Nominations invited for 2017 WH Pierce memorial prize - News & Features

17 February 2017
Nominations invited for 2017 WH Pierce memorial prize
The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) invite members to submit nominations for this year's W H Pierce Memorial Prize.
 
This prestigious prize is awarded each year at the Annual Applied Microbiology Conference to the young microbiologist (under 40!) who has made a substantial contribution to the science of applied microbiology. It is worth £3000! The award was instituted in 1984 by the directors of Oxoid to commemorate the life and works of the late W H (Bill) Pierce, former Chief Bacteriologist of Oxo Ltd and a long-time member of the Society. Application is through nomination by Full Members of the Society only. To nominate a candidate please email in confidence to the Society Office, including a full CV of the nominee and a letter of support.
 
The closing date for applications in 2017 is 13 May.
 
The award is presented annually at the Society's summer conference, where the winner is invited to give a presentation of their work. 
 
Last year's prize was awarded to Professor Jack Gilbert. 
 
Jack is primarily a Professor in the Department of Surgery, as well as a Group Leader in microbial ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, Associate Director of the Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. His research is focused on the ecology, evolution and metabolic dynamics of microbial ecosystems from myriad environments including built environments, oceans, rivers, soils, air, plants, animals and humans. Leveraging next-generation sensor technology, Jack is creating networked grids of automated microbial detection platforms to capture microbial ecosystem dynamics in air and water based environments. These cloud system enabled sensor arrays provide real-time feedback on how environmental changes affect microbial processes to facilitate translational impacts on policy and management decisions.