Caltech biologist named Beckman Young Investigator

Dr. Raymond Deshaies, a biochemist at the California Institute of Technology, has been named the newest Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation of Irvine, Calif.

Scientists Find "Good Intentions" in the Brain

PASADENA—Neurobiologists at the California Institute of Technology have succeeded in peeking into one of the many "black boxes" of the primate brain. A study appearing in the March 13 issue of the journal Nature describes an area of the brain where plans for actions are formed.

Neuroscientists Single Out Brain Enzyme Essential To Memory and Learning

PASADENA— Researchers have singled out a brain enzyme that seems to be essential in memory retention and learning.

Neural Research Shows That the Nose Needs Time To Smell

PASADENA— New research from the California Institute of Technology shows that it literally takes some time to smell the roses.

In the current issue of Nature, Caltech neuroscientists Michael Wehr and Gilles Laurent present work demonstrating that information about odors is contained in the temporal activity patterns of groups of neurons over an interval of time.

Caltech Biologists Identify Gene Thought to Initiate Neural Development

PASADENA— Biologists have identified a gene that determines whether a given cell in a human or animal embryo will become a neuron rather than some other kind of cell.

Paul Sternberg Receives Grant from the Seaver Institute for Molecular Genetics Research

PASADENA—Paul Sternberg, professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded a one year, $100,000 grant from the Seaver Institute in support of his work in molecular genetics.

Sternberg's research identifies and studies genes necessary for normal development. His research has contributed to the understanding of the universal pathway of signaling between animal cells. He hopes this current work will lead him to a better knowledge of basic life processes and the formation of cancer and its progression.

New Diagnostic Test Announced for Group of Brain Diseases

Scientists have developed a simple diagnostic test for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), a group of invariably fatal brain diseases that include "Mad Cow" disease in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and kuru in humans. New Diagnostic Test Announced for Group of Brain Diseases September 1996 96

New Research Shows How the Eyes Help the Body Navigate

Neuroscientists have new results on how our brains and eyes work together in getting our bodies from point A to point B without mishap. The research appears in today's issue of the journal Science. New Research Shows How the Eyes Help the Body Navigate September 1996 96

Biologist Receives Science Prize of LVMH—Moet Hennessy·Louis Vuitton

PASADENA—Caltech biologist Elliot Meyerowitz and Enrico Coen of the John Innes Institute in England shared the 1996 "Science pour l'Art" Science Prize of LVMH—Moët Hennessy/Louis Vuitton at a ceremony in Paris, France, on July 9. As part of the prize, Meyerowitz and Coen shared an award of 100,000 French francs, or about 19,000 U.S.

Biologist Erin Schuman Receives 1996 Beckman Young Investigator Award

PASADENA—Erin Schuman, an assistant professor of biology at Caltech, has been named a recipient of a 1996 Beckman Young Investigators Award.

This award, given by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, will provide $200,000 over two years to support Schuman's research into the "development of an adenovirus vector to deliver recombinant nitric oxide synthase into living neurons."

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