ASCB Newsletter Dec 2013 - page 5

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DECEMBER 2013
ASCB
NEWSLETTER
For 2014: Able Leadership
to Confront Challenges and
Changes
It’s been an honor for me to serve as ASCB
President this year. I think we accomplished
several important things this year, but what
excites me the most is that when I look
ahead, I know that there is strong leadership
for ASCB both at the Executive Director
level and at the Presidential level. There are
great plans ahead for ASCB, and I look forward
to working with Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz,
who will take the gavel at the end of the year,
becoming ASCB’s 53rd president on January
1, 2014. I’ve known Jennifer since our research
teams held monthly joint group meetings more
than 20 years ago (when I was at Johns Hopkins
and she was at NIH). ASCB is lucky to have her
as its next leader.
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The $5,000 ASCB Kaluza Prize—And The
Winner Is…
Tina W. Han, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF),
who did her graduate work at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT
Southwestern), has been named the winner of the first $5,000 ASCB Kaluza Prize supported
by Beckman Coulter for outstanding research by a graduate student. Han won for her
breakthrough work on the functional characterization of RNA granules while in Steven
McKnight’s lab at UT Southwestern. Nine additional Kaluza entrants were named winners
of ASCB Beckman Coulter Distinguished Graduate Student Achievement Prizes, which will
include travel awards to attend the 2014 ASCB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Han was the unanimous choice of the selection committee, according to ASCB President
Don Cleveland, who served as a judge along with ASCB President-Elect Jennifer Lippincott-
Schwartz and longtime ASCB member Peter Walter. Identifying Han as a future leader
in cell biology, the selection committee said that her research has broad implications for
the study of synaptic transmission and neurodegenerative disease, describing her work as
presenting a novel way of thinking about cellular organization.
Han will be awarded a check for the $5,000 ASCB Kaluza Prize supported by Beckman
Coulter at a special presentation just before the Keith R. Porter Lecture at the 2013 ASCB
Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Sunday, December 15, at 6:30 pm.
Winners of ASCB Beckman Coulter Distinguished Graduate Student Achievement Prizes include:
Liron Bar-Peled
for graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (now a postdoctoral fellow at The Scripps
Research Institute)
Scott Coyle
for graduate work at UCSF
Nathan Derr
for graduate work at Harvard University (now an assistant professor at Smith College)
Wenwen Fang
for graduate work at Princeton University (now a postdoctoral fellow at Whitehead Institute)
Jonathan Friedman
for graduate work at the University of Colorado, Boulder (now a postdoctoral fellow at the
University of California, Davis)
Ruei-Jiun Hung
for graduate work at UT Southwestern Medical Center (now a postdoctoral fellow at Howard Hughes
Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School)
Jessica Polka
for graduate work at UCSF (now a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School)
Chung Yiu Jonathan Tang
for graduate work at Harvard Medical School
Jiaxi Wu
for graduate work at UT Southwestern Medical Center
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Christina Szalinski
Tina Han
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