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Aug. 7, 2006

UI Researcher Wins National New Faculty Award

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Amanda Haes, faculty member in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected to receive one of only 12 five-year, $50,000 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Awards given nationally by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for 2006.

Under the terms of the award, Haes will use the funding as an unrestricted research grant. The purpose of the award is to provide funding for new faculty members at the start of their research and teaching activities.

Haes came to the university in 2006 after earning her bachelor's degree from Wartburg College in 1999 and her doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University in 2004. Her research interests, "Enhanced Pathogen Sensing via the Integration of Molecular Beacon and Nanoparticle Technologies," focus on the integration of small particles, about 10 to 100 billionths of a meter in size, and narrow channels with potential applications for the detection of disease-causing organisms.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. of New York was established in 1946 by Swiss-born chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother, Henry, "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world." The Dreyfus brothers dedicated their lives to the scientific and commercial development of cellulose acetate fibers and related chemicals, resulting in the formation of the Celanese companies in Britain, Canada and the United States and contributing to the evolution of the modern chemical industry. The Foundation became a memorial to both men after Camille died in 1956.

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