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March 7, 2019

PNAS Announces Six 2018 Cozzarelli Prize Recipients

WASHINGTON—The Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2018 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Papers were chosen from the more than 3,200 research articles that appeared in the journal last year and represent the six broadly defined classes under which the NAS is organized.

The annual Cozzarelli Prize acknowledges papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality. The award was established in 2005 as the Paper of the Year Prize and was renamed in 2007 to honor late PNAS Editor-in-Chief Nicholas R. Cozzarelli. The 2018 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, 2019, in Washington, DC.

2018 Cozzarelli Prize Recipients

Class I (Physical and Mathematical Sciences):

Active learning machine learns to create new quantum experiments,” by Alexey A. Melnikov, Hendrik Poulsen Nautrup, Mario Krenn, Vedran Dunjko, Markus Tiersch, Anton Zeilinger, and Hans J. Briegel

Class II (Biological Sciences):

Mechanism of tRNA-mediated +1 ribosomal frameshifting,” by Samuel Hong, S. Sunita, Tatsuya Maehigashi, Eric D. Hoffer, Jack A. Dunkle, and Christine M. Dunham

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Class III (Engineering and Applied Sciences):

Backbone-free duplex-stacked monomer nucleic acids exhibiting Watson–Crick selectivity,” by Gregory P. Smith, Tommaso P. Fraccia, Marco Todisco, Giuliano Zanchetta, Chenhui Zhu, Emily Hayden, Tommaso Bellini, and Noel A. Clark

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Class IV (Biomedical Sciences):

Platelets release pathogenic serotonin and return to circulation after immune complex-mediated sequestration,” by Nathalie Cloutier, Isabelle Allaeys, Genevieve Marcoux, Kellie R. Machlus, Benoit Mailhot, Anne Zufferey, Tania Levesque, Yann Becker, Nicolas Tessandier, Imene Melki, Huiying Zhi, Guy Poirier, Matthew T. Rondina, Joseph E. Italiano, Louis Flamand, Steven E. McKenzie, Francine Cote, Bernhard Nieswandt, Waliul I. Khan, Matthew J. Flick, Peter J. Newman, Steve Lacroix, Paul R. Fortin, and Eric Boilard

Class V (Behavioral and Social Sciences):

Individuals, institutions, and innovation in the debates of the French Revolution,” by Alexander T. J. Barron, Jenny Huang, Rebecca L. Spang, and Simon DeDeo

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

Long-term nutrient reductions lead to the unprecedented recovery of a temperate coastal region,” by Jonathan S. Lefcheck, Robert J. Orth, William C. Dennison, David J. Wilcox, Rebecca R. Murphy, Jennifer Keisman, Cassie Gurbisz, Michael Hannam, J. Brooke Landry, Kenneth A. Moore, Christopher J. Patrick, Jeremy Testa, Donald E. Weller, and Richard A. Batiuk

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