While the world watched the European Space Agency place the Philae probe from the Rosetta orbiter on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the new President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg, axed the role of Chief Scientific Adviser to the President, a position until then held by the UK’s Professor Anne Glover. The EU is in…Details
Pi has its own day, Mol has its own day, and now DNA has its own day too. Thanks to NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute, tomorrow is “National DNA Day.” It actually should be Saturday, as it was April 25, 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin, and colleagues published the…Details
Hailed as a pioneer in exploring the basic principles of stem cell biology, Elaine Fuchs of Rockefeller University will receive the 2015 E.B. Wilson Medal, the ASCB’s highest scientific honor awarded, at the Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, on December 15. Writing to nominate Fuchs for the Wilson medal, Amy Wagers of Harvard…Details
Hitting the Drug Target—Can a 3D Cell Cycle Scoring System Help Understand What’s Really Going on in Tumors?
The promise of targeted cancer therapies depends on knowing which target is truly being hit. Say you have an effective drug that you believe is inhibiting mitosis in tumors. Confirming the exact mechanism of action on the single cell level might allow finer tuning or better choices for combination therapy but in a three-dimensional (3D)…Details
How do you define a postdoc? What is the purpose of the postdoctoral position? What do postdocs need to prepare for their professional careers, especially in a non-academic area? How should postdocs be compensated? These are the types of questions that led to the formation of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). The NPA was established…Details
There is a certain smell in the air on Capitol Hill these days. While spring break tourists might credit the tulips and cherry blossoms in bloom all over the grounds of the Capitol, science policy advocates are sniffing the sweet smell of renewed support for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Or is it…Details
Side Effect of the Academic Crisis or Effect of Globalization? An International Brain Drain in the United States?
There’s a well-documented and discussed crisis in the biomedical enterprise in the United States. The average age of basic biomedical researchers receiving their first NIH R01 is 42. In the midst of this, the incentive for universities and research institutions to try to keep their graduate students and postdocs longer in their labs, with very…Details
is election time at ASCB!
Every year a new President-Elect and four new Council members are elected. Together with the past and current president, secretary and treasurer (each elected once every three years), and eight incumbent Council members (each with three year terms), their decisions will have an impact on your society’s future.Details