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COLLEGE STATION --

Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky, head of the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry at the Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City, received the 2001 F.A. Cotton Award for Excellence in Chemical Research at a dinner Tuesday (March 6) at Texas A&M University's Clayton Williams Jr. Alumni Center.

The Texas A&M University Section of the American Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry annually award a gold medal in the name of F. Albert Cotton, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M, to a chemist of international distinction.

"Professor Danishefsky has been a leader in the field of bioorganic chemistry," said Michael P. Rosynek, chairman of the Texas A&M Local Section of the American Chemical Society. "He also had the very important role of bridging the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and medicinal chemistry."

After receiving the medal, Danishefsky made an address where he thanked Cotton and the audience.

"This award is a tremendous honor because it carries the name of one of the best chemists in the world," Danishefsky said. "It would be hard to imagine anyone with a more profound impact, both in terms of the field studies that he opened up and the leaders in chemistry that he spawned."

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