Robert Glaeser, senior scientist in the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division, was awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At a symposium held on November 10, Glaeser and Richard Henderson, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2017, were recognized for their “crucial contributions to the science of electron cryo-microscopy.” The symposium featured presentations by the honorees as well as Jose Rodriguez, Howard Reiss Career Development Chair in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCLA, and Elizabeth Villa, assistant professor of molecular biology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego.
The Glenn T. Seaborg Medal was first awarded in 1987 to Nobel Prize–winning chemist Glenn T. Seaborg, a UCLA alumnus. Seaborg was a senior faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab for nearly thirty years and served as Associate Director-at-Large upon his retirement. This distinction, awarded annually by an executive committee of the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is meant to honor those who have made exceptional scientific contributions in the fields of chemistry or biochemistry.