March 2011

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Schreiber receives chemical biology lectureship

Stuart L. Schreiber, the Morris Loeb professor in the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University and founding member of the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, has been awarded the American Chemical Society’s Chemical Biology Lectureship in recognition of his pioneering contributions to research at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Schreiber and his colleagues pioneered the concept of diversity-oriented synthesis and chemical genetics to discover new drug targets and to elucidate new biological pathways, including the fundamental biological importance of histone deacetylation. His current work deals with exploiting new insights into cancer cell genomes to develop novel therapeutic agents by correlating drug efficacies with the genetic features of human cancers.


Three ASBMB members split Wilson Award

Stuart Kornfeld James E. Rothman Randy W. Schekman

Stuart KornfeldJames E. Rothman and Randy W. Schekman were awarded the E. B. Wilson Medal, the American Society for Cell Biology’s highest honor, for their pioneering research on protein transport.

Kornfeld, co-director of the Division of Hematology at the Washington University School of Medicine, was noted by the selection committee as having been at the forefront of research in glycobiology, protein trafficking and metabolic disorders throughout a career spanning more than four decades.

The Selection Committee also recognized Rothman and Schekman as pioneers in the understanding of the molecular basis of protein transport through the secretory pathway and as internationally renowned leaders in cell biology. Rothman is chairman of the department of cell biology at the Yale University School of Medicine and Schekman is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator as well as professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

In memoriam: James R. Mattoon

James R. (Jim) Mattoon of Loveland, Colo., passed away Dec. 24. He was 80.

Mattoon was born in 1930 in Loveland. He attended Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Colorado State University) and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953. Mattoon received his Master of Science and doctorate in biochemistry degrees from the University of Wisconsin and taught at the University of Nebraska and the Johns Hopkins Medical School. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1979 to teach at the University of Colorado, where he remained until he retired.

Mattoon lived in both Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, where he did further research and taught. He lectured in many places in the world, often in the local language, and supervised many foreign graduate and postdoctoral students. At the time of his retirement, Mattoon was teaching in the microbiology and genetics department of CU, Colorado Springs. He also was an accomplished pianist and tenor soloist in his younger years.

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