April 13, 2000
Vol. 19 No. 14

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    Dr. Thomas Gajewski, Assistant Professor in Pathology and the Hematology/Oncology Section of Medicine at the University Hospitals, has received a Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The grant will provide $750,000 over a period of five years beginning July 1. Gajewski is one of 10 researchers from universities in the United States to have been awarded the grant this year.

    The awards are intended to foster the development and productivity of mid-career physician-scientists who will strengthen translational research––the two-way transfer between basic research and patient treatment––through their own studies as well as through their mentoring of the next generation of physician-investigators.

    Gajewski will use the grant to investigate vaccines against a type of skin cancer called melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, with 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

    A special symposium in honor of Ole Kleppa, Professor Emeritus in Chemistry and Geophysical Sciences, was held at the 129th national meeting of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society in Nashville, Tenn., March 13 and 14. The symposium was attended by Kleppa’s former students and postdoctoral collaborators and by colleagues active in his field from all over the world. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds.

    Steven Levitt, Professor in Economics, is one of 20 National Science Foundation supported researchers to receive the 1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

    Levitt received the award Wednesday, April 12, at the White House. According to the NSF, the PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of establishing their independent research careers. Levitt studies the economic aspects of crime.