Published July 01 2017

National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to the following members on being elected to the National Academy of Sciences:

Carroll Charpentier Glass Kahn Levitzki
Dana Carroll Emmanuelle M. Charpentier Christoper K. Glass Barbara B. Kahn Alexander Levitzki
University of Utah School of Medicine Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology University of California, San Diego Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ort Pikaard Rosenzweig Yuan
Donald R. Ort Craig Pikaard Amy C. Rosenzweig Junying Yuan
University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service
Indiana University Northwestern University Harvard Medical School

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to the following members on being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:

Jeremy Berg Nadrian C.
Squire J.
Christopher D.
Karolin Luger Scott N. Keeney Arturo Casadevall
University of Pittsburgh New York University Pennsylvania State University Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center University of Colorado Boulder Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Charles S.
Beverly L.
Juanita L.
Mona Nemer Dana Carroll James T. Kadonaga
University of California at San Francisco The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia University of Michigan Medical School University of Ottawa The University of Utah University of California, San Diego


Cech wins university’s Hazel Barnes Prize

Tom Cech, distinguished professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and director of the university’s BioFrontiers Institute, won the 2017 Hazel Barnes Prize, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the university.

The award was established in 1991 in honor of philosophy professor Emerita Hazel Barnes, recognizing outstanding teaching and research accomplishments by faculty members.

Since joining the faculty at Colorado in 1978, Cech has taught general chemistry to freshmen and mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students. At the BioFrontiers Institute, Cech helped develop the interdisciplinary quantitative biology Ph.D. program.

Cech received the 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his role in the discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA.

The Barnes award carries a $20,000 cash prize and an engraved medal from the university.


Schepartz appointed Sterling professor of chemistry at Yale

Alanna Schepartz has been named a Sterling professor of chemistry at Yale University.

The Sterling professorship, one of the highest honors bestowed by the university, recognizes faculty members who greatly have influenced the university through research and scholarship.

At her lab, Schepartz researches and implements chemical tools to study the dynamics of proteins inside or between living cells.

Schepartz has been an advocate for science education throughout her career. In 2002, she received a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop curricula to promote and attract undergraduate students to the scientific community.

She previously won a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.


Lynch to lead Penn med school department

Kristen W. Lynch has been appointed chair of the department of biochemistry and biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lynch is an RNA biologist whose research interests include the mechanism of regulation of alternative gene splicing and antigen-induced splicing in T cells.

She earned her doctorate from Harvard University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco. She has served as a director of the RNA Society and is an editor for the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Lynch joined the department she will now lead back in 2009.


Diamandis wins award for medicine and patient care

Eleftherios P. Diamandis of the University of Toronto won the 2017 International Federation of Clinical Chemistry Award for Laboratory Medicine and Patient Care.

Founded in 1952, the IFCC seeks to enhance the scientific level and quality of diagnosis for patients.

This award recognizes significant contributions in laboratory medicine, honoring an individual who has had significant impact on improving patient care and clinical medicine. The award carries a €5,000 purse and a plaque to be presented at an awards ceremony at the 23rd IFCC International Congress in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine in October.

Diamandis is a professor and head of the clinical biochemistry division at Toronto and holds an endowed chair in prostate cancer biomarkers at Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network.


Justement elected FASEB’s VP for science policy

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has elected Louis Justement as the vice president for science policy.

Justement is a professor in the department of microbiology in the division of developmental and clinical immunology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

His research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate B-cell biology.

He becomes vice president-elect on July 1 and will become vice president on July 1, 2018.


Susan A. Gerbi receives George W. Beadle Award

Susan A. Gerbi, professor of biochemistry at Brown University, is the 2017 winner of the George W. Beadle Award from the Genetics Society of America.

The award was established in 1999 in recognition of George W. Beadle, who once served as president of the GSA and received the 1959 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. The Beadle award honors individuals who have made important contributions in the field of genetics.

Gerbi helped develop techniques for mapping replication origins and popularization of the fly Sciara as a model organism, genome sequencing and whole-organism transformation.

She received the award at the 58th Annual Drosophilia Research Conference in April.

In memoriam: Gunther Eichhorn

Gunther L. Eichhorn, former chief of the laboratory of cellular and molecular biology at the Gerontology Research Center of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging, passed away Feb. 2.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1927, Eichhorn immigrated to the United States in 1938. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville in 1947 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1950.

Eichhorn’s research interests spanned both biochemistry and inorganic chemistry. His two-volume text “Inorganic Biochemistry,” published in 1971, was one of the first texts to put the two subjects together in a systematic, unified manner.

He received many honors during his career, including the Maryland Chemist Award, the NIH Director’s Award, and the U.S. Senior Executive Service award.


Gerald Hart Takita Sumter JoAnn Trejo Blake Hill
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Studies nutrient regulation of signaling and transcription.
Winthrop University
Studies high-mobility group A proteins in cancer signaling.
University of California, San Diego
Studies G-protein–coupled-receptor signal transduction.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Studies the molecular, biochemical and structural basis of mitochondrial homeostasis.
Brian Crane Ruth Welti* Anthony Kossiakoff Iqbal Hamza*
Cornell University
Studies molecular mechanisms of signal transduction.
Kansas State University
Studies lipid metabolism and plant response to environmental stress.
University of Chicago
Studies ligand-induced receptor activation, antibody engineering and drug delivery.
University of Maryland
Studies heme trafficking in iron homeostasis.
Erik Chaulk Erik Chaulk is a peer-review coordinator and digital publications web specialist at the ASBMB.