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2004 Grand Prize Winner

Miriam GoodmanMiriam Goodman for her essay, "Deconstructing C. elegans Sensory Mechanotransduction." Dr. Goodman grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and Bethesda, Maryland. As a high school student, she worked in research labs at the NIH where she wrote scientific software. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Brown University in 1986. As a graduate student in neurobiology at The University of Chicago, she analyzed voltage-dependent ion channels that tune vertebrate hair cells. After being awarded her PhD in 1995, she pursued postdoctoral work in C. elegans neurophysiology and genetics at the University of Oregon and Columbia University. Currently, Dr. Goodman is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. Work in her laboratory focuses on delineating the molecular events that give rise to the sense of touch. Outside the laboratory, Dr. Goodman enjoys cooking with friends, hiking, rock-climbing, and going to the movies. Though currently sidelined, Dr. Goodman has also played soccer since age 8.


Kang ShenKang Shen, for his essay, "Synaptic Matchmakers: Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Specificity." Dr. Shen was born and raised in Wuhan, China. He studied clinical medicine at Tongji Medical University of China. After graduating in 1994, he joined the graduate program at Duke University, where he studied the spatial and temporal control of CaMKII localization in hippocampal neurons in the laboratory of Dr. Tobias Meyer. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1999, he pursued postdoctoral work in Dr. Cornelia Bargmann's lab at the University of California San Francisco, where he addressed the question of synaptic specificity, using C. elegans as a model system. Dr. Shen started his own lab at Stanford University in 2003, focusing on understanding molecular mechanisms of synaptic target specificity. Outside of the laboratory, Dr. Shen enjoys a variety of sports and outdoor activities.

Qin ShenQin Shen, for her essay, "Preventing Aging In Neural Stem Cells: Regulating Asymmetric Versus Symmetric Cell Divisions." Dr. Shen was born and grew up in China. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Pharmacology from Shanghai Medical University in 1991. In 1996, she entered the graduate program in Neuroscience at Albany Medical College, New York, under the guidance of Dr. Sally Temple, who specializes in neural stem cell development. Her Ph.D. project, completed in 2001, focused on asymmetric cell division and the generation of cell diversity in the embryonic murine cerebral cortex. She is now a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Temple's laboratory working on mechanisms regulating neural stem cell self-renewal and cell fate choices, including interactions between neural stem cells and endothelial niche cells. The mother of a toddler, Dr Shen also carves out a little time for gardening and reading.

We thank our distinguished panel of judges:
Dr. Lawrence Katz (Duke University, Ann Arbor), Dr. Katrina Kelner (Deputy Editor, Science), Dr. Donald Kennedy (Editor-in-Chief, Science), Dr. Eve Marder (Brandeis University, Waltham) and Dr. Charles Zuker (University of California, San Diego).