ASMS News & Views

Highlights from the 64th Annual ASMS Conference

07/22/2016 17:31:43
June 5 - 9, 2016, San Antonio, TX

ASMS Postdoctoral Awards
Four ASMS Postdoctoral Awards were presented at the 2016 ASMS business meeting in San Antonio to Dr. John Cahill (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Dr. Andrew DeBlase (Purdue University), Dr. Catherine Going (Stanford University) and Dr. Pengyuan Liu (The Wistar Institute). These awards, provided annually, are open to ASMS members who are currently appointed as a postdoctoral fellow in academia, industry, a government or national laboratory, or at a research institute in North America, within three years of completing their Ph.D. or equivalent degree. A $10,000 gift is provided to the institution or institution-related foundation in the name of each awardee, for their exclusive use on activities that enhance the awardee’s professional career development.


2016 ASMS Postdoctoral Award winners (left to right) John Cahill (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Andrew DeBlase (Purdue University), and Pengyuan Liu (The Wistar Institute). Not pictured: Catherine Going (Stanford University).


ASMS Undergraduate Student Poster Awards
To promote and recognize the outstanding mass spectrometry research being carried out by undergraduate students attending the ASMS conference, an undergraduate student poster competition was held on the Sunday evening of the conference during the opening reception. Poster award winners received a certificate and a check for $300. Coordinated by Elaine Marzluff, Dil Ramanathan, and Darrin Smith on behalf of the Undergraduate Research in Mass Spectrometry Interest group, posters were judged in three general categories: Ionization/Instrumentation, Proteomics, and Small Molecule/Metabolomics/Lipidomics. Best poster prizes were awarded in each category to the following students: Natalie Howard (Georgia Institute of Technology), Yekaterina Kori (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), and Evan Perez (Duquesne University).


Undergraduate Student Awards
The ASMS Undergraduate Student Awards recognize undergraduate students whose academic achievements and interest in mass spectrometry research display a high level of excellence and distinction. Applicants must be enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree program or within one month of graduation at the time of the conference, and be presenting author on an abstract submitted online for the ASMS annual conference. The Awards are intended to support ASMS conference travel. Conference attendance is required. Applicants may also participate in the conference poster competition for undergraduate students. Awards of $500 each are conferred annually, along with free conference registration and a matted certificate.

2016 ASMS Undergraduate Student Award winners (left to right) Matthew Kazaleh (University of Florida), Rachel Martini (University of Michigan), Carlo Eikani (Saint Mary’s College of California), Yekaterina Kori (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Willem Duckworth (Clarkson University). Not pictured: Rebecca Marin (Florida International University) and Evan Perez (Duquesne University)


Graduate Student Awards
ASMS Graduate Student Awards recognize graduate students whose academic achievements and current mass spectrometry research display a high level of excellence and distinction. The annual Awards are intended to support ASMS conference travel. Conference attendance is required. Applicants must be ASMS student members who are in the 2nd year or more of a Ph.D. degree program at the time of the conference, and are presenting author on an abstract submitted online for the ASMS annual conference. Ten awards for $1,000 each, as well as free conference registration and a matted certificate, were conferred during the 2016 ASMS business meeting.

2016 ASMS Graduate Student Award winners (left to right) Candice Ulmer (University of Florida), Ramsunder Iyer (University of Tennessee), Johanna Hofmann (Max Plank Society, Berlin), Stephen Sciuto (University of Toronto), Xibei Dang (Florida State University), Zachery Gregorich (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Anumita Saha-Shah (Indiana University), Yejing Weng (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and Brent Kuenzi (University of South Florida). Not pictured: Nathan Hendricks (University of California, Riverside).


Ron Hites Award

The 2016 Ron Hites Award for Outstanding Research Publication in JASMS was presented during the 2016 ASMS business meeting to Professor Kevin Pagel (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin), and, co-authors Waldemar Hoffmann and Johanna Hofmann, for their paper ‘Energy-Resolved Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry: A Concept to Improve the Separation of Isomeric Carbohydrates.’ J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. (2014) 25, 471-479. The Ron Hites award is given in recognition of an outstanding presentation of original research published in the journal in the previous two years. Selection of the award winner is based on a paper’s innovative aspects, technical quality, likely stimulation of future research, likely award is named in honor of Professor Ron Hites of Indiana University, who led the creation of JASMS in 1988 while president of ASMS. The principle author receives a cash award of $2,000 and all authors are acknowledged with certificates of commendation.

2016 Ron Hites Award winner Kevin Pagel (left), with co-author Johanna Hofmann (right).