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Simpson Named New JIBS Director

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Dr. Michael Simpson, Professor of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Corporate Fellow, and Group Leader of the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory Group in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL, has been appointed the next director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS). This appointment is in addition to his role at CNMS.

Simpson, an expert in stochastic processes in gene expression, nanobiosciences, and synthetic biology, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and is a member of the JIBS Advisory Board. His appointment begins October 20, 2014. Simpson will follow Dr. Gary Sayler as the second JIBS director. Sayler, Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, will retire at the end of 2015.

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AAAS Science & Technology Fellowships Announcement

AAAS Science & Technology Fellowships provide opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers.AAAS administers the S&T Policy Fellowships for doctoral degree scientists and engineers to provide opportunities for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process.

The application deadline is November 1, 2014.

See their website for more information on S&T Policy Fellowships.

For further information and application advice, please contact Alan Rutenberg, in the Office of Research & Engagement.

Call for Nominations: AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science

Nominations are now open for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society.  

The recipient of the award will win a prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose.

Nominations are due October 15.

Eligibility and nomination requirements.

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