January 2011

ASBMB Member Update

ASBMB members in the news this month include Barry L. Karger, Kathleen Gould, Richard D. Smith, Joan Massagué and Phillip A. Sharp. We also look back on the lives of Philip Person and Marie W. Wooten.


KargerHerovsky Medal goes to Karger

Barry L. Karger, director of the Barnett Institute and James L. Waters professor of analytical chemistry at Northeastern University, is the recipient of the Herovsky Gold Medal for Merit in the Chemical Sciences, awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Karger’s research focuses on the development and application of microscale separations and mass spectrometry analysis to problems of biological relevance.

Karger also recently was awarded the inaugural Csaba Horvath Memorial Lectureship, sponsored by the American Chemical Society International Chemical Sciences chapter in Hungary.


GouldGould becomes director of international scholar program

Kathleen Gould, professor of cell and developmental biology at Vanderbilt University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been selected as the first director of a new Vanderbilt program aimed at attracting the best and brightest biomedical graduate students from around the world.

The Vanderbilt International Scholar Program in Biomedical Research, which began this past summer, will cover the first two years of tuition and stipends for selected scholars who maintain good academic standing. According to Gould, the goal is to make Vanderbilt “a more attractive place for them to consider coming to because there would not be any limitations on exploring their passion in science.”

“To be a truly great international university, Vanderbilt needs to continue to grow a diverse community of scholars,” said Susan Wente, associate vice chancellor for research and senior associate dean for biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who spearheaded the program.

VISP already is attracting interest from universities around the world— 12 scholars from Cameroon, China, India, Korea and Vietnam were selected this summer to participate in the first year of the program.

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