Four NIH’ers Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Four NIH scientists are among the 212 new fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They new fellows and the AAAS sections to which they belong are:
Dr. Alan G. Hinnebusch, chief, Laboratory of Gene Regulation and Development, NICHD, and Dr. Sankar Adhya, chief, developmental genetics section, NCI--section on biochemistry and molecular biology.
Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—section on medical sciences.
Dr. Attila Szabo, chief, theoretical biophysical chemistry section, Laboratory of Chemical Physics, NIDDK—section on chemistry.
Other inductees into the 2009 class of fellows include rock singer and statesman Bono, Nobel laureate Dr. Mario Capecchi, author Thomas Pynchon and actor Dustin Hoffman.
The academy, established in 1780 by founders of the nation, undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Current projects focus on science, technology and global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education.
The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 10 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
NIEHS’s Dudek Receives Bennett Award
NIEHS principal investigator Dr. Serena Dudek was honored in May by the Society of Biological Psychiatry with the A.E. Bennett Research Award for basic science research in biological psychiatry at the group’s 64th annual meeting in Vancouver. Dudek, who joined NIEHS in 2001, is head of the synaptic and developmental plasticity group. She was cited for “many important contributions to characterizing and understanding the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the developing brain.”
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NCI’s Pastan Honored By Italian Academy
Dr. Ira Pastan, chief, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NCI, has been selected to receive the 2009 International Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Medicine, which will be awarded in Rome this month by the Accademia Nazionale dei Linceii, an Italian society for the sciences and humanities that was founded in 1603. Pastan is being honored for his work on receptor biology and for the development of immunotoxins to treat cancer. Awarded every 5 years, the Feltrinelli Prize for Medicine includes a gold medal and a monetary prize.