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August 2015

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Announcements

  • Congratulations to the 2016 ASBMB award winners!
  • ASBMB election results are in! Find out who the new leaders are.
  • Science Communication and Outreach Career Symposium: Registration deadline Sep. 1!
  • Kinases and Pseudokinases Symposium: Now accepting abstracts for oral programming consideration.
  • Registration is now open for our free teaching practices workshop at Virginia Union University on Sep. 12. 

ASBMB News

Online now - August 2015 issue of ASBMB Today

On our cover, we feature a special section on education and professional development. The contributors to this section provide advice for those trying to get over the Ph.D. hump and for those picking a graduate school program or postdoctoral position.

ASBMB wins NSF Grant to Expand Mentorship Program

NSFJuly 23, 2015 —  The National Science Foundation has awarded the ASBMB a grant of half a million dollars to support a comprehensive mentoring program for postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty. The program focuses on grantsmanship skills and career-development strategies. It also promotes diversity in the scientific workforce by supporting underrepresented minority postdoctoral scientists and new assistant professors in their efforts to secure research funding. More...



Journal News

JBC Thematic Series - Metals in Biology: alpha-Ketoglutarate and Iron Dependent Dioxygenases

July 14, 2015 — Four Minireviews deal with aspects of the α-ketoglutarate/iron dependent dioxygenases in this eighth Thematic Series on Metals in Biology. The Minireviews cover a general introduction and synopsis of the current understanding of mechanisms of catalysis, the roles of these dioxygenases in post-translational protein modification and de-modification, the roles of the ten-eleven translocation (Tet) dioxygenases in the modification of methylated bases (5mC, T) in DNA relevant to epigenetic mechanisms, and the roles of the AlkB-related dioxygenases in the repair of damaged DNA and RNA.

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JBC Thematic Series - New Directions in G Protein-Coupled Receptor Pharmacology

July 14, 2015 — Over the past half century, The Journal of Biological Chemistry has been the venue for many landmark publications on the topic of G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs, also known as 7 transmembrane receptors). The GPCR superfamily in humans is comprised of about 800 members, and is the target of about one third of all pharmaceuticals. Most of these drugs target a very small subset of GPCRs, and do so by mimicking or competing with endogenous hormones and neurotransmitters. This thematic mini-review series examines some emerging trends in GPCR drug discovery.

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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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