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Antiochian Judith G. Voet to receive award for science education

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – August 5, 2011 – Antioch College alumna Judith G. Voet ’63 will be one of 12 recipients of the next American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual award, the society announced.

Voet, the J.H. Hammons Professor Emerita of Chemistry at Swarthmore College, will share the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education with her husband, Donald Voet, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. They will give an award talk at the society's annual meeting April 21-25 in San Diego.

The Voets have made significant contributions to the teaching of biochemistry and molecular biology through their writing. Together, they have authored the comprehensive textbook Biochemistry, a 1,782-page one-stop source of current knowledge about biochemistry and molecular biology; co-authored Fundamentals of Biochemistry, a textbook that has been translated into nine languages; and co-edited the educational journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

Judith Voet has been an active supporter of the Antioch College revival. She served on the Presidential Search Committee that selected Mark Roosevelt as Antioch College’s newest president; is a member of the Science Advisory Board that helped to draft the science curriculum; and participated in the chemistry faculty search.

After earning a B.S. at Antioch College, Voet earned a Ph.D. at Brandeis University. She participated in postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center before securing her faculty position at Swarthmore in 1979.

Her service to the biochemistry education community includes membership in the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee (1995-2005) and service as an elected council member in the American Chemical Society's Biochemistry Division (1993-2004).

Letters in support of the joint nomination for the ASBMB award came from peers in biochemistry education, such as Harold B. White, a professor of biochemistry and director of the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Program at the University of Delaware, and fellow Antioch alumna Joan Steitz ’63, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at the Yale School of Medicine.

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Others conduct research in various government laboratories, at nonprofit research institutions and in industry. The Society's student members attend undergraduate or graduate institutions. For more information about ASBMB, visit

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a private, independent nonprofit liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College curriculum puts emphasis on rigorous liberal arts learning, work (cooperative education), and community engagement. Students will complete individualized majors based on one or more of 11 concentrations, a language minor, and six full-time work experiences off campus. The institution, originally founded in 1850, is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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