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Inspiring ASCB Award Essays by Mina Bissell and Eva Nogales

In two American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) award essays published in the society’s journal Molecular Biology of the Cell, Biosciences’ Mina Bissell and Eva Nogales, 2016 recipients of the society’s E. B. Wilson Medal and Keith R. Porter Lecture Award, respectively, each candidly describe their inspiring, personal journeys. More>

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For Payne, Mentoring Native American Students Means Better Science

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. We profile Christopher Payne, a researcher in the Energy Technologies Area, who is committed to mentoring Native American students and encouraging them to pursue careers in science.

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Lab Honors Military Veterans

Every Nov. 11 the nation observes Veterans Day to pay respects to those who have served the country in the armed forces. Here we share the stories of two Lab veterans, Sandra Miarecki (Nuclear Science), and Chip Kozy (Engineering). The Directorate hosted a luncheon for veterans on Nov. 1.

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ETA’s Christian Kohler Aspires to Serve

After a brief volunteering trip in Nicaragua, Christian Kohler, the deputy head of the Building Technologies Department in the Energy Technologies Area, and his wife decided to take a year off from work and the comforts of home to live a full-time life of volunteering abroad, this time in India and Nepal, just in time to assist after a devastating earthquake there. More>

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Workforce Development & Education’s Susan Brady Wells to Retire Jan. 3

Brady Wells served as manager for more than nine years. During her tenure, WD&E hosted more than 35,000 students and teachers for educational visits, mentored nearly 1,400 student interns and faculty collaborators, shared internship and career opportunities with an estimated 415,000 participants at national conferences, and brought in over $10M in funding. More>

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ETA’s Ahmet Kusoglu Wins Young Investigator Award

Ahmet Kusoglu won the Supramaniam Srinivasan Early Career Award from the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society. The award was established in 2011 to recognize and reward an outstanding young researcher in the field of energy technology. Kusoglu will receive his award at the 2017 Spring ECS meeting. More>

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Gadgil Accepts Tang Prize on Rosenfeld’s Behalf

Art Rosenfeld, the “Godfather of Energy,” was honored recently in Taiwan as the 2016 recipient of the Tang Prize for Sustainable Development. Due to health reasons, the prize was accepted on Rosenfeld’s behalf by Ashok Gadgil of the Energy Technologies Area. Gadgil also delivered the Tang Prize Lecture on Rosenfeld’s behalf. More>

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Lab’s Abergel Receives ACS Rising Star Award for Women Scientists

The award, sponsored by the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society, was established to help promote retention of women in science. Chemical scientist Rebecca Abergel is among the 2017 recipients. Watch Abergel explain creating a pill to treat radiation exposure at a 2014 Science at the Theater event.

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Rachel Lance’s Proactive Efforts Result in Hero Card and Raffle Win

Rachel Lance received a Hero Card from a colleague after he heard her recount how she reported a tripping hazard in a heavily used elevator to a safety professional, and it was promptly fixed. Lance’s Hero Card was entered into the Lab’s quarterly Safety Culture raffle, and she came up a winner. More>

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Sarah Richardson Gives Keynote at South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco Conference

Richardson, a former postdoc at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, presented a talk on the realities and promise of synthetic biology and gene editing. The conference celebrates the power of design, technology, and business to drive global change. Watch>

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