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It is my sad duty to inform the glycobiology community of the recent passing of Professor Irwin Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein was a longtime member of the Society for Glycobiology, as well as its predecessor, the Society for Complex Carbohydrates. One of Dr. Goldstein’s students, David Roberts (NIH/NCI) kindly forwarded this information and asked me to disseminate it together with links you can cut and paste to read memorials from Dr. Goldstein’s family and from the University of Michigan. On behalf of the Society, I send our deepest sympathies to Dr. Goldstein’s family, friends, and colleagues; he will be dearly missed.

Don Jarvis
Secretary, Society for Glycobiology 


Posted January 27, 2021



The SFG is seeking nominations from SFG members for candidates for the following 2022 Awards, each of which is described below.

The SFG Awards Committee will choose the recipients of the Meyer, Kornfeld and Significant Achievement Awards, and the Board of Directors will choose the recipient(s) of the Distinguished Service Award. However, all SFG members are invited and encouraged to submit nominations following the guidelines given below. 

In 1990, the Society established the Karl Meyer Lectureship Award to honor the distinguished career of Karl Meyer and his outstanding contributions to the field of Glycobiology. This Award is presented each year at the Annual Meeting of the Society followed by a formal lecture by the Awardee.

Nominees should be well-established scientists with currently active research programs who have made major and widely recognized contributions to the field of glycobiology. Nominees should be SFG members in good standing. 

Rosalind Kornfeld Award For Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology

The Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology was established in 2008 to honor the distinguished scientific career of Dr. Rosalind Kornfeld, as well as her outstanding service to the Society. This Award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society followed by a formal lecture by the Awardee.

Nominees should be scientists who have made significant contributions with an important impact on the field of glycobiology over the course of their professional lifetimes. Nominees do not need to be SFG members and may be either employed or retired. Depending on the nominee pool, zero, one, or multiple Rosalind Kornfeld Awards may be given in a single year. 

Glycobiology Significant Achievement Award

The Glycobiology Significant Achievement Award was established in 2016 by Oxford University Press (publisher of Glycobiology) and the Society for Glycobiology. This Award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society followed by a formal lecture by the Awardee.

Nominees should be new or mid-career scientists at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. Full Professors or those at an equivalent non-academic rank are not eligible. If a nominee is promoted to the rank of Full Professor or equivalent during the time in which their nomination packet is active, they will no longer be eligible for this Award. 

Nominees do not need to be SFG members, but they should have an active research program and a key discovery during their early careers that had or has the potential to have a substantial impact on the field of glycobiology. 

Society for Glycobiology Distinguished Service Award

The Society for Glycobiology Distinguished Service Award was established in 2021 and is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society. No formal lecture is given by the Awardee.

Nominees should have a sustained record of distinguished service to the Society for Glycobiology and/or the glycobiology community. Nominees do not need to be SFG members and may be employed or retired. Depending on the nominee pool, zero, one, or multiple Distinguished Service Awards may be given in a single year. 

Instructions for Submitting Nominations

Please adhere to the following SFG Award eligibility rules: 

  1. No self-nominations are allowed.

  2. Previous recipients of any SFG Award, including the President's Innovator, are no longer eligible for that same Award.

  3. Previous recipients of any SFG Award, including the President's Innovator, are ineligible for any SFG Award for 7 years. Nominees in the 2020 and 2021 pools are exempt for the duration of their current nomination periods.
  4. Current Awards Committee members may not be nominated nor can they submit nominations for any SFG Award, except the SFG Distinguished Service Award. Current Awards Committee members are: Susan Bellis, Nancy Dahms, Robert Linhardt, Kelley Moremen and John Hanover.

  5. Only current SFG members are allowed to submit a nomination packet for SFG Award candidates.

  6. Please review and adhere to the specific eligibility rules for each SFG Award given above. 

Please note if your nominee wins an Award, you will be asked to write a one page biography and introduce the winner prior to their talk at the next SFG annual meeting.

