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Mother and Son Both Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Like mother, like son. In May 2016, Krishna “Kris” Niyogi, who grew up in Oak Ridge, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Eighteen years earlier, in 1998, his mother Audrey, who worked at Oak Ridge Lab for 44 years, was also elected to the academy. Kris is a researcher with the Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division. More>

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Hero Card Raffle Winner Chanin King Excels at Teamwork

Chanin King, from the Advanced Light Source’s Center for X-Ray Optics, received a Hero Card for working with his colleague, Warren Holcomb, to properly track and handle unlabeled waste. He was further rewarded when he won this quarter’s raffle. More>

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Bioscientists Recognized by International Society for Biocuration

Chris Mungall, a computer research scientist in the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division (EGSB), has been awarded the society’s 2017 Exceptional Contributions to Biocuration Award. Bioinformatics scientist Monica Munoz-Torres, also with EGSB, was recently selected society chair following the 2016-2017 executive committee elections in November. More>

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Doudna Awarded Japan Prize for Invention of CRISPR Gene Editing

Jennifer Doudna of the Biosciences Area will share the Japan Prize with Emmanuelle Charpentier for their invention of CRISPR-Cas9, a gene-editing technology that has led to new therapies for cancer and hereditary diseases. The honors will be presented at an award ceremony on April 19 in Tokyo. More>

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Lab CUCSA Accepting Staff and Leadership Award Nominations

The Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) is accepting award nominations for the Kevin McCauley Memorial Outstanding Staff Award and the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award. The awards honor employees who are supportive and inclusive of staff, and encourage equity and diversity. Deadline is Feb. 24. Pictured is former winner Lady Idos (right).

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Three Lab Researchers Named to National Academy of Engineering

Robert Budnitz of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, Gerbrand Ceder of the Materials Sciences Division, and Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director of Computing Sciences, were elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. More>

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CZ Biohub Awards Nearly $14.5 Million to Berkeley Researchers

Michel Maharbiz (Biosciences) is among 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached. CZ Biohub seeks to foster unconventional scientific exploration and encourage researchers to invent new tools to accelerate the pace of discovery. More>

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Kathy Yelick Named to Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame

Kathy Yelick, the Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, has been named to the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership in science, technology and engineering. Twelve women, each representing a different field, were named as 2017 inductees. More>

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Cyclotron Road’s Opus 12 Wins Gene Roddenberry Prize

The Roddenberry Foundation, set up in memory of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry, seeds innovation projects through catalyst grants, a fellowship program, and a $1 million challenge. The first-place winner ($400K) is Opus 12, which is developing a process for converting industrial carbon dioxide emissions into useful products, like ethanol, diesel, and gasoline. More>

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Ahmet Yildiz Awarded Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation is honoring Ahmet Yildiz of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division for his “demonstrated evidence of creative promise with his scientific work.” Yildiz uses single-molecule imaging to uncover the mechanism of molecular motors that function in living cells. He will receive a $50,000 cash award. More>

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