Newsmaker: Susan G. Amara
Family: Husband, Geoffrey; daughter, Lindsay, 16
Occupation: Thomas Detre Professor and Chair of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Education: Bachelor's degree in science, Stanford University; doctorate in physiology and pharmacology, University of California-San Diego
Background: Previously ran a research laboratory studying brain effects of psycho-stimulant narcotics such as cocaine and crystal methamphetamine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland; ran a molecular neurobiology research lab at Yale University's School of Medicine.
Noteworthy: Named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. She will be honored Feb. 16 during the organization's 2008 annual meeting in Boston.
Quote: "I'm very honored, actually. In principle, it recognizes contributions on many levels of academic science. It's a wonderful opportunity."