September 2010
 

A Capital Celebration of Science


ASBMB-iconBY WEIYI ZHAO

ASBMB will be participating in the USA Science and Engineering Festival this October. Read on to find out about this exciting event, which will combine Nobel laureates, science cheerleaders, a Rubik's Cube tournament and much more.

 

ASBMB Announces 2011 Award Winners


ASBMB-iconBY ANGELA HOPP 

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology named 12 scientists the winners of its annual awards. The recipients will give talks at the annual meeting April 9 -13 in Washington, D.C.  

 

Congress Adjourns until Fall with Most Appropriations Bills Unfinished


NFTH-iconBY PETER FARNHAM 

Once more, the U.S. Congress heads into its traditional August recess with work unfinished on almost all regular appropriations bills – an event so commonplace for so many years that it has become the new norm, as predictable as the notorious Washington, D.C. humidity that Congress leaves each August to escape. 

 

Historical Perspectives: The JBC Publishes New Classics and Reflections Collections


ASBMB-iconBY NICOLE KRESGE 

A look at the new Journal of Biological Chemistry Historical Perspectives collection, which contains Classics and Reflection articles grouped around specific topics.  

 

Improving STEM Education


NFTH-iconKYLE M. BROWN AND GEOFFREY HUNT

There is growing concern that American education in science, technology, engineering and math— known as STEM— is coming up short. As a result, the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration have developed new programs to bolster STEM education. Previous efforts have lacked adequate momentum to get started; will new programs receive the support they need to succeed?

 

Promoting Concept-driven Teaching Strategies


ASBMB-iconBY J. ELLIS BELL 

ASBMB recently received a $370,000 five-year grant from the NSF. Here, J. Ellis Bell explains what the society hopes to achieve with the money.

 

Too Many Ph.D. Trainees?


Pres-mess-iconBY SUZANNE PFEFFER

This year, overall biomedical research funding is sadly flat, and university growth has reached a plateau. State budgets are in crisis, and university endowments are still recovering from deep losses suffered during the economic downturn. Given the current circumstances, it would be impossible for all of our current Ph.D. students to move on to academic positions.

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