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Ada Yonath Awarded 2005 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize X-ray crystallographer Ada Yonath, Ph.D., of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, will receive Columbia University's 2005 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for her groundbreaking research on the structure of the ribosome.

Since its inception in 1967, the annual Horwitz Prize has been awarded for outstanding basic research in biology or biochemistry. Out of 74 Horwitz Prize winners, 38 later won a Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology.

Dr. Yonath pioneered ribosome crystallography in the late 1970s when most researchers thought the protein-producing structure was too large and asymmetrical to be revealed by X-ray crystallography. With her innovative techniques she revealed many of the ribosome's structural features and paved the way for the elucidation of the complete structure in 2000. Her research into how some antibiotics target the ribosome and how bacterial develop resistance has immediate medical implications. These studies may be a springboard to better antibiotics via structure-based drug design. Dr. Yonath will present her award-winning research during the Horwitz Prize Lecture on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. in P&S Alumni Auditorium.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences inducted three from P&S into its 225th class of fellows. The new Fellows are: QAIS AL-AWQATI, Robert F. Loeb Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Deputy Director for Human Genetics in the Genome Center; IVA S. GREENWALD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics; and ANDREW ROBERT MARKS, Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Molecular Cardiology and chair of physiology and cellular biophysics.

Alwyn Cohall, M.D., associate professor of clinical sociomedical sciences and clinical population and family health and director, Harlem Health Promotion Center, received the Founders of Adolescent Health Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics at its 2005 national conference in Washington, D.C.

Ross A. Frommer, deputy vice president for government and community affairs and associate dean, has been chosen as the chair elect of the Steering Committee for the Government Relations Representatives group at the AAMC.

Henry Ginsberg, M.D., received the Honorary Membership Award from the American Dietetic Association, an organization of more than 70,000 nutrition professionals, on Oct. 22 in St. Louis.

Mark Liu, D.D.S., a second-year resident in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry – who is in the MPH program at Mailman – has been selected for the Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Health. The nine-month fellowship prepares the next generation of public health leaders and is targeted toward minority individuals committed to public health careers.

Irwin Redlener, M.D., associate dean at the Mailman School and director of the school's National Center for Disaster Preparedness, has been selected by the Morehouse School of Medicine to receive its Leadership in National Health Policy award.