We have a winner!
Gordon Chan of Fox-Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia was selected at random from among respondents to a questionnaire at the ASCB's 38th Annual Meeting last December in San Francsico. He won free registration for the 39th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The ASCB Public Policy Committee solicits nominations for the 6th annual ASCB Public Service Award for outstanding national leadership in support of biomedical research.
Any ASCB member may submit a nomination.
Send letter of nomination to:
The American Society for Cell Biology
Letters of Nomination must be received by March 31.
NLM Honors Blackwell's Graduation
Minorities Affairs Committee Histochemical Society Workshop
Travel Awards Call for Applications
Awards of up to $600 are offered through an ASCB MAC NIH/NIGMS/MARC grant for minority graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.
To apply, access an application from the ASCB Website.
Application Deadline: March 15, 1999
Notification of Awards: March 22, 1999
For more information, contact Daniel Friend, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Smith Building, Room 628, 1 Jimmy Fund Way, Boston MA 02115, Fax: (617) 525-1310.
Other ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee Program Deadlines
Marine Biological Laboratories Course Application: March 2, 1999
Friday Harbor Laboratories Summer Quarter Application: March 1, 1999
ASCB/MAC Visiting Professor Summer, 1999, Application: March 1, 1999
These ASCB MAC programs are funded through a National Institutes of Health
NIGMS Minorities Access to Research Careers grant.
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:
Nominations must be received by April 30.
19th Annual EB Wilson Award Call for Nominations
Nominators must be members of the ASCB but nominees need not be. The nominating package should include the candidate's CV and no fewer than three and no more than five letters of support.
Nominations should be received by March 31, 1999, and be sent to:
Elizabeth H. Blackburn
For questions about the Award, contact the ASCB at (301) 530-7153.
Call For Education Initiative Proposals
ASCB members with topics and/or speakers of potential interest for presentation at the Education Initiative Forum during the 39th ASCB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. are invited to direct suggestions to ASCB Education Committee member Chris Watters at Middlebury College, Department of Biology, Middlebury VT 05753. (Phone: 802-443-5433; Fax: (802) 443-2072.
1999 Summer Research Programs in Biology for Undergraduates Nationwide
ASCB Placement Service
Information on potential employers and limited information on registered candidates are now available on the ASCB website.
Detailed candidate information is available in the 1998 Candidate Packet, which has information sheets on over 200 candidates who registered with the ASCB Placement Service before and during the 1998 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Information provided includes name, address, type of work desired, citizenship, date of availability, academic training, professional experience, specialities, and publications. Candidate information is available upon request at no extra charge to employers who participated in the 1999 ASCB Placement Service. Non-profit employers who did not participate in the 1998 ASCB Placement Service may purchase a Candidate Packet for $75; commercial non-participating employers may purchase one for $200.
Advertisements for employers who registered with the Placement Service at the 1998 ASCB Annual Meeting are on the website; candidates may contact employers directly.
|Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus|
Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Announces 10th Season
|Bruce Alberts Award|
DeHann Encouages Scientists to Take Initiative Locally
Thank you, Bruce. I am pleased and honored to receive this award. In that it acknowledges and lauds what I have done and what ESEP has done to assist the Atlanta Public Schools in improving science education, I am grateful. But I am also gratified because of what the award says about Bruce Alberts and about the ASCB. The award makes explicit that one of the most prestigious and influential scientists in the world, and one of the most influential and highest quality scientific societies in the world place great value on encouraging scientists to play an important role in transforming science education at every level, from graduate students and post-doctoral trainees to kindergarten children. That is a most important public statement for a group of scientists to make. It says that we cell biologists really want our scientist members to express their concerns about issues such as who are going to be the scientists twenty years from now, and how can we help bring about science education reform. And it also makes explicit that this Society wants its members to take the time to get out into their communities, to prepare themselves to work productively with teachers and with children, and to participate in that reform.
There are a lot of people to thank on an occasion like this. First of all, it has to be clear that most of the success of the ESEP program should be credited not to me but to my colleagues in Atlanta. These include the two consecutive superintendents of the Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Ben Canada and Dr. Betty Strickland, my co-PI's on the NSF grant, Dr. Molly Weinburgh of Georgia State University and Dr. L. Vernon Allwood of Morehouse School of Medicine, and the incredibly talented ESEP staff that has joined us in this effort. Second, I certainly want to acknowledge the support and guidance that we have received from the Local Systemic Change branch of the National Science Foundation.
And finally, many in the audience here may not be aware, Bruce, that the entire ESEP effort in Atlanta was inspired by a presentation that I heard you give at the ASCB meeting in New Orleans in 1993, at a session the Education Committee had organized on "The Role of Scientists in the Classroom". It was after that session, on the plane flying home, that I said to myself, "What the hell, if Bruce can do it in San Francisco, why can't I do it in Atlanta?" That's how it all began.
So let me thank you personally, Bruce, for the wonderful example you have set, and the ASCB for being so forward looking and socially responsible. And let me encourage every ASCB member, on the plane home from this meeting, to say to yourselves, "What the hell, if Bob can do it in Atlanta, why can't I...?"
The ASCB is grateful to those below who have recently given gifts to support Society activities:
|Grants & Opportunities|
The Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award is for an individual or organization in the U.S. that encourages girls and women to pursue studies or careers in science and technology. This $5,000 award is presented annually by the Maria Mitchell Association, an educational organization named to commemorate America's first professional woman astronomer. Application deadline is March 30, 1999. The Award presentation will be on October 2, 1999 on Nantucket Island, MA. Nomination applications are available online or from the Maria Mitchell Association, 2 Vestal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554; (508) 228-9198.
|Members In The News|
Bruce Alberts, ASCB member since 1981, has been re-elected to a second six-year term as President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Alberts' final term runs from July 1999 through June 2005.
Mary Hendrix of the University of Iowa, an ASCB member since 1978, has been elected President-elect of FASEB. She will serve as President from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001.
Linda Hicke of Northwestern University, an ASCB member since 1989, was presented with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, in recognition of her research on new therapies for the treatment of cancer and diabetes.
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz of the NIH and Mark McNiven of the Mayo Clinic have been appointed the first fellows of the Keith R. Porter Endowment for Cell Biology. The fellowships recognize outstanding achievement by emerging leaders in cell biology.
Ira Mellman of Yale University School of Medicine, an ASCB member since 1981, has been named Interim Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Cell Biology.
|Call for Nominations WICB Career Recognition Awards|
The WICB Committee recognizes outstanding achievements in cell biology by presenting two Career Recognition Awards at the ASCB Annual Meeting. The Junior Award is given to a woman in an early stage of her career (assistant professor or equivalent) who has made exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology and exhibits the potential for continuing a high level of scientific endeavor while fostering the career development of young scientists. The Senior Award is given to a woman or man in a later career stage (full professor or equivalent) whose outstanding scientific achievements are coupled with a long-standing record of support for women in science and by mentorship of both men and women in scientific careers.