An open letter from a not-so-good Brahmin boy

Akshat Sharma’s open letter is adapted from an actual letter he sent while applying to a creative-writing program before deciding to pursue his Ph.D. after all.

A hero for me

Kyeorda Kemp writes about Charles Drew, whose research in the field of blood transfusion resulted in improved techniques for blood storage and led to the development of blood banks that saved thousands of lives during World War II.

Moving into administration: Should you stay or should you go?

Benjamin D. Caldwell, dean of the Missouri Western State University Graduate School, writes about what it’s like to go over to “the dark side.”

Why every lab needs a hall of fame

Eleftherios P. Diamandis established a hall of fame for his laboratory many years ago and in this article explains why every lab leader should do so as well.

Thoughts on MOOCs

Conversations about best practices for online instruction and the changing definition of “student” are being had all over the world. So we asked ASBMB members Joseph Provost of the University of San Diego and Michael J. Pikaart of Hope College in Holland, Mich., about the implications for brick-and-mortar colleges and universities and about the potential impact of MOOCs like those offered by Coursera, Udacity, edX and other providers.


Sapeck Agrawal writes about Q?rius (pronounced “curious”), a new, interactive learning center at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Meena Selvakumar introduces the Portal to the Public Network, a system of 30 (and growing) informal science-education institutions, where scientists connect with members of their communities.

Q&A with George Langford, dean at Syracuse University

In this Q&A, George Langford, a dean at Syracuse University, talks about his efforts to promote underrepresented minorities in the sciences, what motivates him to conduct research and how to navigate career obstacles.

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