Scientist with UMaine ties awarded Nobel Prize in medicine, media report

The Associated Press, NPRThe New York TimesThe Boston GlobeScienceThe Washington PostTimeInside Higher Ed and New York Post reported Jeffrey C. Hall, who has ties to the University of Maine, was one of three scientists to win the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young won the $1.1 million prize for their work on finding genetic mechanisms behind circadian rhythms — which adapt the workings of the body to different phases of the day, influencing sleep, behavior, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism, the AP reported. They “were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings,” the Nobel citation stated. Rosbash told the Boston Globe he and Hall worked together at Brandeis University for years, research that the committee said Hall also performed while working at UMaine. Hall was member of the UMaine community from 2004 to 2012 as an adjunct professor and a Libra Professor of Neurogenetics. ABC NewsPortland Press HeraldBangor Daily News and Sun Journal carried the AP report.