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HOPES applications now being accepted!

HOPES announcement 2015May 15, 2015-  Applications for the ASBMB Hands-on Opportunities to Promote Engagement in Science (HOPES) seed grant program are now being accepted. Deadline is JUNE 26, 2015. Read more



ASBMB Today May 2015

May 4, 2015 — On our cover, we feature biochemist Peggy A. Whitson, who will head out again next year to the International Space Station, where she will conduct experiments for many Earth-bound scientists. 

Journal News

JBC Thematic Minireview Series: The State of the Cytoskeleton in 2015

May 15, 2015 — The study of cytoskeletal polymers has been an active area of research for more than 70 years. Yet, despite decades of pioneering work by some of the brightest scientists in biochemistry, cell biology and physiology, many central questions regarding the polymers themselves are only now starting to be answered. In this thematic series of mini-reviews, these topics are covered by some of the very same scientists who generated these recent insights, thereby providing us with an overview of the State of the Cytoskeleton in 2015.

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JBC Thematic Series - Novel Bioactive Sphingolipids

May 15, 2015 — Sphingosine was named by J.L.W. Thudichum for its enigmatic properties. This descriptor has applied to sphingolipids for over a century because new enigmas continue to surface. This JBC minireview series presents articles about three novel subspecies of sphingolipids — α-galactosylceramides, 4,5-dihydroceramides and 1-deoxysphingolipids — that have important activities but, until recently, remained undetected (or at least understudied) in the shadow of very closely related compounds. They also serve as a reminder that important metabolites still lie "off the radar screen" in reports of global and comprehensive metabolomic profiling.

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Member News

ASBMB Members Named HHMI Professors

HHMI LogoThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced 15 scientist-educators who have been named HHMI professors. Each will receive $1 million over five years "to create activities that integrate their research with student learning in ways that enhance students' understanding of science." Forty scientists have been named HHMI professors since the program began in 2002.

New members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Academy 2013 The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced in late April the election of 198 new members who will be inducted at a ceremony in October in Cambridge, Mass. Six ASBMB members were elected.  


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