ASCB Women in Cell Biology committee member Ora Weisz, of the University of Pittsburgh, was inducted last week into Johns Hopkins University's (JHU) Society of Scholars. The Society recognizes accomplished former JHU postdoctoral fellows or visiting faculty who have gained marked distinction elsewhere. Just over 600 people have been inducted into the society since 1969. Weisz joined distinguished academics from around the world for an induction ceremony at JHU's Peabody Institute on April 7.
ASCB member Kenneth Miller of Brown University was awarded the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal, the most prestigious honor given to a U.S. Catholic for service to the Church and society. Miller, who won the 2006 ASCB Public Service Award, received the Notre Dame award for his outspoken support of the compatibility of Darwin's theory of evolution and the Christian faith. Miller was the leadoff witness for the plantiffs in the famous 2005 Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education trial. Miller's testimony was cited repeatedly by U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III in his sweeping ruling that "intelligent design" was "creationism" by another name and was thus a religious doctrine that could not be taught in public school science classes. Miller, who is the author of Finding Darwin's God and Only a Theory, has made appearances on "The Colbert Report," and C-SPAN to debunk creationism.
Raphael Valdivia, an ASCB member at Duke University, will become the School of Medicine's new Vice Dean of basic science effective July 1, 2014. Valdivia will be replacing ASCB member Sally Kornbluth when she becomes provost. Valdivia's current lab investigates how bacterial pathogens use host cell machinery to cause such diseases as chlamydia.