William & Mary

Allison wins Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award

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    Diversity in science:  Lizabeth Allison, Chancellor Professor of Biology at William & Mary, has been awarded the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for encouragement and mentoring underrepresented minorities in science.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
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Lizabeth Allison, Chancellor Professor of Biology at William & Mary, has been awarded the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The Kirschstein award was established to honor “an outstanding scientist who has shown a strong commitment to encouraging underrepresented minorities to enter the scientific enterprise and who has offered effective mentorship of those within it,” according to a release by the society.

The winner is chosen by the ASBMB's Minority Affairs Committee and the award includes a $3,000 cash prize. Allison is a past chair of the biology department at William & Mary and in 2009 was named advisor of the year for the Arts and Sciences. She also is one of William & Mary’s State Council for Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.

Winners of ASBMB awards were nominated by colleagues and other leaders in their fields for making significant contributions to biochemistry and molecular biology and the training of emerging scientists.

The recipients will give talks about their work at the society's 2020 annual meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology conference April 4-7 in San Diego.

The ASBMB is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with more than 11,000 members worldwide. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Others conduct research in government laboratories, at nonprofit research institutions and in industry. The society publishes three journals: the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research and Molecular and Cellular Proteomics.