|Administration Embraces ASCB Advice on Science and Regulation|
ASCB Member Larry Goldstein of the University of California, San Diego and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute testified on behalf of the Society to the Labor, Health & Human Services and Education Sub-committee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on January 12. In his testimony, Goldstein urged the Committee to allow stem cell research to be performed by publicly-funded researchers. Subsequently, the Administration endorsed the ASCB's advice, both to allow federally funded researchers to perform stem cell research, and to establish a regulatory committee similar to the "RAC."
My own research is conducted in the Division of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. I am also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Before moving to San Diego I was on the faculty in the Department of Cellular and Develop-mental Biology at Harvard University for 10 years. My research work concerns molecular and genetic analysis of protein motors and their roles in cellular proliferation, function, and development.
|Mitosis Notecards Immediately Popular|
The ASCB has published a series of six notecards depicting mitosis which were introduced at the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Over 800 boxes of cards, packaged with two of each image (12 cards per box), have been sold.
The notecards, depicting images by ASCB member Conly Rieder of the Wadsworth Center Labs of the New York State Department of Health, are available from the ASCB.
The ASCB is grateful to those below who have recently given gifts to support Society activities:
|Grants & Opportunities|
The National Research Council is offering approximately twenty summer internships under the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Student/Post-Doctorate Internship Program. These internships are designed to engage science, engineering, medical and law students in the creation of science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions of science and government. The 1999 internships will run from May 31 – August 6. The internship stipend is $3,500, which is to cover all living expenses. An additional $500 in travel expenses is available as needed. To apply, submit the application at the web site, including one letter of reference, by March 1. Decisions will be made mid-to-late March. For more information, contact the NRC at (202) 334-2455.
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences announces two pharmacogenetics initiatives designed to promote research in this rapidly expanding field that aims to determine the genetic basis for individual responses to drugs.
A list of current NIGMS program announcements, requests for applications, and notices from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is available on the NIGMS Web site.
The NIH recently announced that it is expanding the use of the modular grant application and award. More information is available online.
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Postdoctoral fellow to study role of signal transduction molecules, transcription factors and various other genes in epithelial-mesenchymal transformation. Experience in molecular biology techniques and background in cell and developmental biology desireable. Start ASAP. EOE/AA, location Boston, MA. Reply here
ASCB Placement Service
1999 Summer Research Programs in Biology for Undergraduates Nationwide
Science Writer for Cell Biology
The American Society for Cell Biology, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814, Fax (301) 530-7139.
Please submit your application by March 1, 1999.
Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology
Qualified applicants should have executive/administrative experience in planning and resource allocation with a record of achievement and leadership in management of academic, association or other non-profit organizations. The Executive Director must have the ability to work in a multi-centered environment, a commitment to coalition building, an interest in the applications of technology to the management of associations and familiarity with public policy issues of importance to biomedical and life scientists.
Qualified candidates should send resume with covering letter in confidence by March 15, 1999, to:
William R. Brinkley, Ph.D.
The ASCB Public Policy Committee solicits nominations for the 6th annual ASCB Public Service Award for outstanding national leadership in support of biomedical research.
Past awardees are J. Michael Bishop,
Any ASCB member may submit a nomination.
Send letter of nomination to:
Letters of Nomination must be received by March 31
Minorities Affairs Committee Histochemical Society Workshop Travel Awards
The Workshop on Microscopy of Living Cells and Tissues, is on April 17, 1999 at the annual meeting of the Histochemical Society from April 16-18, 1999 at the Hyatt Regency HoPhone: in Bethesda, MD. The Histochemical Society meeting is immediately followed by the Experimental Biology Meeting in Washington, D.C. from April 17-21, 1999.
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
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
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:
The American Society for Cell Biology
Nominations must be received by April 30.
19th Annual EB Wilson Award
The ASCB solicits nominations for the 1999 E.B. Wilson Award, the Society's highest honor for significant and far-reaching contributions in cell biology. Recent past awardees are James Darnell & Sheldon Penman (1998), John Gerhart (1997), Donald Brown (1996), Bruce Nicklas (1995), Barbara Gibbons & Ian Gibbons (1994), Hans Ris (1993), Shinya Inoue (1992), S. Jonathan Singer (1991) and Morris Karnovsky (1990).
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.