Those with a million or two in loose change might want to sign up for a paddle this week at Christie's in New York for the auction of a 60-year-old, seven-page, handwritten, and illustrated letter from a father to his 12-year-old son away at boarding school.
Ruth G. Doell, an ASCB member from 1964 until her retirement from the Biology Department at San Francisco State University in 1992, died February 22 at her home in El Granada, CA. She was 86.
Francis Hugh Ruddle, a former ASCB President and a pioneer at Yale University in mapping the human genome and creating the first transgenic mouse, died March 10 in New Haven. He was 83.
In July 2013, Dan Kiehart, chair of the Biology Department at Duke University, will become the dean of the Natural Sciences Division within Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Duke's undergraduate liberal arts school. Kiehart, a Society member since 1980, currently serves on the ASCB Council.
The first elected chair of the Women In Cell Biology (WICB) committee, Ellen R. Dirksen, professor emeritus in Neurobiology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, died on January 5.
Lucy Shapiro, Stanford University, was at the White House February 1 to receive a 2011 National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama who described the medals as "the nation's highest honor for invention and discovery."
Jeffrey I. Gordon, of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, an ASCB member since 1988, is the recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology.
Sue Biggins of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and current ASCB Council member will receive the National Academy of Sciences 2013 Award in Molecular Biology, which comes with a $25,000 prize, courtesy of Pfizer Inc. It recognizes a recent notable discovery by a young scientist.