Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:59

Rita Colwell Receives International Prize for Biology

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ColwellOn August 7, 2017, Dr. Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, was awarded the 33rd International Prize for Biology. Dr. Colwell was chosen by the Committee on the International Prize for Biology of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The field of specialization for the 33rd Prize is "Marine Biology." The Prize Committee cited Dr. Colwell’s introduction of new approaches for identifying and classifying marine bacteria, and establishing the taxonomy of vibrios, which include Vibrio cholerae. Her ecological studies of marine bacteria led her to propose that a key survival strategy of vibrio cells is to enter a state in which they remain viable but cannot be cultured. This concept has had a profound influence on microbiology and medicine. Noting that vibrios are expanding their habitat range due to global warming, she showed the connection of this to the wider occurrence of cholera. She has won high acclaim also for her efforts toward cholera prevention in developing countries. The award ceremony will be held in November or December at the Japan Academy in Tokyo. The International Prize for Biology was instituted in April of 1985 by the Committee on the International Prize for Biology and is awarded yearly.

 Dr. Colwell, who served as ASM President in 1985, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and recipient of numerous other awards and honors.

The 33rd(2017) International Prize for Biology is awarded to Dr. Rita Rossi Colwell

https://cbmg.umd.edu/faculty/ritacolwell/

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