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ASCB Newsletter - March 2002

Wieschaus To Give Porter Lecture
  03/01/2002

Eric Wieschaus of Princeton University has been named by ASCB President Gary Borisy and the Keith R. Porter Endowment to give the 21st Annual Keith R. Porter Lecture at the 42nd ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The Lecture, “Time and Space at the Interface of Cell and Developmental Biology” will be held on Tuesday evening, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Moscone Convention Center.

 


NIH Director Proposed
  03/01/2002

Elias Zerhouni, executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is reported to be the Administration’s choice for Director of the National Institutes of Health. The candidacy comes more than two years after the last permanent Director, Harold Varmus, left the NIH.

Zerhouni, a radiologist by training, founded the Advanced Medical Imaging Institute and while at Johns Hopkins, helped create the Institute for Cell Engineering.

Zerhouni must be formally nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate. Hearings have not yet been scheduled.

 


22nd Annual E.B. Wilson Award Call for Nominations
  03/01/2002

The ASCB solicits nominations for the 2002 E.B. Wilson Award, the Society’s highest honor for significant and far-reaching contributions in cell biology. Recent past awardees are Elizabeth Blackburn (2001), Walter Neupert & Gottfried Shatz (2000), Edwin Taylor (1999), 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 and be sent to: E. B. Wilson Selection Committee The American Society for Cell Biology 8120 Woodmont Ave. Suite 750 Bethesda, MD 20814 For questions about the Award, contact the ASCB at (301) 347-9300.

 


Bruce Alberts Award for Distinguished Contributions to Science Education
  03/01/2002

The ASCB Education Committee solicits nominations for The Bruce Alberts Award for Distinguished Contributions to Science Education

Nomination letters 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 to: The ASCB Education Committee 8120 Woodmont Ave., Suite 750 Bethesda, MD 20814 Nominations must be received by April 30.

 


Member Memorial Award For Graduate Students and PostDoctoral Fellows
  03/01/2002

The ASCB invites nominations for the Member Memorial Award for 2002. The Award was established with member donations in memory of deceased colleagues. The winner will be selected on merit and will receive financial support for the 42nd ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The student or post-doc or their advisor should submit a one-page research statement, a list of publications if any, and the advisor’s letter of recommendation. Post-docs may also submit the recommendation of their graduate student advisor.

Application deadline is August 1. Submit applications to the ASCB Member Memorial Award Selection Committee, 8120 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Duplicate applications from graduate students may be submitted for the Gilula and Member Memorial Awards.

 


Norton B. Gilula Award For Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  03/01/2002

The ASCB invites nominations for the Norton B. Gilula Award for 2002. The Award was established in memory of longtime Society member and Journal of Cell Biology Editor-in-Chief Norton B. “Bernie” Gilula.

The winner will be selected on merit and will receive financial support for the 42nd ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The Award is funded by an annual grant from the Rockefeller University Press.

The student or advisor should submit a one-page research statement, a list of publications if any, and the advisor’s letter of recommendation.

Application deadline is August 1. Submit applications to the ASCB Gilula Award Selection Committee, 8120 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Duplicate applications from graduate students may be submitted for the Gilula and Member Memorial Awards.

 


Audio Link to Annual Meeting Sessions
  03/01/2002

Audio links to select 2001 ASCB Annual Meeting sessions are accessible online. Events available include:

  • Opening Keynote
  • Biotechnology Symposium
  • E. E. Just Lecture
  • Career Panel
  • Late Career Opportunities Panel
  • Public Service Award

 


Members: Don’t Be Left Out
  03/01/2002

The 2002 ASCB Directory of Members will be printed this summer. Current members must send updates by May 1 to be included in the printed directory.

To check your listing:
Click on “Online Member Directory.” Enter your name and click “search.” Click on your last name when it appears

To update your information:

  • From the Online Member Directory, click on “Update Record.” OR
  • Click on “Dues Renewal” under Membership. Click on “Online Update Form.” OR
  • Fax or e-mail your changes to ASCB at (301) 347-9310.

 


Call for Proposals Summer Meeting Series
  03/01/2002

All ASCB members, individually or in teams, are invited to submit proposals to organize the second in a new series of summer meetings, to be held in 2003. 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).

 


Are You A Post-Doc? Do You Care How the ASCB Meets Your Needs?
  03/01/2002

You are hereby cordially invited to participate in an Interim ad hoc Sub-Committee on Postdoctoral Training

Come help the ASCB better serve the needs of its postdoctoral members! The Education Committee of the ASCB has endorsed the formation of an ad hoc Sub-Committee on Postdoctoral Training to aid the ASCB in promoting the quality of training of postdoctoral fellows. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in postdoctoral affairs on a national level as well as a chance to contribute to the educational mission of the ASCB. All postdoctoral members of the ASCB are invited to participate in this interim ad hoc Sub-Committee by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your affiliation, telephone and FAX numbers, and your e-mail address. This information will be used only to contact you regarding the work of the Sub-Committee. Please indicate whether you would be interested in helping directly with the organization of the Sub-Committee, or simply wish to be informed of its work and participate in surveys.

 


Call for Nominations WICB Career Recognition Awards
  03/01/2002

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.

To submit a nomination for a 2002 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 July 1.

 


Gifts
  03/01/2002

The ASCB is grateful to those below who have recently given gifts to support Society activities:

Sally Amero
Eugene Bell
Esther Bullitt
Julia Carter
Yves Colin
Douglas Cotanche
Caroline Damsky
Elliot Elson
Sharyn Endow
Jean Evans
Patricia Harris-Noyes
Jacqueline Jordan
Thomas Keen
Wayne Lencer
Shoshana Paglin
Robert Phair
David Samols
Wolfgang Scholz
Barbara Vertel
Angela Wandinger-Ness
Zena Werb
Edith Wolff

 


Grants & Opportunities
  03/01/2002

NIGMS Model Organism Grants. Developing Robust Components for Model Organism Databases. Letter of intent deadline is April 17; Application deadline is May 17.

WISC Research Program and Grants. The American Association for the Advancement of Science seeks applicants with recent doctoral degrees for its Women’s International Science Collaboration Program 2001-2003. Application deadline is July 15.

National Organization for Rare Disorders is accepting applications for clinical research of Hallervorden-Spatz Syndrome. Full proposals, by invitation only, are due July 1, and announcement of awards is in September. Direct your questions to them here.

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