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Comfort Dorn

Comfort Dorn
Comfort Dorn has been the managing editor of ASBMB Today since 2017. Before that, she had a 20-year career in newspaper editing. She studied liberal arts at St. John’s College and has lived for most of her life in Maryland and Washington, D.C. She likes working with writers to craft honest, engaging articles and essays with commas in all the correct places. She also likes gardening, cooking, reading and spending time with her perfect granddaughter.
 

Articles by Comfort Dorn

Breaking the news
Editor's Note

Breaking the news

5/15/2020
On her third anniversary as our managing editor, Comfort Dorn reflects on how the pace of ASBMB Today has changed, thanks in part to COVID-19.
Caution: Tchotchkes at work
Editor's Note

Caution: Tchotchkes at work

3/13/2020
For our 2020 careers issue, we want to see — and share — the accumulated objects you have in your workspace.
Picking up the slack
Editor's Note

Picking up the slack

2/10/2020
Like many black scientists, Marion Sewer overcome negativity through hard work, then took on the job of supporting underrepresented minorities.
Well, to be honest
Editor's Note

Well, to be honest

1/4/2020
In January, we focus on wellness — and we roll out a dynamic new website.
Ending an elemental year
Editor's Note

Ending an elemental year

12/1/2019
Throughout 2019, Quira Zeidan has educated readers about important biochemical elements from the periodic table. It’s not too late to catch up!
It's about time
Editor's Note

It's about time

11/1/2019
Here at ASBMB central, we constantly think and talk about the society’s biggest event; the next annual meeting is forever looming, even the day after the last one ends.
Wellness, again
Editor's Note

Wellness, again

9/1/2019
Wellness is such a big topic in the scientific community that ASBMB Today plans to devote another special issue to how you care for your mind, body and spirit. Managing Editor Comfort Dorn invites you to contribute.
2020 annual meeting thematic sessions
Annual Meeting

2020 annual meeting thematic sessions

9/1/2019
The 2020 ASBMB annual meeting will include eight thematic tracks largely highlighting foundational areas of chemistry and molecular biology. Read on for details of these tracks — including scheduled speakers, key words and theme songs.
J. Thomas August (1927 — 2019)
Retrospective

J. Thomas August (1927 — 2019)

9/1/2019
Colleagues and family remember a Johns Hopkins researcher and pioneer in immunology.
2020 annual meeting tracks
Annual Meeting

2020 annual meeting tracks

8/1/2019
The ASBMB annual meeting will include tracks on eight themes.
Ph.D. outcomes — one university at a time
Education

Ph.D. outcomes — one university at a time

8/1/2019
Six university graduate schools across the U.S. share information on where their student head after earning a doctorate in the biosciences.
Magazine life
Editor's Note

Magazine life

6/1/2019
"As much as I love running stories about amazing science, I have a special fondness for stories about issues," writes ASBMB Today Managing Editor Comfort Dorn.
Working knowledge
Editor's Note

Working knowledge

5/1/2019
As an undergrad, grad student and (maybe) postdoc, you’ve learned a whole lot about science. But how much were you taught about having a career as a scientist? More to the point, how much were you not taught?
Be a writer
Editor's Note

Be a writer

3/1/2019
ASBMB Today Managing Editor Comfort Dorn invites submissions for two essay series: “Night shift” and “What I wish people understood about ___.”
What I wish people understood about writing and editing
What I Wish People Understood

What I wish people understood about writing and editing

3/1/2019
ASBMB Today managing editor Comfort Dorn takes on one of the magazine’s 2019 essay topics in a bid to encourage readers to become writers.
Vital fluids
Editor's Note

Vital fluids

2/1/2019
Plasma, the yellowish fluid in which blood cells and platelets are suspended, is essential for treating trauma patients and those with a number of other medical conditions.
ASBMB members elect six to council and other offices
Society News

ASBMB members elect six to council and other offices

1/1/2019
Members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have elected some new and some familiar faces to leadership positions in the society.
How mentoring moments are made
Annual Meeting

How mentoring moments are made

11/1/2017
The ASBMB annual meeting offers opportunities for students and early-career scientists to connect with professionals who can help them develop their interests and chart a career path.
Behind the scenes of the annual meeting
Annual Meeting

Behind the scenes of the annual meeting

10/1/2017
1,001 tasks precede the ASBMB annual meeting, and there's always at least one surprise.
15 minutes of fame
Annual Meeting

15 minutes of fame

9/1/2017
Presenters from the 2017 Spotlight Sessions at the ASBMB annual meeting describe the many benefits of telling a crowd about your science.