EXHIBITS: Dynamic Duo

Science  06 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5659, pp. 739
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5659.739a

Earl and Thressa Stadtman's achievements in biochemical research won them places in the National Academy of Sciences. But the couple might have had even more influence on science through their “intellectual children,” the cadre of young researchers they helped train, including Nobel laureates Stanley Prusiner and Michael Brown. You can learn more about the Stadtmans' lives, accomplishments, and mentoring style at The Stadtman Way, a new Web exhibit from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where they have worked since 1950.

The two scientists, who run independent labs at NIH, both made a mark in their fields. Earl showed that oxidation tags cellular proteins for breakdown, and Thressa uncovered the importance of the metal selenium for the synthesis and function of proteins. The Stadtmans also fostered more than 100 future scientists. The couple pushed their protégés, urging them to write papers early in their careers and forcing them to defend their ideas. But students also got credit for their work and felt that the “boss” was concerned about their well-being, as one former postdoc notes on the site. The site tells the duo's story with period photos, video interviews, documents, and other resources.

history.nih.gov/exhibits/stadtman

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