November 2011

Changing the way we focus on student-centered gains in understanding

One of the goals of the Vision and Change initiative, a report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science with support from the National Science Foundation, is to move students away from rote memorization of facts and toward a deeper understanding of the concepts and processes of science to better prepare them for the many challenges they face in the future. Here, J. Ellis Bell argues once again that this means changing the way we educate students but also means changing the way we assess student outcomes.


Eugene P. Kennedy (1919 – 2011)

Eugene Kennedy’s legacy to biochemistry is large and will remain so for a long period of time. From humble beginnings to the garnering of several important awards for his research — and an eponymous pathway describing lipid biosynthesis — Kennedy’s work and success is a model for young scientists to emulate.


JBC: Formation of radical for DNA generation

A recent article by Mingxia Huang of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and JoAnne Stubbe of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is named a Journal of Biological Chemistry "Paper of the Week."


JLR: Reviews highlight lipid droplets

The November issue of the Journal of Lipid Research marks the start of a new thematic review series titled “From Lipid Droplet Storage and Metabolism: from Yeast to Man.”


Letter to the editor

Donald R. Forsdyke comments on the August article titled "The toxic professor," and article authors Yusuf Hannun and Dan Raben respond.


MCP: Proteomic and metabolic basis for anxiety and depression

While there are no biomarkers for psychiatric illnesses that can help with accurate diagnosis, tracking treatment efficacy and improving drug-development efforts, Chris Turck and his colleagues of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Germany recently compared the proteins and small molecules expressed in two mouse models to identify potential biomarkers.


Tabor investigator chosen at lipids meeting

Alessandra Ferrari was named a Journal of Biological Chemistry Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award winner at the 52nd International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids, which was held in late summer in Warsaw, Poland.

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