June 2010

ASBMB Members Receive Academy Honors


This past spring, six American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members were elected to the National Academy of Sciences and eight were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

National AcademiesVann Bennett, Mina J. Bissell, James E. Haber, Lynn M. Riddiford, Kevin Struhl and Zena Werb were honored with election to the National Academy of Sciences. They are among the academy’s 72 new members and 18 foreign associates selected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. This brings the total number of active academy members to 2,097.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furthering of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

AAASSamuel Herbert Barondes, Thomas Blumenthal, Sunney I. Chan, G. Marius Clore, Benjamin D. Hall, Timothy James Ley, Roy R. Parker and Thomas Christian Südhof were among the 229 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs who were elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. These new fellows join one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.

Established in 1780 by John Adams and other founders of the nation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Current projects focus on science and technology; global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture and education.

Samuel Herbert Barondes is the Jeanne and Sanford Robertson professor of neurobiology and psychiatry as well as director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

Vann Bennett is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and James B. Duke professor of cell biology in the departments of cell biology, biochemistry and neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Mina J. Bissell is a distinguished scientist in the life sciences division at E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.

Thomas Blumenthal is professor and chairman of the department of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the University of Colorado.

Sunney I. Chan is the George Grant Hoag professor emeritus of biophysical chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.

G. Marius Clore is chief of the protein nuclear magnetic resonance section at the Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

James E. Haber is the Abraham and Etta Goodman chair of biology and director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

Benjamin D. Hall is a professor emeritus of biology and genome sciences at the University of Washington.

Timothy James Ley is the Alan and Edith Wolff professor of medicine as well as professor of genetics and director of the stem cell biology section in the division of oncology at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Roy R. Parker is a regents professor at the University of Arizona/Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Lynn M. Riddiford is a senior fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va.

Kevin Struhl is the David Wesley Gaiser professor in the department of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Thomas Christian Südhof is the Avram Goldstein professor of molecular and cellular physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine/Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Zena Werb is professor and vice chair of the department of anatomy in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Nicole Kresge (nkresge@asbmb.org) is the editor of ASBMB Today.

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