October 2011 - Sixty Second Update
Awards and Honors
James Gulley, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. He was selected for using randomized, controlled studies to test novel, recombinant vaccines to reduce the progression of prostate and other cancers and to increase patients survival.
C. Norman Coleman, M.D., has received the 2011 Samuel Heyman Service to America Homeland Security Medal conferred by the Partnership for Public Service on deserving government employees. Coleman was awarded the medal for his achievements in developing a blueprint for the U.S. to deal with the health consequences of a radiological or nuclear incident, and helping the Japanese respond to radiation from earthquake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plants.
Andre Nussenzweig, Ph.D., has been awarded a United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) grant titled, "Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Genomic Instability in BRCA-deficient cells." In addition, he has been selected as an Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging.
Anu Puri, Ph.D., has received a meritorious grant from the Intramural to India Initiative for her proposal titled, Rapid Screening of Pathogens in Patients Sera by Novel Nanobiosensors.
A recent publication by Peter Johnson, Ph.D., titled, "3'UTR elements inhibit Ras-induced C/EBP-beta post-translational activation and senescence in tumour cells" (EMBO J 2011 30 :3714-28), has been selected by the Faculty of 1000 as one of the top two percent of published articles in biology and medicine. It was noted that "this provocative paper adds another item to the list of regulatory functions performed by the 3' untranslated region (UTR) of mRNAs: regulation of protein activity."