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July 25, 2005

Dr. Myriam Sarachik, 2005 L'Oreal/UNESCO for Women in Science Laureate, June 22, 2005

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For more than 40 years, Dr. Myriam Sarachik has been a prominent experimental condensed matter physicist and a leader in the international physics community. She is the recipient of the 2005 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics.Dr. Sarachik's career in experimental condensed matter physics has focused on superconductivity, disordered metallic alloys, metal-insulator transitions in doped semiconductors, hopping transport in solids, and tunneling of magnetization in molecular magnets. In particular, she has made seminal contributions to Kondo physics, a central theme in condensed matter physics, and the metal-insulator transition.

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July 19, 2005

Dr. Jim Hutchison, Director, Materials Science Institute, University of Oregon, June 8, 2005

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Dr. Jim Hutchison and his research group (a diverse group of synthetic chemists, analytical chemists, and applied physicists) design and make new functional materials. His specific research interests include preparation and study of nanoscale materials, surfaces, and polymers, for applications such as nanoelectronics, biocompatibility, and environmental remediation. He played key roles in developing the UO's nation-leading program in "green" (environmentally benign) organic chemistry, and designing the Materials Science Institute Graduate Internship Program in Semiconductor Processing.

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Dr. Douglas Ray, Chief Research Officer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, June 15, 2005

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Dr. Doug Ray discusses catalysis science and how it impacts our daily lives. Dr. Ray describes designing controlled catalytic reactions, based on nanoscience and high-performance computing. Biological catalysts could be used in environmental remediation, and photocatalysis could be used to produce "benign" fuels, such as hydrogen-based fuels. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory that advances the fundamental understanding of complex systems and provides science-based solutions for the nation.

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Dr. Susanne Arney, Director of Nanotechnology Research, Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs, June 1, 2005

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For 20 years Dr. Susanne Arney has been involved in seminal nanotechnology and MEMS component design, fabrication, and reliability physics assessments. Since 1992, she has conducted pioneering research into Optical MEMS applications in telecommunications, as well as novel physics experiements enabled by MEMS. In 1997, she founded Lucent's MEMS Reliability Physics Research Group, spearheading a "design for reliability" program to enable commercialization of Optical MEMS for lightwave network applications.

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Rex Ridenoure, CEO and Co-Founder, Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation, June 22, 2005

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For the first 20 years of his career while working at Hughes, Lockheed, and the Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Rex Ridenoure made significant technical contributions as a spacecraft systems engineer, space-mission engineer, and system architect on more than a dozen pioneering space projects and studies such as Viking (Mars), shuttle-launched communications satellites such as HS-371 and LEASAT projects, the Hubble Space Telecope, Voyager 2 (Neptune), Lunar Observer, Pluto Fast Flyby, Mercury Dual Orbiter, Deep Space 1, and SURFSat. Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation provides systems for accessing and experiencing space and other extreme environments. The firm's popular RocketCam(TM) product family is the world's leading brand of onboard video and imaging systems for use with rockets and spacecraft for providing compelling onboard situational awareness and unique space-themed content.

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Dr. Karen Guillemin, Assistant Professor of Biology and member of the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, June 29, 2005

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Dr. Guillemin recently received the highest honor given to researchers early in their careers by the world's oldest life sciences organization, the American Society of Microbiology. In June, she was presented with the 2005 Merck Irving S. Sigal Award. Dr. Guillemin pursues two lines of quite different but complementary inquiry on harmful and beneficial bacteria. Dr. Guillemin's research on H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for the majority of stomach ulcers and gastric cancer, has defined how stomach cells perceive and respond to this bacterium. She uses approaches that survey the whole genome of the host and bacterium. In addition to her focus on H. pylori, Dr. Guillemin's newest line of research explores the dialogue between animals and their resident community of microbes, using the model organism zebrafish.

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Dr. Lee Hartwell, President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, June 1, 2005

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Dr. Lee Hartwell is the recipient of many national and international scientific awards, including the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Other honors include the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, and the Alfred P. Sloan Award in cancer research. Dr. Hartwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of two Nobel Laureates, is an independent, non-profit research institution, dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases.

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