I am pleased to share the exciting news that Bruce Alberts, PhD, UCSF Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, has received the 2016 Lasker~Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science. One of the highest honors in biomedicine, this award is given every two years by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.
Bruce’s career spans fifty years and is one of the most esteemed in modern biology. A member of our faculty since 1976, he is recognized not only for his seminal scientific discoveries on DNA replication, but for the leadership positions he has held at every level in biomedical science, including as chair of the UCSF Department Biochemistry for more than five years, as the editor-in-chief of Science, and, during a two six-year term, as president of the National Academy of Sciences.
Bruce was appointed as a United States Science Envoy in 2009, and was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2014.
In addition to his scientific contributions, Bruce has been an indefatigable champion for science and science education. In 1987, he cofounded the UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP), recognized nationally and internationally as a model partnership between scientists and teachers. Most recently, in 2014, he co-founded Rescuing Biomedical Research (RBR), an alliance of leading researchers that is formulating strategies to reform scientific training and funding and ensure the integrity of research.
Please read more about Bruce’s illustrious career, including his advocacy for education and strengthening the field of biomedical research, and the 2016 Lasker~Koshland Award on UCSF.edu.
As a community, UCSF shares in this proud occasion, and I know you join me in congratulating Bruce on this important recognition.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor