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National Academy of Sciences Honors Two HHMI Researchers

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Two HHMI investigators are among 15 scientists whose outstanding scientific achievements will be honored by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Two Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators are among 15 scientists whose outstanding scientific achievements will be honored by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., during the Academy's 143rd annual meeting in April.

The NAS Award in Molecular Biology—a medal and prize of $25,000 awarded annually for a recent notable discovery in molecular biology by a young scientist—will be shared by HHMI investigator Ronald R. Breaker at Yale University and Tina M. Henkin at Ohio State University. Breaker and Henkin were chosen “for establishing a new mode of regulation of gene expression in which metabolites regulate the activity of their cognate pathways by directly binding to mRNA.” The award is supported by Pfizer Inc and has been presented since 1962.

The Troland Research Awards—a research award of $50,000 given annually to each of two recipients to recognize unusual achievement and to further their research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology—goes to Marvin M. Chun at Yale University and to Frederick M. Rieke, an HHMI investigator at the University of Washington. Chun was chosen “for creative use of behavioral, brain-imaging, and neuropsychological evidence to elucidate the interplay of conscious and unconscious processes in perception, memory, and learning.” Rieke was chosen “for experimental and theoretical analyses of information coding in the central nervous system and its relation to perception.” The Troland Research Awards were established by a bequest from Leonard T. Troland and have been presented since 1984.

Scientist Profile

Investigator
Yale University
Biochemistry, Microbiology
Investigator
University of Washington
Biophysics, Neuroscience

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