We’ve just posted a job listing for the chief of the Cell Biology Branch within the NIGMS Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics.
This person will oversee the scientific and administrative management of the branch, which supports basic research on cellular organization, structure, organelles and processes. The branch’s major scientific areas include cell motility, cell division, cell attachment, extracellular matrix, cell signaling, cytoskeletal components and dynamics, membrane structure and function, intracellular trafficking, lipid metabolism, and electron and light microscopy.
In addition to this management role, the branch chief also serves as a program director responsible for advising, directing and evaluating program activities for a portfolio of research grants in one of the areas of cell biology cited above.
This listing closes
December 2, 2011. See the vacancy announcement for a detailed description of the job requirements and application procedures.
Please spread the word by forwarding this information to others who might be interested.
UPDATE: This vacancy listing has been extended to December 23.
You may be interested in this recently reissued funding opportunity announcement:
Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15)
Purpose: Stimulate research at educational institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH support
Application due date: Standard dates apply
NIGMS contact: Jean Chin, 301-594-0828
With NIGMS support through a Recovery Act grant, the American Society for Cell Biology has established The Cell: An Image Library . The resource is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos and animations of cells.
The goal is to create a single place where scientists—as well as educators, students and the general public—can find images of cellular structures and processes. The library currently houses more than 3,600 representative images from different organisms and cell types. You can search for specific images or browse by a number of categories.
You can use the library to:
- Locate historical and recent images to use in slide presentations or classroom lectures,
- Study how structures behave in a cell with the movies and animations,
- Compare cellular structures from different organisms,
- Generate new scientific questions based on observed characteristics, and
- Identify potential collaborators.
The curators continue to improve the site and to add images. Plans include future collections related to diseased cells. I encourage you to draw from the library and also to submit your own images.
If you have feedback on the library, you can send it to the manager, David Orloff.
To help students develop a rich understanding of evolution, NIH has just published a new high school curriculum supplement, Evolution and Medicine, that includes two weeks of lessons.
I particularly like the supplement because it shows through clear, scientifically-valid examples that evolutionary biology is fundamental to understanding health and disease. For instance, a unit on lactase persistence demonstrates how variation is distributed geographically and how it’s associated with the environment. There’s a unit on influenza that focuses on the evolutionary principles underlying vaccine development, and another that explains the evolutionary rationale for using model organisms.
The supplement was produced by the NIH Office of Science Education, but many of us at NIGMS were involved in developing and reviewing it. You can see an outline and order a copy for your own use or to share with others. A version of the supplement that you can review online and a downloadable teacher’s guide are coming soon. Descriptions of and links to other curriculum supplements are also available.