Recipients of scientific awards generally give fairly predictable acceptance speeches, expressing gratitude to their families, their institutions, their colleagues, and their funding agencies. But at the Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards luncheon in New York on September 29 (see story on page 1), some honorees departed from the usual format to add a personal note. Basic research award corecipient Jack Strominger, perhaps alluding to the New York City Board of Education's difficulty in hiring a chancellor, garnered applause when he concluded his remarks by saying: "I need to say that I'm a product of the New York public school system. . . . I had a great education, and I hope the New York public schools survive all the troubles they're having." NO, THANKS: Barry Marshall had a good reason to name the bacterium he discovered after himself.

Don Wiley, another basic research award corecipient who, like Strominger, is...

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