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2014

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Wilfred van der Donk (Mining Microbial Genomes) has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation.

Amy Wagoner Johnson (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) was awarded a Chair of Excellence by the NanoSciences Foundation, an award program that attracts talented researchers to collaborate with laboratories on progressive research projects in Grenoble, France. (February 2014)

Patricia Blair (Graduate Student, Doug Mitchell Lab) received a travel grant from the Eli Lilly & Company and the American Chemical Society (ACS), as announced by the Women Chemists Committee. Grant award winners will travel to attend the ACS Fall National Meeting in San Francisco, CA. (April 2014)

Brendan Harley (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) received the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Engineering for development of an innovative elective course on tissue engineering.  The winner of this award is selected by students from the Engineering Council. (February 2014)

Christopher Rao (Biosystems Design, Energy Biosciences Institute) received the Excellence in Research Award from the College of Engineering for his research accomplishments in the area of biomolecular engineering, on topics such as infectious disease, bioenergy production, and synthetic biology. (February 2014)

Jun Song (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) was named as the department of Bioengineering's first Founder Professor, part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative established in 2013 to support big data and bioengineering through enhancing facilities, funding student scholarships, and bringing senior faculty to Illinois. (February 2014)

Brian Cunningham (Mining Microbial Genomes) was elected as a 2013 Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. According to NAI, "Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society." (February 2014)

2013

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Carl Bernacchi (Genomic Ecology of Global Change, Energy Biosciences Institute) was selected as a 2014-2015 Helen Corley Petit Scholar, an endowment which funds development of the scholarship and teaching of LAS college members early in their career. (December 2013)

Brendan Harley (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) has been selected to receive the 2014 Young Investigator Award of the Society for Biomaterials.  This award is given to recognize an individual within ten years of their terminal degree who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of biomaterials research. (November 2013)

Stephen Boppart (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (November 2013)

Brian Cunningham (Mining Microbial Genomes) was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America “for the invention, development, and commercialization of biosensors and detection instrumentation based upon nanostructured surfaces, and the development of biological applications.” (November 2013)

Charles Schroeder (Biosystems Design) was named a Center for Advanced Study 2014-15 Fellow, pending BOT approval in January. (November 2013)

Huimin Zhao (Biosystems Design) has been selected to receive the 2014 Gaden Award. Named in honor of Elmer L. Gaden, Jr., the founding editor of the journal Biotechnology & Bioengineering, the award recognizes an outstanding published paper from the journal in the last year. (November 2013)

Robert Haines (undergrad, Metcalf Lab) has been selected as a 2013 award
recipient of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded to students pursuing graduate careers in microbiology, and was given to 37 individuals this year. (November 2013)

Jonathan Sweedler (Mining Microbial Genomes) has won the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Analytical Chemistry, recognizing "outstanding contributions to the science of analytical chemistry" for his pioneering development of methods to detect extraordinarily small quantities of neurotransmitters. (October 2013)

William Metcalf (Mining Microbial Genomes, Energy Biosciences Institute) was named by the University of Illinois as the G. William Arends Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology. (October 2013)

Paul Kenis (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) was selected by the University of Illinois as the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemistry. (September 2013)

Hyunjoon Kong (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) has been named a Centennial Scholar by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. (September 2013)

Sua Myong (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) received the National Medical Scholars Program's 2013 Outstanding Advisors of the Year Award (September 2013)

Paul Hergenrother (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) was selected by the University of Illinois as the Kenneth L. Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Chemistry. (July 2013)

Lisa Ainsworth (Genomic Ecology of Global Change) was selected to join the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Executive Committee as an elected member. (June 2013)

Nigel Goldenfeld (Biocomplexity), Stephen Long (Genomic Ecology of Global Change), and Jonathan Sweedler (Mining Microbial Genomes) have been named as Center for Advanced Study Professors. Appointment as a CAS Professor is one of the university’s highest academic honors, and reflects the outstanding contributions made by these faculty in their respective areas of interest. (July 2013)

Gene Robinson (Director) has been chosen to receive the iBIO Institute’s 2013 iCON Innovator Award. The award recognizes excellence in both teaching and scholarship of biotechnology in Illinois. (July 2013)

Bo Wang (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) received a Career Award at the Scientific Interface by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, designed to support those seeking to merge their education in engineering, computation or mathematics with an academic career in the biological sciences. (June 2013)

Stephen Long (Energy Biosciences Institute, Genomic Ecology of Global Change) has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society. The Royal Society is one of the oldest and most eminent honorific scientific academies in the world and election to its ranks is one of the highest awards a scientist can receive. (May 2013)

