Researcher Marla Berry named ARCS Scientist of the Year

Chosen for excellence in research and teaching

University of Hawaiʻi
Gregg Takayama, (808) 692-0988
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Posted: Apr 28, 2006

Molecular biologist Marla Berry, Ph.D. of the John A. Burns School of Medicine has been named 2006 Scientist of the Year by the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS Foundation) Honolulu Chapter.

"Not only is Dr. Berry a pioneer in the investigation of antioxidant enzymes critical to the understanding of a wide range of diseases, she is a gifted instructor whose courses tackle broader issues including ethics in biomedical research, grantsmanship and scientific writing," says Cheryl Ernst, president of ARCS-Honolulu.

"Dr. Berry is an outstanding example of the world-class scientific researchers attracted to our Medical School," says Interim Dean T. Samuel Shomaker. Berry serves as chair of the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at JABSOM.

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists is a national organization that raises scholarship funds for American doctoral students in the sciences, health and engineering. In addition to scholarships, the Honolulu chapter annually awards Scientist of the Year honors to one University of Hawai'i faculty member who has contributed to the advancement of science through research pursuits and as a mentor to a new generation of investigators.

"The award selection committee was especially impressed by the number of people Dr. Berry has trained, from undergraduates in ethnic groups that are under-represented in the sciences to post-doctoral researchers from around the world," says Ernst.

Berry will receive the award at the Chapter's annual dinner at 6 p.m., May 5 at Waialae Country Club.