2021 RNA Society Outstanding Service Award Winner
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Please join us in congratulating Juan Valcárcel for being selected as the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Service Award from the RNA Society.

Juan Valcárcel has served the RNA Society on many levels.  He has acted as a session chair at the annual RNA meeting in 2006, 2008 and 2020, in addition to being a meeting organizer in 2003 and again in 2008.  However, his most visible and arguably most broadly felt contributions to the Society have been through his efforts from being elected by the Society as President for 2017-2018.  Juan had a transformative effect with his initiatives to engage our younger RNA scientists worldwide.  Under Juan’s term as president, financial support for RNA Salons was expanded to encourage interactions between scientists and he supported efforts to establish new awards acknowledging the contributions of early and mid-career scientists in the RNA field.  Finally, but by no means least of these, Juan initiated the RNA Society Mentoring program, now being sustained by Nancy Greenbaum. This one-on-one, year-long mentoring of our junior Society members by a senior member in the RNA field is a program that continues to expand in number and breadth, to support our younger scientists world-wide.