December 1, 2014
Vol. 193 (11)
Dr. Sherman's Message to Members on goals and expectations for her term in office, July 1, 2014 –
June 30, 2015
AAI extends condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of renowned immunologist and past AAI president Herman N. Eisen, M.D., AAI ’51, who died on November 2 at the age of 96. He was the oldest and second-longest tenured AAI member at the time of his death. An emeritus professor of biology at MIT whose active research career spanned six decades and extended to the end of his life, Eisen is perhaps best known for groundbreaking research in which he described affinity maturation: the process by which activated B cells produce antibodies with an increasingly higher affinity for invading pathogens after infection. The recipient of the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award (1997) and AAI Behring Heidelberger Award (1993), Eisen was a member of the AAI Council from 1964 to 1971, including as AAI president from 1968 to 1969, and served on numerous AAI committees (including the AAI Awards Committee and AAI Nominating Committee) and on the editorial board of The Journal of Immunology (The JI). For highlights of his AAI service and career achievements, and to view Eisen's 2012 interview for the AAI Oral History Project, visit his profile in the History section of the AAI site. An AAI in memoriam is forthcoming, to appear in the The JI and AAI Newsletter. To view an obituary published by MIT, click here.
AAI mourns the loss of Ray D. Owen, Ph.D. (AAI '66), a pioneering immunologist who was the recipient of the AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award in 1999. Owen's 1945 discovery of immunological tolerance in twin cattle was a building block for the experimental induction of tolerance through immune suppression and for early tissue grafting, which initiated the era of organ transplantation. An emeritus professor of biology at Caltech, Owen died on September 21 at the age of 98. AAI extends condolences to Dr. Owen's family and many friends and colleagues, including those who benefitted from his generous and dedicated mentoring. Click here to view a remembrance published by Caltech.
Prominent immunologist and longtime AAI member John L. Fahey, M.D. (AAI ’64) died on August 19, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado, at the age of 89. Fahey was renowned for fundamental contributions to research in immunology, aging, cancer, and medicine—and for his devotion to mentoring other scientists. Fahey was an emeritus professor in the departments of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics and of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a key member of the UCLA AIDS Institute. AAI extends condolences to Dr. Fahey’s family and many friends, colleagues, and scientific protégés. A tribute published by his UCLA colleagues is available here.
AAI Announces Two New Career Programs,
Careers in Immunology Fellowship and the
Travel for Techniques Award
AAI is proud to launch two new initiatives to help support the career development of AAI members.
The Careers in Immunology Fellowship provides Regular AAI members with one year of salary support for a predoctoral student or postdoctoral fellow in their labs.
The Travel for Techniques Program reimburses travel expenses to AAI member scientists who apply for funds to travel to another laboratory specifically to learn a new technique.
AAI Centennial and Legacy