2021 JBC Herbert Tabor Early Career Investigator Awards: Call for nominations

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      One of our favorite times of the year has arrived: starting the process of selecting this year's JBC Herbert Tabor Early Career Investigator (JHTECI) Awardees. It's a favorite time because we love combing through all of the great science published in JBC in the past year, identifying the rising stars in biological chemistry worldwide, and reminding ourselves of the exciting new insights and advances that we've gotten to play a part in sharing with the scientific community. It is inspiring to learn about the creative strategies and amazing techniques that our authors employed to tackle their topics. And it's fun to dig through the citations, downloads, and altmetrics data to discover papers that our readers have especially appreciated.
      This year our JHTECI Award process will also be tinged with sadness, as this is the first time that the awards will be given in memory of Herb Tabor, JBC's long-serving Editor-in-Chief, rather than in his honor (). However, we know that he would have been thrilled to see his life-long dedication to science and science publishing continue to be celebrated through our recognition of those scientists at the beginning of their scientific journey, in the hopes that they will similarly enjoy a lifetime of scientific pursuits.
      As in recent years, the 2021 JHTECI Award will be given to the first authors of five of the year's top papers, selected by a committee of JBC Associate Editors. The awardees will give (virtual) oral presentations at the next ASBMB meeting and will receive special recognition in JBC and ASBMB publications. Given the cancellation of the 2020 ASBMB meeting, last year's JHTECI winners will also be slated to give presentations and be celebrated in a (virtual) session of the 2021 meeting, and we look forward to two terrific sets of talks.
      We now seek your assistance in finding those papers published in 2020 that describe high-quality, impactful science that typifies the very best of JBC, regardless of topic or methodology. Please send your nomination to George N. DeMartino at [email protected] Please briefly describe the importance of the work and share any information you have about the role played by the first author. We will be taking nominations until October 31, 2020; all papers accepted for publication by that time (including those published as Papers in Press) are eligible.
      Thanks for reading JBC, today and all year long.