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UCSF faculty member to receive Abelson Prize

Bruce Alberts honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bruce Alberts, UC San Francisco

Distinguished UC San Francisco research scientist and faculty member Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., has been chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to receive the 2014 Philip Hauge Abelson Prize.

Alberts — president emeritus of the National Academy of Sciences and a former editor-in-chief of the journal Sciencewas honored by AAAS for advancing science in society through his “exemplary leadership and creativity in science and technology for the national welfare,” for “inspiring young people to pursue distinguished careers in the sciences,” and for “opening new frontiers in education and public policy.”

At UCSF where he has worked since 1976, Alberts serves as Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education. One of the first three U.S. Science Envoys (2009-11), Alberts was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2014. He is one of the original authors of the preeminent textbook, “The Molecular Biology of the Cell.” He served two six-year terms as president of the National Academy of Sciences (1993-2005), and for nine years (2000-09), he also chaired the InterAcademy Council, an organization dedicated to providing scientific advice globally, governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of sciences.

The Abelson Prize was inspired by the late Philip Hauge Abelson, long-time senior advisor to AAAS and editor of Science. Abelson, who served as president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, died Aug. 1, 2004, following more than 60 years of service to science and society. The award is given annually to either a public servant, in recognition of sustained exceptional contributions to advancing science, or to a scientist whose career has been distinguished both for scientific achievement, and for other notable services to the scientific community. Established in 1985 by the AAAS Board of Directors, the award consists of a commemorative medallion and an honorarium of $5,000.

“There are few other scientists with comparable scientific credentials who have contributed more to the exploration, mapping, promotion of, and advocacy for the importance of science education at both the pre-college and postsecondary levels in the United States than Dr. Alberts,” said Jay B. Labov, senior advisor for education and communication of the National Academies, in a nomination letter.

Citing  numerous accomplishments, including the establishment of the Center for Education within the National Research Council (NRC), and the National Academies’ Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship Program, Labov added that Alberts’ “has woven public service deeply, seamlessly, and inextricably into his work and throughout his work and life.” As an example, Labov noted that Alberts’ oversaw the preparation of the NRC’s influential National Science Education Standards for Grades K-12. He also set up the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council, which brings together master teachers in science, mathematics, and technology to help improve U.S. science education.

Alberts received his bachelor’s degree and then his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University in 1960 and 1965, respectively. He worked as a National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral fellow in biophysics in 1965-66, before joining the faculty at Princeton University, where he became the Damon Pfeiffer Professor in Life Sciences in 1973. Three years later, he moved to UCSF, initially as a professor and vice chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. From March 2008 until July 2013, Alberts was editor-in-chief of Science, published by AAAS, where he helped to launch science-education initiatives such as Science in the Classroom, a collection of freely available learning exercises and annotated Science research articles. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Vannevar Bush Award for public service in science and technology, bestowed by the NSF’s National Science Board. He has served on the advisory boards of more than 25 nonprofit organizations.

The Abelson Prize will be bestowed upon Alberts during the 181st AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, Feb. 12-16. A ceremony and reception will be held in Room 220C of the San Jose Convention Center on Feb. 13 at 6:15 p.m.

For more information on AAAS awards, see www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards.

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UC Davis professor receives Lifetime Contribution to Dermatology award

Haines Ely honored at Cosmetic Surgery Forum.

Haines Ely, UC Davis

Haines Ely, UC Davis clinical professor of dermatology, received the “Lifetime Contribution to Dermatology” award earlier this month at the 2014 Cosmetic Surgery Forum in Las Vegas.

The forum was held Dec. 2-5, and was presented in association with Practical Dermatology Magazine.

Ely, who also is chair and chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, has been teaching residents in the UC Davis Department of Dermatology since 1975, and performs teledermatology consultations. He does the same duties at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Mather Air Force Base.

Ely is particularly interested in dermatologic therapy and has lectured on the most recent advances in therapy all over the U.S., as well as in Europe and Australia. At the 1996 annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, he proposed using the sap of the Euphorbia peplus plant as a skin cancer remedy. It is now on the market and commercially available.

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UC president starts $10M research awards initiative

First recipients selected.

University of California President Janet Napolitano today (Dec. 10) announced the first recipients of the President’s Research Catalyst Awards, chosen from a pool of almost 200 proposals. The projects involve multicampus, multidisciplinary efforts, incorporating research, teaching and learning for undergraduate and graduate students. The awards are designed to stimulate UC research in areas that could benefit California and the world.

