Frances Jurnak took office on 1 January as vice president of the American Crystallographic Association for 2003. A professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), she succeeds Raymond E. Davis, who is now ACA’s president (see Physics Today, March 2002, page 84).

Jurnak received her BS in chemistry in 1968 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and her PhD in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973. From 1974 to 1977, she was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT in the field of molecular biology. Immediately following that position, she did postdoctoral work in biochemistry at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, until 1979. That same year, Jurnak established her own laboratory in the biochemistry department at the University of California, Riverside, where she eventually became a full professor in the department of...

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