July 2010

ASBMB Member Spotlight

Three ASBMB Members Awarded Kavli Prize

Three American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members were named recipients of 2010 Kavli Prizes. A total of eight scientists were selected to receive the 2010 award for expanding human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

Members Thomas C. Südhof, a professor in molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, and James E. Rothman, chairman of the department of cell biology at Yale University, were joined by Richard Scheller in sharing the neuroscience award for work that revealed the precise molecular basis of the transfer of signals between nerve cells in the brain.

ASBMB member Nadrian Seeman, a professor of chemistry at New York University, received the nanoscience award, with Donald M. Eigler, for his work on structural DNA nanotechnology.

The Kavli Prizes were set up to recognize outstanding scientific research, honor highly creative scientists, promote public understanding of scientists and their work and to encourage international scientific cooperation.

Three ASBMB Members Earn Distinguished Scientist Awards

The Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine has honored three American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members with the newly established Distinguished Scientist Award. The award recognizes biomedical scientists whose seminal research accomplishments have established them as leaders in biomedicine and who have made significant contributions to SEBM.

Hector F. DeLuca, Harry Steenbock Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Henry C. Pitot, professor emeritus of oncology and of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and Kenneth L. Barker of the State University of New York – Syracuse are among the eight past presidents of the SEBM who received the honor.

In Memoriam: Michael Anthony Cusanovich

Michael Anthony Cusanovich, Regent’s professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics emeritus, former vice president of research, head of the Arizona Research Laboratories, and active member of the University of Arizona community for more than 40 years, died on April 12.

Cusanovich received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. After completing his postdoctoral research at Cornell University, he began his career as an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Arizona in 1969. He had a distinguished career as an internationally renowned scientist focusing on energy transduction, especially in relation to photoactive proteins.

Cusanovich was a dedicated teacher, an advocate for the development of bioindustry, and a member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry editorial board. He retired in 2007 but continued to immerse himself in research and advocacy. He also was a fan of the outdoors, an avid golfer, horseback rider and skier.

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