Saurabh Sinha (Gene Networks in Neural & Developmental Plasticity) was selected for the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering (formerly the Xerox Awards for Faculty Research). This award honors faculty members on an annual basis for outstanding research, in separate categories for assistant professors and associate professors. Professor Sinha was recognized based on his research, accomplishments, and papers published (or scheduled to be published) during the past five years. (April 2013)

Brendan Harley (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) was awarded a 2013 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. These grants are among the most prestigious given to the best young university faculty, in a highly competitive annual program. They recognize the outstanding efforts of these individuals and their leadership in the integration of education and research. (March 2013)

Madhu Viswanathan (Business, Economics, And Law of Genomic Biology) received a 2013 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. These awards recognize faculty members, academic professionals and students who have consistently applied their knowledge and expertise to issues of societal importance for the public good. (March 2013)

Bruce Fouke (Biocomplexity, Energy Biosciences Institute) received the 2013 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2013 LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. (March 2013)

Brandon Burkhart (Graduate student, chemical biology) a member of Professor Doug Mitchell’s lab, was recently awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious honor is awarded to outstanding graduate students NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines that are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. (February 2013)

Gene Robinson (Director) has been elected by the Animal Behavior Society as the 2013 Distinguished Animal Behaviorist. One of the Society's most important marks of recognition, this award is granted for outstanding lifetime achievement in research. (January 2013)

Victor Jongeneel (HPCBio) has been appointed to the PubMed Central Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The committee advises the NIH on the content and operation of the PubMed Central repository, and also establishes submission criteria and ensures that PubMed Central evolves and remains responsive to the needs of its users. (January 2013)

Gene Robinson (Director) has been elected to the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The NAMHC advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Director, National Institutes of Health; and the Director, National Institute of Mental Health, on all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of mental health research, research training, and other programs of the Institute. (January 2013)

2012

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Doug Mitchell (Mining Microbial Genomes) was named one of Genome Technology magazine's Seventh Annual Young Investigators for his work in toxin biosynthesis. Nominated by established principal investiga­tors in their field, these individuals are under five years into a faculty appointment and recognized for using genomics tools to study promising new research. (December 2012)

Stephen Long (Energy Biosciences Institute, Genomic Ecology of Global Change) has received the Marsh Award for Climate Change Research by the British Ecological Society, an annual award recognizing outstanding contributions to climate change research. Open to ecologists from anywhere in the world, Long will receive the award at the institute’s annual meeting at the University of Birmingham in December. (December 2012)

Doug Mitchell (Mining Microbial Genomes) was awarded a 2012 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Designed to support highly creative researchers in the natural and physical sciences or engineering, only 16 Fellowships are awarded each year to professors early in their careers. (October 2012)

Sua Myong (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) received the National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award for 2012, one of 81 researchers receiving awards to pursue visionary science. (September 2012)

Elizabeth Ainsworth (Genomic Ecology of Global Change) and Phillip Newmark (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) have been named as University Scholars, a program created to recognize the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers. (September 2012)

Ryan Bailey (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) has been named one of the world’s top young innovators by Technology Review. The list, called the TR35, honors the top innovators under the age of 35 for contributions in diverse fields such as biomedicine, energy, the Web, computing, and other developing areas.  (August 2012)

Alison Bell (Genomics of Neural & Behavioral Plasticity) received the 2012 Young Investigator Award from the Animal Behavior Society. The award is given to one researcher each year who has made significant contributions to the field of animal behavior as a new investigator.  (June 2012)

Christopher Rao (Energy Biosciences Institute, Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) received the 2012 Outstanding Young Researcher award from the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This award is given to an individual under the age of 40 in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of chemical engineering computing and systems technology.  (June 2012)

H. Rex Gaskins (Host-Microbe Systems, Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) was elected President-elect of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Founded in 1903, the SEBM is a not-for-profit scientific society formed to promote investigation in the biomedical sciences. The Society publishes the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine. (May 2012)

Elizabeth Ainsworth (Genomic Ecology of Global Change) has been named the recipient of the Charles Albert Shull Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists for her research on current and potential impacts of global and environmental change on plant ecosystems. This annual award is designed to recognize young researchers for outstanding investigations in the field of plant biology. (April 2012)

Stephen Long (Energy Biosciences Institute, Genomic Ecology of Global Change) has been named the recipient of the Charles F. Kettering Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists, for his work in the role of photosynthesis in mitigating climate change, and changes in the physical environment. This award was established by an endowment from the Kettering Foundation in 1962 to recognize excellence in the field of photosynthesis. (April 2012)

Hyunjoon Kong (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) was named a recipient of the 2012 Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. This award is made annually to four assistant professors in the College of Engineering, in recognition of their outstanding research conducted over the previous year. (April 2012)

