January 2018

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Puerto Rico

Kelly Chacón

Kenneth E. Neet


  • The ASBMB will host a webinar on the U.S.government's cancer 'moonshot' and the role of the basic researcher. In 2016, President Barack Obama announced the initiative to accelerate research toward curing all forms of cancer. In this webinar, Dinah Singer, acting deputy director for the National Cancer Institute, will provide an overview of the initiative and highlight ways that basic researchers canengage. The webinar will be held at 3 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 8. Register here
  • The 2018 ASBMB Annual Meeting will be held April 21–25 in San Diego. Late-breaking abstracts are now being accepted!
  • The 2018 Interested in improving your communication skills? Sign up for The Art of Science Communication, an online course organized by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee that is available for all scientists and STEM professionals. Applications open Jan. 2. Learn more


ASBMB Today January 2018

One hundred days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, we look at how the island’s scientists have overcome damaged labs to persevere with their work. Kelly Chacón describes battling imposter syndrome in her quest for a science career. And we remember Ken Neet, a valued ASBMB member. Read the January issue .

ASBMB-Deuel Conference on Lipids

If you work on lipids, consider attending the ASBMB-Deuel Conference on Lipids in Coronado, Calif. Abstract submission and registration close Jan. 31 . The conference will take place March 6–9 .

Journal News

Your technological advances belong at MCP

Molecular & Cellular Proteomics   is the home for papers describing new, impactful technologies that make substantial contributions to the understanding of proteomics. As described in the editors'  January editorial , papers describing these technologies do not have to include solutions to biological problems. The editors encourage authors to submit technology papers to MCP.

JBC Author Resources

Visit the JBC's new  Author Resources guide , where we've collected best practices to help authors increase their publishing proficiency.

Member News

Maquat elected to National Academy of Medicine

Lynne Elizabeth Maquat  is one of 80 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Maquat’s research focuses on RNA decay pathways in relation to human diseases.

In memoriam: Harvey Penefsky

Influential bioenergetics and enzyme kinetics researcher Harvey S. Penefsky passed away in July at the age of 92. Penefsky’s kinetic insights shaped the understanding of the mechanism of ATP synthase. This research provided the groundwork for Paul D. Boyer, who elucidated the enzymatic mechanism of ATP synthase.

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