Hobbies


This month's issue has two contributions to our "Hobbies" series. In an essay, Rossie Clark-Cotton at Duke University writes about learning to play the viola as an adult. Indumathi Sridharan, a regular ASBMB Today contributor, interviewed postdoc Vikram Mulligan about his research an his digital renderings of molecular structures.

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‘There is a lot of work to do’


Christopher W. Williams, a postdoc at the National Institutes of Health, writes about why he does science outreach. He says: "I do not accept that a child, especially one who looks like me, may never have the opportunity to become a scientist and contribute to groundbreaking research, discovery and innovation."

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The reality that dare not speak its name


Andrew D. Hollenbach writes about the factors that forced him to close his lab at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He says: "Look at my picture, and you will not see a failure. You will see someone who worked hard, excelled at what he did, held true to himself and maintained his integrity. However, you also will see someone whose work was brought to a halt by an unfair system."

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Education


This month's issue offers two education articles. In the first, David D. Iaea and Natalya Gertsik offer words of wisdom for the incoming cohort of grad students. In the second, Henry Jakubowski proposes a collection of high-quality assessment questions based on current research published in journals.

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Outreach


For those of you looking for ways to integrate so-called broader impacts into your National Science Foundation grant proposals, the National Alliance for Broader Impacts might be able to help. Also, find out how one ASBMB member put her outreach seed-grant to work in a small, central Teaxs town.

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You went to your first meeting, but now what?


ASBMB Today contributor Vivian Tang offers advice on how to capitalize on the connections you made at the ASBMB annual meeting in Boston.

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