June 2010

Member Spotlight

Spotlight---BondBond Named Evan Pugh Professor

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Past-President Judith S. Bond, distinguished professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, has been named Evan Pugh Professor. She and two other Penn State faculty members, Donald C. Hambrick and Thomas Mallouk, join a list of 59 others given the title since its inception in 1960.

According to Penn State, the Evan Pugh professorships, named for the university’s first president, are awarded to faculty members who are “nationally or internationally acknowledged leaders in their fields of research or creative activity; have demonstrated significant leadership in raising the standards of the university with respect to teaching, research or creativity and service and demonstrate excellent teaching skills with undergraduate and graduate students who subsequently have achieved distinction in their field.” The professorships are the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty.

Bond’s research focuses on the structure, function and regulation of proteolytic enzymes called meprins. Her work on wasting diabetic mice led to the discovery of meprins, a subunit of which recently has been identified as a susceptibility factor for inflammatory bowel disease.

Bond was president of ASBMB from 2004 to 2006 and is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Spotlight---FedoroffFedoroff Becomes AAAS President-Elect

Nina V. Fedoroff, science and technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development has been elected to serve as the American Association for the Advancement of Science president in 2011.

Fedoroff, a geneticist and molecular biologist, is a pioneering researcher in the fields of plant genetics, plant responses to environmental stress and genetically modified crops. She has done fundamental research on the molecular biology of plant genes and transposons, as well on the mechanisms plants use to adapt to stressful environments. She published a book in 2004, titled “Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist’s View of Genetically Modified Foods,” which examines the scientific and societal issues surrounding the introduction of genetically modified crops.

Fedoroff is an Evan Pugh professor at The Pennsylvania State University, and, in 2003, she became a member of the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. She also was a speaker at the ASBMB annual meeting public affairs symposium in Anaheim this past April.

Spotlight---FarrellFarrell Honored with Dairy Science Award

Harold Farrell of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center has been honored with the California Dairy Research Foundation’s William C. Haines Dairy Science Award, in recognition of his contribution to the field of dairy science. Farrell, who works as an emeritus research chemist at the Dairy Processing and Products Research Unit at the USDA, received the award at the 12th Cal Poly Dairy Ingredients Symposium in March, where he also gave a presentation on the molecular basis for the structure-function relationships of casein.

Farrell said, “The majority of my scientific career has been spent in fundamental research on milk protein structure-function relationships. In this area, it sometimes is hard to see or predict a clear end point, but a new insight in itself always is exciting. Receiving the Haines Award, which covers a 20-year period, has made me feel as though it has been worth the effort. In essence, this award is a validation of the scientific process and is appreciated greatly.”

Farrell’s research focus has included a variety of programs related to the chemistry of the milk system and the biochemistry of the mammary gland.

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