NLM In Focus blog profiles Dr. Kim Pruitt, NCBI Staff Scientist


The inaugural article in NLM In Focus’s new series on NLM scientists features Kim Pruitt, PhD. Dr. Pruitt is a staff scientist at NCBI; she heads the Reference Sequence Database, better known as RefSeq.

In the article, Dr. Pruitt shares her career trajectory as well as pearls of wisdom for young scientists.

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NCBI’s Bryant and Bolton receive 2016 Herman Skolnik Award for PubChem database


On August 23, Drs. Stephen Bryant and Evan Bolton received the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2016 Herman Skolnik Award for their work in developing, maintaining, and expanding the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s PubChem database of chemical substances and their biological activities. The award was presented at the ACS 252nd National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia.

Figure 1. Drs. Bryant and Bolton receive the American Chemical Society 2016 Herman Skolnik Award.

Figure 1. Drs. Bryant and Bolton receive the American Chemical Society 2016 Herman Skolnik Award.

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