View photos from the July 9 Women @ The Lab awards ceremony, where six Biosciences Area staffers were among the outstanding group of female scientists, engineers, technicians, and operations professionals recognized.More »
In a letter to the editor published July 6 in Nature Biotechnology, the KBase team presented a comprehensive overview of the platform and an assessment of its scientific impact. The paper describes the unique features and infrastructure of the platform, in addition to highlighting scientific use cases that demonstrate its significance for biology research.More »
The molecule cyclic di-GMP is found in nearly all types of bacteria and interacts with cell signaling networks that control many basic cellular functions. It plays an important role in regulating microbial cellulose production and biofilm formation, which affects a number of environments, including plants, soil, and the gut. To better understand the dynamics of this molecule, researchers developed the first chemiluminescent biosensors for measuring cyclic di-GMP in bacteria through work enabled by the JGI’s Community Science Program (CSP).
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The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) has selected Eva Nogales, a senior faculty scientist in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator and professor at UC Berkeley, as this year’s recipient of the Sandra K. Masur Senior Leadership Award. The award recognizes an outstanding scientist with a record of active leadership in mentoring both women and men in scientific careers. Nogales will be honored at the ASCB Annual Meeting in December 2018. Nogales was also elected by ASCB members to serve on the society’s executive committee as president-elect in 2019, president in 2020, and past president in 2021.
Jenny Mortimer, Deputy Vice President of the Feedstocks Division at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Scientist with the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology (EGSB) Division, participated at a 2018 AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy panel entitled “Science Competitiveness in Relation to Public Support for Science”. Panelists discussed how the scientific community must work to maintain societal relevance and build trust. Mortimer presented a code of ethics for scientists recently developed by the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists community. The code serves as a tool to nurture a positive change of culture in the research world by not only guiding and shaping the behavior of individuals but also the processes of the scientific institutions that are to facilitate this cultural shift.