More information including deadlines, past winners and forms for the C.D. Scott, Rafael Katzen, and Bioeconomy Leadership awards may be found at
www.simbhq.org/sbfc/general-information/awards/. Nominations submitted will be reviewed by the SBFC Awards Committee and winners will be announced on the website. Awards will be presented at the annual banquet, Thursday evening, April 28.
Deadline for Nominations: February 29, 2016.

The SIMB Diversity Travel Award has been established to promote diversity and to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups in the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) amongst the graduate students making presentations at the SIMB Annual Meeting. More information about this award and about the new Diversity Committee can be found on the Diversity Committee section of our website.

The inaugural SIMB Diversity Travel Awards have been chosen. The winners will receive cash awards and certificates of recognition at the SIMB annual banquet during the 65th SIMB annual meeting in Philadelphia August 2-6.

The winners are:
Olivia Thompson, University of Georgia
Elise Hope, University of Washington

Professor Satoshi Ōmura, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Kitasato University, has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Along with his colleague, Dr. William C. Campbell, Drew University, the two were honored for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites. Dr. Campbell and Prof. Ōmura discovered a new drug, Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, as well as showing efficacy against an expanding number of other parasitic diseases.

Professor Ōmura is an SIMB Fellow and served as Honorary Co-chair of the recent SIMB Conference on Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Post Genomic Era. Dr. Ōmura also served on the Advisory Committee for the SIMB Biotechnology of Microbial Products: Novel Pharmacological and Agrobiological Activities (BMP) conferences.

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared with Professor Youyou Tu, China Academy of Traditional Medicine, for her work on Artemisinin to treat malaria. www.nobelprize.org

Congratulations to the award winners for the 2015 Carol D. Litchfield Student Awards!

Best Student Oral Presentation:

S77 “Identification of novel methylbenzene-containing polyketides produced by an actinomycete with rifampicin-induced rpoB gene mutation”
W.L. Thong, The University of Tokyo

Best Student Poster presentations

Biocatalysis
P9 “Creation of non-natural sugar enzymes by a conserved sequence-based recombination”
S.M. Shin, Kyungpook National University

Environmental
P4 “A preliminary glimpse into the genome of Sedimenticola selenatireducens strain AK4OH1”
T. Louie, Rutgers University

Fermentation/Cell Culture
P46 “Glucose auto-feeding for glucaric acid production by a recombinant E. coli strain”Transcription activator-like effectors as tools for controlling bacterial gene expression”
D. Stenger, Drew University

Metabolic Engineering
P101 “Transcription activator-like effectors as tools for controlling bacterial gene expression”
M.C. Politz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Natural Products
P98 “Genome-wide response of Saccharaomyces cerevisiae to the neurotoxic fungal volatile organic compound 1-octen-3-ol”
S. Morath, Rutgers University

Robert Schwartz, Abbott Labs (ret.) and editor-in-chief of the SIMB Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (2010-2015) has been selected as the 2015 David Perlman Awardee.

The award will be presented in conjunction with the SIMB Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT) conferences. This year’s RAFT conference will be held November 8-11 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
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