Putting your best poster forward

By Jessica Waninger-Saroni, St. Mary’s University Jessica received honorable mention in the 2014 ASBMB poster competition for Enzyme Mechanisms and Chemical Biology Best Thematic Poster Award. She presented her poster, “The crystal structure of SOD5; an unusual copper-only superoxide dismutase.” After countless hours spent in the lab doing experimental procedures, it can seem daunting to…

Pufferfish Zombies

By Kyj Mandzy, Bellarmine University On April 30, 1962, Clairvius Narcisse was checked into Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelle, Haiti. His symptoms included fever, body aches, respiratory issues, and coughing up blood. Three days later, Clairvius Narcisse was pronounced dead. Narcisse’s life story turned downright bizarre when eighteen years later, his sister was approached by…

The Uncertain Future of Antibiotics

By Elizabeth Ensink This fall, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report calling for greater attention and action on the issue of antibiotic resistance. Since the discovery of Penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. Without antibiotics, ear infections, sore throats, and even skin infections…

The Science of Sweetness

By Kyj Mandzy, Bellarmine University Everyone likes sweets, but it is truly staggering to see to what extent they enjoy them. The average person in an industrialized country consumes 33.1kg of sugar a year. This accounts for a daily intake of 260 calories from sugar alone every single day, roughly one-eighth of the energy the…

Outreach at Tulane University

By Sherry Cui, Tulane University ASBMB’s Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN) chapters are a network of undergraduate faculty and students committed to the advancement of research, education, and science outreach. Tulane’s UAN chapter shares their activities thus far this year. As the sun shines down in New Orleans, the members of Tulane’s ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN)…

Evolution’s Scrapbook: The Human Genome

By Matthew Munson, Virginia Tech Ever since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2001, it has become an almost-idiom in the scientific community that “less than one percent of human DNA actually means anything.”  However, the thought that a three meter long DNA molecule could only be one percent useful is one of…

Becoming Competitive for a Teaching (and Research) Position: Part I

By Joseph Provost, University of San Diego The number of articles and blog posts discussing the difficulties of finding a job are disheartening.  The jobs are out there, but the competition is steep.  Research-focused academic jobs are one of many career paths for a Ph.D.  Fortunate graduate students and post doctorates will have mentors or…