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Norman Pace



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Biographical Sketch

Partial Curriculum Vitae

Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0347
Telephone 303-735-1864, Fax 303-492-7744

1964 B.A. (Honors), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
1967 Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
1967-69 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

Professional Societies and Some Activities

  • National Academy of Sciences.
  • American Society for Microbiology.
  • American Society of Biological Chemists; Editorial Board of "The Journal of Biological Chemistry,"1980-84.
  • National Speleological Society, Fellow; Bicking Award, 1987
  • NRC/Space Science Board Committee on Planetary Biology and Chemical Evolution, 1985- 1989.
  • Space Science Board Mars Rover/Sample Return Advisory Committee, 1987-88.
  • Office of Technology Assessment Human Genome Mapping Review Board, 1987-88.
  • Co-Chairman, 1988 Gordon Conference on Nucleic Acids.
  • Co-Organizer, 1989 Cold Spring Harbor Meeting on RNA Processing.
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Program Associate, 1993-
  • NRC/Space Studies Board Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration, 1989-1995.
  • Co-Organizer RNA '96, 1996 RNA Society Meeting
  • Editorial Board, "RNA," the Journal of The RNA Society, 1995 -
  • Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, 1994-
  • Editorial Board, “Environmental Microbiology”, 1998 -
  • Scientific Advisory Council, Paratuberculosis  Awareness and Research Association (PARA), 2000-
  • Board of Directors, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), 2000-
  • NRC/Space Studies Board Committee on Origin and Evolution of Life, 1999-

Some Recognition

  • 1989, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • 1991, Member, National Academy of Sciences.
  • 1991, Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 1995, Fellow American Academy of Microbiology.
  • 1996, Procter and Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (American Society for Microbiology).
  • 1997, D. Sc. (Honorary), University of British Columbia.
  • 2001, Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology (National Academy of Sciences).
  • 2001, Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • 2007, Abbott-American Society for Microbiology Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2008, RNA Society Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2008, International Society of Microbial Ecology Tiedje Award for Lifetime Achievement

Research Support

  • 1984-08 Principal Investigator, USPHS Grant GM 34527; MERIT Award, 1993
  • 2000-03 Principal Investigator, NSF Grant FRS153-3280
  • 2000-03 Investigator, NASA Astrobiology Institute
  • 2006-present Principal Investigator, Sloan Foundation Grant


The Anti-"Prokaryote" Stance


For years, Dr. Pace has argued that the misleading term "prokarya" should be dropped from biology since it defines organisms by what do not have (nuclei). The correct terms are bacteria and archaea. Dr. Pace wrote an essay for Nature describing the anti-prokaryote argument:

Pace NR. (2006) Time for a change.Nature. 441(7091):289.

Also see his Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award presentation:

Abbott-ASM Talk