President’s Columns

Green Is Not the New Gold: Beware of False Models for Open Access

March 29, 2017
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This President’s Column is by guest columnist Maria Leptin, Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). EMBO and ASCB…

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The Centrality of Cell Biology

February 8, 2017

My earliest encounter with cell biology occurred when I was in medical school during the early 1970s. The beauty and…

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On Publishing and the Sneetches: A Wake-up Call?*

November 7, 2016

*This column reflects the opinions of the authors about commercial academic publishing. Two institutions—learned societies and scientific journals—midwifed a scientific…

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On Research Funding and the Power of Youth

October 3, 2016

“A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of thirty will never do so.”…

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On Celebrating Discovery and Building a Meeting

July 6, 2016

The most important event of our Society is the Annual Meeting. This year, the meeting will be held in San…

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On Careers and 42

June 6, 2016

“What is the secret to a successful career in science?” is a question that I often encounter when meeting with…

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On Preprints, and Beer and Tacos

May 2, 2016

A meeting (ASAPbio) was held on February 16–17 to discuss the role of preprints in biology, which sparked a New…

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On Reproducibility and Clocks

April 4, 2016

It is not easy to build a clock. When my daughter got married, I decided to build a clock as…

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On Cell Biology and Awesomeness – By Peter Walter

February 16, 2016

What is cell biology? I get this question frequently when I speak about my profession with people outside the inner circles of…

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Why Scientists Must Communicate with the Public

November 30, 2015

Shirley Tilghman This semester I have been teaching an undergraduate course at Princeton on the topic of modern genetics and…

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