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Marletta wins Esselen and Kaiser Awards

Michael Marletta

February 6, 2007

Honors continue to roll in for chemistry chair Michael Marletta.  The American Chemical Society has chosen him as the recipient of the 2007 Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest. The award emphasized “his work in nitric oxide biology and malaria, and his communication of fundamental chemical research to non-science audiences.” Marletta’s College of Chemistry colleague Jean Fréchet won the award in 2005.

The ACS award was established in 1987 to honor the memory of Gustavus John Esselen (1988-1952), a distinguished member of the Northeastern Section who was twice its chairman and who served as councilor and director of the national organization.

Marletta has also won the 2007 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award, sponsored by the Protein Society. The award recognizes “a recent, highly significant contribution in applying chemistry to the study of proteins.” Previous UC winners include Berkeley molecular and cell biologist Randy Schekman and UCSF’s Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner.

The Protein Society award honors the memory of Emil Thomas Kaiser, a pioneering bioorganic chemist who died in 1988 at age 50 from complications following kidney transplant surgery.

“These awards mean a great deal to me,” says Marletta. “The Esselen acknowledges that our chemistry has contributed to the public well-being. That is very satisfying. The Kaiser Award is special since I knew and greatly respected Tom Kaiser. He was an outstanding protein chemist who always had time to be supportive of the young faculty around him — and even those not so close, like me.”


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