Do You Need a Postdoc, a Research Associate or Senior Colleague?
Contact: Rick Sommer
Postdoctoral research associate positions available to study the role of cell surface proteoglycans in both in vitro and in vivo systems relevant to vascular biology and atherosclerosis. A major focus in our laboratory includes investigating the biomechanics of cell movement. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with members of the proteoglycan and vascular biology communities at Emory and at several collaborating institutions. This project has been funded by the AHA National Center and the NIH. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree with training in biochemistry and/or cell/molecular biology. Send curriculum vitae and names of 2-3 references with e-mail addresses to: Dr. Elliot L. Chaikof, M.D., Ph.D., Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, 1639 Pierce Drive, 5105 WMB, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. Fax: (404) 727-3660. Email EOE/AA.
Postdoctoral research associate position available to study the molecular mechanisms of thrombosis on model lipid membrane systems using both in vitro and in vivo systems. Much of the work in our laboratory is at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with members of the vascular biology and thrombosis communities at Emory and at several collaborating institutions. This project is funded by the NIH. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree with training in biochemistry and/or cell/molecular biology. Send curriculum vitae and names of 2-3 references with e-mail addresses to: Dr. Elliot L. Chaikof, M.D., Ph.D., Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, 1639 Pierce Drive, 5105 WMB, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. Fax (404) 727-3660. Email EOE/AA.
Postdoctoral position available. Recent Ph.D. wanted for NIH-funded position to characterize the calreticulin-associated membrane complex involved in thrombospondin-signaling of focal adhesion disassembly. Thrombospondin is a counter-adhesive matrix protein that induces cytoskeletal reorganization via a PI 3-kinase and pertussis toxin-sensitive pathway (Greenwood et al., J. Biol. Chem 273:1755,1998). Studies will involve identification and characterization of a G-protein-linked membrane component utilizing protein chemistry, expression/mutagenesis, and cell biological/microscopy techniques. Candidate has the opportunity to participate in the supporting activities of the Cell Adhesion and Matrix Center. UAB is in the top 20 NIH-funded research universities and has an interactive,interdisciplinary research atmosphere. Birmingham is an active, small city that offers an affordable cost of living in a wooded, hilly terrain with a moderate four season climate within hours of the Gulf of Mexico and the Appalachian Mountains. Contact: Dr. J. E. Murphy-Ullrich, Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, G038 Volker Hall, Birmingham AL 35294-0019. Phone: (205) 934-0415; Fax: (205) 934-1775. Email EOE/AA.
Technical Director of Electron Microscopy and Immunocytochemistry Core Facility
The Director will be responsible for the operation of a core facility in the Division of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California School of Medicine at San Diego. He/she must have achieved a high level of competence in the prepartaion and analysis of cells and tissues by electron microscopy and immunocytochemistry, including immunofluorescence, immunoperoxidase, ultrathin cryosectioning and immunogold labeling.
Other duties are to instruct technicians, students and postdoctoral trainees in the principles and practice of tissue preparation, ultracryomicrotomy, and immunocytochemistry, to work closely with faculty core director in development of new technologies, and to assist faculty in planning and data collection.
An MA degree or its equivalent and at least 5 years of experience are required. Salary and title based on years of experience and qualifications.
Send CV and names of 3 references to:
University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
|Successful Navigation through the Tenure Process: Ten Recommendations|
During my own tenure process ten years ago, one of my mentors told me that "tenure is just a poorly administered personnel policy." Nevertheless, it is a pivotal evaluation in the career of an academic scientist. Tenure can be a lovely recognition of achievement that emerges easily from one's scientific successes, or it can be energy-draining, stressful and full of conflicts regardless of the eventual outcome. Along the way, many factors will influence the process, some of which the candidate can anticipate in advance, while others may emerge at random but be no less important. On the basis of a broad sampling of tenure histories (including my own), I present ten suggestions that are designed to smooth the path of the candidate through the process. Ideally, preparation for tenure begins before arrival on the new campus.
1. Find out what the tenure requirements are and plan to meet them.
It is a good idea to request a copy of the faculty manual at this time because it will specify the general requirements, the timing of the process and the potential for flexibility in the tenure clock to accommodate parenthood or family emergencies, such as care for an elderly parent.
In addition to the general procedures outlined in the faculty manual, your department, school and college may have additional written tenure policies. Women and members of minority groups may be subjected to closer scrutiny during the tenure process, so it makes sense to know the rules. I was unaware of the existence of such documents until the year before I came up for tenure. To my surprise, the document contained a requirement to coordinate a departmental course. Appropriate arrangements were made, but advance knowledge would have been much better.
