation

Dear Labby, I am a second-year PhD student who joined a large lab full of confident and opinionated senior graduate students and postdocs. I find the environment stimulating and my lab-mates interesting and funny, and I love my research project. However, I was raised in  … Read more

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Symposium to focus on cell interactions both helpful and deadly

Cells do not exist in isolation but in association with one another within tissues, in organs, and within bodily fluids. At the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting, the Symposium on Cell Interactions will address some of the ways cells communicate, influence each other, and impact their surroundings  … Read more

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November/December 2017 Members in the News

Chantell Evans of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is among 15 exceptional early-career scientists selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the first group of HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows. Recipients can receive up to $1.4 million over eight years to support postdoctoral training through  … Read more

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Learning the Art of Leading a Lab

The career objective of many junior scientists is to become a PI—to finally be the person to define the vision of the lab, design research goals, uncover the secrets of nature, and change the direction of science. After surviving the decade-long process of completing a  … Read more

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ASCB members share important research through Celldance “Tell your own cell story” videos

The beloved Celldance video program is back for 2017, with more dazzling cell videos—reminding us of the stunning beauty as well as the practical significance of cell biology research. Celldance is a program supported by the ASCB Public Information Committee to promote public engagement and  … Read more

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Symposium explores metabolism at the cellular level

In Western nations, obesity and diabetes have led to a form of fatty liver disease (FLD) that, in certain individuals, can progress to cirrhosis and deadly liver cancer. How and why these life-threatening medical conditions develop remain unclear. This will be one of the topics  … Read more

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Hostility to science is spreading; Congressional budget resolution may foretell large cuts for science

Hostility to science is spreading The results of the September 24 German elections are in, and Angela Merkel should serve a fourth term as German chancellor. The issues that drove the debate in the German election were very similar to the issues debated during the  … Read more

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