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Current, former MIT researchers win Cozzarelli Prize

Waldbauer, Summons and Newman cited for PNAS paper showing evidence of early oxygen on Earth.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2011 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences. Papers selected were chosen from more than 3,500 research articles that appeared in the journal last year and represent the six broadly defined classes under which the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is organized.

The 2011 Cozzarelli Prize in physical and mathematical sciences was for a paper by former MIT graduate student Jacob R. Waldbauer, Professor of Geobiology Roger E. Summons and Dianne K. Newman, formerly of MIT’s Department of Biology and now at the California Institute of Technology. The paper, titled, “Microaerobic steroid biosynthesis and the molecular fossil record of Archean life,” was published in PNAS on Aug. 8, 2011.

The annual Cozzarelli Prize acknowledges papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality. The award was established in 2005 and named in 2007 to honor late PNAS Editor-in-Chief Nicholas R. Cozzarelli. The 2011 awards will be presented at the PNAS Editorial Board meeting, and awardees will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the NAS Annual Meeting on April 29 in Washington.

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