The President’s Research Catalyst Awards will channel $10 million over three years to fund research in areas of strategic importance, such as sustainability and climate, food and nutrition, equity and social justice, education innovation, and health care.

“The President’s Research Catalyst Awards will spur UC research and offer our faculty and students new opportunities for cross-campus, multidisciplinary collaboration,” Napolitano said. “We want to support research endeavors that have real-world impact in areas with critical needs.”

The President’s Research Catalyst Awards will strengthen UC’s research enterprise by promoting projects that take advantage of the shared facilities, expertise and economies of scale available through UC’s 10 campuses and five medical centers. Faculty will benefit from expanded research support, and students will have access to additional training opportunities.

Recipients were chosen through the highly selective Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives grants process. The award recipients are:

  • Understanding how California ecosystems will be affected by climate change, led by Barry Sinervo, UC Santa Cruz ($1.9 million). UC is home to the world’s largest system of university-administered natural reserves, offering an opportunity to model how climate change will affect California ecosystems. UC’s nine undergraduate campuses will study the ecological effects of climate change, involving both graduate students and citizen scientists.
  • Helping California address the prison health care crisis, led by Brie Williams, UC San Francisco ($300,000). California, with the nation’s largest prison population, faces serious challenges in providing adequate health care to inmates, who often suffer from mental illness, addiction and other chronic diseases. The UC Consortium on Criminal Justice Healthcare will bring together experts in medicine, psychology, law, sociology, economics and public policy to develop cost-effective solutions that can also serve as a national model.
  • Advancing physics, materials science and computing through quantum emulation, led by David Weld, UC Santa Barbara ($300,000). Quantum emulation uses small collections of ultra-cold atoms, ions and molecules to understand the physical properties of the smallest matter in the universe. Through the California Institute for Quantum Emulation, UC will mobilize the theoretical and experimental expertise of early-career faculty at five campuses, enhancing California’s position as a technological leader and advancing research vital to the development of novel materials.
  • Tapping big data to inform questions of health, poverty and social justice, led by Sean Young, UCLA ($300,000). Social media offers a rich trove of data about human behavior, beliefs and actions. Experts in computer, social and health sciences from four UC campuses will study how to use this information to address public health issues, poverty and inequality.
  • Using music to better understand the human brain, led by Scott Makeig, UC San Diego ($300,000). The UC Music Experience Research Community Initiative brings together UC experts on music listening, performance, neuroscience, brain imaging and data science to understand the transformative potential of music for health and cognition.

UC faculty will be invited to apply for the next round of the President’s Research Catalyst Awards funding, with an RFP process beginning later this winter. More details will be posted here.

The awards will be funded through an existing president’s fund used to support systemwide initiatives.

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UCSF professor receives award for work in palliative care

Steven Pantilat honored by the California Hospital Association.

Steven Pantilat, UC San Francisco

UC San Francisco’s Steven Pantilat, M.D., has received the 2014 Ritz E. Heerman Memorial Award by the California Hospital Association (CHA). He is being recognized for his efforts to improve the quality of care provided by palliative care services.

The Ritz E. Heerman Memorial Award is to be granted only for a specific outstanding contribution to the improvement of patient care. This criterion could encompass the development of new equipment, new techniques, savings in cost, development in safety, or the like. The award is not given for general contributions in the health care field.

Pantilat, professor of clinical medicine in the UCSF Department of Medicine, is the Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care, and the founding director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program. He is also the director of the UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center that trains teams from hospitals across the country on how to establish palliative care services. Pantilat is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine.

In 2007 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar studying palliative care at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, and Curtin University in Sydney, Australia. Pantilat is also a hospitalist, and is a nationally recognized expert in hospital medicine as well as in palliative medicine. He is the past president, a past member of the board of directors and the former chair of the ethics committee for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Pantilat is a member of the Program in Medical Ethics at UCSF and serves on the UCSF Medical Center Ethics Committee. In 2011 he received a leadership award from the James Irvine Foundation in recognition of his work to improve the lives of people in California.

Pantilat, along with colleagues at UCSF, was a co-editor of a series in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) focused on improving end-of-life care titled “Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life.” That series was subsequently updated and published as a book in 2011 titled, “Care at the Close of Life” for which Pantilat served as a co-editor.

