2016 Scholastic Awards
The winners of the 2016 Scholastic Awards in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology were recently announced. These awards recognize past pioneers of our Department, and are made possible because of the generosity of the BMB faculty and, importantly, of the family of the late John Scocca, who retired in 2008 after >40 years of dedicated service on the faculty.
John Scocca Award
The John Scocca Scholastic Award is presented to Dr. Xin Sun. This award is given in recognition of excellence in research on the part of a Ph.D. graduate student was awarded to Xin Sun, a member of Dr. Fengyi Wan’s laboratory. Xin uncovered a novel role for the protein Sam68 in the stimulation of PARP1 activation and poly-ADP-ribosylation following DNA damage, suggesting a novel avenue towards the development of a new category of PARP inhibitors, a class of drugs with a promising feature in the treatment of cancer. Xin’s work was published last year in a substantive research paper that appeared in PLoS Biology.
Lawrence Grossman Award
The Larry Grossman Scholastic Award is presented to Dr. Kai Fu. This award is given in recognition of excellence in research on the part of a postdoctoral fellow was awarded to Dr. Fu, a member of Dr. Fengyi Wan’s laboratory. Kai elucidated a novel function for the protein Sam68 in the setting of genotoxic stress-induced activation of Nuclear Factor kappa B (NFkB) in normal and cancerous colon epithelial cells. Kai’s work was published last year in a beautiful research article that appeared in Elife.
Sharon Krag Award
Sharon Krag Scholastic Award is presented to Dr. Lesley Weaver. This award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership on the part of a postdoctoral fellow or a Ph.D. graduate student and was awarded to Dr. Weaver, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Daniela Drummond-Barbosa’ laboratory. Lesley has a strong history of service and leadership in the scientific community, including her roles as the co-founder and member of the Communications and Outreach subcommittees (COMPASS) at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), as counselor for the Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program at Indiana University, as organizer of monthly lunches for underrepresented minorities in science at Johns Hopkins University, and as a former organizer of the departmental journal club. Lesley is a strong and positive force for change in the department, and her leadership is much enhanced by the example she sets through her research and actions.
Sincere Congratulations to Xin, Kai and Lesley on receiving these very special honors!
Learn MORE about the BMB pioneers after whom these Scholastic Awards are named — John Scocca, Larry Grossman, and Sharon Krag.