2. Create a record of productivity long before tenure.
3. Gain the support of your department chair.
In some departments, the question of your tenure is not presented for a full departmental vote. Instead, a committee (appointed by the chair or possibly elected by the department) makes a recommendation. This can mean that your file is not open to the full department and can work to your disadvantage if your chair is not supportive.
The moral: make your chair's life easy. Make progress with your science, teach well, do your fair share of work and let your chair know of your successes.
4. Maintain cordial relationships within your department.
5. Recruit mentors.
6. Get to know others on campus.
7. Know the procedures for tenure at your institution.
8. Ask for supportive letters.
9. Assemble complete documentation.
Be aware of your own tendency to be self-effacing. This is the time to highlight your achievements. When I was assembling my tenure file, I was permitted to page through a file from the previous year. I was surprised to see that the candidate had documented the number of times his papers were cited and that he had compiled a summary of his scientific achievements. This never would have occurred to me, but I decided that it made sense to present explicit documentation of the significance of one's scientific work, especially for committees at higher levels whose members might not be familiar with scientific fields.
10. Don't be afraid to fight.
Tenure is a form of acceptance of one's professional merit and is an important landmark in the life of an academic scientist. It makes sense to prepare for the process so that it will run smoothly and provide a fair evaluation of the successes you have worked so hard to achieve.
-- CSara L. (Sally) Tobin, Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics
|WWW.Cell Biology Education|
The ASCB Education Committee calls attention each month to several websites of educational interest to the cell biology community. The Committee does not endorse nor guarantee the accuracy of the information at any of the listed sites. If you wish to comment on the selections or suggest future inclusions, please send a message to Robert Blystone.
These sites were checked May 11, 1998. Previous ASCB columns reviewing Educational Web sites with the links to the sites may be found online.
-Robert Blystone for the ASCB Education Committee
|Modifications to Annual Meeting's Last Day|
The Committee's assessment was that the Annual Meeting is remarkably successful and that major changes are not indicated. The most significant exception to this analysis was the last day of the meeting, when attendance tends to fall, making that day less satisfying for exhibitors and scientific presenters than on the first four days of the meeting.
To address this issue, the Committee recommended, and the Council endorsed, several changes to the last-day (Wednesday) meeting format to help ensure enthusiastic attendance. These include:
Guidelines for Supporting Meetings Organized Outside the ASCB
The complete ASCB Guidelines for Meeting Support are available upon request from the ASCB.
Secretary Presents 606 New Member Candidates
The following recently-deceased members were remembered:
Finance Committee Analyzes Annual Meeting Location; Investment Strategy; Molecular Biology of the Cell
Cohen reported on the Finance Committee's revision to current investment guidelines, increasing the limit for investment in equities from 40% of the Society's reserves to 50%. He noted that the Society's investments are approaching the level where income from investments may start to be applied to the operating budget to support Society programs.
Cohen noted that Molecular Biology of the Cell and MBC Online currently result in net expense to the Society, but indicated that he was hopeful that MBC Online access control, to be implemented in 1999, will result in reduced printing and mailing expense to the Society due to members choosing personal electronic access to the journal in lieu of the print journal currently mailed to all members. He also announced that the Society has entered into a marketing agreement with HighWire Press that promises to increase the number of institutional subscribers to Molecular Biology of the Cell and MBC Online.
Molecular Biology of the Cell Up 25%
Botstein reported on plans to enhance MBC Online to include video and large data sets.
Genes & Development Added to ASCB Member Menu
Committee Chairs Report on Activities and Plans
|Education Award To Honor Alberts|
The ASCB Education Committee solicits nominations for The Bruce M. Alberts Award for Distinguished Contributions to Science Education
The nomination letter should include a description of the nominee's innovative and sustained activities with particular emphasis on the local, regional and/or national impact of the nominee's activities.