He, along with his colleague Tony Steimle, M.D., chief of cardiology for Kaiser Santa Clara, wrote the chapter on “Palliative Care for Patients with Heart Disease.” Pantilat’s extensive publications and research focus on improving care for seriously ill patients in hospitals, communication and palliative care for people with heart disease. He is currently the principal investigator of a randomized clinical trial of palliative care added to optimal medical management for improving quality of life, symptoms, and resource utilization for people with heart failure. Pantilat also is founding director of the Palliative Care Quality Network focused on improving the quality of care provided by palliative care services.

CHA awards will be presented during the CHA Board of Trustees luncheon on Dec. 11 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Irvine.

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UC Davis professor honored for contributions to pediatric emergency medicine

American College of Emergency Physicians to give award to Nathan Kuppermann.

Nathan Kuppermann, UC Davis

By Charles Casey, UC Davis

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has honored Nathan Kuppermann, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine, with its EBSCO/PEMSoft Achievement Award. The annual award is given out in recognition of an individual emergency physician or pediatric emergency medicine physician who has contributed significantly to evidence-based medicine in pediatric emergency care.

Kuppermann is an international leader in the field, having developed and overseen a wide range of practice-changing studies in pediatric emergency medicine. He served as original chair of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Applied Research Network (PECARN) and has published multiple scientific papers with PECARN that have helped advance critical care for pediatric patients. His recent publications have defined risk factors for cerebral edema in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis – a serious complication of diabetes – and derived clinical decision rules for the use of diagnostic imaging in cases involving children with minor head and abdominal trauma.

Kuppermann will be officially presented with the honor at the ACEP’s annual conference next March in New York City.

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Memory expert receives Grawemeyer Award for Psychology

UC Irvine founding faculty member James McGaugh honored for learning, memory research.

UC Irvine neuroscientist and founding faculty member James McGaugh stands in front of the campus building that is named after him. (Photo by Steve Zylius, UC Irvine)

UC Irvine neurobiologist James McGaugh, whose research has vastly contributed to our knowledge of the brain’s learning and memory abilities, has won the 2015 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.

A research professor in neurobiology & behavior and a founding UCI faculty member, McGaugh is receiving the prize for discovering that stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol are key to why we remember some things more vividly than others.

The hormones activate the brain’s emotional center, the amygdala, which in turn regulates other brain areas that process and consolidate memories – a sequence that explains why emotional experiences are easier to recall, he found.

“His work has transformed the field,” said award director Woody Petry. “It has profound implications for helping us understand and treat memory disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.”

McGaugh began studying the link between emotion and memory in the 1960s, when he discovered that giving stimulants to animals immediately after training fostered retention of the new skills. Later, he learned that naturally occurring stress hormones had a similar memory-enhancing effect.

Recently, McGaugh has been studying people with highly superior autobiographical memory to see if differences in brain structure may account for the trait.

“The list of previous Grawemeyer Award for Psychology recipients is remarkable,” he said. “It’s an honor to be included.”

Five Grawemeyer Award winners are being named this week. The University of Louisville presents the prizes annually for excellence in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and education; it confers a religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This year’s awards are $100,000 each.

UCI’s Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of social ecology and professor of law, received the Grawemeyer Award for Psychology in 2005.

About James McGaugh

James McGaugh’s seminal work on emotion and memory has been featured on popular television programs such as CBS’s “60 Minutes,” described in dozens of textbooks, and cited about 31,000 times in more than 15,000 professional papers.

McGaugh joined UCI in 1964, a year before classes began. Over the ensuing decades, he served as executive vice chancellor, vice chancellor of academic affairs, dean of biological sciences and department chair, in addition to founding and directing the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory.

UCI named McGaugh Hall after him in 2001 and also awarded him the UCI Medal and established a neurobiology & behavior graduate research award of excellence in his name.

Among McGaugh’s many other honors are the Association for Psychological Science’s William James Fellow Award, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions, the American Philosophical Society’s Karl Spencer Lashley Award, the Society of Experimental Psychologists’ Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s John McGovern Lecture award, and the Western Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

A former president of the Association for Psychological Science, McGaugh is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Society for Neuroscience, the International Brain Research Organization, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the World Academy of Art & Science.

He also is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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26 UC researchers named AAAS fellows

The association is the world’s largest scientific society.

Twenty-six University of California campus and affiliated lab researchers are among this year’s new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are among 401 AAAS fellows for 2014, honored for their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership.

