Issues of ASBMB Today

Cover of the January 2013 issue of ASBMB Today

January   2013

The cover story of the January 2013 issue of ASBMB Today reports on the results of a recent ASBMB survey of young biochemists and molecular biologists. In a sidebar, Fred Maxfield of Weill Cornell Medical College, who leads the ASBMB committee focused on mentoring, writes about what the respondents had to say regarding the advice they receive. Also in this issue are preview articles about the 2013 ASBMB Special Symposia lineup. And, for those of you uncertain about how using certain social media tools can benefit you personally and professionally, Rajini Rao of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine offers a testimonial on the value of Google Plus.

Cover of the February 2013 issue of ASBMB Today

February   2013

In the February 2013 issue of ASBMB Today, our personal essay series “Derailed but Undeterred” launches with a piece by Wendy Knapp Pogozelski called “The uses of metabolic adversity.” For the cover story, “The other malaria parasite,” we talked to researchers studying the ill-understood parasite that causes most malaria cases outside of Africa. Meanwhile, in the mentoring column, Jim Keen offers some advice for those just embarking upon a life of academic research. And contributor Cristy Gelling interviews artist and science student Maja Klevanski, who sees structures in the Protein Data Bank in very unique ways.

Cover of the March 2013 issue of ASBMB Today

March   2013

In the March 2013 issue of ASBMB Today, the second installment of our personal essay series, “Derailed but Undeterred,” is by Martha Lewis, who fled Sierra Leone as a child and now is pursuing a career as a physician–scientist. You’ll also find the first part in our two-part coverage of the society’s annual award winners. Look for others in the April issue. In the minority affairs column, Squire J. Booker writes about making careers in science accessible for those with disabilities. And we have news items from the ASBMB journals.

Cover of the April 2013 issue of ASBMB Today

April   2013

In the April 2013 issue of ASBMB Today, the third installment of our personal essay series, “Derailed But Undeterred,” is by Aditi S. Iyengar, who writes candidly about the highs and lows of graduate school. You’ll also find the second part in our two-part coverage of the society’s annual award winners. Our cover story reviews what is known about the molecular underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease and offers perspectives from two women caring for their declining mothers. In an online exclusive article, contributor Connor Bamford talks to scientists studying triple-negative breast cancer, an area of research that will be given special attention at the ASBMB annual meeting later this month.

Cover of the May 2013 issue of ASBMB Today

May   2013

In the May 2013 issue of ASBMB Today, we explore what we know — and what we need to know — about sperm and how it relates to male infertility. The fourth and fifth installments of our personal essay series, “Derailed but Undeterred,” are by Christine Guthrie, who candidly tells how she prevailed through a particularly dark period when she was a young investigator, and by Jonathan Gitlin, who recalls the challenges he experienced as a noncitizen forging a career in U.S. science policy. You’ll also find a Retrospective article about the late Wm Wallace “Mo” Cleland and a feature by contributor Diedre Ribbens about the uptake of digital PCR by some researchers seeking to solve certain types of problems. And don’t miss our Journal News highlighting two new minireviews in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, a thematic series on microRNAs in the Journal of Lipid Research and a special issue of Molecular & Celullar Proteomics focused on glycoscience.

Cover of the June/July 2013 issue of ASBMB Today

June   2013

In the summer issue of ASBMB Today, we explore the mysteries of spider pheromones with a Q&A with Stefan Schulz. ASBMB President Jeremy Berg reviews the National Institutes of Health’s BRAIN initiative. And contributor Lola Olufemi offers ideas for reducing laboratory expenses. Meanwhile, in this month’s installment of the special essay series “Derailed but Undeterred,” Bethany Brookshire, a blogger for Scientific American more commonly known by the moniker Scicurious, writes about her experience with imposter syndrome. As a reminder, ASBMB Today will resume monthly publication in August.

Cover of the August 2013 ASBMB Today

August   2013

The August 2013 issue of ASBMB Today is more jam-packed than usual, and it promises to have a little something for everyone. In our Brown Bag special section, we offer news, advice and perspectives about various aspects of work and school. This month’s captivating contribution to our ongoing personal essay series is by Harvey “Jim” Armbrecht, who writes about his wife’s diagnosis of Lewy body disease and about the SAMP8 mouse, a model for early memory loss. We also offer a profile of the University of Pennsylvania’s Virginia Lee and launch our new Point/Counterpoint column with Eleftherios P. Diamandis and Peter J. Kennelly providing their perspectives about paying peer reviewers. In the President’s Message, Jeremy Berg explores what a sustainable biomedical enterprise might entail.

cover of the September 2013 issue of ASBMB Today

September   2013

The cover story in the September 2013 issue of ASBMB Today is about investigators who are juggling the demands of laboratories in two places at once. We have two Career Insights articles: one about how to compete with those lab diva-types and one about how to conduct salary negotiations skillfully. Contributor Lauren Amable profiles artist Lynn Fellman, who has embraced her new role as a biological science illustrator, and contributor Kamalika Saha interviews ASBMB member Ritankar Das, who graduated from the Universtiy of California, Berkeley, at the top of his class — at age 18. In addition, David J. Kroll, a columnist for Forbes magazine, writes about the work environment and science-outreach efforts at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, where scientists do their research in full public view. Last, but not least, we hope you’ll consider submitting an open letter for our forthcoming series.


October   2013

The cover story of the October 2013 issue delves into what we know about protein evolution and explores the debate over whether function or structure first arose in primitive peptides. This month’s Derailed but Undeterred contribution by F. Peter Guengerich marks the end of the personal essay series. For job-seekers and new (or struggling) managers, we have two Career Insights articles: In the first one, seasoned lab managers offer their advice on how to run a research group; in the second, Bill Sullivan provides do’s and don’ts for postdoctoral application cover letters. Lastly, don’t forget to submit an open letter for our forthcoming series, Open Letters. The deadline is Dec. 31.


November   2013

The cover story of the November 2013 issue offers a big helping of food for thought. Intrigued by a message on her favorite pizza chain’s packaging, science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay dared to ask the experts, “Is the glycemic index a useful measure of carbohydrate metabolism?” The answer, it seems, depends upon whom you ask. In the education column, members of the ASBMB Research Coordination Network steering committee introduce a forthcoming toolkit for BMB educators. And contributor Mark Stewart writes about the rewards and perils of using crowdfunding to finance research projects.

Cover of the December 2013 issue of ASBMB Today

December   2013

The cover story of the December 2013 issue features Hudson Freeze, a winner of the 2013 Golden Goose award for the discovery of Thermus aquaticus. Contributor Thomas E. Schindler offer a heartfelt essay about how his family dealt with a devastating diagnosis for their daughter: stage IV neuroblastoma. (Spoiler alert: His story has a happy ending!) And, just for fun, we collected tweets from biochemistry and molecular biology students about their favorite and zany professors. (Profs, don’t be scared!)