2008 News Archive

October 8, 2008

Roger Tsien ( '83 Scholar) Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced this morning that the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is being awarded to Roger Tsien, Martin Chalfie and Osamu Shimomura for their development of green fluorescent protein as a tool for biological research.

June 19, 2008

More Scholars Elected to Academies

Searle Scholars Richard Aldrich ('84), Michael Greenberg ('87) and Minx Fuller ('85) are among the 72 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences for 2008. This brings to 32 the number of Searle Scholars who are members of the National Academy of Sciences. Also, three Scholars were elected this year to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Fred Cohen ('88), Allison Doupe ('93), and Tim Mitchison ('89).

January 17, 2008

SEARLE SCHOLARS AWARD INCREASE

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--The Searle Scholars Program announces a major increase in awards, from $240,000 to $300,000 per three year grant beginning with its 2008 awards. The program will continue to make 15 such awards each year. The increase will ensure that these awards continue to provide exceptionally creative and productive young scientists with sufficient funds to work on their best ideas. These prestigious awards remain among the top monetary awards in chemistry and the biomedical sciences.

Since the program began in 1981, 437 Searle Scholars have received awards totaling over $84 million. In selecting the Scholars, a Scientific Advisory Board of twelve distinguished scientists identifies individuals who have already done innovative research and have the potential for making pivotal contributions to biological research over an extended period of time.

The funds that support the awards come from trusts established under the wills of John G. and Frances C. Searle. Mr. Searle was President of G.D. Searle & Co., of Skokie, Illinois, a research-based pharmaceutical company. Mr. and Mrs. Searle expressed the wish that some of the proceeds of their estates be used for the support of research in medicine, chemistry, and the biomedical sciences.

In 1980, members of the Searle family, acting as Consultants to the Trustees of the Trusts established under the wills of Mr. & Mrs. John G. Searle, recommended the development of a program of support for young biomedical scientists. This idea evolved into the Searle Scholars Program, which is funded through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and administered by Kinship Foundation in Northbrook, Illinois.

More information about the Searle Scholars Program may be found on the Internet at http://www.searlescholars.net.

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EDITORS For more information about the Searle Scholars Program please contact Douglas Fambrough, Scientific Director, Searle Scholars Program, at 410.321.8322 or the program's website, http://www.searlescholars.net

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