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Award winner to get an Obama audience

Posted by stevepog on 21 September, 2009

Our good friends at The Scientist named those who will receive the National Medal of Science in the US next month and we are happy to report one of our colleagues made the grade.

Biochemist JoAnne Stubbe from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who The Scientist recently profiled, is being honored for her work on enzymes involved in DNA replication and repair. Professor Stubbe also happens to be a Head of Section in Chemical Biology at F1000 and is on the Advisory Board at F1000 Reports.

Stubbe told the MIT press office that she is excited to make the trip to the White House and meet President Obama on October 7.

“It’s a little overwhelming, and a great honor,” said Stubbe, the Novartis Professor of Chemistry and a professor of biology. “For the first time, everybody in my family is excited about what I do,” she joked.

According to the award citation, Stubbe was honoured “for her groundbreaking experiments establishing the mechanisms of ribonucleotide reductases, polyester synthases, and natural product DNA cleavers — compelling demonstrations of the power of chemical investigations to solve problems in biology.”

Congratulations to JoAnne and good also to note the gender makeup of the life science winners: three women and three men across genome research, neuroscience and stem cells.

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