Awards and prizes
Crystallographers honored in 2014
John Spence, Professor of Physics at Arizona State U. and Director of Science for the US National Science Foundation's BioXEFL Center (USA) which supports applications of X-ray Free-electron lasers (XFEL) to structural biology, received the John Cowley Medal at the 18th Int'l Microscopy Congress in Prague in September.
Jenny Pickworth Glusker, Professor Emeritus at Fox Chase Cancer Center (USA), received the Sigma Xi Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement, recognizing her ground-breaking studies of molecules involved in cancer and the Krebs cycle, and the biologically significant interactions of metal ions with proteins and ligands.
Majid Chergui, Federal Inst. of Technology (France) and editor-in-chief of the ACA/AIP Journal Structural Dynamics, received the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics from the American Physical Society for his pioneering work in ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy for studies in solution and the solid state.
Evgeny Antipov, Moscow State U. (Russia) and serving as ICDD ambassador to the Eastern European Community, received the 2014 McMurdie Award and Distinguished Fellow Award from the International Center for Diffraction Data (ICDD) for distinguished work that improves the Powder Diffraction File.
Jennifer Doudna (UC, Berkeley, USA) and Emmanuelle Charpentier (Hannover Medical School, Germany) shared the $100,000 Dr Paul Janssen Award from Pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson for enabling improvements in the speed and efficiency of genome editing and uncovering molecular details of bacterial immunity mechanisms.Excerpted from ACA Reflexions, Winter 2014, and ASBMB Today, November 2014