High Standard Author:BARBARA SPECTOR, pp.3
Date: June 13,1994

Members of the committee that selected Joan Argetsinger Steitz, a biochemist at Yale University's School of Medicine, as the first recipient of an award honoring women in science say their choice has established a standard of excellence for the prize.

Steitz, the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at Yale, received the prize--the Weizmann Women and Science Award--at a ceremony at the New York Academy of Sciences on June 7. The $25,000 award is sponsored by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, a promotion and fund-raising arm of the research center located in Rehovot, Israel. It honors an outstanding woman researcher in the United States who has made a significant contribution in either basic or applied science.

"There was the sense [among the nominating committee members] that...

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