On September 1st the ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology) announced the winners of their 2022 Honorific Awards, and we are very proud to report that George Langford was conferred the Public Service Award. This award is bestowed on an individual who has demonstrated exceptional public service and leadership on the national level in support of sound research polices or biomedical research.
George Langford is Dean Emeritus of the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences and an Emeritus Professor in the Biology Department. He is an internationally recognized cell biologist whose research has focused on the cell and molecular biology of the actin cytoskeleton in health and disease. He was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2008 - 2015 and then continued as a professor in the Biology department until he retired in 2020. He became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2013 and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2021. He was also the PI of the first ever NIH S10 instrumentation grant awarded to SU, which funded the Biology Department’s new Zeiss LSM 980 with Airyscan 2 confocal microscope and he is currently the PI of a 5 year, million dollar grant from HHMI which is funding the Collaborative High Impact Activities in Natural Science Education (ChANCE) project. This project aims to transform courses in both the SU Biology and Chemistry departments to be more inclusive of students from groups underrepresented in STEM, including minorities (URM) and first-generation students.