January 2012

A protein with protective qualities for HIV patients

Mary Chang, managing editor of the Journal of Lipid Research, writes about an article published in this month’s issue of JLR titled “Serum paraoxonase-3 concentration in HIV-infected patients: Evidence for a protective role against oxidation.”


Careers at the chalkboard, the bench and the conference table

Sydella Blatch of Stevenson University offers advice for those who might be interested in pursuing professorships at teaching-intensive schools. It’s not all fun and games, she insists.


Giving junior lipid scientists a turn at the podium

Binks Wattenberg, an associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, writes about the history, evolution and legacy of the Southeast Regional Lipid Conference.


How H. pylori deals with stomach acid

Science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay reports on a recent Journal of Biological Chemistry “Paper of the Week” about a protein complex that helps the pathogenic bacterium survive in the acid bath of the human gut.


Learning military lingo

This month’s guest “Career Insights” contributor, Emily Heuring, reflects on how she landed at the Institute for Defense Analyses and what a ride it has been.


Tailoring journal content online

JBC Editor-in-Chief Martha Fedor says “affinity group” webpages recently added to the journal’s site will make browsing more efficient and possibly foster collaboration.


The NSF’s two-criteria review

Joseph Provost of North Dakota State University and the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee insists that the “broader impacts” criterion is here to stay, so we better come to understand it and be accountable.


Understanding precocious puberty

Science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay reports on a recent study published in Molecular and Cellular Proteomics in which three major metabolic pathways didn’t function normally in precocious puberty patients.

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