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New Partners and New Ventures for ASCB in Science Education Reform

newpartnersIn a 2012 Science editorial, Bruce Alberts, a former ASCB president who was then the journal's editor, urged professional societies to team up in leading innovation in science education. ASCB took that charge seriously. In an editorial that appears in the latest issue of CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE) ,  Adam Fagen, the Executive Director of the Genetics Society of America (GSA), and I announce an important editorial partnership to strengthen ASCB's science education journal, which has been called the flagship of data-driven, science education reform.

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The Scholarly Paper That No One Will Want to Read Is Being Written in Congress

quality of lifeSpelling It Out: Spending on basic research has increased
our longevity and the quality of that longer life.
Photo Credit: John Fleischman
This week, a paper in the American Journal of Public Health, a well-respected scholarly publication in the field, caught my attention.1 The paper reported how health economists, using well-validated instruments, examined the state of population health in the United States and how population health changed from 1987 to 2008. They took into consideration not just mortality and morbidity, but also quality of life, which is an essential measure of health in developed countries like ours.

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A Scientist-Senator with a Seat — and a Vote — for Life

italiansenator-smI recently spent some time on a family vacation in Italy. We have a tradition in our family; at the dinner table, each of us has to say the best and the worst thing that happened to him or her during the day. It is always a fun moment that kids love, and it allows adults to pause and reflect on the day gone by. During our vacation, as you may imagine, the topics were very light and it was always hard to find the worst thing because it was pretty much a state of bliss.

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Showing the Faces of Science

weareresearchIn 2011, the Nobel Foundation awarded its prize of prizes to cell biologist, immunologist, and longtime ASCB member Ralph Steinman. When the foundation tried calling to deliver the good news, no one picked up the phone. Dr. Steinman had died three days before. A tireless researcher who identified and named dendritic cells, Steinman championed an unpopular theory about the immune system that turned out to be right. His death just days before this worldwide public recognition was unbelievably sad and unfortunate. But when I read of it, an idea came to me immediately of how a tragic situation like this could be turned into something fitting and something powerful.

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ASCB Kaluza Prize Reflects ASCB’s Concern that Young Scientists Are Now a Vulnerable Population

ASCB Kaluza Prize Reflects ASCB’s Concern that Young Scientists Are Now a Vulnerable Population

The ASCB Kaluza Prize recognizes significant research achievement by early career scientists who still pursue excellence amidst economic uncertainties and political shortsightedness. ASCB Photo.In the...

11-20-2013

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Round Trip from Stockholm to ASCB

Round Trip from Stockholm to ASCB

With Stockholm still in the future, Randy Schekman (third from left) with fellow 2013 Nobel winner, Jim Rothman (far right), shared the ASCB's highest scientific honor, the E. B. Wilson Medal, with St...

11-06-2013

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Colliding Worlds—A Rare Visit to the CERN Collider Gives a Biologist New Hope

Colliding Worlds—A Rare Visit to the CERN Collider Gives a Biologist New Hope

Nearly 170 meters beneath CERN, ASCB Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi gets a rare look at the Large Hadron Collider. Here he stands in front of the detector. Photo Credit: ASCBLast week, I was invi...

10-23-2013

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Watching Train Wrecks

Watching Train Wrecks

It’s full steam ahead for disaster or will the brakes stop the runaway fiscal crisis train in time? Photo by John FleischmanAlong with the future of U.S. research science, the train wreck metaphor has...

10-16-2013

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UPDATED-NIH Furloughs to Widen—From Slowdown to Shutdown, U.S. Science Takes a Hit

UPDATED-NIH Furloughs to Widen—From Slowdown to Shutdown, U.S. Science Takes a Hit

The USDA is closed and no U.S. orders for international fruit flies can be processed until the government is back in business.Photo Credit: André KarwathUUPDATED—The "Activation Energy" blog has learn...

10-09-2013

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Shutting Down Basic Science—Some Thoughts at Midnight (no, this is not a fairy tale)

Shutting Down Basic Science—Some Thoughts at Midnight (no, this is not a fairy tale)

Last night at midnight, the government ran out of money and shut down its main operations. Sadly, it left me wondering if perhaps our democracy ran out of steam as well. I've tried to explain what is ...

10-01-2013

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New Partners and New Ventures for ASCB in Science Education Reform

New Partners and New Ventures for ASCB in Science Education Reform

In a 2012 Science editorial, Bruce Alberts, a former ASCB president who was then the journal's editor, urged professional societies to team up in leading innovation in science education. ASC...

09-25-2013

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The Scholarly Paper That No One Will Want to Read Is Being Written in Congress

The Scholarly Paper That No One Will Want to Read Is Being Written in Congress

Spelling It Out: Spending on basic research has increased our longevity and the quality of that longer life. Photo Credit: John FleischmanThis week, a paper in the American Journal of Public Health, a...

09-18-2013

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A Scientist-Senator with a Seat — and a Vote — for Life

A Scientist-Senator with a Seat — and a Vote — for Life

I recently spent some time on a family vacation in Italy. We have a tradition in our family; at the dinner table, each of us has to say the best and the worst thing that happened to him or her during ...

09-10-2013

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Showing the Faces of Science

Showing the Faces of Science

In 2011, the Nobel Foundation awarded its prize of prizes to cell biologist, immunologist, and longtime ASCB member Ralph Steinman. When the foundation tried calling to deliver the good news, no one p...

09-05-2013

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Lessons from a Society of Societies

Lessons from a Society of Societies

This week, ASCB went to ASAE, or rather five ASCB staffers and yours truly attended a meeting of the ASAE in Atlanta. ASCB, I trust you know, stands for the American Society for Cell Biology. The ASAE...

08-07-2013

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Why Congress Should Be Worried About the Endoplasmic Reticulum

Why Congress Should Be Worried About the Endoplasmic Reticulum

Morphogenesis in biology always fascinated me. As a developmental neurobiologist at the bench, I studied how homeobox genes patterned the neural epithelium, the retina in particular, to understand the...

07-30-2013

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