Anna-Lisa Cox’s The Bone and Sinew of the Land one of 2018’s best history books!

Anna-Lisa Cox’s book, The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality, was recently listed as one of Smithsonian’s Best History Books of 2018!

Anna-Lisa explores the stories of nearly 300 African-American families that migrated to the Northwest Territory in the early 19th century.  In what would later become the present states of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the Northwest Territory was the first territory to ban slavery and establish equal voting rights for all men.  Despite the premise of equality within the Territory, these pioneers soon found themselves the target of racist backlash and conflict.  The book explores the unique time and place to re-conceptualize the image of the American pioneer and explore the challenges they faced during this tumultuous period.

Congratulations on your achievement, Anna-Lisa!

NSF BIO Directorate eliminates proposal submission limits

In August, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) instituted new limits for proposal submissions–applicants could only be listed as PI or Co-PI on one proposal per year.

However, feedback from the community indicated that such limits may hinder collaboration as well as limit the number of early career investigators that may receive new awards.  Thus, effective 15 November 2018, BIO has eliminated the proposal submission limits.

Additional details regarding the elimination of the limits may be found on the NSF BIO Directorate blog.  Any references to the proposal limits for PIs/Co-PIs in the Fiscal Year 2019 BIO solicitations are no longer valid.

The Hope College Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club Receives New Grant

The Hope College Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club received a new $250 grant from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) in support of outreach activities designed to connect elementary students to opportunities in science.

The Hope College Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club will utilize the funds to invest in protein and DNA 3D modeling kits to help students visualize the biochemical principles.  Funds will be used to support a strawberry DNA extraction experiment to the students–introducing them to very basic biochemical principles.

Congratulations to Maria Hledin, Faculty Advisor, and the Club’s Undergraduate Organizers: Prescott Binder (President), Marissa Solorzano (Vice-President), Isaiah Hough (Treasurer), and Mackenna Senti (Activities Coordinator)!  Your ASBMB grant is testament to the importance of the Club’s activities, connecting to the broader community, and educating the next generation of scientists!