President's Message


Steve McKnight writes about the work of Zhijian “James” Chen, a plenary lecturer at the forthcoming ASBMB annual meeting in Boston and the winner of the ASBMB-Merck award.

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News from the Hill


As we enter 2015, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology public affairs staff is looking at a changed Washington landscape: a Republican-controlled Congress, a president in the last years of his final term and many in Washington already looking forward to the 2016 elections. Yes, 2015 is going to be a challenging year for the research community — but not an impossible year. Here are some initiatives we’re looking forward to introducing in the coming months.

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Member Update


Nobel laureate J. Michael Bishop won the Van Andel Research Institute’s Daniel Nathans Memorial Award. Max Schlamowitz, a biochemist, teacher and lifelong music lover, died at age 94. John H. Weisburger, a research professor of pathology at the New York Medical College died at age 92. Three ASBMB members authored recent books.

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Robert Bittman (1942 – 2014)


Robert Bittman, an organic lipid chemist and distinguished professor at the City University of New York and Queens College, died Oct. 1 of pancreatic cancer. He was 72. Bittman won the Avanti Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2003 and served on the editorial board of ASBMB’s Journal of Lipid Research.

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New Tabor Young Investigator Award winner


Said Izreig, a graduate student at McGill University, received the Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award for his work on how cancer cells reprogram metabolic steps to their advantage.

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Journal News


Find out about recent publications in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and the Journal of Lipid Research.

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National Academies report on postdocs


The National Academies released a report in December that advocates for improvements in training and salary for postdoctoral fellows in academia. Although postdoctoral training is necessary to pursue careers in academia, it now frequently is associated with poor pay, indefinite terms and uncertain prospects for career advancement.

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January is thyroid awareness month


The pink ribbon is a well-known symbol for breast cancer awareness. But how many know about the blue paisley ribbon? The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists launched the blue paisley ribbon as an icon for thyroid awareness to highlight the silent epidemic of thyroid disease. Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 

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Lipid News


We all learn that phospholipids are composed of glycerol, to which fatty acids and a defining head group are attached. We also know that many phospholipids have a characteristic set of attached fatty acids. Why such specificity exists and which physiological roles they play has eluded us. In this month’s Lipid News article, Richard Epand of McMaster University describes his recent work that uncovered how this enrichment is achieved for the important signaling lipids called phosphoinositides.

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