Member Update

Three members elected to the Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine in October elected 70 new members and 10 foreign associates. Three membersof the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology were among those chosen by activemembers at the IOM’s annual meeting. Election to IOM is one of the highest honors for those in thehealth in medicine fields.

Benovic, Catterall to give ASPET talks

Benovic Jeffrey L. Benovic of Thomas Jefferson University and William A. Catterall of the University of Washington Catterall will give lectures at the annual meeting of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in the spring in Boston. Benovic won the Julius Axelrod Award in Pharmacology. His talk will be titled “Arresting developments in receptor signaling.” Catterall will give the Norman Weiner Lecture. His talk will be titled “Structural basis for function and pharmacology of voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels.” ASPET’s annual meeting will be held alongside ASBMB’s at the Experimental Biology 2015 conference in March.

Halpert appointed dean at UConn

Halpert James Halpert is now dean of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Before being appointed in June, Halpert was a professor and the associate dean for scientific affairs at the University of California, San Diego. Before that, he was chairman of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s pharmacology and toxicology department and held various other leadership positions. Halpert’s research focuses on the structure and function of cytochromes P450. He is an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow and a past editor of the journal Drug Metabolism and Disposition.

College proud to claim alumnus Kozak

Leslie P. Kozak, who earned his undergraduate degree in 1964 at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., was one of five alumni inducted this year into the college’s Science and Technology Hall of Fame. A professor at the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Kozak initially attended college part time to accommodate his professional hockey career. In the early 1960s, he played in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He went on to earn in 1969 a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and has spent the years since as a researcher. “Something laid down in that gentle and nurturing time at Fisher provided the background, which, together with the competitive drive associated with becoming a professional hockey player, ignited my infatuation with scientific discovery, and I have never looked back,” Kozak said.