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Feb. 24, 2004

UI Engineer Wins National Award

Tonya Peeples, associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has won the Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). The national award is given to one young scientist with eight to 10 years of experience for excellence in research.

Peeples, who came to the UI in 1995, is a researcher in the field of organisms that thrive in extreme environments and has research interests that include extremophile biocatalysis and bioremediation. Her study of how microbes adapt to extreme heat, cold and pressure also may lead to a better understanding of conventional life systems and environments. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1988 from North Carolina State University and her doctorate in 1995 from The Johns Hopkins University. A member of the UI Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, she received a General Electric Faculty for the Future award in 1996 and a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 1997.

NOBCChE strives to build an eminent community of scientists and engineers by fostering professional development and encouraging minority students to pursue careers in scientific and technical fields.

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