- All annual meeting abstract programming notifications (abstracts submitted in Nov) have been emailed on Tues, Feb 18th from EB@abstractsonline.com. Check spam/junk folder if you do not see the email.
- Application deadline for Department/Program Accreditation has been extended through March 24!
Online now: March 2014 issue of ASBMB Today
March 5, 2014 — In the cover story of the March 2014 issue, contributor Diedre Ribbens explores the causes of seasonal affective disorder, or the “winter blues.” Also, we offer two Q&As by science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay: one with John Denu, a new associate editor at the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and one with Jonathan Weissman, the plenary lecturer for the ASBMB annual meeting next month in San Diego. In his “President’s Message,” Jeremy Berg analyzes the effects of the across-the-board federal budget cuts on investigators seeking R-series grants from the National Institutes of Health. And, on a related note, ASBMB’s public affairs director, Benjamin Corb, writes about why it’s so hard to secure increased research-funding appropriations even when politicians throughout the political spectrum agree on science’s value to the nation and humanity. Finally, we begin our coverage of the ASBMB annual award winners. We will feature the remaining winners next month. Read the March issue.
2014 Grantwriting Workshop is Accepting NominationsFebruary 26, 2014 - ASBMB is seeking nominations for assistant professors and senior postdoctoral researchers to participate in the 2014 ASBMB Grant-Writing Workshop, June 12-14, in Washington D.C. Nominations must be submitted by May 2, 2014. Learn more.
JBC News Podcast: α-synuclein, living cells and Parkinson’s disease: JBC’s best Cell Biology article of 2013
March 10, 2014 — In the last of our four-part podcast series on the best articles of 2013 in the The Journal of Biological Chemistry, we hear about the debate surrounding α-synuclein, which plays a critical role in Parkinson’s disease. Is it an unfolded monomer? Is it a helically-folded tetramer? Paul Fraser, a professor of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto and a JBC associate editor, speaks with Dennis Selkoe, a professor of neurological diseases at Harvard Institutes of Medicine, and Ulf Dettmer, a research fellow in neurology also at Harvard. Selkoe and Dettmer are co-authors of JBC’s best article of 2013 in the Affinity category of Cell Biology. It is titled, “In Vivo Cross-linking Reveals Principally Oligomeric Forms of α-Synuclein and β-Synuclein in Neurons and Non-neural Cells,” and it was published in March. The paper details a new method for cross-linking α-synuclein in living cells that reveals a form consistent with a tetramer. In this conversation, we hear about the prior research leading to this article and what to look forward to as the debate continues.
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New members of the National Academy of Sciences
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The National Academy of Sciences announced in late April the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in research. Seven ASBMB members were elected.