Another year has slipped by. I’ll resist the temptation to follow that with the usual “slippery grease” references our members often face during this season. But I do want to take this opportunity to wish all of our members peace, health, happiness and great science in 2013!
The Lipid Research Division has had another good year. Our community within the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology continues to grow. We are now at 510 members. Our representation on ASBMB committees also has grown, and our representation at the annual meeting is as strong as ever. Our small meetings have expanded abroad and attracted new members from other countries. Jordan Scott from Rob Stahelin’s laboratory at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis recently agreed to serve as the webmaster of our Lipid Corner website. Jordan is a bright and energetic young scientist, so keep an eye on the Lipid Corner.
Next month, I’ll be writing to outline plans for the upcoming year, including the announcement of the new director, who will assume this position in April. I’m looking forward to the new year with great enthusiasm. We do face some challenges, but we also have a strong community ready to meet those challenges. It should be fun and exciting as we move ahead.
Daniel Raben (firstname.lastname@example.org) is director of the ASBMB Lipid Research Division and a professor in the department of biological chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.