Dr. Steitz was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize by the selection committee of ten jurors, of which five are Nobel Laureates. The members of the selection committee included: Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., president of Rockefeller University; Torsten N. Wiesel, M.D., chair and Nobel Laureate; Richard Axel, M.D., Nobel Laureate; Cori Bargmann, Ph.D.; Gnter Blobel, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate; Titia de Lange, Ph.D.; Joseph L. Goldstein, M.D., Nobel Laureate; Philippa Marrack, Ph.D., 2005 recipient of the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize; Paul Nurse, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate; and David D. Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D.
Oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., National Geographic Explorer in Residence, will present the prize to Dr. Steitz at the ceremony in November. Dr. Earle has been called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and the first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine. Dr. Earle has led more than 60 expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970 and setting a record for solo diving to a depth of 1,000 meters. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.
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