On hindsight and gratitude


Philip Yeagle writes what he says is an overdue letter of appreciation and reflection on the inspiring and pioneering faculty members at the University of Virginia, when he was a postdoc in the 1970s.

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Professional Development


Andrew D. Hollenbach offers tips on writing a Kirschstein NRSA grant, Chris Pickett writes about the skills you need to begin a career in science policy, and Eleftherios P. Diamandis explores the so-called “competition” between junior and senior investigators.

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Reimagining the undergraduate science course


Brent R. Stockwell and Michael Cennamo of Columbia University explain how they developed a “flipped” biochemistry course and what they learned about teaching and about their students in the process.

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‘Creativity is in all — not a possession of only a certain few’


ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee member Nestor Concha of GlaxoSmithKline argues: “(W)e should be clear that we don’t have to make a choice between STEM and such things as art programs. Rather, we should choose to nurture everyone’s talents in the classroom.”

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Yale Science Diplomats: DIY science outreach


Bryan Leland writes about his experience with the student-run outreach group Yale Science Diplomats and offers advice to others seeking to build their own outreach organizations.

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Desperately seeking Sputnik for fundamental science


Daniel M. Raben and Joseph J. Baldassare are convinced that America needs something like a Sputnik, around which the public and politicians will rally, for fundamental research. And they’re asking you, dear readers: What might that new Sputnik be?

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Reader comments


Not surprisingly, ASBMB President Jeremy Berg’s recent column about the sequester and former President Greg Petsko’s recent comments about the Ph.D. pipeline spurred a bit of reader commentary.

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