Huimin Zhao (Mining Microbial Genomes) has been awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Professor Zhao was one of 181 distinguished scholars chosen to receive the annual award, on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. (April 2012)

Ping Ma (Genomics of Neural & Behavioral Plasticity) won The Canadian Journal of Statistics award, for his paper Nonparametric Regression with Cross-Classified Responses. The Statistical Society of Canada presents this award each year to the author of an article published in the journal, in recognition of the quality of the paper’s methodological innovation and presentation. (March 2012)

Sheng Zhong (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) was been selected as a 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. This fellowship is awarded yearly to 118 researchers across the United States and Canada in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. (February 2012)

2011

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Hyunjoon Kong (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) was named a new Center for Advanced Study 2012-13 Fellow and Sheng Zhong (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) as a new Center for Advanced Study 2012-13 Associate. (December 2011)

Jian Ma (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) was named one of Genome Technology magazine’s Young Inves­tigators, as nominated by senior principal investiga­tors in their field. (December 2011)

Rashid Bashir (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) and Wilfred Van Der Donk (Mining Microbial Genomes for Novel Antibiotics) have been elected fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Illinois researchers are among 539 new fellows chosen by their peers for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. (November 2011)

K.C. Ting (Energy Biosciences Institute) is the first recipient of the James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award. This award was established to recognize a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) who is currently providing outstanding academic leadership while serving as department head/chair of an ABET-accredited agricultural and biological engineering program in the United States. (November 2011)

Jonathan Sweedler (Mining Microbial Genomes) has been named the next editor-in-chief for Analytical Chemistry, published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Publications provides a comprehensive collection of the most-cited, peer-reviewed journals in the chemical and related sciences. (October 2011)

Paul Kenis (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) and James Slauch (Host-Microbe Systems) have been named as University Scholars, a program created to recognize the university’s most talented teachers, scholars and researchers. (September 2011)

Douglas A. Mitchell (Mining Microbial Genomes) is a recipient of the 2011 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. The award recognizes bold ideas from some of the nation’s most promising new scientists. (September 2011)

William Metcalf (Mining Microbial Genomes) has been appointed as an editor of the Journal of Bacteriology, one of the primary research journals published by the American Society for Microbiology. (September 2011)

Andrew Leakey (Genomic Ecology of Global Change) was selected as a Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Study. Leakey’s proposal, “Opening the Black Box of Plant Responses to Global Environmental Change with Genomic Tools,” deals with global environmental change in this century and the impact on growing conditions in farmers' fields and crop yields. (August 2011)

Jonathan Sweedler (Mining Microbial Genomes) among 213 distinguished scientists elected fellows of the American Chemical Society, in recognition for outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and for making important contributions to ACS. (August 2011)

James Slauch (Host Microbe Systems) and Wilfred van der Donk (Mining Microbial Genomes for Novel Antibiotics)  have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. They are among the 78 microbiologists chosen by their peers for significant contributions to their field. (April 2011)

Taekjip Ha (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) has been awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Science by the Ho-Am Foundation in Korea. (April 2011)

May Berenbaum (Genomic Ecology of Global Change, Genomics of Neural and Behavioral Plasticity) has won the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. (March 2011)

Lisa Ainsworth (Genomic Ecology of Global Change) has been selected to receive the President's Medal from the Society for Experimental Biology. (February 2011)

Jian Ma (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. (February 2011)

Ryan Bailey (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) has been selected to receive a 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. (February 2011)

Harris Lewin (Director) has been named the winner of the 2011 Wolf Prize in Agriculture. (February 2011)

Don Ort (Genomic Ecology of Global Change) has been named  Chair-Elect of the Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources for the AAAS. (February 2011)

2010

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Bruce Fouke (Biocomplexity) received the 2011 Samuel von Pufendorf Visiting Research Fellowship in the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University in Sweden. (October 2010)

Sheng Zhong (Cellular Decision Making in Cancer) received the National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award for 2010.  (October 2010)

Carl Woese (Biocomplexity) was presented the Trustees’ Distinguished Service Medallion at the Sept. 23 UI Board of Trustees meeting in Urbana. The award recognizes individuals whose contribution to the growth and development of the UI, through extraordinary service or benefaction, has been of unusual significance. (September 2010)

Bruce Fouke (Biocomplexity) received the 2010 King Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching. The King Broadrick-Allen Award is given annually to a Campus Honors Program faculty member who makes an extraordinary contribution to the well-being of Chancellor's Scholars and the development and energy of the Campus Honors Program.

Nigel Goldenfeld (Biocomplexity) was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the academy recognizes achievements in original research.