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Marletta wins Murray Goodman Memorial Prize

Michael A. Marletta
Michael A. Marletta
(Photo courtesy of Peg Skorpinski)

February 05, 2008

Michael A. Marletta, the Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the chair of the Department of Chemistry, has won the 2008 Murray Goodman Memorial Prize for “contributions towards a molecular understanding of nitric oxide signaling and gas sensing using chemical and biophysical methods.”

This annual award was established in memory of Murray Goodman, founding editor of Biopolymers. The first Murray Goodman Memorial Prize was awarded in 2007 to Christopher Walsh of Harvard Medical School.

The award consists of a $10,000 cash prize and a banquet in honor of the recipient. The prize will be presented during the 2008 American Chemical Society meeting, in a special award symposium held in conjunction with the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry.

Murray Goodman was a UC Berkeley College of Chemistry alumnus who began his work in peptide chemistry when it was an emerging field. He earned his doctorate on the use of isotopes as tracers to understand the mechanisms of photosynthesis. His research director was Melvin Calvin, who won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Goodman was the long time editor-in-chief for Biopolymers, a leading journal in his field. In 1970, Goodman joined the UC San Diego faculty as a professor of chemistry. He served as chair of the chemistry department for six years and as Provost of UCSD’s Revelle College. He was professor emeritus at the time of his death in 2004 at the age of 75.

This prize is just one of many recent awards for Marletta, including the Emil Thomas Kaiser Award of the Protein Society (2007) and the American Chemical Society’s Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest (2007).

More Information

For more information on Marletta, who is also the Joel H. Hildebrand Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, see the Spring 2007 issue of Catalyst magazine.

For more information, including details on how to submit a nomination for the 2009 Murray Goodman Memorial Prize, please see:

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