Ursula Bellugi smiling for the camera wearing a purple shirt in 2015
Ursula Bellugi, Leading Sign Language Neuroscientist, Dies at 91
Her research showed that communication via sign language is as neurologically complex as spoken language. 
ABOVE: The Salk Institute
Ursula Bellugi, Leading Sign Language Neuroscientist, Dies at 91
Ursula Bellugi, Leading Sign Language Neuroscientist, Dies at 91

Her research showed that communication via sign language is as neurologically complex as spoken language. 

Her research showed that communication via sign language is as neurologically complex as spoken language. 

ABOVE: The Salk Institute

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Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82
Natalia Mesa | Apr 18, 2022
Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.
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Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman Dies At 82
Lisa Winter | Apr 14, 2022
The biophysicist shared the 1989 Prize in Chemistry for discovering RNA’s catalytic properties.
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Geneticist Arthur Riggs Dies at 82
Lisa Winter | Apr 14, 2022
His research paved the way for the development of synthetic insulin to treat diabetes.
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Anne Beaumanoir, Activist and Clinical Neurologist, Dies at 98
Natalia Mesa | Mar 29, 2022
Beaumanoir helped Jews evade Nazis during World War II and aided resistance fighters during the Algerian War of Independence. She also contributed to the field of epileptology.
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Biophysicist Howard Berg Dies at 87
Lisa Winter | Mar 22, 2022
His research uncovered secrets of motility in E. coli.
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Cancer Researcher Donald Pinkel Dies at Age 95
Natalia Mesa | Mar 18, 2022
Unsatisfied by how treatments for childhood leukemia failed to prevent the disease’s return, Pinkel combined them all—and virtually cured the disease.
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Neuropathologist John Trojanowski Dies at 75
Lisa Winter | Mar 18, 2022
His work was pivotal to understanding the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
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WHO Scientist Mwele Malecela Dies at 59
Pradip Chatterjee | Mar 4, 2022
Her achievements included developing a roadmap to tackle neglected tropical diseases.
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Famed Pathologist Johan Hultin Dies at 97
Lisa Winter | Mar 2, 2022
Hultin’s work helped identify the virus behind the 1918 flu pandemic.
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“Father of Preventive Cardiology” Jeremiah Stamler Dies at 102
Lisa Winter | Feb 18, 2022
He was among the first to identify lifestyle factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
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Luc Montagnier, Virologist who Codiscovered HIV, Dies at Age 89
Natalia Mesa | Feb 11, 2022
The Nobel laureate had courted controversy in recent years on vaccines and other matters.
Deborah Nickerson
Genome Pioneer Deborah Nickerson Dies at 67
Amanda Heidt | Feb 9, 2022
The University of Washington researcher leveraged data from the Human Genome Project to identify genes underlying various health conditions and advance precision medicine.
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Pioneering Geneticist C. Thomas Caskey Dies at 83
Natalia Mesa | Jan 28, 2022
Caskey’s contributions to the field were instrumental to modern genetics.
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Cancer Researcher Beatrice Mintz Dies at 100
Natalia Mesa | Jan 20, 2022
Mintz’s experiments over her six-decade career were foundational to cancer and genetics research.
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“Godfather of Biodiversity” Thomas Lovejoy Dies at 80
Lisa Winter | Jan 12, 2022
The famous ecologist was a lifelong champion for conservation.
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Legendary Crystallographer Donald Caspar Dies At 94
Lisa Winter | Jan 7, 2022
He coined the term “structural biology.”
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Remembering Those We Lost in 2021
Lisa Winter | Dec 23, 2021
As the year draws to a close, we look back on researchers we bid farewell to, and the contributions they made to their respective fields.
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Pioneering Sleep Researcher Allan Rechtschaffen Dies at 93
Lisa Winter | Dec 22, 2021
Rechtschaffen sought to understand the evolutionary purpose of shut-eye.
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Revolutionary Crystallographer Ned Seeman Dies at 75
Lisa Winter | Dec 20, 2021
Seeman is best known for establishing the field of DNA nanotechnology.