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Paul R. Selvin to Receive the 2022 Ignacio Tinoco Award

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce that Paul R. Selvin, PhD, Professor of Physics and of Biophysics and Quantitative Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign will receive the 2022 Ignacio Tinoco Award. Selvin will be honored at the Society’s 66th Annual Meeting, being held in San Francisco, California from February 19-23, 2022.

Selvin is being recognized for his novel and ongoing contributions to development of single-molecule biophysics and application to important biophysical research problems. The Tinoco Award, founded in 2018, recognizes meritorious investigators who make fundamental and/or seminal contributions to the physical chemistry of biopolymers and/or who actively promote and sustain a collaborative, inclusive, and engaging research environment in the field.

“This award honors the legacy of Ignacio “Nacho” Tinoco, who challenged our community to continually push our fundamental understanding of biophysics,” said BPS President Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne, Australia. “He promoted an open, inclusive, and collaborative research environment in his field, positively impacting all of those who were around him. Paul honors the example set forth by Nacho and we are pleased to award him for his many years of highly innovative scientific contributions as well as his commitment to fostering inclusive and collaborative research teams.”

About the Award – The Tinoco Award honors the scientific contributions, work, and life of an outstanding biophysical chemist, educator, and mentor. Tinoco’s contributions to the spectroscopic, thermodynamic, structural, and single-molecule study of biopolymers consistently deepened our understanding of fundamental biophysical principles, constantly moving this field toward new frontiers. Through his unconditional devotion to science, he established a highly cooperative, generous, inclusive, and friendly environment for scientific discovery and advancement.



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