February 2010

54 ASBMB Members Elected AAAS Fellows

Fifty four members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers.


A Harsh Climate


We should not be debating whether human activity is responsible for global warming or not...the debate should be over the most effective means of doing something about it.


ASBMB Member Spotlight

Members spotlighted: John W. Kozarich, Stuart L. Schreiber, John P. Richard, James C. Paulson, Donald F. Steiner, Roland Schauer, Robert J. Wenthold, Francis Newton LeBaron.



Edwin G. Krebs (1918–2009)

Edwin G. Krebs, a giant of biochemistry in the 20th century, died Dec. 21 in Seattle. He was 91. His discovery of protein phosphorylation as a regulatory mechanism (with Edmond Fischer) touched all aspects of biomedical science and profoundly influenced therapeutic approaches now widely used in clinical care.


FASEB Makes Budget Recommendations


The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is taking its message of support for biomedical researchers to both Congress and the federal science agencies.


Letter for “Advice and Dissent”

John M. Brewer writes about Gregory Petsko's "Advice and Dissent" editorial in ASBMB Today.


Letter for Education Issue

James T. Hazzard comments on two articles that appeared in the October 2009 issue (“A Teachable Moment” and “Student Centered Education in Molecular Life Sciences”).


Rules and Views


Science policy issues increasingly dominate the national agenda. Whether describing a clean-energy economy or a war on cancer, politicians and policymakers are often talking about science. With so many important decisions to be made, the federal government must rely upon the expertise of scientists to make policy recommendations.


Visiting Congress at Home


Becasue the overwhelming majority of a congressional member’s time is spent in his or her congressional district, it is an essential part of any advocacy strategy to try to meet with him or her when he or she is home.

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