With this year’s new fellows, UC now has 842 living members of the AAAS. The association is the world’s largest scientific society. The new fellows, by campus and area of concentration, are:

UC Berkeley

  • William D. Collins (see Lawrence Berkeley Lab)
  • Cathryn Carson, History and Philosophy of Science
  • John Harte, Physics
  • Paul G. Kalas, SETI Institute, Astronomy

UC Davis

  • Andreas J. Albrecht, Astronomy
  • Xinbin Chen, Medical Sciences
  • Gino A. Cortopassi, Biological Sciences
  • Michael J. Leibowitz, Biological Sciences
  • Debbie A. Niemeier, Engineering
  • Diane E. Ullman, Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources

UC Irvine

  • Philip G. Collins, Physics
  • Christopher Charles William Hughes, Medical Sciences
  • Eric Mjolsness, Information, Computing, and Communication
  • Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Biological Sciences


  • Linda Gwen Baum, Geffen School of Medicine, Medical Sciences
  • Ann M. Hirsch, Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources
  • Michael Stephen Levine, Neuroscience
  • Pamela Munro, Linguistics and Language Sciences
  • Dwight W. Read, Anthropology

UC San Diego

  • Steven C. Cande, Geology and Geography
  • Trey Ideker, Biological Sciences
  • Mark D. Ohman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Biological Sciences

UC San Francisco

  • Ophir David Klein, Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences

UC Santa Barbara

  • David López-Carr, Geology and Geography

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • William D. Collins, UC Berkeley, Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences
  • Heinz M. Frei, Chemistry

Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Mary Y.P. Hockaday, Physics

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Joint Commission names UC Irvine, UCLA med centers ‘Top Performers’

Program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on key quality measures.

Medical centers at UC Irvine and UCLA have been recognized as “Top Performer” hospitals by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

UC Irvine and UCLA were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measures performance in treatment for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and in surgical care.

They are among 1,224 hospitals in the United States, including 97 in California, to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

“UC Irvine Health is proud to be named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission. Our community expects UC Irvine Health to provide healthcare at the highest levels of quality and patient safety,” said Terry A. Belmont, CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center. “The goal of every member of our team, from hospital leadership, to faculty physicians, nurses, therapists and support staff is to improve patients’ experience and outcomes.”

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Two UC physicians win cancer research award

Lung cancer research award encourages ‘out-of-the-box thinking.’

Jonathan Riess, UC Davis

Medical oncologists Jonathan Riess of UC Davis, Trever Bivona of UC San Francisco and Ryan Corcoran of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School are recipients of a 2014 Young Innovators Team Award for Lung Cancer Research. They will share $500,000 in funding for translational lung cancer research.

They were honored Nov. 8 by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Van Auken Private Foundation at the Simply the Best Gala in San Francisco.

The awardees were selected based on a rigorous, multilevel peer review, as well as in-person presentation, to the foundation’s scientific review committee.

“The idea is to encourage out-of-the-box thinking and foster leadership skills among young innovators, instilling confidence in them to drive breakthrough research under a collaborative paradigm,” said Guneet Walia, director of research and medical affairs at the Addario Foundation. “We are proud to announce recipients who truly embody the multidisciplinary, translational and cross-institutional spirit of the award, and will collaboratively work on a unique biomarker and drug target in lung cancer patients.”

Trever Bivona, UC San Francisco

The three will work to evaluate a unique drug target in non-small cell lung cancer, identified in preliminary studies to be active in 20 to 30 percent of all patients with the disease, and a potential cause for resistance to therapy.

The Addario Foundation, devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer, has raised more than $20 million for lung cancer research and related programs. The Van Auken Private Foundation provides contributions and assistance to other charitable organizations in arts, science, medicine, education and other worthy social causes.

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UCSF professor awarded Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience

Roger Nicoll receives Society for Neuroscience’s highest award.

Roger Nicoll, UC San Francisco

UC San Francisco neuroscientist Roger Nicoll, M.D., has received the Society for Neuroscience’s (SfN) highest award, the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience. He and Richard W. Tsien, D.Phil., of New York University, will share the $25,000 prize.

The prize honors outstanding scientists who have made significant contributions to neuroscience throughout their careers. The Gerard Prize was established in the name of Ralph W. Gerard, who was instrumental in establishing SfN and served as honorary president from 1970 until his death in 1974.

“It is a pleasure to award the 2014 Gerard Prize jointly to Drs. Nicoll and Tsien. They have performed seminal work that has transformed our understanding of the mechanisms that the mammalian brain uses to transmit and store information,” SfN President Carol Mason said. “In addition to their many scientific accomplishments, Nicoll and Tsien have played a crucial role as mentors in the field of synaptic physiology and biophysics.”

