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Date:5/15/2009

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Dr. Bruce Alberts will receive the AIBS Education Award, presented to an individual (or group) who has made significant contributions to education in the biological sciences, at any level of formal or informal education. Alberts is currently editor-in-chief of the journal Science and is Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He served two six-year terms as the President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and chaired the National Research Council. He continues to serve as an ex officio member of the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council, which he initiated. Committed to improving science education, he helped initiate and develop City Science, a program that links UCSF to the improvement of science teaching in San Francisco elementary schools. Alberts was instrumental in developing landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. He also serves as the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a new organization governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of science and established to provide scientific advice to the world. Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 15 honorary degrees. Alberts is one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, considered the field's leading advanced textbook and used widely in U.S. colleges and universities. His most recent text, Essential Cell Biology, is intended to present this subject matter to a wider audience.

Michael Pollan will receive the President's Citation Award for meritorious accomplishments by an individual (or group) in the biological sciences. Pollan is the author, most recently, of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
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