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The Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 4311-4312


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The Editors of The Journal of Experimental Biology are pleased to announce that Inge Revsbech from Aarhus University, Denmark, is the winner of this year’s JEB Outstanding paper prize. The prize is awarded in memory of Bob Boutillier (JEB Editor-in-Chief 1994–2003) to a junior author who has made the most significant contribution to an outstanding paper. ‘The prize aims to promote and reward the hard work that individual young scientists have put into solving different riddles of any particular species using ingenuity, perseverance and sound technology and methodology’, explains Hans Hoppeler, Editor-In-Chief.

Revsbech was the first author on the paper ‘Hemoglobin function and allosteric regulation in semi-fossorial rodents (family Sciuridae) with different altitudinal ranges’ (Revsbech et al., 2013). Reflecting on the paper, Hoppeler says, ‘This year’s winner stands out because it integrates mechanistic molecular understanding of a physiological process, in this case the conditions for oxygen transfer in hemoglobin, and relates this understanding to an ecological context. Because of the novel insight provided, this manuscript received top ratings and was therefore shortlisted for the prize, and in the final selection the majority of the editors felt that this particular manuscript represented the kind of research that JEB would like to promote.’

Prize is for: Revsbech, I. G., Tufts, D. M., Projecto-Garcia, J., Moriyama, H., Weber, R. E., Storz, J. F. and Fago, A. (2013). Hemoglobin function and allosteric regulation in semifossorial rodents (family Sciuridae) with different altitudinal ranges. J. Exp. Biol. 216, 4264-4271.


Once in Nebraska, Revsbech found herself hitting the ground running: ‘The day I arrived in Lincoln, we went out to a cemetery where the largest nearby population [of thirteen-lined ground squirrels] was. It had been drizzling all day and these ground squirrels didn’t want to come out. So we hid, and as soon as we saw one come out we’d put out traps with peanut butter, so everything smelt of peanut butter – it was a great start.’

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