Dicty Racers Vie for Big Cash Prize
The world of slime molds is seething with activity as teams prepare their entries for the upcoming Dicty World Race, set for May 16 in the Massachusetts General Hospital lab of Daniel Irimia. Meantime, Irimia and ASCB member Chris Janetopoulos of Vanderbilt University have raised $3,000 from private sponsors for prize money. Their goal now is to raise the grand prize to $5,000 through crowd funding on RocketHub. The idea that you could win real money racing Dictyostelium discoideum is startling. Imagine cell biology on the sports pages. Give generously.
Sloan Fellowship for Princeton's Clifford Brangwynne
ASCB member Clifford Brangwynne of Princeton University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering was just awarded a $50,000 early-career scientist research fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Brangwynne's Soft Living Matter Group is an interdisciplinary lab looking at how molecules self-assemble into larger-scale structures with defined size, shape, and mechanical properties in organisms.