SEATTLE — Apr. 24, 2001 — Thirteen graduate students from around the nation have been selected to receive the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
The recipients, all advanced students at or near the completion of their studies in the biological sciences, will participate in a scientific symposium May 4-5 at the Hutchinson Center.
Nominations were solicited internationally; the winners were selected on the basis of the quality, originality and significance of their work.
The symposium will include scientific presentations by the awardees as well as poster presentations by Hutchinson Center graduate students.
The award was created last year in honor of the late Harold M. Weintraub, Ph.D., a founding member of the Center's Basic Sciences Division who in 1995 died from brain cancer at age 49. Weintraub was an international leader in the field of molecular biology; among his many contributions, he identified genes responsible for instructing cells to differentiate, or develop, into specific tissues such as muscle and bone.
"Hal was one of the most outstanding scientists of his generation, as well as one of the most unpretentious. Hal had the knack of identifying the important questions in biology and designing experimental approaches that were creative, simple and elegant," says Mark Groudine, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center's Basic Sciences Division.
"By nurturing colleagues, students and postdocs, and helping all of us become better scientists, Hal was instrumental in establishing the collegial atmosphere at the Center. We believe having a symposium recognizing the achievements of young scientists is a great way to honor Hal and the recipients of this award," Groudine says.
The award recipients will receive a certificate, travel expenses and an honorarium from the Hutchinson Center's Weintraub and Groudine Fund, established to foster intellectual exchange through the promotion of programs for graduate students, fellows and visiting scholars.
A complete list of Weintraub Graduate Student Awardees follows, in addition to research summaries and CV's from the students in your area. For more information, please call Kristen Woodward, (206) 667-5095.
Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award Recipients 2001
Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas)
- Jose M. Barral, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Denis J. Headon, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Beckman Center/Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)
- William M. Shih, Department of Biochemistry
Duke University Medical Center (Durham, N.C.)
- Audrey R. Odom, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, Wash.)
- David Prober, Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Gladstone Institute/USCF (San Fransciso, Calif.)
- Stephen Y. Chan, Biomedical Sciences graduate program
The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.)
- Jianwu Bai, Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine
- Michael T. Hemann, Postdoctoral Training Program in Human Genetics
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.)
- Michael C. Miller, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)
- Ramanuj Dasgupta, Division of Biological Sciences
University of Colorado (Boulder, Colo.)
- Jennifer F. Kugel, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.)
- Molly Weaver, Department of Cell Biology
Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Jeffrey S. Mumm, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
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