Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences
Douglas A. Mitchell, a professor of chemistry, received the National Fresenius Award from the American Chemical Society. The award is sponsored by Phi Lambda Upsilon, the National Chemistry Honor Society.
Kenneth S. Schweizer, a professor of materials science and engineering, received the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids from the American Chemical Society. The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
Vignettes of the award recipients will appear in the society’s news magazine, Chemical and Engineering News, in early 2016. Award recipients will be honored at a black-tie ceremony March 15 at the society’s national meeting in San Diego, according to the organization’s website. The society’s mission is to advance the chemistry enterprise to benefit the world.
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dr. Benita S. Katzenellenbogen and John A. Katzenellenbogen have been awarded the Fred Conrad Koch Lifetime Achievement Award by the Endocrine Society.
The Society’s highest honor, this annual award recognizes lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the field of endocrinology. Benita is currently the Swanlund chaired professor of molecular and integrative physiology, and John is the Swanlund chaired professor of chemistry. This is the first time the award has honored two scientists who collaborate both at work and at home as a married couple.
Their enormous contributions to the field of endocrinology – spanning more than four decades – have greatly advanced the understanding of the broad actions of steroid hormones and their receptors in diverse target tissues in health and disease. Their pioneering work on estrogens and estrogen receptors has defined the multifaceted modes by which these receptors are regulated and act in distinctive and biomedically significant ways. These seminal contributions have also highlighted novel approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of hormone-responsive cancers and beneficial modes of tissue-selective estrogen action for managing various disorders including endometriosis and multiple sclerosis.
The award honors practicing physicians and academics worldwide who have greatly advanced the field of endocrinology and contributed to the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of diseases involving the human endocrine system. The award includes a $25,000 honorarium and further recognition at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Boston in April.