Nicoll’s research has guided new understandings of the basic mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission, the process by which neurons communicate using chemicals called neurotransmitters. Specifically, he pioneered understanding of slow synaptic transmission, in which neurotransmitters communicate by initiating a series of chemical changes in target neurons.

Nicoll’s research also revealed new information about synaptic plasticity, particularly long-term potentiation (LTP), the strengthening of the synapses (connections) between nerve cells related to learning and memory. By using a combination of electrophysiological and molecular techniques, Nicoll’s lab has uncovered the role of several families of synaptic proteins involved in LTP and is currently exploring how LTP is stabilized and maintained. Nicoll will deliver the Grass Lecture on his work at Neuroscience 2014.

Nicoll also shared the 2014 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize with Oleh Hornykiewicz of the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Toronto; and Solomon Snyder of the Johns Hopkins University. They were honored for their pioneering research into neurotransmission and neurodegeneration. The three recipients shared an unrestricted prize of $250,000 and were honored at a special symposium at Harvard Medical School on Oct. 2.

Nicoll earned his M.D. from University of Rochester School of Medicine and is currently a professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF.

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UC scientists named Breakthrough Prize winners

UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, Saul Perlmutter join Terence Tao of UCLA.

UC Berkeley scientists Jennifer Doudna and Saul Perlmutter were named 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners.

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley

Two UC Berkeley scientists — structural biologist Jennifer Doudna and physicist Saul Perlmutter — were named 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners in life sciences and physics, respectively, at a star-studded gala in Silicon Valley on Sunday (Nov. 9).

Doudna accepted the award Sunday along with her research colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier and the other new winners. The 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners in all three categories — life sciences, physics and mathematics — will be celebrated today (Monday, Nov. 10) in a series of three symposia taking place at Stanford University and streamed live to UC Berkeley from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with social media conversations through the Twitter hashtag #BreakthroughPrize.

The other recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences are Alim Louis Benabid of Joseph Fourier University, C. David Allis of The Rockefeller University, Victor Ambros of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Gary Ruvkun of  Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Perlmutter received the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Physics with the two colleagues who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics with him: Brian P. Schmidt of Australian National University and Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, announced in June, are Simon Donaldson of Stony Brook University and Imperial College, London, Maxim Kontsevich of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Terence Tao of UCLA and Richard Taylor of the Institute for Advanced Study.

Doudna and Charpentier received the award for their discovery of a revolutionary DNA-editing technique that has upended the world of genetics, finally making possible dreams of gene therapy. Perlmutter and his colleagues received the award for their discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe and dark energy.

Doudna is a professor of molecular and cell biology and chemistry as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist, while Charpentier is at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research and Umeå University. Perlmutter is a UC Berkeley professor of physics and faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Anthropologist-physician with Margaret Mead Award

American Anthropological Association, Society for Applied Anthropology honor Seth Holmes.

Seth Holmes

UC San Francisco’s Seth Holmes, M.D., Ph.D., has won the Margaret Mead Award, which is presented to a younger scholar for a particular accomplishment, such as a book, film, monograph or service, which interprets anthropological data and principles in ways that make them meaningful to a broadly concerned public.

The award, offered jointly by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), is designed to recognize a person clearly and integrally associated with research and/or practice in anthropology. The awardee’s activity will exemplify skills in broadening the impact of anthropology — skills for which Margaret Mead was admired widely.

“I am honored to be listed among many important anthropologists whose work has had a broad impact in anthropology and beyond on public opinion and policy,” said Holmes, a UCSF alumnus who is currently an assistant professor of the UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Anthropology program and the Department of Public Health and Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley. “I feel humbled and grateful to be recognized as doing work that has an impact in anthropology and beyond on broad publics.”

The Margaret Mead Award, initiated by the Society for Applied Anthropology in 1979, and awarded jointly with the American Anthropological Society since 1983, continues to celebrate the tradition of bringing anthropology to bear on wider social and cultural issues.

Holmes is a cultural anthropologist and physician whose work focuses broadly on social hierarchies, health inequalities, and the ways in which such inequalities are naturalized and normalized in society and in health care. He completed his Ph.D. in anthropology at UC Berkeley, his M.D. at UCSF, his internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania and his Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program at Columbia University.

An article from his research won the Rudolf Virchow Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology and his book won the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Award, the New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award.

Holmes is Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology.  He is co-director of the M.D./Ph.D. Track in Medical Anthropology coordinated between UCSF and UC Berkeley and director of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.

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