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Nov. 14, 2006 -- No. 539

Griffith receives gold medal
from Slovakian university

Dr. Jack Griffith, Kenan distinguished professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has received the Great Gold Medal of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The medal, the highest award given by the university, was presented to Griffith in recognition of his scientific achievements and contributions to the field of biochemistry and molecular biology of DNA-protein interactions. The university also recognized Griffith for his long-term cooperation with faculty in its department of genetics and biochemistry.

Previous gold medal recipients include King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Nobel prize winners Ahmed Zewil and Barry Sharpless.

Griffith, a member of the UNC medical faculty since 1977, published the first electron microscope image of DNA bound to a known protein. The American Society of Biochemistry has recognized Griffith as the world's most outstanding electron microscopist working with DNA.

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National pediatrics committee names
UNC professor Carl Bose as chair-elect

Dr. Carl Bose, professor and chief of UNC's division of neonatal-perinatal medicine, has been named chair-elect of the executive committee of the section on perinatal pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He will serve as chair-elect for one year, then will serve one year as chair, starting in 2008.

The section on perinatal pediatrics represents neonatologists and other professionals who care for high-risk newborns. Its membership includes approximately 75 percent of the practicing neonatologists in the United States.

The section serves in a consulting capacity to the board of directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics to make recommendations for programs, policy statements and other actions on matters relating to the fetus and newborn infant.

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