Herr named Va. Outstanding Scientist
cell biologist John C. Herr has been named Outstanding Scientist
of 2000, one of two top scientists in Virginia to be given the
award. Each year the commonwealth and the Science Museum of Virginia
recognize selected Virginians for their contributions. Virginia
Tech chemistry professor Neal Castagnoli Jr., co-director of the
Harvey W. Peters Research Center for the Study of Parkinson's
Disease and Disorders of the Central Nervous System, is the other
science award recipient.
winners were introduced to the General Assembly at the State Capitol
on Feb. 23 and will be honored March 27 at the Science Museum.
who came to U.Va. in 1981, has focused his research on the biology
of the sperm. He founded and has directed the Center
for Recombinant Gamete Contraceptive Vaccinogens for almost
10 years. Internationally recognized for his discovery of a unique
sperm protein called SP-10, Herr's findings led to development
of the first patented home-diagnostic tests for male fertility.
His work also has applications for possible contraceptive vaccines