To Infinity and Beyond: Where Biochemistry Can Take You

By Mariam Ayyash and Amal Algahmi, University of Michigan-Dearborn The biochemistry program at University of Michigan-Dearborn (UMD) has always been considered one of the toughest degrees on campus. Yet every year, a large percentage of students entering the natural sciences program choose biochemistry as a major. So, what is it about biochemistry that attracts so…

ASBMB Degree Accreditation Program Now Accepting Applications!

By Adele Wolfson, Wellesley College and Joseph Provost, University of San Diego The ASBMB accreditation program is open for business.  After several years of planning and listening to the biochemistry and molecular biology community, ASBMB is now taking applications for accreditation.  The ASBMB accreditation program has two components: accreditation of a Department or a Program…

Classroom in the Community: Learning through Service

By Ritankar Das, University of California Berkeley President John F. Kennedy once famously said, “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”. This is especially true in the modern era of economic limits, where the preponderance of the population can use a friendly neighbor. The…

Finding the algorithm: An introduction to reading and understanding scientific papers

By Joseph Provost, Ph.D., Minnesota State University Moorhead and Weiyi Zhao, MPH, ASBMB For many college students, the last half of spring semester is a time to present journal articles and assemble posters of their research to present at  local, regional or even national conferences such as the annual Experimental Biology meeting held in Boston…