Issues of ASBMB Today

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August   2014


In our cover story, we learn about Jennifer Doudna's groundbreaking work on CRISPR and Cas9 and about her close relationship with her lab manager, who she says has played a pivotal role in her group's success. Thinking about making the jump from a faculty position to a spot in your institution's administration? See our second article in a series about moving to "the dark side" by Benjamin D. Caldwell and Mary Huff. Meanwhile, contributor Andrew Hollenbach writes about overcoming a significant roadblock on his career path: panic attacks. And Milton J. Cormier and Richard O. McCann write about the role of the Cormier lab in the cloning and expression of the GFP gene. Last, but not least, don't miss the first "President's Message" by ASBMB President Steven McKnight, who, by the way, will participate in a live-streamed Q&A session Aug. 11. Get your questions ready!

Cover of the June/July 2014 issue of ASBMB Today

June   2014


In the cover story of the June/July 2014 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay explores a longstanding controversy over how much vitamin D is enough for good health. While the Institute of Medicine raised the recommended daily intake to 600 IUs in 2011, some say the limit should be increased more in light of mounting (but not yet conclusive) evidence that vitamin D does a lot more than promote bone health. In his final column as president, Jeremy Berg reflects on the ASBMB annual meeting and announces his new blog, Datahound. Our Perspectives section is full of commentary about careers. Check out Bill Sullivan’s open letter to his parents about becoming an academic researcher, blogger Prof-like Substance’s thoughts about being a “cool professor” and Andrew D. Hollenbach’s essay about what it means to be a successful mentor. Plus, learn about a two-part course on science communication taught by Thomas O. Baldwin at the University of California, Riverside.

Cover of the May 2014 issue of ASBMB Today

May   2014


In the cover story of the May 2014 issue, science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay talks with Norman Lewis of Washington State University. Lewis’ group is exploring how common trees can be engineered to produce high-value commodities. In one of his last columns as president of ASBMB, Jeremy Berg reviews two books that you might want to add to your summer reading list. Our Perspectives section is brimming with ideas and advice this month. Check out Philip Yeagle’s open letter of thanks to a special group of researchers, Andrew D. Hollenbach’s advice for Kirschstein NRSA grant applicants, and Brent R. Stockwell and Michael Cennamo’s article about “flipping” the biochemistry classroom at Columbia University.