Catalyzing graduate education

In April, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences hosted a symposium called “Catalyzing the Modernization of Graduate Education.” The symposium preceded an article written by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and colleagues outlining graduate education issues and featuring potential solutions from innovative programs. ASBMB Education and Professional Development Manager Erica Siebrasse participated in the event.…

Chris Kaiser withdraws candidacy as new NIGMS director

On April 25, just days before he was to take the helm of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Chris Kaiser withdrew his candidacy as the incoming director of NIGMS for “personal reasons.” Kaiser, a cell biologist and head of the department of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was scheduled to replace…

UPDATED: Registration deadline for postdoc workshop – Jan. 6

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has partnered with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to present the 2012 Workshop for Postdocs Transitioning to Independent Positions. The workshop will be held on March 12-13, 2012, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and is designed to provide information for postdoctoral…

NIGMS Names Acting Director

The National Institutes of Health have announced that Dr. Judith Greenberg, Ph.D., will serve as acting director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, effective July 1.  Current NIGMS Director (and ASBMB President-elect) Jeremy Berg has stepped down to join the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Greenberg has been at NIGMS since…

NIGMS Releases Assessment of Glue Grant Program

Last week, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences announced the release of a report assessing the impact and output of the Large-Scale Collaborative Project Awards program, also known as glue grants.  The report gave a mixed review of the program, citing both success and failures of individual projects.  Ultimately, the report found that “the…