For all nomination packages:

Please submit a nominating letter including:

  • A brief description of the scientific achievements and/or service contributions that merit the nomination.
  • Other aspects of the nominee's career that might be taken into consideration (e.g., mentorship of trainees, impact on the field, service to the Society, etc.).

Please do not submit any letters of support. None are required and none will be accepted.

For all nomination packages EXCEPT the Society for Glycobiology Distinguished Service Award:

Please ALSO submit the nominee's curriculum vitae with complete bibliography separated into:

      a. Original peer-reviewed articles.

      b. Other publications (do not include abstracts).

Please send all nomination packages as emails with attachments to:  Don Jarvis ([email protected]), SFG Secretary.

Please note nomination packets remain “active” and are considered by the Awards Committees for a total of three years before they are removed from their respective pools. However, nominators may submit a fresh nomination packet for an active nominee or they can re-nominate an inactive nominee by submitting a fresh nomination packet which will reset the 3-year clock. Finally, as noted above, if an active nominee for the Significant Achievement Award is promoted to Full Professor or the equivalent, this will supercede the 3 year duration of the nomination packet and the nominee will no longer be eligible for this Award.  


DEADLINE for receipt of all nomination packages is 5:00 PM, MDT, June 10, 2022


SFG member Hudson Freeze Selected as AAAS Fellow

Today, Dr. Hudson Freeze, Professor and Director of the Human Genetics Program at the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Institute in La Jolla, and a long-standing member of the Society for Glycobiology, was named as a 2020 AAAS Fellow. This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science on November 27, 2020. 

For more information, please see

On behalf of the entire SFG, a heartfelt congratulations to Hud for achieving this high honor!


News of Professor Hakomori's passing

It is my sad duty to inform the glycobiology community that Professor Sen-itiroh Hakomori passed in Seattle last night, at the age of 90. As most or all of us know, Dr. Hakomori made significant contributions to our field over a long and distinguished career. Highlights include being elected to the National Academy of Sciences and publishing more than 850 papers. His work enlightened us all and he will be dearly missed. 

Here is the announcement and some comments from SFG President Michael Tiemeyer, which he presented at the SFG Annual meeting this morning:

The Society has been notified this morning of the death of Sen-Itiroh Hakomori. 
To quote Sandro Sonnino that forwarded this sad news, “This is a great loss.  We have lost one of the most intelligent glycoscientists, we have lost a pioneer of glycoscience.”
Dr. Hakomori was an incredibly productive, proliferative, impactful, and pioneering glycobiologist.  Many of his primary publications, reviews, and reference works are still referenced and exist on many bookshelves.  Dr. Hakomori was one of only 3 of our members to receive both of the top honors of our society. 
2020 has been a tragic year in many ways.  Let’s please take a brief moment of silence to honor and remember all of the glycoscientists, family members, colleagues, and friends we have lost.”


A moment of silence was observed.


Sen-Itiroh Hakomori

Karl Meyer Award,1995
Rosalind Kornfeld Award, 2011



American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) 2021 Meeting

The ASBMB 2021 Meeting will be held virtually April 27-30. Along with outstanding award lectures, poster sessions, and workshops, this year six thematic sessions covering foundational areas of biochemistry and molecular biology will meet each of the three mornings of the conference. One of the themes is entitled, Glycosylation and Extracellular Matrix in Development, Repair, and Disease, co-chaired by Drs. Jamey Marth and Joanne Murphy-Ullrich. They have invited 12 world-class scientists to speak in this three-day theme. We hope to have many abstracts submitted relevant to glycosylation and extracellular matrix. Additional Spotlight sessions will be added to the program drawn from the submitted abstracts, allowing students, postdoctoral scholars, and other young scientists to present their work orally. 

Abstracts are due January 7, 2021. For more details about the conference, see

Contact Bob Haltiwanger ([email protected]) if you have questions.

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