Part-time Bitterroot Valley resident Dr. Stanley Falkow will be awarded the 2015 National Medal of Science in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Falkow is an emeritus professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. The White House announced the list of award recipients in December and Falkow is one of nine who will be honored later this month in a ceremony in the nation's capitol.

Dr. Falkow pioneered study about how bacteria can cause disease and how antibiotic resistance spreads. He was special volunteer at Hamilton's Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in the 1980s, working with electron and confocal microscopy. He also recruited scientists to RML and continues to visit the NIH/NIAID facility in Montana frequently, mentoring scientists and giving seminars.

The 81-year-old Falkow has been honored with the 2008 Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science, the 2000 Robert-Koch Award, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, along with being a past president of the American Society of Microbiology.

And, according to RML's Marshall Bloom, Falkow loves to fish the Bitterroot River.