July 2012

Reader comments online

Comments from various issues of ASBMB Today


America needs more deep innovation, January 2012

Dear Ken,
This is a very important and timely article. If the U.S. does not raise basic research budgets, it may soon fall behind other countries such as China, where basic research budgets are only increasing; risks throwing away the large investments it has made in training graduate students and postdocs, who face a continually narrowing job market; and risks losing our best minds to other countries.
Chris McClendon, postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Diego 



Credos for challenging times, May 2012

My thought on this is: Science is competing with nature, and nature doesn’t care whether we succeed or not. So pat yourself on the back for being brave enough to compete with nature, and remember, when nature/science gives you surprises (good or bad), it’s nothing personal!
Elizabeth C. Theil, professor and senior scientist, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute 



Photo of Robert Schimke

Living through art and science: a profile of Robert Schimke, May 2012

I have been a close friend and colleague of Bob Schimke for many years. He is an exceptionally dedicated individual, whatever he does. I have enjoyed our frequent visits together in recent years. I greatly enjoyed reading this article in ASBMB Today. Schimke is a wonderful person; it has been wonderful knowing him and interacting with him.
Charles Yanofsky, professor emeritus, Stanford University

Life without appreciation of at least some form of art, be it literature, music, painting, sculpture or others, is not worth living. A person who can be creative in both science and art is doubly blessed. We hope that (Professor) Schimke will go on shining in his present creative phase for a long time to come and will produce many more of those beautiful paintings for us to admire. I especially liked his “Four Seasons” and “Orange Red.”

It is wonderful to see such an inspiring article about a great scientist who has contributed so much to the biological sciences and to learn that, despite adversity, he has a second career as an artist. Keep it up, Bob! All the best.
Dick Hanson, professor, Case Western Reserve University

My undergrad bio mentor, the late J. Fred “Paulo” Dice, did his Ph.D. work with Schimke at Stanford, and I thus have a lineage connection with Bob, although I never met him. However, I read many of his papers, and I still have in my file cabinet a classic paper of his on measuring protein turnover and calculating the fractional catabolic rate and half-life. I am pleased to hear about his life after science and his artwork. I particularly liked his painting “Genetics.”
Jonathan D. Smith, staff scientist, Cleveland Clinic

I had the great privilege of a personal tour of Robert’s studio and home about five years ago while visiting Palo Alto. I was very impressed with the level of dedication he shows in all his artistic endeavors. Hundreds of wonderful necklaces line the hallway. The sheer volume of work is impressive by itself. His painting studio is one to be envied by any artist frustrated with a lack of production space. The visual energy he creates is all about the place, as many canvases hang on the walls in view while others lie about on the floor in mid-production. Paint is literally everywhere. His growth as an artist can be traced through the many paintings, and each new one seems to be more impressive than the one before. As an artist myself, I understand the creative carrot on a stick that his process and artistic journey represents. It boils down to: “If you think that one was good, wait till you get a look at my next one.”
Proud nephew Matt Bazemore

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