April 17, 2001

    Professor Alberto Mancinelli of the Department of Biological Sciences has been awarded the 2001 Bancroft Award. The award is given by the Dean and Alumni of Columbia's School of General Studies, and the Faculty of Columbia University for distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service by a retiring member of the Columbia University faculty. As a botanist, Prof. Mancinelli has studied plant light sensors called phytochromes; he is best known among students for his course on Environmental Science.  Prof. Mancinelli will be retiring at the end of this year after 38 years of service in the Department of Biological Sciences.