2017: What has this year done (or undone) to diversity and inclusion in science?

In the last 12 months, Demonstrations for and against Confederate statues in public spaces have been held across the country. Players in the National Football League have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racism. President Trump has worked to limit immigration from Muslim-majority countries, build a wall along the…

Outreach Review: Encouraging Interest in Science in Elementary Age Children

By Gabrielle Voithofer, Salisbury University According to the STEM Education Coalition, jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math occupy 1/5 of all jobs in the U.S. workforce. The STEM career field is expected to grow as much as 13% from 2012–2022. However, there is a disconnection between U.S. students and interest in STEM related topics…

Research Opportunities at NIH for Science Students

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is looking for science students with a passion to advance global health research in the 21st century for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, held February 5–8, 2018, in Bethesda, Maryland. Application deadline is…

Free biochemistry online course from HarvardX

HarvardX is offering a free online course, Principles of Biochemistry, starting June 5 on edX.org. Participants in this 15-week, self-paced course will explore the molecules of life, starting with building blocks and culminating in complex metabolism and associated diseases. The course is taught by Harvard professors Alain Viel, senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular…

New compound may be an environmentally friendly pesticide

By Courtney Lepping The thought of pesticides brings fear to the minds of many. Synthetic or man-made pesticides may impact ecosystems and the environment. Pressure from the general public and journalists has prompted investigation into other possible harms as well. Luckily, there is hope for greener, more efficient pesticides. Balancing economic, farming and environmental concerns…

2017 ASBMB Undergraduate Poster Competition winners

By Nadine Gombakomba The 21st annual Undergraduate Poster Competition was held on April 22, 2017, at the ASBMB annual meeting in Chicago. More than 200 undergraduates presented their research. One winner and four honorable mentions were selected in four research categories. Category 1: Proteins and Enzymes Winner: Sarah Glass, Kalamazoo College Honorable mention: Sarah Baker, University…

Funding undergraduate work

By Nadine Gombakomba Editor’s note: The 2017 application deadline for the ASBMB Undergraduate Research Award is March 6. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Research Award funds students who are doing summer research projects. The undergraduate students are members of the ASBMB Student Chapters program and do research in the laboratory of an…