|Jeremy Berg at a 2010 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology-sponsored briefing about the importance of basic science for congressional staff on Capitol Hill. Photo courtesy of Berg.
How would you like to reach out to the community as ASBMB president?
Berg: I want to make it clear to the members of the society that I want to hear from them. I want to make sure I and other leaders of the society are aware of their issues and perspectives. I am sure there will be more structured opportunities for collecting that input as I go forward as president.
From my experience at NIGMS, it made my job as an institute director much easier when I had a better sense of the real concerns and priorities of the community rather than trying to guess them. It was also bidirectional. By allowing people to know what was going on at NIH, the conversations were richer and more substantial because they had the same background facts about what was happening. I hope to achieve the same sort of thing at ASBMB.
What are your hobbies?
Berg: Certainly, work and family keep us pretty busy! I was always a bit of a news junkie, and that got worse when I was at the NIH and closer to the government. I do a fair bit of reading of news and analysis. I have a new home in Pittsburgh, so I am working on getting fully unpacked and the garden under control. I used to love to make molecular models and jewelry, particularly with Indian beads. Hopefully I will have time to get back to that before not too long. It’s become much more challenging with aging eyes than when I was a teenager and could see everything!
Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the senior science writer for ASBMB Today and the technical editor for The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rajmukhop.
See an NIGMS video from 2009: “10 Reasons Biologists Should Know Some Math” — Dr. Berg joins Peter Lyster and Sarah Dunsmore to talk about the role of math in studying biology.