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Users Week 2008
May 4-8, 2008

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APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Oleg G. Shpyrko, this year's recipient of the 2008 Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

Description of the Award: In 2004, in conjunction with the Advanced Photon Source, the APS Users Organization established the APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award to recognize an important scientific or technical accomplishment by a young investigator (senior graduate student or early career Ph.D.) at, or beneficial to, the APS.

The award, which consists of a plaque plus and a monetary award of $1000, will be presented on May 7, 2008 at a plenary session of the 2008 Users Week at Argonne National Laboratory. The recipient of the award will also be asked to present a 30-minute lecture on his/her research at that session.

Nomination Requirements: Nominations for this award must include the following:

  • A short (one page or less) nominating statement and signature of the nominator
  • A one-page description, written by the nominee, of the work for which the award is proposed
  • A single publication authored or co-authored by the nominee, with a brief statement describing the significance and impact of the work (may be written by nominator or nominee)
  • A current CV
  • Two (or more) supporting letters

Complete packages must be received by Susan Strasser ( NO LATER THAN March 28, 2008.

The award recipient will be notified no later than April 8, 2008.

About Rosalind Franklin

The brilliant but short-lived chemist Rosalind Franklin played a critical but largely unacknowledged role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. While working as a research associate for John Randall at King's College in 1951, Franklin was assigned to study the unwieldy DNA molecule with x-ray crystallography--a technique only just beginning to be used for biological molecules. Her results revealed the position of the sugar-phosphate backbone and the basic helical structure of the molecule; when her x-ray photographs filtered unofficially to John Watson at Cambridge, he immediately saw their implications. Franklin went on to work on the tobacco mosaic virus and the polio virus, but her career came to an untimely end when she died of cancer in 1958 at age 37. More information on Franklin is at

Previous Winners

Alexis S. Templeton - 2004

Wendy L. Mao - 2006





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