Hopkins' heavy hitters
The sun beats down on the grass as the pitcher winds up for his
delivery. The cheers from both dugouts and the shouts from those
gathered in the stands fill the early evening spring air.
It's the extra innings of the second game of a
doubleheader, and the winning run is in scoring position. On the
mound the pitcher checks the signs from the catcher, nods his
head and then zips a ball toward home plate.
Just minutes earlier one of the home players
had yelled out, "So who wants to be the hero?"
It appears this batter at the plate has decided
it's his day to fill that role: The ball comes in and the batter
promptly lines a single into center field, the winning run comes
home and the home team bounds off the bench to celebrate one more
notch in the win column.
Just another beautiful, and successful, day at
Top award in molecular biology goes to
Phil Beachy, associate professor of molecular biology and
genetics and associate Howard Hughes Medical Institute
investigator, likes to say that he "found the molecule that keeps
on giving," and his molecule just "gave" him a top prize, the
National Academy of Sciences' Molecular Biology award.
Beachy won for his work to isolate and study
hedgehog protein, a growth-controlling compound whose quirky name
only hints at its ingenious and seemingly unpredictable
Hedgehog helps supervise animal and human
development from fertilized egg to newborn, and has been linked
to some cancers.
Beachy, who came to Hopkins in 1988, will
receive the award and $20,000 April 27 in a ceremony at NAS
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