American studies professor Eric Porter receives 2003
American Book Award
Harry Noller receives more honors
August 4, 2003
Awards and Honors
American studies professor
Eric Porter receives 2003 American Book Award
Photo: Ann M. Gibb
Eric Porter, associate professor of American studies, has been honored
with an American Book Award from the Before
Columbus Foundation for his work What
Is This Thing Called Jazz? (UC Press, 2002). The book details
the ideas and experiences of members of the African American jazz community
over the past century, exploring issues of race, economics, and politics
that resound through the decades of jazz history.
The Before Columbus Foundation was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit educational
and service organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination
of contemporary American multicultural literature. The American Book
Awards were created to recognize outstanding literary achievement from
the entire spectrum of the countrys diverse literary community.
Award winners are nominated and chosen by a panel of writers, editors,
and publishers who themselves represent the diversity of American literary
culture. The winners range from renowned and established writers, to
underrecognized and first-time authors.
Porter joins 12 other honorees this year, including Daniel Ellsberg,
for his book Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
(Viking); Kevin Baker, for Paradise Alley (HarperCollins); and
Alejandro Murguia for This War Called Love: Nine Stories (City
The 2003 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized during
ceremonies at the Oakland Art and Soul Festivals Literature Expo
scheduled for August 31.
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Harry Noller receives
Harry Noller, the Sinsheimer Professor of Molecular Biology,
has been in great demand as a speaker on account of his groundbreaking research
on the structure and function of the ribosome, a critical component
of all living cells.
In fact, he has had to turn down many requests to speak at universities
around the country due to time constraints. This spring, Noller accepted
two distinguished lectureships. In April, he gave the Carl and Gerty
Cori Lecture at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
In May, he delivered the Ada Doisy Lecture in Biochemistry at the University
of Illinois. Also this spring, Noller was elected a fellow of the American
Academy of Microbiology. An honorific leadership group, the academy
recognizes excellence, originality, and creativity in all areas of microbiological
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