Schupbach Wins SDB Conklin Medal
At its December 15 meeting, the Society for Developmental Biology Board of Directors selected the 2006 Award winners. The E.G. Conklin Medal goes to Professor Trudi Schupbach for her contributions in fly development and supportive mentoring of students and postdoctoral fellows.
In 1995 the SDB inaugurated the Edwin Grant Conklin Medal to honor a society member who has performed distinguished and sustained research in developmental biology. The recipient delivers a feature lecture at the annual society meeting and is presented with a commemorative plaque by the incoming SDB President.
Edwin Grant Conklin (1863-1952) spent most of his career as a distinguished academician and scientist in the Department of Biology at Princeton University. As Chair of Biology for twenty-five years, he organized and guided the development of the department; as a lecturer in introductory biology, he inspired thousands of undergraduates; and he conducted notable research on the embryonic development of marine animals. Conklin's scholarly achievements were recognized by his election to the American Philosophical Society when he was only thirty-four. He was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, president of several scientific societies, and a member of several foreign learned societies and academies.