April 2010

ASBMB Announces Diversity in Science Award


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology recently announced the creation of a Diversity in Science Award for 2011.


ASBMB Journal Innovations


This winter, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Journal of Lipid Research and Molecular and Cellular Proteomics both received new homepages, and several new features appeared on their Web sites. The Journal of Biological Chemistry’s Web site underwent major changes in the fall and continues to evolve.


Engaging the Public

A recent article in the Texas Tribune reported on a survey revealing that 51 percent of Texans don’t believe in evolution, and 30 percent believe that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time. Ignorance of basic scientific principles has been a national problem for generations, and it isn’t getting any better.


Letter For Advice and Dissent

I would start by saying that “El Presidente’s” messages are one of the reasons I browse ASBMB Today. I not only find myself generally in agreement with the opinions expressed in his messages on various subjects, but I also enjoy his refreshing outspokenness on controversial issues.


Life Sciences and the Issues of Our Time


Continuing its tradition of staging a premiere symposium on a major public policy issue at each annual meeting, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee has decided to go global at Experimental Biology 2010 in Anaheim, Calif., by sponsoring a symposium titled “Life Sciences and the Issues of Our Time.”


Lost in Translation


We should make this our mantra as life scientists: There is no such thing as basic research and no such thing as translational research. There is only research. Period. If we must put an adjective in front of it, then let’s use “biomedical.” But we simply have to stop talking about our science as though there were different versions of it, with different objectives and different implicit worth.


Marshall Nirenberg (1927—2010)

Marshall Warren Nirenberg, a Nobel Prize winning biochemist and geneticist, died Jan. 15. He was the first federal employee to win a Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.


Member Spotlight

Members spotlighted: John A. Corbett, Robert J. Lefkowitz, Perry A. Frey, James R. Knox, James C. Liao, Alexander Tzagoloff, Lucy Shapiro and Susan Wente.


Philip Siekevitz (1918—2009)

Philip Siekevitz, a pioneer in cell biology and a professor emeritus at The Rockefeller University, passed away Dec. 5 at age 91.


Renewing America COMPETES


Although many of the COMPETES Act programs are just beginning, the House Science and Technology Committee already has begun the process of reauthorizing the legislation before it expires at the end of 2010.


Report Finds Summer Research Is a Positive Experience


The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology recently released a report highlighting the outcomes of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded National Institutes of Health summer research program that enabled NIH-funded investigators to provide hands-on research opportunities to thousands of students and science teachers across the country.

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