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Sonenberg, Wong win Wolf Prize

Nahum Sonenberg Chi-huey Wong
Sonenberg Wong
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members Nahum Sonenberg of McGill University in Montreal and Chi-huey Wong of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., have been named winners of Israel’s Wolf Prize. Sonenberg is a co-winner of the prize in medicine along with Gary Ruvkun at the University of Wolf Foundation logoMassachusetts Medical School. Wong, president of Academia Sinica in Taiwan, is the winner of the prize in chemistry. Each category carries a $100,000 purse. All eight winners in five categories will receive their awards in May at a state ceremony in the Knesset. The Wolf Prize, established in 1978 and regarded by some as a predictor for the Nobel Prize, is funded by the Wolf Foundation, which was founded by German-born inventor Ricardo Wolf, who once was the Cuban ambassador to Israel.

Maquat wins Athena Award

Lynne MaquatLynne E. Maquat of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry won the 2014 Athena Award, which is issued by the Rochester Business Alliance’s Women’s Council. The yearly award honors women who excel in their professions, give back to their communities and mentor other women for leadership roles. Maquat is the founding director of Rochester’s Center for RNA Biology and was the 2013 recipient of the ASBMB’s William C. Rose Award. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Maquat was recognized for her work in support of women in the sciences.

In memoriam: Peter C. Maloney

Peter MaloneyPeter C. Maloney of the Johns Hopkins Medical School died in December at the age of 72. Maloney was a longtime member of the ASBMB and had served on the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Maloney, a native of Boston, completed his bachelor’s in 1963 at Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in 1972 at Brown University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University before being recruited in 1976 to Hopkins, where he worked for 37 years. He studied transport proteins and for 12 years was the associate dean for graduate students, during which time he established outreach efforts to attract minority students to the school.

Snyder: ‘What I’ve learned’

Solomon SnyderSolomon Snyder of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine had a personal essay in the Jan. 15 issue of The Gazette, the institution’s monthly publication. In the piece, he writes about his father’s influence, about how he became adept at keeping secrets and about his pet peeves. Here’s an excerpt: “As biomedical science advances, especially with the dawn of molecular biology, our power to innovate is just dazzling. Today’s students take all of this for granted, but those of us who have been doing research for several decades are daily amazed by our abilities to probe the mysteries of life.” Snyder also published in 2011 a full “Reflections” article in The Journal of Biological Chemistry.