Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 22, 2003
Purdue chemist wins national award for new ways to fight cancer, AIDS
Jean A. Chmielewski of West Lafayette, Ind., will be honored Sept.

Ann Arbor chemist wins national award for making molecules found in nature
William H. Pearson of Ann Arbor, Mich., will be honored Sept.

Women prefer GPs to the Internet when trying to find out about HRT
A study jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) suggests that, without significant policy rethinking, GPs are likely to remain the most important source of information and advice to women, despite increasing access to sources of health information like the Internet.

Lexington, Mass., chemist wins national award for techniques to make new molecules
Dietmar Seyferth of Lexington, Mass., will be honored Sept. 9 by the American Chemical Society for exploring new ways to make the building blocks of everyday materials.

Granular materials not so puzzling after all, physicists find
Understanding the physics of granular materials is important in industries that handle and process large amounts of the materials, such as pills and powders in the pharmaceutical and food industries and sand in the construction business.

Three Abbott chemists honored as Heroes for development of HIV therapy for children
Three research chemists from Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Ill., have been named Heroes of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, for developing Kaletra® (lopinavir/ritonavir), an antiretroviral agent used to treat HIV in adults and children.

Three Merck chemists win Heroes of Chemistry award for major asthma treatment advance
Three research chemists from Merck Research Laboratories have been named Heroes of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, for discovering and developing Singulair®, to help control asthma in adults and children as young as 12 months.

Major flares are predictable on far-away stars, analysis of radio observations reveals
For the first time, astronomers are able to predict when major flares--enormous explosions that shoot hot gases into space--will erupt on stars outside our solar system, according to research to be published in an upcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

American Academy of Ophthalmology announces its guests of honor for Annual Meeting
The American Academy of Ophthalmology announced its Guests of Honor for its Annual Meeting in November in Anaheim, Calif.

Chicago chemist wins national award for insights into how cells communicate
Milan Mrksich of Chicago will be honored Sept. 9 by the American Chemical Society for his innovative approach to uncovering how the body's cells interact in both healthy and cancerous conditions.

Oregon State chemist wins national award for synthesizing molecules in nature
James D. White of Corvallis, Ore., will be honored Sept.

Wyeth chemists honored for Prevnar® first combined pneumococcal vaccine for infants
Eight research chemists from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals of Sanford, N.C., will be recognized Sept.

Zengen's new technology first to deliver drug active ingredients in an oral strip
Zengen, Inc. announced today that its revolutionary drug delivery technology will be used in the new Chloraseptic(R) Relief Strips(TM), the only medicated oral strip for the treatment of sore throat.

Intervention decreases childhood pneumonia mortality
One-third of children who die from pneumonia can be saved with the use of community-based interventions, according to reseachers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

MicroRNAs - Tiny molecules shape up plants
Small RNA molecules have big effects on plant shape, according to a report published in the online edition of the journal Nature.

Irvine chemist wins national award for new drug techniques
Larry E. Overman of Corona del Mar, Calif., will be honored Sept.

Chemists at four pharmaceutical companies named Heroes for treating childhood conditions
Seventeen research chemists from four companies will be recognized Sept.

Illinois chemist wins national award for new drug research
Richard B. Silverman of Evanston, Ill., will be honored Sept.

American Academy of Ophthalmology announces Special Recognition Award recipients
The American Academy of Ophthalmology announced its Special Recognition Award recipients today.

Rochester, N.Y., chemist wins national award for inventing new tactics to build molecules
Andrew S. Kende of Pittsford, N.Y., will be honored in September by the American Chemical Society for discovering new ways to make complex molecules in the laboratory, including anticancer agents, dioxin and bacterial compounds.

Chicago chemist wins national award for new ways to make drug candidates
Viresh H. Rawal of Chicago will be honored Sept. 9 by the American Chemical Society for inventing new methods to make molecules, particularly those that show promise in the drug industry.

Two to receive American Academy of Ophthalmology's Distinguished Service Award
The American Academy of Ophthalmology announced its two Distinguished Service Award recipients for 2003.

Overtime: It's not just for the money, U-M study says
It isn't just the money that makes overtime so important to blue-collar workers, according to a University of Michigan study to be presented Aug.

New York chemist wins national award for insights into making molecules, including drugs
James L. Leighton of New York will be honored Sept.

UGA research team reveals molecular key to cell division
New research, by a University of Georgia team, shows how the genes that control DNA distribution in the mitosis process are regulated.

Sex-based and women's health research gain $150,000
Interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects that involve the study of treatment for postpartum depression (PPD) and the role sex-chromosomes play in drug addiction have been awarded $150,000 through the Society for Women's Health Research.

Three Pfizer Inc chemists win Heroes award for epilepsy treatment for children, adults
Three research chemists from Pfizer Inc, Ann Arbor, Mich., have been named Heroes of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, for developing Neurontin®, an anticonvulsant used to treat childhood as well as adult epilepsy.

Unraveling the genetics of fusiform rust
USDA Forest Service researchers at the Southern Institute of Forest Genetics (SIFG) in Saucier, MS are mapping genes in the pathogen that causes fusiform rust to provide future forest managers with more insurance against the damaging disease.
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