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Lacy’s crystallographic research achievements recognized

Sep. 19, 2013, 9:15 AM

D. Borden Lacy, Ph.D., associate professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biochemistry, will receive the 2014 Margaret Etter Award from the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) for outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in crystallographic research demonstrated by a scientist at an early stage of their independent career.

The award honors the memory of Margaret C. Etter, Ph.D., (1943-1992), who was a major contributor to the field of organic solid-state chemistry.

Her work particularly emphasized the use of hydrogen bonds and co-crystals.

In addition to a large body of experimental work Dr. Etter was the major force in devising a set of rules known as graph sets to describe hydrogen bonds in a way that revealed similarities between structures without being tied up in the crystallographic details.

Established in 2002 as an annual award, it consists of a monetary award of $1,000 and plaque.

Lacy will present a lecture at the American Crystallographic Association Annual Meeting to be held in Albuquerque in May 2014.

“Dr. Lacy’s research program epitomizes the discovery science approach and is on a wonderfully steep upward trajectory,” said John York, Ph.D., Natalie Overall Warren Professor and chair of Biochemistry.

“She is a tremendously talented scholar, citizen of multiple departments and centers and a gifted mentor of our students. To receive an early career award for her outstanding contributions to the field of structural biology is richly deserved.”

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