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Copernicus Medal, Zbyszek Dauter
Copernicus Medal,  Zbyszek Dauter
On March 9, 2010, Prof. Michal Kleiber (left), the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, decorated Dr. Zbyszek Dauter (right) with the Nicolaus Copernicus Medal, the highest distinction awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences. The award recognizes Zbyszek's contribution to the development of protein crystallographic methodology, in particular in the areas of phasing methods and macromolecular structure at ultimate resolution. Zbyszek's name is already permanently associated with the technique of quick halide soaks ("dauterization" of protein crystals), with the exploitation of weak anomalous signal (for example, of phosphorus in nucleic acid structures), and with the use of single-wavelength anomalous diffraction phasing. He is an expert experimenter, widely known for his skills in getting the best possible diffraction data from macromolecular crystals. MCL is proud of his achievements.
SER-CAT 2010 Outstanding Science Award Dr. Xinhua Ji
SER-CAT 2010 Outstanding Science Award  Dr. Xinhua Ji
On March 19, 2010 Professor B.C. Wang (left) presented Dr. Xinhua Ji (right) with the Southeast Regional Collaborative Access Team (SER-CAT) Outstanding Science Award for the best paper published in 2009 that was based on data collected using that sector of the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Ji and his collaborators from the groups of Dr. David Waugh and Dr. Don Court published their results in the paper entitled "Structure of ERA in complex with the 3' end of 16S rRNA: Implications for ribosome biogenesis," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 106:14843-14848 (2009). ERA, composed of an N-terminal GTPase domain followed by an RNA-binding KH domain, binds to 16S rRNA and the 30S r-subunit, and is believed to interact with a sequence near the 3′ end of 16S rRNA. Dr. Ji and co-workers solved the crystal structures of ERA in complex with a GTP analog and with the 3′ end of 16S rRNA. Their investigation was very significant since it was able to explain an important step in the biogenesis of ribosomes.
The 2011 Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)
The 2011 Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)
The 2011 Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) competition of NIH provides recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows. Drs. George Lountos, and Ping Sun of the MCL are among the winners. Congratulations!
2012 SER-CAT Young Investigator Award
2012 SER-CAT Young Investigator Award
Dr. Jason Stagno (right) receives the 2012 SER-CAT Young Investigator Award from Professor B.C. Wang for the scientific impact he has made with his work on transcription antitermination (Nucleic Acids Research 39:7803-7815, 2011, PMID: 21652641). He is also a WINNER of the NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) 2013 competition with his structure of a plectonemic RNA supercoil (Nature Communications 3:901, 2012, PMID: 22692544). Congratulations!

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