By Alison Gillespie, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Researchers who work with stem cells have ambitious goals. Some want to cure cancer or treat heart disease. Others want to grow the tissues and organs that patients need for transplants. Some groups are even working to develop highly personalized medicines, tailored to an individual’s genetics. All of these ideas face a similar hurdle, however: The development of measurement tools for stem cell production is challenging, making it hard to determine what makes various new stem cell-related products safe, effective or high-quality.
The American Association of Medical Colleges will be holding its third annual Virtual Medical School Fair on Feb. 15. AAMC reports that more than 60 institutions slated to participate in the free nine-hour virtual event.
“How can social media help build trust in science and the research enterprise?” That’s the question the Lasker Foundation is asking contestants in its annual essay competition to answer in 800 words or fewer.
American Board of Medical Specialties is will host a webinar for those interested in applying for the organization’s Visiting Scholars Program. The webinar will be held at 7 p.m. Eastern on March 27.
By Rachel Evans
A new funding opportunity is providing support to young investigators in vaccine and immunology research who show creativity and innovative thinking.
The Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research are available to anyone working to improve our understanding of human immunology and advance vaccine research, including those working in biomedical, bioengineering, and computer science. The ultimate goal is to give young researchers the means to perform inventive research that will increase knowledge and enable life-saving medical advances.
The Center for Dental, Oral, & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR) and the Michigan–Pittsburgh–Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center (MPWRM Resource Center) are soliciting pre-proposals for their Interdisciplinary Translational Project programs.
Científico Latino is a growing platform created by STEM graduate students aiming to improve diversity in STEM and to encourage minority students to pursue higher education by providing resources to all undergraduates and graduate students in STEM. Their vision is to expand awareness of its platform across high schools, community colleges, underrepresented-serving institutions, colleges and universities, and professional societies in STEM in order for everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, or immigration status to have equal access to STEM opportunities and know they belong in STEM.
Applications are now being accepted for Stanford PRISM (Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine). In mid-March, the PRISM program will host select late-stage graduate students from diverse backgrounds who are planning their postdoctoral training. The purpose of this weekend is to provide students who might not currently be considering a postdoctoral position at Stanford with a first-hand look at our training environment.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the 2018 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program competition. This program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will move science forward and inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool.
Calling all #WomenInSTEM: Your advice will inspire!
Girls in Technology is looking for professional women to join us as mentors for our 2017–2018 STEM mentoring program located in Rockville, Md.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is running a campaign to communicate the value of science and contributions of scientists.
Science Breakthoughs 2030: A Strategy for Food and Agriculture Research is a study of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to identify the next big research directions for food and agriculture sciences. A committee of experts will examine knowledge and tools from across the science and engineering spectrum. The primary goal of this study is to develop a compelling scientific strategy for food and agriculture research for the next decade and beyond that will not only catalyze new research directions and partnerships, but also attract new research talent, stimulate entrepreneurship, increase and diversify funding opportunities, and open new paths to a safe, healthful, and sustainable food supply.
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Advancing laboratory discoveries through the translational science process is critical to developing innovations that can improve public health, but too often there are barriers, such as insufficient funding and related support, that make these innovations difficult to move forward. Through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ (NCATS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programsbiochemist and molecular biologist entrepreneurs may find what they need to advance their research toward commercialization.
The RNA Biology Division of New England Biolabs (NEB) invites applications for the position of postbaccalaureate fellow. NEB will provide recent college graduates who are planning to attend graduate or professional schools an opportunity to spend one year at NEB performing full-time research. The goal of this program is to engage undergraduates to consider basic and applied science related careers and providing them the opportunities for competitive science related education and careers.
Mentors play a critical part in the future success of minority students success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. And the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students offers you the perfect opportunity to connect with the next generation of STEM professionals.
Biology Dictionary is an online biology reference providing useful definitions and explanations of common biology terms. It aims to help students, teachers and researchers to have a better understanding on the terminologies they are looking for. The site covers all major branches of biology, including but not limited to ecology, botany, zoology, human biology, molecular biology,
The “Planning Your Scientific Journey” course is built for life science grad students, postdocs and other junior scientists. It aims to teach how trainees can choose a good scientific problem as well as planning their journey ahead. It is a free online course that is funded by NIGMS.
The Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States are offering research awards of up to $10,000 to support the preparation and journal publication of independent, in-depth reviews of research progress in key human disease areas. The aim of this grant program is to support strategic scientific dialogue regarding the potential of extending the U.S. National Research Council vision of 21st century toxicology to the wider field of biosciences.
Dear STEMists and STEM-allies,
As you may know, Stony Brook University is home to the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), with Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) as its signature program. The mission of SENCER is to strengthen student learning and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by connecting course topics to issues of critical local, national, and global importance.
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is seeking abstract submissions for the 2017 Chemical and Biological Defense Science & Technology Conference Call for Papers. The conference will be held in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 28–30, 2017.