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Published September 01 2016

Re: Loaded questions (August 2016)

I went on 18 interviews and was asked the things mentioned in this article in nearly all of them. At one institution, I was asked what I would do if my graduate student became pregnant. I’ve met two other candidates who also interviewed for the position, both men. Neither recalls being asked that question.

Kristi Frank, Uniformed Services University

Really loved this. Especially the bit about how when an illegal question comes up you’re trapped. Thanks for writing it!

Stephen Floor, University of California, Berkeley

Re: A mother’s letter to biomedical researchers (August 2016)

My prayers are that someone in ASBMB will have some knowledge on ADCY5 and/or DOCK3 (a new one to me) and they can provide much more information and hope. Will be very interested to see how Lilly and the organization progress.

James Hazzard, University of Arizona

Dear Grossman family,
You’re amazing. I do not have the too-long-unnamed disease that you have, but I can empathize with the unknown, the terror and many of the things you bravely, clearly and openly express. I just want to affirm your openness. Your sharing has helped me tonight, it has helped your daughter and it has helped 100 or more people around the world. Hopefully, it will just continue to help. I pray with you in Lilly’s dreams of everything she wants to be. I don’t have the words to thank you for this article, and for the long, long journey you have walked.

Farzeen Mahmud, Philadelphia


In the August issue of the magazine, the events calendar had the details of two conferences wrong. The Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Conference will be held from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students will be held between Nov. 9 and Nov. 12 in Tampa, Fla. We regret these errors and have corrected them online.

Know your liquor

A reader alerted us to a spelling error in the article “The taxi driver’s book” in the June/July issue of ASBMB Today. The story, which is based in Scotland, gives a shoutout to the country’s distilleries. However, our knowledgeable reader pointed out (and we later confirmed in The Associated Press Stylebook) that when liquor is distilled from grains in Canada, Japan and Scotland, it is spelled “whisky.” We had it down as “whiskey.” We corrected the spelling online and apologize to any Scot who may have been offended by our ignorance.