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ASCB Newsletter - May 2001

Blackburn to Receive E.B. Wilson Medal

Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California San Francisco will receive the E.B. Wilson Medal at the 41st ASCB Annual Meeting this December. The Medal conveys the Society’s highest recognition for science.

Blackburn is being recognized for her discovery of the enzyme telomerase. Telomerase activation during tumorigenesis has opened an important area of cancer research. 85% of tumor cells are telomerase-positive, providing a promising target for anti-cancer agents.

Blackburn served as ASCB President in 1998. The Award Lecture and Medal Presentation will take place on Sunday, December 9, at 6:00PM in the Washington Convention Center.


Educating Our Cell Biologists of the Future

Alberts & Singer to Highlight Opportunities at Special Annual Meeting Lunch.

ASCB Annual Meeting participants are warmly invited to attend a box lunch and roundtable discussion about scientist involvement in K-12 science education. The program will be Tuesday, December 11 at 12:00 noon. Featured speakers will be National Academy of Sciences President Bruce Alberts and Carnegie Institution of Washington President Maxine Singer. No previous involvement in education activities is required to participate. A resource guide, prepared by the ASCB Education Committee, will be provided to all participants.


UK’s Young Scientist Announced

Claire Warner, a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, has been named by the British Society for Cell Biology “Young Cell Biologist of the Year.”

Warner’s research into the cell biology of myosin VI and the dynamic links between membrane trafficking and the cytoskeleton is part of a collaboration between the laboratory of John Kendrick-Jones in the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the laboratory of Paul Luzio and Folma Buss at the Wellcome Institute for Medical Research.

Warner will attend the ASCB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and present a poster on Myosin VI: a molecular motor at the Golgi complex.


Preuss Named to ASCB Promega Award

Daphne Preuss of the University of Chicago will receive the third annual ASCBPromega Award for Early Career Life Scientists at the ASCB Annual Meeting in December.

Preuss, who serves on the ASCB Public Policy Committee, is being recognized for her work in chomosome structure and pollen function. Her work seeks to identify components that mediate inheritance from the gene products that control fertilization to those that regulate DNA transmission. Preuss was also a key contributor to the sequencing of the Arabidapsis genome.


Society to Issue Membership Card - Rental Car Discount Benefit Introduced

The ASCB is pleased to introduce membership cards for all current members. Members will soon receive the personalized card in the mail.

The card will help members more easily access benefits, including a new one: discounted rental car rates. ASCB members may now take advantage of discount rates with Avis, Alamo and Hertz rental car companies using the discount codes printed on the back of the membership card. The cards also provide quick reference to each member’s identification number, which enables access to Molecular Biology of Cell, Society elections and other exclusive member benefits.


Call for Proposals New Summer Meeting Series

All ASCB members, individually or in teams, are invited to submit proposals to organize the first in a series of summer meetings, to be held in 2002. The three-day meeting will host about 200 participants.

Topics should be novel (e.g., combining fields that don’t traditionally meet together, or focusing on an emerging area) and include:

  • a one-page summary of the scientific substance of the meeting;
  • names of 3-10 potential speakers (confirmation need not be obtained in advance);
  • CVs of proposed lead organizers.

Submit proposals to the American Society for Cell Biology, 8120 Woodmont Ave., Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Application deadline is July 1. Some participation in fundraising may be required of organizers. Meeting dates and site to be determined by the Society in consultation with the organizer(s).


ASCB Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Eight ASCB members were among those elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences at its Annual Meeting last month.

  • Pamela Bjorkman, California Institute of Technology
  • Joan S. Brugge, Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Cresswell, Yale University
  • Pietro De Camilli, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Jeffrey Gordon, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Ralph Steinman, Rockefeller University
  • Edwin Taylor, University of Chicago
  • Ronald Vale, University of California San Francisco


MBC Receives SNAP Award

Molecular Biology of the Cell was honored with an EXCEL Award from the Society of National Association Publications for 2001.

From among 850 applicants from a broad range of fields, MBC was selected in the Scholarly Journals category for general excellence. General Excellence covers best writing, content, graphic design and overall packaging in a peerreviewed publication. MBC was cited for excellence, transparency in its communications and technological innovation.

The Award will be presented next month at the Annual Meeting of SNAP.


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 longstanding record of support for women in science and by mentorship of both men and women in scientific careers.

To submit a nomination for a 2001 Career Recognition Award, please provide: for the Senior Award, a letter of nomination, curriculum vitae of the candidate and a maximum of 5 letters of support; for the Junior Award, a letter of nomination, curriculum vitae of the candidate, and a maxiumum of 3 letters of support. A complete packet of materials should be sent to Trina Armstrong at the ASCB National Office: 8120 Woodmont Ave., Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814; Nominations must be received by August 1.


The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee Solicits Nominations For The E. E. Just Award

The Award acknowledges an outstanding minority life scientist. This Award is made to provide challenging role models to aspiring young scientists and to make the general ASCB membership more aware of the meritorious contributions of minority scientists.