Send letter of nomination, letters of support and CV if possible to:
The American Society for Cell Biology
|Bishop to Receive ASCB Public Service Award|
Council unanimously endorsed the recommendation of the Public Policy Committee to name J. Michael Bishop recipient of the fifth annual ASCB Public Service Award, presented for outstanding national leadership in support of biomedical research. Bishop was cited for his many forms of service through the Society and the Joint Steering Committee for Public Policy, and for his national service, including as Scientific Advisor to the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus and as Chairman of the National Cancer Advisory Board.
|MAC Announces Visiting Professorships|
The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee announces selection of the 1998 ASCB MAC Visiting Professors. The Visiting Professorship program seeks to acquaint science faculty with modern research tools and techniques, facilitate a network with community scientists and institutions, and bring the excitement of research science into the classroom. The program is supported by a Minorities Access to Research Careers (MARC) grant from the NIGMS of the NIH. Visiting Professors, will spend ten weeks this summer in the laboratory of ASCB member scientists:
In addition, the program will support the continued work of teams which were selected in 1997:
To be eligible for the ASCB MAC Visiting Professorship Program, professor and ASCB member host are required to plan and submit a research proposal together and submit it with a follow-up plan for the academic year. According to ASCB MAC member and program coordinator Maria Elena Zavala, applications were scored on a variety of variables: the subject of the proposed research and the quality of planned interactions for the professor, plans for ongoing interaction between professor and sponsoring lab after the conclusion of the fellowship, benefit to teaching, the qualifications of researcher and professor, and the potential impact on minorities and schools with high minority enrollment.
|MAC Announces MBL and Friday Harbor Awards|
The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee announces the selection of four graduate students for grants to support summer course attendance at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA. The Fellows are supported through an NIH MARC grant. They are: Tonya Anderson of the University of California, Los Angeles, attending the Embryology course; Andrea Foster of Stanford University, attending the Microbial Diversity course; Cruz Hinojos of the University of Texas, Houston, attending the Physiology course; and Tsahai Tafari of the University of California, San Diego, attending the Physiology course. Since 1985, the ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee has supported 90 students to attend MBL courses.
During the summer of 1998, the MAC will also support four students at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington. Of these, two undergraduate students, Michael Singho of Oberlin College and Doreen Samuel of Morris College, will participate in research apprenticeships, during which they will audit a course in marine invertebrate zoology or marine algae while spending the remainder of their time with FHL faculty in their labs. Graduate students Jamilla Marcus of Spelman College and Carlie Rodriquez of the University of Arizona will take the Comparative Invertebrate Zoology course with MAC support.
|Members In The News|
Elizabeth Blackburn (UCSF), Carol Grieder (John's Hopkins University), Walter Neupert (University of Munich) and Gottfried Schatz (University of Basel) received the 1998 Gairdner Foundation International Awards, in recognition of individuals whose contributions constitute tangible achievement in medical science.
Helen Blau of the Stanford University and ASCB member since 1978, was selected for the 1999 FASEB Excellence in Science Award, presented annually to a woman who has contributed significantly to further understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research.
Judah Folkman of Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and an ASCB member since 1982, received the 1998 Pincus Award from the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research.
Ajit Varki of the University of California, San Diego and ASCB member since 1990, became President last month of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).
For the first time, in addition to the summary figure that traditionally appears in the printed journal, readers will be able to click on that same image to see a QuickTime movie that presents the original video or represents an image in three dimensions.
The introductory issue features five "video essays" selected by MBC Video Editors Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz and W. James Nelson; they represent a broad spectrum of science and include essays from Kerry Bloom, Gary Borisy, Shinya Inoue, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, and Mark Terasaki. This issue also launches MBC's first full-length article (Cali et al.), that includes videos allowing readers to examine the three-dimensional distribution of actin in yeast.
MBC Online will continue to feature both video essays and full-length papers containing QuickTime videos or three-dimensional images in future issues; authors are encouraged to submit papers that will be enhanced by this technology. Videos will be reviewed for the same high standard of quality as are papers.
MBC now accepts articles that contain large data sets, such as the tabular material underlying gene expression microarray data. Authors are encouraged to submit not only graphical representations of such data sets, but also the data sets themselves, which can be used by colleagues to appreciate and build upon the work being presented.
For details on how to submit this type of material, see the Instructions to Authors in MBC Online.
It is MBC's goal to make published articles as useful as they can be to both authors and readers. By presenting fully reviewed video, images and complex data, the editors hope to set the standard for the future, when such data become the rule rather than the exception.
|Graduate Students May Exchange Annual Meeting Help for Registration, Social Ticket|
Students who are interested in volunteering time (up to six hours) in exchange for free registration to the 38th ASCB Annual Meeting ($30 value for members; $60 value for nonmembers) and a free Social ticket ($35 value in advance; $50 value if purchased after October 2), may complete this form and return it to the ASCB. Priority is given to students who are ASCB members or member applicants. Interested ASCB Postdoc members may be selected after student members are placed.
ASCB Student Member or Application Pending? Yes / No
ASCB Postdoc Member or Application Pending? Yes / No
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