A Nobel Laureate Sets Up Shop

A new issue of GW Magazine is now in mailboxes and online, with newly minted faculty member Ferid Murad—winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine—gracing the cover. The biggest award in science came his way for his work illuminating the role of nitric oxide as a messenger between cells in the cardiovascular system. The molecule remains the only known gas to work as a signaling agent in the body.

And the cardiovascular system was only the tip of the iceberg. “There are very, very few biological processes that won’t be regulated by nitric oxide,” Dr. Murad tells the magazine. “So it’s got a lot of potential.”

While his sights are trained on three major projects for his new GW lab, Dr. Murad also is hoping to foster at least one future laureate from GW. And if along the way Dr. Murad should become the first person to nab a second Nobel in medicine, so be it.

Elsewhere in the magazine, moon-gazers and space policy watchdogs alike might take interest in an essay penned by Professor Emeritus John Logsdon marking the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s call to land an American on the moon.

Dr. Logsdon, who founded the Space Policy Institute at GW’s Elliott School, draws from his new book to offer a tantalizing glimpse into President Kennedy’s big decision—in the White House, the president once said he was “not that interested in space”—and his role in pushing the space program toward success.

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