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New $5,000 Research Prize For ASCB Grad Student Will Follow DORA Principles

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research smallThe ASCB Kaluza Prize of $5,000 will recognize outstanding
research by an ASCB graduate student through support from
Beckman Coulter, the biomedical devices maker.
A new $5,000 prize funded by a leading biomedical technology company to honor research by a graduate student member of the ASCB will be the first competition judged in keeping with guidelines from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which ASCB endorsed in June. Candidates for the ASCB Kaluza Prize supported by Beckman Coulter, Inc., an international biomedical systems manufacturer, will be evaluated on the discoveries they have made, not on the impact factors of the journals where the results have been published, according to ASCB President Don Cleveland.

The prize is part of a new partnership between ASCB and Beckman Coulter to support excellence in science, said ASCB Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD. "Both ASCB and Beckman Coulter recognize the challenging times that trainees in biomedical research face. We are both determined to do everything possible to keep from losing the next generation of scientists. Losing the wave of innovation that these young researchers would bring to science would be equivalent to robbing society of its future. The ASCB Kaluza Prize is a step in a thousand-mile journey that our two organizations want to make together to ensure that science training remains a top priority in the U.S."

Using the DORA guidelines for the first time in selecting the ASCB Kaluza Prize winner is in keeping with that goal, said Cleveland. "We will evaluate applications based on the significance and originality of scientific achievements in the broadly defined field of cell biology and basic biological sciences while keeping with the DORA principles. We're asking grad students to tell us in one page or less, what achievements they are most proud of and why those results could have not been achieved without their specific contribution."

The ASCB Kaluza Prize supported by Beckman Coulter is named for the German mathematician Theodor Kaluza (1885-1954), who is the namesake of Beckman Coulter's flow cytometry software system. The ASCB Kaluza winner will receive the $5,000 prize at the 2013 ASCB Annual Meeting in New Orleans this December.

The application deadline is September 30, 2013. To be eligible, applicants must be ASCB members (or member applicants), a current graduate student or have graduated within the last two years. Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing their research accomplishments (maximum 600 words), plus a CV in one combined PDF to http://ascb.org/kaluza.cfm. 

Not an ASCB member? Grad students can join for $42 at www.ascb.org. Questions? Contact Thea Clarke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information on Beckman Coulter, Inc., visit www.beckmancoulter.com.

John Fleischman

John is ASCB Senior Science Writer and the author among other things of two nonfiction books for older children, "Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science" and "Black & White Airmen," both from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, Boston.

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