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March 12, 2013

PNAS Announces Six 2012 Cozzarelli Prize Recipients

WASHINGTON – The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2012 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences. Papers selected were chosen from more than 3,700 research articles that appeared in the journal last year and represent the six broadly defined classes under which the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is organized.

The annual award acknowledges papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality. The award was established in 2005 and named in 2007 to honor late PNAS Editor-in-Chief Nicholas R. Cozzarelli. The 2012 awards will be presented at the PNAS Editorial Board meeting, and awardees will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the NAS Annual Meeting on April 28, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

2012 Cozzarelli Prize Recipients

Class I (Physical and Mathematical Sciences):

"Water, plants, and early human habitats in eastern Africa," by Clayton R. Magill, Gail M. Ashley, and Katherine H. Freeman

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Class II (Biological Sciences):

"Eight pairs of descending visual neurons in the dragonfly give wing motor centers accurate population vector of prey direction," by Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido, Hanchuan Peng, Jinzhu Yang, Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, and Robert M. Olberg

A commentary accompanying this article is available:

Class III (Engineering and Applied Sciences):

"Point process modelling of the Afghan War Diary," by Andrew Zammit-Mangion, Michael Dewar, Visakan Kadirkamanathan, and Guido Sanguinetti


Class IV (Biomedical Sciences):

"Robust cardiomyocyte differentiation from human pluripotent stem cells via temporal modulation of canonical Wnt signaling," by Xiaojun Lian, Cheston Hsiao, Gisela Wilson, Kexian Zhu, Laurie B. Hazeltine, Samira M. Azarin, Kunil K. Raval, Jianhua Zhang, Timothy J. Kamp, and Sean P. Palecek


Class V (Behavioral and Social Sciences):

"Evolution of music by public choice," by Robert M. MacCallum, Matthias Mauch, Austin Burt, and Armand M. Leroi

A commentary accompanying this article is available:

Class VI (Applied Biological, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences):

"Arabidopsis synchronizes jasmonate-mediated defense with insect circadian behavior," by Danielle Goodspeed, E. Wassim Chehab, Amelia Min-Venditti, Janet Braam, and Michael F. Covington

A commentary accompanying this article is available:

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