UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will host its 44th annual scientific symposium on March 18-19, 2020, at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. If you have questions about the symposium,...
Psychology of Music
It is unclear whether there are universal patterns to music across cultures. Mehr et al. examined ethnographic data and observed music in every society sampled (see the Perspective by Fitch and Popescu). For songs specifically,...
Washington state reported the first U.S. death from the new coronavirus, the first health care worker infected, and the first outbreak in a nursing home.
Mark PeiferThis is the end of pretending we are not going to face widespread coronavirus spread in the US. @SenThomTillis@SenatorBurr@RepDavidEPrice It's time to unmuzzle the scientific and public health community. Playing politics with this will cost many lives
Many of the words used by scientists when reviewing manuscripts, job candidates and grant applications – words such as incremental, novelty, mechanism, descriptive and impact – have lost their meaning.
Mark PeiferBravo Eve Marder! "Where is it written that 'incremental' should be pejorative? Surely, all science is incremental at the limit, as everything we do benefits from past work. So, how large or small is a step forward that merits laud or scorn?"
A judge on Wednesday threw out a $2.5 million deal to give the controversial "Silent Sam" monument to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, saying the group had no legal right to negotiate the deal with the University of North Carolina system.
Too much research is aimed at insular academic circles rather than the real world. Let’s fix this broken system
Mark PeiferThis is misguided. I support research directed at societal problems but also know that in Biology discovery research is also critical. When folks started working on the obscure mechanism of action of reverse transcriptase, AIDS was still decades away....
Understanding how events at the molecular and cellular scales contribute to tissue form and function is key to uncovering the mechanisms driving animal development, physiology and disease. Elucidating these mechanisms has been enhanced through the...
Mark PeiferGreat ending to Bruce Stillman's #ASCBEMBO19 ASCBEMB talk: the release of a new collaborative website to help ensure no one can say "I couldn't find any women for my meeting/panel on...", following up on @ASCB's work
Many stem cells utilize asymmetric cell division (ACD) to produce a self-renewed stem cell and a differentiating daughter cell. How non-genic informat…
Mark PeiferCrazy cool work from Rajesh Ranjan in the Chen lab revealing asymmetric loading of the centromeric histone CENP-A during asymmetric germline stem cell division coordinated with asymmetric spindle assembly and connects this to stem cell renewal #ASCBEMBO19
Many US biomedical PhD programs receive more applications for admissions than they can accept each year, necessitating a selective admissions process. Typical selection criteria include standardized test scores, undergraduate grade point average,...
Mark PeiferDear Drosophila Colleagues,
I wanted to forward the call for submissions for the 2020 Drosophila Image Award. The award will be presented at the upcoming TAGC 2020 (The Allied Genetics Conference) in Metro Washington, DC on April 23rd, 2020.
Dr. Ned Sharpless will vacate the role of acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration because federal law limits the position's tenure to 210 days. Sharpless will return to his post as director of the National Cancer Institute.
Mark PeiferI was super excited when @UNC_Lineberger's Ned Sharpless was appointed Director @theNCI and I am glad he's returning. It's strange times in DC but Ned is a great leader and a great scientist.