April 2011

History in the making


The Journal of Biological Chemistry announces new JBC/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Awards. 



 For many, the decision last year by the Journal of Biological Chemistry’s longtime editor-in-chief Herbert Tabor to hand over the reins might have seemed like an end to an era. Forward-thinking as always, Tabor insists instead that it heralds the dawn of a new phase for the JBC, one that is full of opportunity, invention, innovation and discovery. I share Tabor’s view and his enthusiasm for being part of this new phase.

I have always been inspired by the way Tabor views the JBC and how he has managed it. Invariably appreciative and respectful of JBC authors and reviewing editors, he certainly has never seen it as his journal. He constantly puts the quality of the journal and the needs of the scientific community front and center.

In view of Tabor’s many contributions to the scientific community and the values of integrity and service that he represents, I am very pleased to announce the launch of a new award series: The Journal of Biological Chemistry/ Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Awards. These awards are meant to honor Tabor’s invaluable contributions to the journal and to science as a whole. At the same time, the awards will recognize the innovators and achievers in new generations of researchers who exemplify his values of creativity and scientific excellence.

The associate editors, who know Tabor and the mission of the JBC best, will select promising young researchers at scientific symposia and meetings throughout the year that focus on the molecular and cellular basis of biological processes. So far, the JBC associate editors have identified a dozen meetings focused on areas long featured in the JBC and on emerging research areas in biological chemistry where great candidates are likely to convene.


How the award program works

The Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Awards will be presented by the journal’s associate editors at meetings other than the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The awards will be issued each year to meeting
participants who give outstanding oral or poster presentations. Students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members who’ve not yet received tenure will be eligible.

The award includes a plaque and a $1,500 prize.

Here are some of the meetings we have on our schedule:

Gordon Research Conference: CAG Triplet Repeat Disorders
June 5 to 10 in Lucca, Barga, Italy

17th International Conference on Cytochrome P450
June 26 to 30 in Manchester, U.K. 

Gordon Research Conference: Molecular and Cellular Biology of Lipids
July 17 to 22 in Waterville Valley, N.H.

ASBMB Special Symposium: Recent Advances in Pathogenic Human Viruses
July 24 to 26 in Guangzhou, China 

The 25th Anniversary Symposium of The Protein Society
July 23 to 27 in Boston, Mass.

Gordon Research Conference: Matrix Metalloproteinases
Aug. 6 to 7 in Smithfield, R.I.

52nd International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids
Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 in Warsaw, Poland

ASBMB Special Symposium: 13th International ATPase Conference
Sept. 27 to Oct. 2 in Pacific Grove, Calif.

9th Joint Meeting of the International Cytokine Society and the International Society Interferon and Cytokine Research
Oct. 9 to 12 in Florence, Italy

7th General Meeting of the International Proteolysis Society
Oct. 16 to 20 in San Diego

7th International Conference on Proteoglycans
Oct. 16 to 20 in Sydney, Australia

The Cell Signaling Networks Conference
Oct. 22 to 27 in Merida, Mexico

Marty Fedor (mfedor@asbmb.org) is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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