Nomination letters should include a description of the nominee’s significant contributions to research.

Send letter of nomination, letters of support and CV to:

The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee 8120 Woodmont Ave., Suite 750 Bethesda, MD 20814-2755.

Nominations must be received by June 1.


Members In The News

Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California San Francisco, an ASCB member since 1978, received the AACR-Pezcoller Foundation International Award for Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research.

Stephen J. Elledge of the Baylor College of Medicine, an ASCB member since 1993, received the American Association of Cancer Research’s G.H.A. Clowes Award.

Marc Kirschner of Harvard Medical School, an ASCB member since 1975, received the Gairdner International Award.

Alan Sartorelli of Yale University School of Medicine, an ASCB member since 1978, received the AACR-Bruce F. Cain Memorial Award.

Shirley Tilghman, an ASCB member since 1991, has been named the President of Princeton University.

Bernard Weinstein of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, an ASCB member since 1974, received the AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.

Zena Werb of the University of California San Francisco, an ASCB member since 1976, received the AACRWomen in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Award. Werb was also the honored with the 44th UCSF Annual Faculty Research Lectureship.

Maria Elena Zavala of California State Northridge, an ASCB member since 1980, received the Presidential Award in Science. She also received the Wang Family Excellence Award from the California State University system.


Grants & Opportunities

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering lecturing/research awards in biological sciences for the 2002-03 academic year. Application deadline is August 1. For more information.

The Amersham Pharmacia Biotech & Science Prize for Young Scientists. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in 2000 with research in the field of molecular biology.



Postdoctoral Position. Pertussis Toxin Retrograde Intracellular Transport. A postdoctoral position is available to study molecular and cellular aspects of pertussis toxin retrograde transport in mammalian and yeast cells. Other projects in the lab include studies of the role of pertussis toxin in Bordetella pertussis pathogenesis and use of pertussis toxin for delivery of CTL epitopes to antigen presenting cells (see Cellular Microbiology 3:45, Jan 2001; Infection & Immunity 67:602, Feb 1999; and Infection & Immunity 69:1983, Apr 2001). Send CV and names/contact information of three references to Nicholas Carbonetti, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, BRB 13-009, 655 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Postdoc/Research. NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowships are available this summer to study the role of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in hepatic fibrosis. The studies will focus on the role of CTGF in hepatic stellate cell function and on hepatic delivery of CTGF genes using viral vectors. A strong background and proven publication record in molecular biology and cell biology is required. Applications from individuals with a background or special interest in fibrosis or would healing would be particularly welcome. An opportunity will be available to interact with other investigators in the areas of CTGF and liver disease. Interested individuals should email or fax their CV and names of three references to: David R. Brigstock Ph.D., Children’s Research Institute, Columbus, Ohio 43205. Fax (614) 722-2716; Phone (614) 722-2840.

Postdoctoral Position available to study the biochemistry and cell biology of intracellular signaling processes using biologically active natural products. We are identifying novel targets that are involved in angiogenic, pro-inflammatory and cell cycle regulatory pathways. Experience with techniques in molecular biology, tissue culture and signal transduction pathways preferred. Please CV, a brief statement of past research and names/addresses of three references to: Dr. Craig Crews, Yale University Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, P.O. Box 208103, New Haven, CT 06520-8103.

Postdoctoral position. We have identified conserved genes/proteins in Chlamydomonas, C. elegans, Drosophila, mouse and human (J Neurosci 18: 8912; Mol Biol Cell 11: 201) associated with assembly of centrioles, motile & sensory cilia and flagella. We seek a PhD to pursue this study using genetic, biochemical & structural approaches, offering a renewable fellowship after June 1, 2000. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Send C.V & addresses of 3 references to: Dr. Richard Linck, Genetics Cell Biology & Development, 6-160 Jackson Hall, University of Minnesota, 321 Church St, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Biology Department. University of Massachusetts/Amherst Full time, temporary, non-benefited Postdoctoral Research position available – to study the control of pollen tube growth. Particular attention will be given to the role of calcium and protons using intracellular ion imaging and extracellular ion flux analysis. Successful candidate will be expected to work independently, but will have close colleagues with whom to interact. In addition excellent equipment is available including: a fluorescence ratio imaging microscope, and an ion selective vibrating microelectrode apparatus. Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in cell biology; experience in fluorescence light microscopy; and an understanding of membrane physiology. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume and three letters of recommendation to: Search #R12519, c/o Lisa Barry, Biology Department, Morrill Science Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-5810. Review of applications commencing May 7, 2001 and continuing until position is filled. The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Biology Lecturers. Instructional responsibilities at the undergraduate level in the areas of biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology. Specific course duties would reflect qualifications of the individual candidate. Ph.D. in biology or related field and teaching experience required. Salary commensurate with credentials. Terms and conditions of employment subject to UC policy and any appropriate collective bargaining agreement. Application review process will start May 14, 2001, but applications will be accepted until position is filled. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and the names of three references to: Chair, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106. Additional information about the department is available online. EOE/AA.

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