Feb. 3, 2000
Vol. 19 No. 9

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    Friedrich Katz, the Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor in History, received two book awards at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting last month for his book The Life and Times of Pancho Villa.

    Katz was awarded the Albert J. Beveridge Award, given annually for the best work in American history from 1492 to the present, and the Herbert Eugene Bolton Memorial Prize for the best book in English on any significant aspect of Latin American history.

    Paul Sally Jr., Professor in Mathematics, has received the 2000 Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Mathematics Society.

    The award was presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 20.

    Sally was cited “for the quality of his research, for his service to the Society as Trustee, but more importantly for his many efforts in improvement of mathematics education for the nation’s youth and especially for members of minority and underrepresented groups, and for his longitudinal mentoring of students, in particular the mathematics majors at Chicago.”

    Edwin Taylor, the Louis Block Professor in Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, has been named the E.B. Wilson medalist for 1999 by the American Society for Cell Biology.

    The highest honor for science bestowed by the society, it is given in recognition of lifetime contributions to cell biology.

    Taylor established the paradigm for how enzymes use ATP hydrolysis to generate movements in biology, using kinetic analysis to characterize the chemical mechanisms of the motor proteins myosin and kinesin.

    Additionally, he and his students isolated the protein subunits of cytoplasmic microtubules and cytoplasmic contractile proteins.