President's Message


ASBMB President Steve McKnight responds to those critical of his column in September about the quality of study section reviewers and other problems with the grant review process.

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On posturing and policy


In a recent New York Times op-ed, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., highlighted some problems facing the biomedical research community. One problem noted was the average age of obtaining an R01 grant. "Harris takes a laudable position," ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb argues, "but then promotes flawed policies."

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Member Update


Find out what's happening in the lives of ASBMB members. Have news you’d like to share? Email us at asbmbtoday@asbmb.org.

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In memoriam


Obituaries for the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Mary Loewus of State University of New York in Buffalo and for Solomon Shankman, the chemist-founder of Shankman Laboratories in Los Angeles.

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Walther Stoeckenius, 1921 – 2013


Walther Stoeckenius, emeritus professor at the University of California, San Francisco, died in August. He was 92. In recognition of his contributions and to draw attention to two of his seminal publications in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the journal in 2011 published a “Classic” article about his life and work.

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Robert T. Schimke (1932 – 2014)


Robert Tod Schimke, an emeritus professor of biology at Stanford University, died Sept. 6 at age 81. An outstanding scientist, he had spent almost his entire career at Stanford, where he was renowned as irreverent, creative and unpretentious and as a leader, scholar and teacher with high values and standards. Students at all levels gained from their association with him, flourished and grew. He left behind an enviable legacy.

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Journal News


Updates from the ASBMB journals: cocaine, fish oil, aspirin, cancer and large DNA viruses.

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Lipid News


Eicosanoids are powerful, short-range signaling molecules derived by oxygenation of 20-carbon polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs. These effectors, including prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and thromboxanes, are produced in mammals by cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase enzymes and act as regulators of pain, inflammation, immunity, blood pressure and reproduction. Two recent studies indicate that eicosanoids generated by cyclooxygenase-independent pathways mediate reproductive and behavioral functions in C. elegans.

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