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Fred McLafferty, Carol Robinson, Forest White, Alan Marshall, Robert Monaghan, Lawrence Cohen, William Emhiser


Fred McLafferty, professor emeritus at Cornell University, received the 2003 American Society for Mass Spectrometry Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry at this week’s annual ASMS conference in Montreal (see p. 6). The award honors his contribution to the mechanistic definition of the 6-membered ring hydrogen rearrangement in the gas-phase ion chemistry of carbonyl compounds, known as the “McLafferty Rearrangement.”


Carol Robinson, professor in the department of chemistry at Cambridge University, England, received the Biemann Medal this week at the annual ASMS conference in Montreal. She won the award for her achievements and contributions to the areas of protein mass spectrometry and structural biology, presenters said.


Forest White, senior research scientist at MDS Proteomics in Charlottesville, Va., will leave the com- pany on July 1 to become assistant professor in the biological engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. White holds a PhD in analytical chemistry from Florida State University, where he studied with Alan Marshall.


Robert Monaghan has become CEO of Hayward, Calif.-based Zyomyx (see p. 1). He replaces Lawrence Cohen, who is now the company’s vice chairman. Monaghan has also joined Zyomyx’s board of directors. Most recently, he was president of Sigma Diagnostics and its subsidiaries. Prior to that, he was a vice president at Dade Behring. He also served as vice president for sales at Behring Diagnostics. Monaghan holds an MBA in marketing from California State University, San Bernardino, and a BS in business administration from Arizona State University.


William Emhiser has become president of North American operations at Sydney, Australia-based Proteome Systems. He joins the company from Millipore, where he was president of the life science division. Previously, he was president of Amicon, which was acquired by Millipore in 1996. Prior to that, he was president and chief operating officer of Gelman Sciences, which is now part of Pall.


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