Dr. Paula Stern, professor and vice-chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Northwestern University, was honored by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. They created a special award in her honor. The ASBMR Paula Stern Achievement Award annually recognizes a woman in the bone field who has made significant scientific achievements and who has promoted the professional development/advancement of women in the field. Dr. Stern is a leader in the field of bone and mineral research. Her contributions include the first bioassay for 1,25 dihydroxy vitamin D, studies on the effects of thyroid hormone on bone metabolism, and most recently studies on alternative signal transduction pathways for parathyroid hormone. The award includes a $2,000 honorarium and a plaque which is presented at a morning plenary session at the Annual Meeting.

She was the first female President of ASBMR, a founding member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and served ASBMR as a volunteer leader in numerous capacities, including chair of the Science Policy Committee, as well as ASBMR representative to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Board.