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Congratulations to Laura Waller for Receiving the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Award

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Program, open to faculty from Stanford University, UC San Francisco, and UC Berkeley, funds innovative, visionary research with the goal of building engaged, collaborative scientific communities to help solve critical challenges in biomedicine.

The 86 awardees in our new cohort, who were chosen from nearly 700 applicants through a competitive process judged by nationally recognized external reviewers and a blue-ribbon Selection Advisory Committee, represent a diverse range of disciplines, including basic biological sciences, clinical biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer and data sciences, statistics, and public health.

Congratulations to Laura Waller for Being Named the Charles A Desoer Endowed Chair in Engineering

Charles A. Desoer was a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. An endowed chair in Desoer’s name has been established in the College of Engineering. Laura Waller has been named the Charles A Desoer Endowed Chair in Engineering as of July 2022.

Congratulations to Daniel Durham for Receiving the Microscopy & Microanalysis Student Scholar Award

Congratulations to Dan for receiving an M&M Student Scholar Award! These awards are a joint effort with MSA’s sister society, the Microanalysis Society (MAS), and are judged on the quality of the two-page proceeding papers submitted to the M&M meeting. Between the two societies, approximately 30 of 200 annual student submissions are given the award. The award package provides complimentary registration to the M&M meeting, travel and lodging reimbursement up to $1,000, and an invitation to the Presidents’ reception. Awardees are recognized during the awards portion of the opening plenary session.

Congratulations to Ethan Anderson at Fort Lewis College for Receiving a Diversity Supplement from NIGMS and for Receiving the Best Poster Prize at the FLC Undergraduate Research Symposium

Ethan Anderson won the best poster award for “Fabrication of a physiologically relevant novel lung on a chip device to quantify extracellular matrix deposition” in Spring 2022 at Fort Lewis College. Ethan also received a Diversity Supplement from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Utilizing biodegradable porous silicon membranes as a novel design for lung-on-a-chip microfluidic devices to investigate extracellular matrix interactions.” Congratulations, Ethan!

Postdoctoral Researcher position in the field of nanoscale thermal transport

Job Description
An experimental Postdoctoral position is now available in the Department of Physics of the

University of Basel, Switzerland. This project will use time- and frequency-resolved

spectroscopies, such as thermoreflectance or transient thermal grating experiments, in synergy

to further the understanding of nanoscale thermal transport and elastic properties of advanced

materials. This research will be focused on phononic crystals, which are highly nanostructured

artificial materials that are ideal candidates for smart heat management or/and energy

harvesting applications. In this exciting role, you will work under the direction of Dr. Begoña

Abad, within the Nanophononics group, led by Prof. Ilaria Zardo, at the Department of Physics

of the University of Basel (Switzerland). This position is funded by the PRIMA grant of Dr.

Begoña Abad from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Required qualifications:
Ph.D. in Physics, material science, or related field.

Proven track record in thermal characterization of materials.

Hands-on experience with lasers and optical instrumentation.

Experience with data analysis using tools such as Matlab, Python, etc.

Excellence in research and strong communication skills.

High degree of independence together with the ability to work in a collaborative group


Good knowledge of written and spoken English.

Preferred qualifications:
Experience with pump-probe experimental setups.

Experience with finite element analysis (COMSOL).

Experience using software to automate control of experiments.

Your role:
Thermal conductivity characterization of phononic crystals by time-domain

thermoreflectance and transient thermal grating.

Measurements of thermal transport deviations from macroscopic models by laser-based


Develop thermal and elastic models for new techniques and materials.

Draft manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

What we offer:
Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and diverse team.

Highly competitive salary.

Cutting-edge experiments using state-of-the-art ultrafast, and modulated laser sources.

The postdoctoral appointment is initially for one year with the possibility of renewal for two
more depending on mutual agreement. Interested postdoctoral candidates should send their CV

(including completed degrees and list of publications), two reference letters or contacts, and a

motivation letter (briefly summarizing qualifications and interest in the position) to Dr. Begoña

Abad ( The starting date is flexible.

Congratulations to Franklin Dollar for Being Recognized as a 2022 Kavli Fellow

Professor Dollar is now recognized as a 2022 Kavli Fellow, a joint endeavor by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and the Kavli Foundation. He presented his work on high intensity laser matter interactions at the 2022 Kavli Frontiers of Science U.S. Symposium. Attendance to the symposium is by invitation only, and attendees are selected from among award winners for early career scientists in the U.S. and abroad. Attendees include Sloan Fellows, Packard Fellows, MacArthur Genius Grantees, Pew Fellows, Searle Scholars, and Presidential Early Career Awardees for Scientists and Engineers. Since the inception of the program in 1989, over 5,000 distinguished young scientists have attended a Kavli symposium and are designated Kavli Fellows.

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