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Director Bob Hamers Featured in Associated Press

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CSN Director Bob Hamers was featured in an Associated Press story where the reporter tagged along to see a “typical” day in the life of a faculty member. The AP story ended up being picked up by several major news sources, including the New York Times, the Washington Times, and the Daily Mail (making it an international story!).  

Three CSN Students Recognized in 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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The CSN is proud to announce that  two graduate students, Liz Laudadio and Natalie Hudson-Smith, have been awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. A third, Nicholas Niemuth, was recognized as an honorable mention. As the program website states, “The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.” Congratulations to Natalie, Liz, and Nicholas!

ScienceSeeker Selects Two Sustainable Nano Blog Posts as Editor’s Picks

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Two recent Sustainable Nano blog posts have been recognized as ScienceSeeker Editor’s Selections. First, graduate student Margy Robinson’s post, How Do Skis Ski, and How Do Nanomaterials Make Skiing More Fun? was listed for the week of February 20-26. Next, Professor Christy Haynes’ post in honor of International Women’s Day, What is the “Matilda Effect,” and How Can We Improve Recognition of Women Scientists? was chosen for the week of March 6-12. Congratulations to Margy and Christy!

Prof. Cathy Murphy Named Fellow of Materials Research Society

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CSN faculty member Cathy Murphy, a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named a 2017 Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). Dr. Murphy was chosen “For pioneering work on the synthesis of plasmonic metal nanostructures and investigation of their effects on biological systems.” Congratulations, Cathy!

Two CSN Graduate Students Win Prestigious Awards

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Congratulations to two CSN graduate students on recent awards. First, Alicia McGeachy (Geiger group), won the 2017 Northwestern University Graduate School Student Diversity Award. Second, Tian “Autumn” Qiu (Haynes group) won a Mary Haga Travel Award from the Xi Chapter of Graduate Women in Science to support her travel to the 253rd ACS National meeting in San Francisco, where she presented a talk entitled “Growth-based Bacterial Viability (GBV) assay for interference-free and high-throughput nanotoxicity screening.”

Prof. Rigoberto Hernandez Wins 2017 Herty Medal

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CSN faculty member Rigoberto Hernandez has won the 2017 Herty Medal, awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Hernandez was honored “for transforming our view of chemical dynamics in non-equilibrium environments, his creative approaches to improving diversity within the chemistry profession, and his leadership at the local and national levels of the American Chemical Society.” Congratulations, Rigoberto!

Student Jo Machesky Receives Travel Award

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Student Jo Machesky, who participated in the CSN’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program last summer, has received a Conference Travel Grant from Northwestern University to attend the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco this April. The title of Jo’s presentation is “Alteration of Membrane Compositional Asymmetry by LiCoO2 Nanosheets.” Congratulations, Jo!