[Jan 2013 | Michelle ]
Photos from the MCB Fall Gathering

The MCB Fall Gathering took place in November. Check out the pictures!

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[Sep 2012 | admin]
Emerging retrovirus meets match in emerging retrovirologist

by Alex Compton
Retroviruses, notorious for causing immunodeficiency in primates, cats and cows, were first studied by cancer biologists to understand mechanisms of cell transformation and carcinogenesis. In fact, the first retrovirus discovered was an agent responsible for neoplasia in chickens. Tumor-inducing retroviruses were soon revealed in mammalian species as well, effectively bridging the fields of retrovirology and cancer biology for decades to come.
Beginning in 2006, scientists and the public alike were reminded of this relationship when Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Like Retrovirus (XMRV) was implicated in two human diseases with unknown …

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[Jan 2013 | Michelle]

These links may or may not help you finish that manuscript…
Overly honest methods  – How it really gets done! (or #overlyhonestmethods on Twitter)
They’ve found us out! – The Daily Show reveals what we’re REALLY up to
Awesomeness – Amazing timelapse of Pacific Northwest scenery
More awesomeness – Just because

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[Jan 2013 | Michelle]
Photos from the MCB Fall Gathering

The MCB Fall Gathering took place in November. Check out the pictures!

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[Dec 2012 | Ilana]

Link to Nature article on toxic mentoring styles

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[Nov 2012 | Michele LeRoux]
Life Sciences salary survey from the Scientist

For the past ten years, The Scientist magazine has been doing a yearly salary survey of people working in the life sciences in a variety of capacities. A summary of their data was published in their last issue.

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[Oct 2012 | Michelle]
Upcoming event: Elections, Politics & Science

At this special extended election-night edition, join a non-partisan selection of local scientists and researchers to discuss the intersection of politics and science, including how scientists are involved in shaping policy and how funding affects scientific research.

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[Oct 2012 | Michele LeRoux]
WorkFlowy: a free tool to organize lists and life!

Workflowy is a wonderfully free-form browser-based note-taking, journaling, or list-making program.

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[Sep 2012 | Michele LeRoux]
Meet the incoming 2012 class!

Meet this year’s new MCBers!

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[Jun 2012 | Michelle]
MCB’s Linda Geng honored at the 2012 Weintraub Awards Symposium

Last month, recent MCB grad Linda Geng was honored as one of thirteen students nationwide to receive a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which is given to senior PhD students or recent grads for innovative research in biological science.

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[Apr 2012 | Ilana]
MCB Symposium, Fri 4/27, RNA: beyond the central dogma

The MCB student-organized symposium on RNA: beyond the central dogma will take place on Friday, 4/27, in Pelton Auditorium at FHCRC.

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[Jan 2012 | Michele LeRoux]
What are MCB alums doing now?

This information is compiled by the MCB office, and represents the current occupations of the >90% of MCB alums that are using their degrees towards a science-related field.

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[Jan 2012 | admin]
MCB Fall Gathering Review

With almost 60 students in attendance, this year’s Fall Gathering was a big success.

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[Jan 2012 | Ilana]
Book Review: <i>Women Don’t Ask</i>

This book is an interesting read for those of us who feel reluctant or uneasy about negotiating, and can provide insights that may help when it comes time to negotiate for that first job offer after graduation.

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[Jan 2012 | Michele LeRoux]
Phase I of a new, improved MCB program

MCB will become slightly more structured and organized, while keeping its flexible, “it is what you make of it” character that many of us love.

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[Jan 2012 | Michelle]
Making (and breaking) it big: UW iGEM students and mentors lead the way in synthetic biology

Think back on 2011. What did you do this year? Did you engineer E. coli to make diesel fuel? Or make an enzyme that breaks down gluten so well it’s hundreds of times more effective than what’s currently in clinical trials? Clone genes from deep-ocean magnetotactic bacteria and play with fluorescent magnet-sensing proteins in E. coli?

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[Jan 2012 | admin]
The Enchantments:  How I Completely Forgot That I Was in Grad School

By columnist Nate Peters
Awakening to the soft glow of the rising sun through the thin fabric walls of my tent, I take a deep breath of cold air and reluctantly wriggle out of my very warm, lofty down sleeping bag.  I am anxious to get my body moving so I throw on some clothes, lace up my boots, and unzip the door of my tent to get my first view of the outside world.  Thick mist hangs over the dark, still surface of the lake by which I made my …

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[Jan 2012 | Lauren]
Choosing a third rotation

That time is coming up for first years…  when you have to choose your third and (hopefully) final rotation.  To aid in this process, the MCB Transcript editors are providing you with advice from more senior MCB students.  This advice was compiled for the spring quarter last year to help first years choose a permanent lab, but much of the same advice applies to choosing the third rotation.
Here is the link to the original article on choosing a permanent lab.
And some advice more specific to the third rotation:
1) Think about …

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[Jan 2012 | Lauren]
New faculty interview – Michael Ailion

Many graduate students experience feelings of uncertainty about their futures, but few will answer questions about what they will do next with “I don’t know, maybe I’ll buy a one-way ticket to South America and see what happens.” Even fewer would actually identify the southernmost city in South America with an airport (Punta Arenas, Chile), buy that one-way ticket, and fly there. But that is exactly what Michael Ailion did. As an undergrad, he had studied both biology and creative writing, and he joined the MCB program because he thought …

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[Jan 2012 | admin]
Interview with Patrick Murphy

By Jennifer Lachowiec
Seattle University is a Jesuit university with almost 8,000 grads and undergrads. Patrick Murphy, PhD is an Assistant Professor there, with a passion for teaching and undergraduate research. We discussed his career path that has culminated in teaching pharmacology to nursing students. He also shares some of his advice in landing a teaching job at a liberal arts institution.
JL: How did you get into research?
PM: I went to a liberal arts college in Ohio [Wittenberg], with corn fields surrounding it. We had a small, but very good biology …

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[Sep 2011 | Ilana]
Meet the 2011 incoming class!

Welcome to this year’s new MCBers!