Sept. 4, 2012 — In the September issue of ASBMB Today, science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay profiles Walt Shaw, who built Avanti Polar Lipids into the business it is today. This month’s issue also contains the first part of a two-issue preview of the 2013 ASBMB annual meeting thematic programming. Find out what the theme organizers have planned. Meanwhile, science blogger and social media maven Biochem Belle contributes an essay about how online communication is changing the way we do science — by providing immediate critique and support, giving wallflowers the virtual podium and connecting researchers who otherwise might never have met. Lastly, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Ben Corb says that, as the “fiscal cliff” approaches, scientists must take a leap of faith in their own abilities to persuade U.S. lawmakers to preserve science funding. Read the September issue.