Renato J. Aguilera, Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and chair of the ASCBs Minorities Affairs Committee, will receive the SACNAS 2013 Distinguished Research Mentor Award. SACNAS was founded in 1973 as the Society for the Advancement of Chicano & Native Americans in Science. An ASCB member since 1990, Aguilera directs the Biology Graduate program at UTEP, which has grown to include more than 50 PhD students, half from underrepresented minorities in science. Aguilera also directs the NIH funded Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement and a National Science Foundation S-STEM grant, which have funded the training of more than 100 undergraduates. More than half of those trainees have continued on to graduate programs. Aguilera himself decided to pursue a career in research with encouragement from SACNAS founding member Eppie Rael.
David J. DeRosier, Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University and an ASCB member since 1981, was awarded the Microscopy Society of America's 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award in Biological Sciences. The award recognizes DeRosier's long-standing record of achievement in microscopy. DeRosier's research couples super-resolution fluorescent microscopy with electron microscopy to better understand the structure of the synapse.