The 2016 inaugural Derek Horton Award in Industrial Carbohydrate Chemistry has been won by Dr. Francesco Berti representing Novartis-GSK Glycoconjugate Vaccine Group in Siena, Italy.
Congratulations are in order for:
1) Professor Benjamin G. Davis, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, UK - The Roy L. Whistler International Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry for 2016.
2) Professor Benjamin Swarts, Central Michigan University, USA - The International Carbohydrate Organization's Young Researcher Award for 2016.
3) Professor Geert-Jan Boons, Professor in Biochemical Sciences at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) of the University of Georgia - The 2015 Hudson Award
Dr. Boons received an M.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Synthetic Carbohydrate Chemistry from the State University of Leiden in The Netherlands under the direction of Dr. Jacques van Boom. Dr. Boons completed a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College, London, and the University of Cambridge in the research group of Dr. Steven Ley before joining the CCRC. Research in the Boons group currently focuses on the synthesis and biological functions of complex carbohydrates and glycoconjugates including the recent design, synthesis, and immunological evaluation of three-component vaccine candidate with the potential to serve as a vaccine for many types of epithelial cancer. Dr. Boons is also the recipient of the Claude S. Hudson Award (2015), ICS Roy Whistler Award (2014), the Carbohydrate Research Award for Creativity in Carbohydrate Science by the European Carbohydrate Association (2003) as well as the H.S. Isbell award (2004) from the CARB Division.
Melville L. Wolfrom Award
Professor James C. Paulson (The Scripps Research Institute - TSRI, La Jolla, CA)
Horace S. Isbell Award
Professor Mark Nitz (University of Toronto, Canada)
David Y. Gin Young Investigator Award
Professor Xing Chen (Peking University)
The award symposium will be held at the Spring 2016 ACS meeting in San Diego, CA (March 13th – 17th 2016).
Dr. Christine Chow, a member of the CARB Division, was recently named ACS Fellows by the American Chemical Society. The ACS Fellows program was created in 2008 by the ACS Board of Directors “to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society”.
Dr. Chow is currently a Professor and Associate Dean at Wayne State University. She received her A.B. from Bowdoin College, an M.A. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech, and she completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on understanding structural and functional roles of modified nucleosides in RNA.
It was Todd Lowary who took charge of organizing a symposium in honor of Derek Horton for all of his contributions towards "Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry" at the ACS Meeting in New Orleans, 2013. Todd's introductory remarks.
The symposium was organized to commemorate the years that Derek had been associated with Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry, a book series founded in 1944 by Melville L. Wolfrom (Derek's postdoctoral mentor) in conjunction with Claude S. Hudson and Sir Norman Haworth. It was published by Academic Press, under the initial title of Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry (the word Biochemistry was added in 1969, and in 2001 Academic Press became an Elsevier subsidiary). It was timed to come after Derek's 80th birthday and in a city (New Orleans) much loved by him and his wife June.
Derek met Wolfrom in 1955 when Wolfrom visited Birmingham University in the UK, where Derek was a graduate student working on amino sugars. He invited Derek to join him at Ohio State as a postdoc after his PhD, and to write an article on amino sugars for Advances, which eventually was published as two articles in Volumes 14 and 15 of the series.
After his arrival in Columbus Derek took on junior editorial duties with Wolfrom and his colleague Bob Tipson, who worked at the National Bureau of Standards. Following Wolfrom's death in 1969, Tipson and Derek coedited the series, and after Tipson retired in 1991 Derek has continued as the sole editor.
Among the the ten speakers at the symposium, eight of them have been authors of recent articles in the series, and two will be contributors to upcoming volumes. Each is a leader in his or her field, and Derek was particularly flattered by the way several of the speakers linked their current presentations to Horton's earlier research work, and to articles in Advances that helped to inspire their own research programs.
Volume 70 of the series appeared late 2013, seventy years after Volume 1, as noted in the flyer. Derek made this volume a retrospective of all articles published in the series, by way of a chronology of the titles and authors. For the benefit of present and future generations of carbohydrate scientists, he included a large number of portraits of the carbohydrate pioneers who have since departed the scene, and whose lives and careers have been documented in the volumes. The 70th volume is accessible on line, along with all earlier ones, however, see here for the pdf of it.
The ACS Carbohydrate Division has been Derek's scientific home ever since he presented in 1961 the first of many hundreds of papers in the Divisional programs, and he regards the Division's membership as his scientific family. Derek hopes that some of these reflections can find a place in the archives of the Division, and sustain some of the camaraderie and common interests between the Division's members.