Alex K. Shalek, the Pfizer-Laubach Career Development Associate Professor of Chemistry, core member of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), and extramural member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, has been named the recipient of the 2019-20 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award. The award’s selection committee chose to recognize Shalek for “his leadership and pioneering spirit; his…
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Cabot Career Development Assistant Professor Gabriela Schlau-Cohen has been named one of 14 young faculty nationwide to be honored with a 2020 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences, and, when choosing its Teacher-Scholars, the foundation seeks those who demonstrate…
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Prestigious honor society announces more than 250 new members. Six MIT faculty members are among more than 250 leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced Thursday. One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the academy is also a leading center for independent policy…
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The 2020 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine: Stuart H. Orkin, MD

The seventh annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been awarded to Stuart H. Orkin, MD, the David G. Nathan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. The Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, established in 2014 by the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), honors physician-scientists…
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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has selected Benjamin Kugler, a PhD candidate in UMass Boston’s Exercise and Health Sciences Program, as one of the two recipients of this year’s Charles M. Tipton Student Research Award. Kugler received the award for his project, “Targeting Mitochondrial Quality Control to Alleviate Skeletal Muscle Insulin Resistance Associated with Obesity.” “Mitochondria are the energy…
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Two MD and three MD/PhD candidates at Harvard Medical School are among 30 U.S. graduate school students to receive 2020 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a program for immigrants and children of immigrants. Shyam Kiran Akula was born in Arcadia, California, to Indian parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Kuwait when they were forced to leave due to…
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The awardees and honorable mentions for the 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) competition were recently posted and several Biology & MCBB students were recognized. MCBB Ph.D. student Marisol Dothard, Biology Ph.D. student Zoey Werbin in the Bhatnagar lab, and M.S. Biology student Caroline Fleming in the Rotjan lab were all awarded with a 3-year graduate research fellowship as well as incoming…
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Hannah Aichelman of the Davies Lab is this year’s recipient of the Dana Wright Fellowship. Hannah’s research interests are broadly focused on understanding resilience and responses to rapid climate change of the coral animal and its symbiotic algae. Her current work uses physiological and molecular tools to answer these questions in both tropical and temperate marine ecosystems. In the tropics, she is working…
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