April 2013
 

Sequester


ASBMB President Jeremy Berg writes, in part, "The sequester was intended to be such a motivational tool. Across-the-board cuts affecting both nondefense and defense spending were designed to be so undesirable to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle that the threat alone would motivate them to work out a compromise to reduce the deficit without the sequester going into effect. By design, the sequester was intended to be bad policy; cuts would be made to all affected programs equally without analysis of the quality of the programs or the impact of the cuts."

 

Scientific conferences under threat


Communication and collaboration are cornerstones of the research enterprise, and scientific conferences are essential for the exchange of ideas that lead to breathtaking breakthroughs. Any scientist who attends a conference gains some insight into what others in his or her field are doing and just how unique his or her own work is. A bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives, however, could severely limit the ability of federal scientists to take part in such conferences.

 

Member update


ASBMB members win Breakthrough Prizes, Protein Society awards, a Society of Toxicology honor and an election for The Academy of Medicine, Enginerring and Science of Texas.

 

Lorsch named NIGMS director


Jon Lorsch, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, will be the next director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. He’ll arrive at the institute in Bethesda, Md., this summer.

 

JBC/Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award winners


James Duce of the University of Leeds, Xu Ding of the University of California, San Diego, and Alexandra Naba of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology round out the 2012 winners of the Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award.

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