January 2012

2011 ASBMB graduation survey

Last year’s survey elicited a somewhat lower response rate than previous year’s, but the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to underrepresented students increased in every category.


2012 through our crystal ball

The Public Affairs Office reflects on the year that was and tries to predict the year that will be, but anticipating political moves in this era of partisanship is no easy task.


Bassler receives L'Oreal-UNESCO award

ASBMB member Bonnie Bassler was was one of five women honored for their contributions to science.


Har Gobind Khorana (1922—2011)

Robert D. Wells reflects on his postdoctoral mentor’s scientific achievements and spirit. He writes, in part, about Khorana’s upbringing amid poverty, “He repeatedly told stories of his early education from his teacher under a tree.”


Meet Vicky Minderhout

The professor of chemistry at Seattle University was named the 2011 Washington state winner of the U.S. Professor of the Year award. Learn about her pedagogical approach in this Q&A.


New initiatives for 2012

ASBMB President Suzanne Pfeffer lays out some of her plans for the new year and emphasize the society’s commitment to outreach and mentoring.


NRC report calls for new disease taxonomy

The report’s authors argued that the time was right to include molecular biology findings, given the richness of biological data today, advances in information technology and the changes needed in the U.S. healthcare system.

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