August 2011

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Aguanno garners mentorship award

Ann Aguanno, an associate professor of biology at Marymount Manhattan College, is a 2011 recipient of a Council on Undergraduate Research Biology Mentorship Award. The awards recognize biologists who demonstrate superior mentorship of undergraduate students in research.

Aguanno is director of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliate Network northeast region. She has an active research program that is investigating the role of a member of the cyclin-dependent kinase family in the development of mammalian tissue systems. She also has an active undergraduate program, guiding the research of students majoring in biology. The program has enjoyed much success as of late, receiving multiple grants and honors.

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Berg honored with public service award

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology President-elect Jeremy M. Berg is the recipient of a 2011 Public Service Award from the American Chemical Society. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to public service or to the development of public policy that benefits the chemical sciences.

Berg is associate vice chancellor for health policy and planning at the University of Pittsburgh and is a professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's department of computational and systems biology. Research in his lab is centered on molecular recognition by proteins in biological systems with the goal of understanding these processes on the structural, thermodynamic and kinetic levels. Through this analysis, he hopes to attain a more complete understanding of the mechanism of these systems. 

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