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March 6, 2014

PNAS Announces Six 2013 Cozzarelli Prize Recipients

WASHINGTON – The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2013 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 3,800 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 2013 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 27, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

2013 Cozzarelli Prize Recipients

Class I (Physical and Mathematical Sciences):

"The prevalence of earth-size planets orbiting sun-like stars," by Erik A. Petigura, Andrew W. Howard, and Geoffrey W. Marcy


Class II (Biological Sciences):

"Task-related 'cortical' bursting depends critically on basal ganglia input and is linked to vocal plasticity," by Satoshi Kojima, Mimi H. Kao, and Allison J. Doupe


Class III (Engineering and Applied Sciences):

"Gas production in the Barnett Shale obeys a simple scaling theory," by Tad W. Patzek, Frank Male, and Michael Marder


A commentary accompanying this article is available:

Class IV (Biomedical Sciences):

"Human placental trophoblasts confer viral resistance to recipient cells," by Elizabeth Delorme-Axford, Rogier B. Donker, Jean-Francois Mouillet, Tianjiao Chu, Avraham Bayer, Yingshi Ouyang, Tianyi Wang, Donna B. Stolz, Saumendra N. Sarkar, Adrian E. Morelli, Yoel Sadovsky, and Carolyn B. Coyne


Class V (Behavioral and Social Sciences):

"Historical collections reveal patterns of diffusion of sweet potato in Oceania obscured by modern plant movements and recombination," by Caroline Roullier, Laure Benoit, Doyle B. McKey, and Vincent Lebot


A commentary accompanying this article is available:

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

"Neonicotinoid clothianidin adversely affects insect immunity and promotes replication of a viral pathogen in honey bees," by Gennaro Di Prisco, Valeria Cavaliere, Desiderato Annoscia, Paola Varricchio, Emilio Caprio, Francesco Nazzi, Giuseppe Gargiulo, and Francesco Pennacchio


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