The Editors of The Journal of Experimental Biology are pleased to announce that Dr Nicole George is the winner of this year's JEB Outstanding Paper Prize. Awarded in memory of Bob Boutillier (JEB Editor in Chief 19942003), the prize recognises the junior author who made the most significant contribution to an outstanding paper. Explaining that the winning paper was selected by the Editors from a short list of eight articles (available at the end), Hans Hoppeler JEB Editor-in-Chief adds, 'The Outstanding Paper Prize showcases the kind of research that we love best at the journal.' The announcement is made in issue 24 of volume 215 of the Journal at http://jeb.biologists.org.
George published her award-winning paper, 'Temperature gradients drive mechanical energy gradients in the flight muscle of Manduca sexta' with Simon Sponberg and Tom Daniel in the third issue of 2012 (George, et al. 2012). Considering the current winner, Hoppeler says, 'The journal's editorial policy asks for hypothesis driven research aimed at elucidating novel physiological principles and Nicole George's article falls exactly into that category'.
Describing her reaction to the news, George says, 'I was surprised, definitely it was very exciting, it's a paper that's dear to my heart but you never know how other people feel about it so this was confirmation that this is exciting science'. And Hoppeler comments, 'This article stands out because it shows that a physiological system that everybody seems to understand, the flight muscle of Manduca sexta, behaves in a complex fashion based on physical constraints that had not been taken into account previously'.
George joined the Daniel lab in 2008 after majoring in integrative biology at University of California Berkeley, USA. After spending a year in Mimi Koehl's lab as a post-baccalaureate research assistant, George says, 'It was wo
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