Governor Dannel P. Malloy presented the 2013 Connecticut Medal of Science to Yale Professor Dr. Thomas A. Steitz during a ceremony held May 22 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.
The Connecticut Medal of Science, modeled after the National Medal of Science, is awarded every other year by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education to those who have made technological achievements in fields critical to the state’s economic competitiveness.
Steitz received the state’s top honor for his achievements in the field of molecular biology, specifically through his ground-breaking work on the function of the ribosome. Steitz was also honored for his work with his New Haven-based pharmaceutical company, Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, which focuses on applying research to create new antibiotics that treat multi-drug resistant infections.
Malloy’s presentation came during the 38th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). During his speech at the event, Malloy emphasized the importance of bioscience in Connecticut, reaffirming the state’s commitment towards growing that industry.
Steitz is a 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner as well as a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1990. He became a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 1991.
The event also recognized the state’s top science student competition winners, and featured the induction of 33 new CASE members.