William Paul: tributes from the F1000 Faculty

William Paul

We marked the sad passing of William E Paul in September – a leader in the field of Immunology and a Section Head of the ‘Allergy & Hypersensitivity’ in our Immunology Faculty. Since then, we’ve received many tributes from members of the F1000 Faculty for Dr Paul – a testament to his influence and kindness – some of which we share here.

Anuradha Ray, Faculty Member in ‘Leukocyte Signaling & Gene Expression’:

    “I am very saddened by this. Bill was very dear to me – he did a lot of work on GATA-3 and type 2 responses after our initial discovery of GATA-3 as a type 2 factor in 1997. I often reviewed papers he edited for PNAS and also, at AAI’s 2013 centennial celebration, co-chaired a session on T cell differentiation with him. With all other immunologists, I will miss his support, valuable advice and sense of humor.”

Carl Ware, Faculty Member the ‘Allergy & Hypersensitivity’ Section:

    “I was so very privileged to write a chapter in Bill’s Fundamental Immunology. He is missed, but never forgotten.”

Jonathan Howard, Faculty Member in ‘Genetics of the Immune System’:

    “Very sad indeed. A great immunologist and a great man.”

Dieter Kabelitz, Section Head of ‘Innate Immunity’:

    “Bill was a real great scientist and, in addition, an exceptional person.”

Alberto Mantovani, Faculty Member in ‘Innate Immunity’:

    “I was very sad when I learnt that Bill had passed away. Awfully sorry. He made a seminal contribution and was a lovely human being. He was a real Maestro.”

Warren Leonard, Faculty Member in ‘Leukocyte Signaling & Gene Expression’:

    “He was an extraordinary person and true mensch in addition to being a brilliant scientist. I will miss him greatly.”

Read our original post here.

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MacArthur ‘genius grants’ 2015

Beth StevensWe’re pleased to announce that Beth Stevens, Neuroscience Faculty Member, has won a MacArthur grant and was inducted into the 2015 MacArthur fellowship.

The MacArthur grants are often termed ‘genius grants’, and awardees receive $625,000 over five years. Stevens, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, studies how microglial cells influence brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her work has prompted a fundamental shift in thinking about brain development in both healthy and unhealthy states.

MacArthur Foundation President Julia Stasch said, “These 24 delightfully diverse MacArthur Fellows are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways … Their work, their commitment, and their creativity inspire us all.”

See Beth Stevens’ F1000 recommendations here.

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William E. Paul

William PaulWe were sad to learn that William E. Paul, Section Head for the Allergy & Hypersensitivity Section in the Immunology Faculty, passed away last week with acute myeloid leukemia. Dr Paul, who worked for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, was renowned in the field of immunology, and credited with developing programs that led to therapies for AIDS. Dr Paul joined F1000 as a Section Head in 2001.

Dr Paul’s colleagues at the NIH paid tribute to him in this press-released obituary, as did The Scientist magazine, here.

Ronald N. Germain, chief of NIAID’s Laboratory of Systems Biology said of him, “Bill was an inspirational scientific leader who encouraged those around him to do the very best science and who used all the resources at his command to promote their activities as independent investigators.”

F1000 sends our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

*EDIT, 7 Oct 2015: Read tributes to Dr Paul from the F1000 Faculty.

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Back to school!

For many, September signals the beginning of a new school year. Start the academic year as you mean to go on by keeping track of all your projects and reading lists with our suite of tools for writing, managing references and collaborating – F1000Workspace.

Workspace can help you save articles as you browse with just one click of a button using our browser extension. F1000Workspace is, among other things, a powerful reference manager.one-click browse

If you have any shared projects this term, Workspace makes easy work of this – just ‘create a project’ and share it with your group. You can even work together on a shared manuscript and/or alert each other to interesting articles either by adding references to the project or directly annotating webpages and articles. Workspace coauthor activity

Similarly, if you’re a lecturer, share the term’s reading list with your students by adding a set of articles to a project and simply ‘invite’ students to the project.

We’ve also found that the F1000Workspace Word plug-in minimizes distractions whilst writing – no more internet-based procastinating! Remove the temptation to browse the internet by using the article search bar directly within Word itself! F1000Workspace - Find me a citation

Find out more about how F1000Workspace can ease you gently back into the term.

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Featured F1000 Specialist September 2015

ASBAdriana Bankston is a postdoc at the University of Louisville. Recently, she arranged for F1000 Outreach Director Kinga Hosszu to speak as part of a career seminar series. This is a longer version of an interview that was included in this month’s newsletter for F1000 Specialists.


Can you tell us a bit about the career seminar series at the University of Louisville?

The Career Research Advancement Focused Training (CRAFT) Seminar Series meets monthly during the academic year for a lunchtime session focusing on career development for postdoctoral fellows at the University of Louisville. This seminar series is intended to be a forum for postdoctoral fellows at the University of Louisville to present their own research, with the goal of obtaining feedback from colleagues, practicing for a job interview, or speaking at a conference. In addition, the seminar series features speakers from various fields in which postdocs may venture following their training at the University of Louisville. The seminar series started in April 2014, and is currently being attended by both postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The seminar series is sponsored by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Louisville.

Did you get any useful feedback from the audience after Kinga’s talk about F1000?

Dr. Hosszu gave a talk entitled “Careers in Science Policy” at the University of Louisville on July 30, 2015. The portion of her presentation relating to F1000Workspace was very informative for the audience, as many people asked questions about it and were very interested in using it in the future. I believe this presentation made the audience more aware of F1000 and shed light onto how F1000Workspace can be useful for their current research purpose. In addition, her presentation about an editorial career path was very useful in terms of the factors to consider if one is interested in this career path, and pondered answers to questions like “Why did you leave research?” or “Why do you want this type of career?” The rest of her presentation about various types of science writing, as well as what it would be like to work in science outreach, gave people a good idea of what they can expect from these types of careers. One really important point I took away from her talk is that scientists interested in these careers need to start building their portfolio by participating in pertinent experiences at the local level, and gradually move up into the position they desire. The other important point and surprising fact I learned is that scientists already have all the skills necessary to succeed in these types of careers, and no additional experience is required.

Finally, can you tell us in 2 sentences what your research project is about?

My current postdoctoral work is focused on investigating the regulation of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) tyrosine phosphorylation by the endocytic pathway. My long-term goal is developing therapies to inhibit progression of muscle disease via regulating EGFR activity in skeletal muscle cells.

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Section Head accolades

In recent weeks, a handful of awards and honours have been bestowed on some of our wonderful F1000 Section Heads. Here, we celebrate their achievements.

Thomas WalshThomas Walsh, Infectious Diseases Section Head, received the David C. White Research and Mentoring Award at the 115th American Society of Microbiology meeting. The award was given for Dr Walsh’s lifelong commitment to mentoring young biomedical researchers. Dr. Walsh has mentored 166 students, many of whom are now leaders in their field.

Alan CovichAlan Covich, Ecology Section head, has received a Distinguished Service Citation at the 100th annual Ecology Society of America (ESA) meeting. The award recognises long and distinguished volunteer service to the ESA and the larger scientific community, as well in public welfare. Covich has contributed over 40 years of service to the ESA and was ESA President in 2008.

Gordon AmidonPharmacology & Drug Discovery Section Head Gordon Amidon, University of Michigan, has had a special issue of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences dedicated to him. The edition honours his many contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences, particularly in oral drug absorption.

Congrats to all of you on your successes!

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