January 2011
 

A career in academic research – what does it take to succeed?


Career InsightsBY BARBARA M. SANBORN

It is important to recognize that academic research positions are not all the same and that institutions differ widely in what they require of faculty members. Therefore, you should have a pretty good idea of what fits your goals as you look at positions and the distribution of work that comes with them.

 

An interview with Heather Pinkett


Minority AffairsBY THE ASBMB MINORITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Heather Pinkett, an assistant professor in the department of molecular biosciences at Northwestern University, talks about her research and interests and shares some of the challenges she’s faced in her scientific development.

 

Effective letters of evaluation: what to leave in, what to leave out and how best to prepare


EducationBY JOSEPH PROVOST AND PETER KENNELLY

Preparing letters of evaluation constitutes an important professional responsibility, one that takes a considerable amount of time – especially when there can be so many requests. Here are some tips on what to include and what to leave out.

 

Homepages – how you can benefit from a digital presence


Sci.CommBY NANCY VAN PROOYEN

The internet is a powerful tool for advancing information output, and a well constructed personal homepage gives researchers a customizable platform for providing a comprehensive view of their work. Here are some tips for optimizing your laboratory webpage.

 

JBC in the Classroom: Selecting appropriate research articles to introduce undergraduate students to primary literature


EducationBY BEN CALDWELL

In this special online only article, Ben Caldwell explains how he uses a Journal of Biological Chemistry paper for a more in depth examination of trimeric G proteins in a biochemistry II course.

 

JBC paper shows new tricks for an old antibiotic


In the non-stop fight against infectious agents, many researchers have foregone searching for new antibiotics and instead have turned to older antibiotics that never reached the clinic for one reason or another. Such a strategy will require a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, so in this study, the researchers solved the crystal structure of the resistance enzyme aminoglycoside phosphotransferase (4)-Ia in complex with the aminoglycoside hygromycin B.

 

JBC Reflections looks at breakthroughs in Gaucher disease


JBC-logoWhile medical breakthroughs generate tremendous news, little thought is given to the countless basic discoveries that provide the foundations for that clinical endpoint. In a new Journal of Biological Chemistry “Reflections” article, Roscoe O. Brady, a scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, offers some perspective about this long and sometimes arduous journey.

 

JLR paper finds 15-oxysterols not associated with multiple sclerosis


A recent study reported that two oxysterol species, 15HC and 15KC, were increased more than three-fold in the blood of multiple sclerosis patients, suggesting a potential use for these oxysterols as diagnostic biomarkers. In this Journal of Lipid Research study, the researchers performed their own analysis of blood samples using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to validate these exciting findings but failed to find any significant 15HC or 15KC levels in blood of either healthy individuals or MS patients.

 

Looking back on the ASBMB undergraduate poster competition


EducationBY TODD WEAVER AND DAVID BEVAN

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliate Network will host its 15th annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition in Washington, D.C. on April 9. The competition has grown from just under 50 participants in 1997 to almost 180 in 2010. To celebrate this anniversary, we interviewed a number of former poster competition award winners to learn how ASBMB has affected their scientific careers.

 

MCP announces new manuscript type


In an effort to keep expanding the scope of research covered by Molecular and Cellular Proteomics and ensure that the journal continues to receive the highest quality manuscripts at the forefront of proteomics, the editors of MCP have added a new manuscript type – Technological Innovation and Resources.

 

N-Acylethanolamine metabolism in plants – a regulatory pathway diverged from endocannabinoid signaling in mammals?


Lipid NewsBY KENT D. CHAPMAN AND ELISON B. BLANCAFLOR

N-Acylethanolamines are fatty acid derivatives that are amide-linked to an ethanolamine moiety. They have been shown to have potent biological activities in the plant and animal kingdoms, but much of what is known about them pertains to their regulation of animal physiology and behavior.

 

Submitting a special symposium proposal? Get the inside scoop


MeetingsBY JLYNN J. FRAZIER

ASBMB conference manager Jlynn J. Frazier offers some tips on submitting proposals for the 2012 Special Symposia series.

 

Undergraduates receive ASBMB support for summer research projects


EducationBY BEN CALDWELL

This past summer, eight undergraduate students from six colleges and universities were awarded Undergraduate Research Awards from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Undergraduate Affiliate Network. Here, the students relate some of their experiences and what they learned.

 

UNESCO releases 2010 science report


World ScienceBY NICK ZAGORSKI

This past November, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization published their most recent global science report, analyzing the trends and developments that have shaped scientific research, education and industry during the past five years.

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