lauds Rao Musunuru
US Representative Gus Bilirakis presents a copy of the Congressional Record to Dr Rao Musunuru, right
During the first session of the 112th United States
Congress January 6, a tribute to Dr Rao Musunuru
was entered into the Congressional Record for his
extensive community service and medical, scientific,
humanitarian, educational and philanthropic contributions by United States Representative Gus
Bilirakis, Florida Republican.
‘The lives he (Musunuru) has impacted are count-
less,’ Bilirakis said, ‘and I applaud him for his resolve
to use his talents to meet the growing needs of the
community and the larger medical profession.’
Bilirakis presented a copy of
the Congressional Record to
Musunuru at an event called
Pioneers of Pasco, dedicated to
six families in the Florida coun-
ty who can trace their commu-
nity roots back several genera-
tions, some as far back as 1899.
Award for Shyam Reddy
Dr E Shyam P Reddy
Dr E Shyam P Reddy, Georgia Cancer Center Distinguished Cancer
Scholar, and professor and co director of the Morehouse School of
Medicine, Atlanta, was honored with the Bharat Gaurav Award at
the India International Friendship Society’s global friendship day
held in New Delhi.
Past recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, cricketer
Sunil Gavaskar, actors Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor and Rajesh
Khanna, among others.
The award was presented to Reddy by Pawan Kumar Bansal,
India’s minister of parliamentary affairs and water resources, and
Dr Bhishma Narain Singh, former governor of Tamil Nadu.
Reddy has made many contributions to cancer research and discovered new genes in his long career. He carried out his PhD
research at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology,
Hyderabad, and Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Biophysical
Chemistry. It was published as two papers in the prestigious journal Nature, for which he was awarded the National Young Scientist
award by the prime minister of India. Later, Reddy did his postdoctoral training in molecular biology at Yale University.
Reddy and his group have recently discovered a post-translation-al mechanism that could have global effect on the gene expression,
differentiation, protein turnover, cell death, cancer and other
Romesh Batra, Kodi Ravichandran among Virginia’s four outstanding scientists
on students’ evaluation of instructors, has
always been on the Virginia Tech dean’s list
of excellent teachers.
“My classroom philosophy in sharing
knowledge with students has been to treat
them as colleagues, stress fundamentals,
and challenge them to apply basic concepts
to real-world problems,” said Batra, who
last year received the Virginia Outstanding
Faculty Award sponsored by the State
Council of Higher Education for Virginia.