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ASHG Announces 2014 Award Recipients

 

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William Allan Award

 

The William Allan Award is the top prize given by the American Society of Human Genetics; it was established in 1961 in memory of William Allan (1881-1943), who was one of the first American physicians to conduct extensive research in human genetics. The Allan Award is presented annually to recognize substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics, carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity. The recipient is presented with an engraved medal and a monetary award of $10,000 at the ASHG Annual Meeting. The Allan Award winner is also invited to present a 30-45 minute address at the ASHG Annual Meeting, and it is customary to publish a manuscript of the presentation in The American Journal of Human Genetics. This award is given on a yearly basis, but can be omitted in any given year at the discretion of the Board. Nominations will be solicited from the ASHG Awards Committee and the general membership.

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Curt Stern Award

 

The Curt Stern Award honors the memory of Curt Stern (1902-1981) as an outstanding pioneering human geneticist. This award is presented yearly for outstanding scientific achievements in human genetics that occurred in the first 10 years of a research career, while the recipient is still in that early career stage. The work could be a single major discovery or may be a series of contributions on a similar or related topic. A plaque and a monetary award of $5,000 are presented to the recipient(s) at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Nominations for the Stern Award will be solicited from the ASHG Awards Committee and the general membership.

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Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education

 

ASHG established this award to recognize outstanding contributions to human genetics education. Nominees must have made contributions that are recognized nationally or internationally as being of exceptional quality and great importance to human genetics education. Nominees should have long-standing involvement in genetics education, contributions in more than one area, and contributions of substantive influence on individuals and/or organizations. Examples of the types of contributions that might qualify a nominee include: producing a set of writings that has had a major influence on human genetics education, developing a curriculum or innovative teaching program that is widely emulated, writing a book that has been adopted by many universities, developing an educational Web site, or directing a fellowship program that has consistently produced exemplary graduates. Nominees may be individuals or groups. All nominees and winners must be current ASHG members. If a group is nominated, at least one nominee in the group must be a current member. A monetary award and plaque will be presented to the recipient(s) at the Society's Annual Meeting.

Nominees for the ASHG Excellence in Human Genetics Education Award may emerge from submissions from the membership, from the Awards Committee, or from the Information and Education Committee. The Information and Education Committee will review all nominations and make a recommendation to the Awards Committee. Those proposing a candidate for this award should be aware that committee members might not be acquainted with the nominee, and they will benefit from receiving the following materials as part of the online application process: (1) a formal letter of nomination that addresses the criteria listed above; (2) the nominee’s CV; and (3) up to a maximum of three supporting statements from others who are familiar with the nominee's contributions to human genetics education.

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McKusick Leadership Award

 

This prestigious award established by ASHG in honor of the late Dr. Victor A. McKusick, is presented on behalf of the Society to an individual whose professional achievements have fostered and enriched the development of various human genetics disciplines. Potential recipients should exemplify the enduring leadership and vision required to ensure that the field of human genetics will flourish and successfully assimilate into the broader context of science, medicine, and health. They also may have made major contributions to awareness or understanding of human genetics by policy makers or by the general public. A plaque and $2,500 prize will be presented in honor of the awardee at the ASHG Annual Meeting.

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ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research

 

ASHG honors excellence in research conducted by predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (including genetic counseling trainees) through merit-based awards that recognize highly competitive abstracts submitted and presented at the ASHG Annual Meeting. These awards were renamed in 2012 to honor the late Dr. Charles Epstein, who was a past president of ASHG, former editor of AJHG, and winner of both the William Allan Award and the McKusick Leadership Award.

The Program Committee and Awards Committee, in consultation with the ASHG Board of Directors, determine the number of awards, the categories for which they are given, and the prize amounts of each award (currently $750 plus complimentary registration for approximately 60 semifinalists). Abstract scoring is completed by the Program Committee, and the top-ranking abstracts (semifinalists) are submitted to the Awards Committee, which selects 18 finalists (who receive an additional $250) prior to the Annual Meeting. Six winners, receiving an additional $1,000 each, are chosen after the committee members judge the finalists' presentations. The total value of ASHG’s Trainee Awards is approximately $70,000 annually. For more information about the ASHG Trainee Research Awards, visit the Annual Meeting Web site.

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C.W. Cotterman Award

 

Each September, the editorial board of The American Journal of Human Genetics selects two articles published in the journal in the previous year that best represent outstanding scientific contributions to the field of human genetics. Two Cotterman Awards will be given annually and a monetary award of $1000 and a plaque will be presented to the recipients for the top two papers published in the Journal during the previous year on which the first author was either a pre- or post- doctoral trainee and an ASHG member.

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Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

 

In recognition of the groundbreaking contributions of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, this career development research award is intended to inspire and support new generations of women in the field of genetics. Successful candidates are women in the first one to three years of an independent faculty-level position whose work displays originality and scientific creativity, making seminal discoveries within their fields.

 

The Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award is funded by The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, and is administered by a joint committee appointed by the Genetics Society of America and the American Society of Human Genetics.

 

Every three years, two women are chosen to receive the Rosalind Franklin Award, and each awardee receives $75,000 over three years ($25,000 per year). One award funds genetics research in human and non-human mammals, and another award funds genetics research in model organisms.

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