Prof. Baum Receives Achievement Award


SBN is pleased to award the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime AchievementAward in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology to Michael J. Baum, Professor of Biology at Boston University. Dr. Baum received a PhD in Psychology from McGill University and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Erasmus, The Netherlands. He was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at MIT, and then joined the faculty at Boston University in 1985.

Dr. Baum has made many seminal contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms underlying sex differences in the brain and behavior. His work on the organization of sexually dimorphic neural circuits by gonadal hormones has been particularly transformative in generating new conceptual frameworks that have stood the test of time. His influence on the field reverberates through the numerous successful behavioral neuroendocrinologists that he has trained and mentored. Many of these scientists wrote compelling testimonials to the inspiration, encouragement and wisdom that Dr. Baum provided and continues to provide them. During his almost ten-year service as Editor-in-Chief of Hormones and Behavior, Dr. Baum single-handedly brought back the journal's reputation for scientific rigor and publishing high-quality, high-impact papers. Dr. Baum has been an active member of SBN since its inception, and served as the third President of SBN from 2001 to 2003.

We are delighted to recognize and honor Dr. Baum for his leadership, passion and long-lasting scientific contributions to the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. The award will be officially presented at the 2014 SBN Annual Meeting in Sydney. Our heartfelt congratulations to one of the best our community has to offer!