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Everything the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology does requires member participation and input. If you’re on the outside looking in, that seems pretty obvious, right? The ASBMB is a member-led society, so it makes sense that members are the driving force for all it achieves.
Less obvious is what that engagement feels like and what it means to the people doing the doing. And that’s what we asked the second class of ASBMB fellows, named about this time last year, to think about and write about for this issue.
The fellows program recognizes the many ways members make a difference in our community. The society bestows the honorific, but the truth is these folks leveled up a long time ago. They believed in the cause, and they committed to it. Maybe not all at once. Maybe little by little. But at some point they found themselves all in.
We hope you’ll enjoy their stories of how they became immersed.
Ralph Bradshaw helped take the Journal of Biological Chemistry online, was the first editor of Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and wrote the history of the society’s first 100 years.
“I’ve repeatedly had encounters in the society, and especially at the annual meetings, that have had a tremendous impact on my life and my career,” Paul Craig writes.
Susanna Greer describes her journey to engaging deeply with, and caring about, the society.
“Attending that meeting kicked off my relationship with the ASBMB ... It got me hooked on the excitement of sharing scientific discoveries and networking with colleagues,” Nathan Vanderford writes.
“I am a firm believer in academic science and society publishing and giving back to the scientific community,” Alex Toker writes.
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“We have learned the immense importance of having an unswerving mentor, a supportive institution and an understanding civil society … We are determined to bounce back with vigor and passion.”
These funding mechanisms have been underutilized. The ASBMB public affairs staff offers recommendations to change that.