The Society for Developmental Biology Board of Directors elected the following recipients for the 2017 SDB Awards.
Edwin G. Conklin Medal
Philippe M. Soriano, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Philippe M. Soriano is being recognized for his extraordinary and sustained research contributions to the field of developmental biology and mentoring of the next generation of scientists. His extensive work characterizing PDGF receptors, Src family of kinases, and Eph/ephrin has transformed our understanding of tyrosine kinase signaling mechanisms and how specificity is established during development. He has uncovered a number of cell biological mechanisms involved in developmental processes such as neural crest cell migration/function and craniofacial development. His loss-of-function c-Src mouse was one of the first targeted mutations in mice. Throughout his career, Soriano has generated revolutionary tools that continue to advance the mouse development community. He pioneered gene-trapping technology in embryonic stem cells and identified the ubiquitously expressed ROSA26 locus. He then went on to generate the R26R Cre recombinase reporter mouse line, one of the most widely used mouse lines in the world. Soriano was a Pew Scholar and received an NIH MERIT Award. He is currently an Editor of Developmental Biology.
Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Freeman A Hrabowski, III is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to developmental biology education through his advocacy for science education and groundbreaking initiatives for increasing diversity within the sciences. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program which has increased the number of underrepresented minority students entering STEM graduate programs through its emphasis on quality mentoring and high expectations. The program has been recognized by the National Science Foundation as a national model. As a result of his record, Hrabowski chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was also named chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans by President Obama. Hrabowski is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
The SDB awards presentations will take place during the Awards Lectures session at the 76th SDB Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, July 16, 2017.