The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has honored Kenneth Lange (photo), PhD, as the 2020 recipient of the Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education (https://www.ashg.org/membership/awards/education/). Dr. Lange is the Rosenfeld Professor of Computational Genetics in the Departments of Human Genetics, Computational Medicine, and Statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This award, which includes a plaque with a $10,000 prize, recognizes individuals for contributions of exceptional quality and importance to human genetics education internationally. Awardees have had long-standing involvement in genetics education, producing diverse contributions of substantive influence on individuals and/or organizations. “The Society is pleased to recognize Dr. Kenneth Lange for his contribution to science education at all levels, from graduate students to postdoctoral fellows,” said ASHG President Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Besides being an extraordinarily talented scientist, Dr. Lange’s devotion to education will continue as his students yield exciting discoveries for the field of human genetics into the future.”In her nomination letter, Nancy Cox, PhD, the Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics and Director of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute and the Division of Genetic Medicine at Vanderbilt University, stated, “Genetics is among the most quantitative of the biological sciences, and there has always been a critical need to not only educate general students of human genetics in the mathematic and statistical aspects of the science, but also to attract and educate the most quantitative of these students to seed the further development of quantitative human genetics.
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