Issues of ASBMB Today

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January   2012


In the January 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Raj Mukhopadhyay reports on efforts to overhaul the Western blot three decades after its inception. She also talks with W. Neal Burnette, who as a postdoc developed the now-ubiquitous technique. If you received an iPad this holiday season, check out a list of 10 apps that will make your work and life more organized and productive. This issue also offers columns about working at teaching institutions, surviving grad school and leaving the lab to help defense-oriented policymakers better understand scientific concepts.

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February   2012


In the February 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, we highlight the 2012 Special Symposia Series, report the results of a new survey about ASBMB women in academe and profile several of our annual award winners. Meanwhile, science writer Raj Mukhopadhyay talks to Phil Leder and F. Anne Stephenson about their careers and outlooks. If you advise undergrads, we recommend checking out Peter Kennelly's tips for avoiding the "expectations trap" and other pitfalls. Plus, we offer a downloadable poster for the Science Superhero Series for undergrads at the annual meeting in April.

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March   2012


In the March 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, we offer premedical curriculum recommendations in response to the revised MCAT. We're also launching a new educational resource chronicling women's contributions to biochemistry and molecular biology that we hope you'll help us expand. Meanwhile, for those attending the annual meeting in April, we have a roundup of science-communication events and tips for tweeting and touting the work you'll be showcasing. Also look for three Q&As with new associate editors at the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and a profile of the newest member of the Minority Affairs Committee.

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April   2012


In the April 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Raj Mukhopadhyay explores what should be done with the mountains of -omics data coming in and how it should be validated. For those attending the annual meeting in San Diego later this month, we have a roundup of special events and the winning entries from our poetry contest. Meanwhile, Sonia C. Flores offers step-by-step instructions for submitting a grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health, and readers respond to the ASBMB recommendations for premedical curriculum modifications leading up to the revised MCAT.

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May   2012


In the May 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Raj Mukhopadhyay profiles scientist-turned-artist Robert Schimke, who once served as president of ASBMB and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Know a student who is graduating? ASBMB Today contributor Connor Bamford lists his top-10 picks for graduation gifts. Whether you made it to the annual meeting or not, we offer a wrap-up that includes tweets, blogs and a slideshow from our on-site tattoo-parlor booth. Also, check out the videos of our Hill Day participants and an essay by Deborah L. Neely–Fisher, who addresses the well-documented repercussions of transfer shock and writes openly about her own experience with it decades ago to persuade others to help create a culture of undergraduate research at community colleges.

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June   2012


In the June 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Raj Mukhopadhyay covers the increasingly sophisticated techniques of sports doping and detection. She also profiles George Stark, who contributed to the development of both Western and Northern blotting and who co-discovered gene amplification in mammalian cells and the JAK-STAT signaling cascade. Also, read the introductory column from the ASBMB Mentoring Committee and get pumped for the public affairs team’s summer challenge. Will you be one of the 100 ASBMB members knocking on the doors of lawmakers when they’re at their home offices during the summer recess?

July 2012 cover of ASBMB Today

July   2012


In the July 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Raj Mukhopadhyay profiles Stanford University’s Michael Snyder, who turned to his mother for help telling his own genetic story, and interviews new ASBMB President Jeremy Berg. Also, read the essay by postdoc Chris Pickett, who writes honestly about the difficulties of landing a science policy job. If you will be one of the 100 ASBMB members knocking on the doors of lawmakers when they're at their home offices during the summer recess, make sure to put the ASBMB advocacy webinars on your calendar.

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August   2012


In the August 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Raj Mukhopadhyay explores the promise and challenges of targeted therapies. In this cover story, Journal of Biological Chemistry Associate Editor Richard Hanson of Case Western Reserve University shares his experiences with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and how a new targeted treatment has so far kept him out of “the big lab in the sky.” Meanwhile, four contributors address various issues related to the Ph.D. pipeline. ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb expresses frustration over the recent work-force report by the National Institutes of Health working group. Promega Corp.’s Martin Rosenberg raises concerns about what skills new grads aren’t gaining for today’s job opportunities. Jon Lorsch suggests academic mentors reassess what they consider good outcomes of graduate education. And Carolyn Machamer reports on one way Johns Hopkins University is exposing students to career options outside of the lab. Lastly, don’t miss contributor Cristy Gelling’s insightful and frank feature on the creative ways young researchers are balancing their careers and families.

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September   2012


In the September 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay profiles Walt Shaw, who built Avanti Polar Lipids into the business it is today. This issue also contains the first part of a two-issue preview of the 2013 ASBMB annual meeting thematic programming. Find out what the theme organizers have planned. Meanwhile, science blogger and social media maven Biochem Belle contributes an essay about how online communication is changing the way we do science — by providing immediate critique and support, giving wallflowers the virtual podium and connecting researchers who otherwise might never have met. Lastly, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Ben Corb says that, as the “fiscal cliff” approaches, scientists must take a leap of faith in their own abilities to persuade U.S. lawmakers to preserve science funding.

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October   2012


In the October 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay explores new views on the biology of bone. This issue also contains the second part of a two-issue preview of the 2013 ASBMB annual meeting thematic programming. Find out what the theme organizers have planned, and get your abstracts ready. The deadline is Nov. 8! Meanwhile, we have a ton of news from the ASBMB journals, including Journal of Biological Chemistry “Reflections” articles by Reed Wickner and Lubert Stryer, a look back at the life of Swedish lipidologist Sven-Olof Olofsson and a new paper out of Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. Lastly, make sure to check out the ASBMB Today blog, Wild Types, where breaking news and features are posted each week.

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November   2012


In the November 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, contributor John LaCava writes about an initiative he founded to make science mainstream by incorporating the sounds of science into music that moves people. Meanwhile, ASBMB science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay takes a look back at how George and Mildred Burr doggedly pursued the cause of a deficiency syndrome in rats and ultimately changed our view of fats. This month’s issue also contains two “Retrospective” articles: one about the late Annemarie Weber by Clara Franzini-Armstrong and another about the late George F. Cahill Jr. by Richard W. Hanson. Lastly, make sure to check out the ASBMB Today blog, Wild Types, where breaking news and features are posted each week.

Cover of the December 2012 issue of ASBMB Today

December   2012


In the December 2012 issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay writes about a controversy over a dietary recommendation for omega-6 that shows no signs of resolving itself. In his monthly “President’s Message,” Jeremy Berg writes about the recent Nobel Prizes. This month’s issue also contains a great roundup of recent publications in the ASBMB journals, including coverage of a joint “Reflections” article by Leonore and Leonard Herzenberg and a commentary on how high cholesterol levels come in handy during protozoan infection. Lastly, make sure to check out the ASBMB Today blog, Wild Types, for breaking news and features.