Women in Science: Fight or Flight?

For decades the question of whether women are well represented in various fields has been debated. However, in recent times the contribution of women to higher tiers of intensely competitive and male dominated careers such as science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) has been of grave concern. Women are now beginning to obtain more Master’s…

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Nature Publishing Group Climbs Onto Another Giant’s Shoulders

Isaac Newton is famously said to have said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” The Nature Publishing Group (NPG), which puts out Nature and its long line of brand extension sub-journals, along with such titles as Scientific American, is about to be lifted onto the broader shoulders…

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NASA Funding for Your Basic Cell Research Could Be Orbiting Overhead

When you next look up at the night sky, know that among the stars and planets there’s a new cell culture unit and fluorescence microscope orbiting above you. There could also be a research funding opportunity for your lab up there. To expand its biology research on the International Space Station and to learn more…

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Keynote Talks Take the Very Long View at ASCB/IFCB 2014

ASCB’s joint meeting in Philadelphia with the International Federation for Cell Biology (IFCB) last month was all about crossing borders. Twenty-eight percent of the attendees were from institutions outside the U.S. while another harder to count but strongly represented group came from biophysics, bioengineering, mathematical modeling, and other physical sciences. The newcomers were there because…

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Workforce Issues: What About the Postdocs Already Swimming in the Pool? What Becomes of Us?

As postdoctoral researchers, sometimes we feel a little unloved. Alternately, we feel like a mysterious emerging disease: Nobody seems to know how many of us there are, what exactly to call us, and experts have been warning the scientific community about us for years.

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In Memoriam—Jason Wolfe, Wesleyan Professor and Longtime Advocate for Undergrads in Research

Jason Wolfe, a longtime ASCB member, longtime biology faculty member at Wesleyan University in Middleton, CT, and longtime advocate for involving undergraduates in real lab research problems, died December 23. Emeritus since 2009 from Wesleyan where he’d taught for 39 years, Wolfe was 73. He joined ASCB in 1971.   Working chiefly in Tetrahymena, Wolfe’s…

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Newcomers and Cytoskeleton Classicists Find Common Cause in the Cell—Part Two of Scientific Highlights from ASCB/IFCB 2014

The ASCB/IFCB Meeting in Philadelphia last month saw many new faces in the poster alleys and on panel podiums. These newcomers came to Philadelphia with backgrounds in bioengineering, biophysics, and computer modeling because they are finding that their research paths now run through the heart of cell biology. Still, the classic heart of a cell…

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Through Biased Lenses: The Public Perception of Science Has Changed, but the New View Is No Better

The view of scientists as old white men in lab coats presents a highly exclusive view of who scientists can be. In recent years, the push to increase female interest in science has come from seemingly everywhere, from the federal government to toy companies (think GoldieBlox and Computer Engineer Barbie). In fact, female scientists who…

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