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Jim Collins, Michael Bloomberg, Terry Gaasterland, Tom Tuschl

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Jim Collins, a professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University and co-founder of systems biology startup Cellicon, is one of 24 new MacArthur Fellows for 2003. The fellowships, which were announced last week, provide $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week presented Rockefeller University’s Terry Gaasterland and Tom Tuschl with Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology. Gaasterland, head of the Laboratory of Computational Genomics, and Tuschl, who leads the university’s Laboratory of RNA Molecular Biology, received young investigator awards at a ceremony Oct. 8. The awards are administered by the New York Academy of Sciences and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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