March 2011

Arthur E. Johnson to give ASBMB-Lipmann Lectureship

About the Award

The Fritz Lipmann Lectureship was established by friends and colleagues of Nobel laureate Fritz Lipmann and is awarded every other year for conceptual advances in biochemistry, bioenergetics or molecular biology. The award provides a plaque, a $3,000 purse, and transportation and expenses to the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture. Johnson will give his talk, “Membrane Protein Biogenesis,” at 9:03 a.m. April 11.

You can view award presentations from the 2010 ASBMB annual meeting in our archive.

To this day, Bankaitis says, the approaches Johnson pioneered remain the most powerful, yet accessible, tools to study the dynamics of complex biochemical systems. Additionally, he says, Johnson always has been “a gentleman scientist.”

“These days, it is all too common for researchers to be driven to prolific productivity by the motive of enterprise – the desire to be recognized, to win awards, to establish themselves personally,” he emphasizes. “While all of these motives are legitimate in proper measure, what is often lost is the proportion between mentorship and enterprise, between noble scientific pursuit and competition for the more material rewards, between a genuine desire to foster the independent careers of young researchers and exploitation of those talents.

“Art Johnson has always been a consummate professional – a great scientist, an effective and engaged mentor, a dedicated and effective teacher, and an outstanding citizen with respect to professional service.”

Please feel free to send a congratulatory email to Arthur E. Johnson or leave him a note in the comment space below.

Angela Hopp (ahopp@asbmb.org) is managing editor for special projects at ASBMB.

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