The Society for Developmental Biology Board of Directors elected the following recipients for the 2016 SDB Awards.
Edwin G. Conklin Medal
Kathryn V. Anderson, Sloan Kettering Institute
Anderson is being recognized for her extraordinary and sustained research contributions to the field of developmental biology and mentoring of the next generation of scientists. Her classic work identified Toll as a maternal effect gene essential in establishing the dorsal-ventral body plan in Drosophila. She cloned several genes in the Toll pathway establishing a link between Toll signaling and innate immunity. Anderson’s fly geneticist roots led her to boldly conduct forward genetic screens in mice where she’s identified new genes critical for mammalian developmental processes including morphogenesis, axis specification, and cell signaling. She served as SDB President (1998-1999) and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Developmental Biology-SDB Lifetime Achievement Award
David R. McClay, Duke University
McClay is being honored for his outstanding and sustained research and mentoring contributions to the field of developmental biology. Considered the world’s expert in manipulation of the sea urchin embryo, his seminal discovery that nuclear β-catenin specifies vegetal fates proved to be of great significance as it is critical for endoderm specification in numerous invertebrate and vertebrate species. McClay established the role of Notch signaling in secondary mesenchyme induction and has been a leader in unpacking the sea urchin gene regulatory networks expanding our understanding of transcriptional control of morphogenesis. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as both SDB President (1992-1993) and Treasurer (2003-2008).
Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize
Ida Chow, Society for Developmental Biology
Chow is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to developmental biology education. As SDB Executive Officer for the past 23 years, she has championed science education at all levels. Under her helm, the Society has implemented education sessions at all annual and regional meetings including professional development sessions for trainees, the Boot Camp for New Faculty, and workshops for local K-12 teachers. She initiated and co-organized the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute satellite short courses of the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology and most recently spearheaded the Choose Development! undergraduate summer research program aimed at increasing the diversity of students that enter graduate programs in pursuit of research careers in developmental biology. Chow is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The SDB awards presentations will take place during the Awards Lectures session at the 75th SDB Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on Sunday, August 7, 2016.