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1/2017
Cheng Yang and Elefterios Trikantzopoulos' paper comparing electrochemical and surface properties of different carbon nanotube yarns and fibers is accepted as a cover article to Analytica Chimica Acta

12/2016
The Venton lab will have 2 adenosine papers in the forthcoming special issue of ACS Chemical Neuroscience devoted to the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience meeting.  One is Ryan Borman's paper on an automated algorithm for adenosine detection. The other is Michael Nguyen's last paper on adenosine modulation by glutamate and GABA receptors. 

11/2016
The Venton lab, with main authors Malli Ganesana, Scott Lee, and Ying Wang, publish a major review article for Analytical Chemistry entitled
"Analytical techniques in neuroscience: Recent advances in imaging, separation, and electrochemical methods".
11/2016
Qun Cao joins the lab as a first year graduate student, working on carbon nanomaterial projects!

 11/2016
Cheng Yang wins an outstanding graduate student award at the Eastern Analytical Symposium. He and Dr. Venton traveled to the conference where he gave a poster.
11/2016
Cheng Yang successfully defends his PhD thesis.  Congratulations Dr. Yang!

10/2016
Dr. Venton attends the NSF workshop on Brain Chemistry. 

9/2016
Dr. Venton presents at our applied fruit fly work Sci-X in Minneapolis.

6/2016
Postdoc positions are available.  We are especially looking for someone with a fruit fly background and experience in genetics.  Check out the full job ad at Jobs@UVA.  You must apply online but also feel free to email Dr. Venton your CV. 

6/2016
Ryan Borman successfully defends his MS thesis on automated detection of adenosine transients. 
6/2016
Poojan's paper on octopamine detection in Drosophila larva is officially accepted to ACS Chemical Neuroscience.     
6/2016
Ying's paper on correlations of oxygen and adenosine transients is officially accepted to Journal of Neurochemistry.   
6/2016
Dr. Venton is officially promoted to full professor! 

  6/2016
Angelo Khan joins the group for the summer through the FYRE program.  He is from Brooklyn College.    

5/2016
Eve Privman Champaloux officially defends her PhD dissertation on dopamine kinetics in Drosophila models of Parkinson disease.  Next, she's back to med school to complete her MD portion of the MD/PhD.  Congratulations Eve!
  5/2016
Dr. Venton, Malli Ganesana, and Cheng Yang travel to Gothenburg, Sweden to attend the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience Conference.  Malli and Cheng also attended Biosensors 2016.    

5/2016
The Venton lab officially receives word that
d.   our renewal of our NIH grant on measuring neurotransmitters in Drosophila is funded.     
3/2016
Dr. Venton, Malli Ganesana, Scott Lee, Poojan Pyakurel, Ying Wang, and Cheng Yang travel to Pittcon in Atlanta, GA to present talks on their research. 
3/2016
Cheng Yang's paper on laser treated carbon nanotube yarn microelectrodes is accepted to ACS Sensors!     

 2/2016
Cheng Yang wins the inaugural Adam Ritchie award for the most outstanding graduate student in the chemistry department. Congratulations!   

 2/2016
Yash Maniar, undergraduate researcher majoring in Neuroscience, is awarded a Harrison Undergraduate research award for his research in the Venton lab.   

1/2016
Malli Ganesana travels to Vancouver and gives a talk at the Keystone Conference on Purines about his work on adenosine and stroke.   

12/2015
Madelaine Denno's paper on histamine and carcinine in fruit flies is accepted to ACS Chemical Neuroscience.  Congratulations! 

11/2015
Cheng Yang's paper on carbon nanotubes grown on metal wires is published in Analytical Chemistry.  This is part of our project with Oak Ridge National Lab.  Congratulations!

11/2015
New graduate students Jason Borgus and Pumidech Puthongkham officially join the Venton lab. Welcome!  

10/2015
Dr. Venton travels to DC to the ACS Chemical & Engineering News Advisory board meeting.  

10/2015
More Venton lab papers are published by recent alumni: Alex Zestos and Cheng Yang's paper on Carbon Nanospike electrodes is published in the Analyst and Michael Nguyen's paper on Adenosine Clearance is published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives.   
10/2015
Eve Privman travels to the Cold Spring Harbor Drosophila Neurobiology conference to give a presentation on our fly work.   
6/2015

Eve Privman's article on dopamine release in different fly neuropil stimulated by CsChrimson is published in Journal of Neurochemistry

6/2015
Summer outreach-Dr. Venton and LEAD have a teacher workshop for elementary teachers to use inquiry-based methods.  She also works with the VISTA ELIS program for elementary teachers.
 
5/2015
Cheng Yang,
Maddie Denno, and Poojan Pyakurel contributed a massive review on carbon nanomaterials for electrochemical sensors of biomolecules in Analytica Chimic Acta.  This article updates a 2009 review we wrote that has received over 500 citations!

5/2015
Cheng Yang travels to the Electrochemical society Meeting in Chicago. 

4/2015
Dr. Michael Nguyen successfully defends his thesis.  After working for the summer here, he takes a job at Lancaster Labs. 

4/2015
Ning Xiao'
s paper on P2X2 channels for stimulating release in the fly is published in Journal of Neurochemistry.      
3/2015
Cheng Yang, Eve Privman,
Michael Nguyen, Maddie Denno, Scott Lee, Poojan Pyakurel, and Malli Ganesana travel to Pittcon in New Orleans and give research presentations.       

3/2015
New year, new publications.  Congratulations to Michael Nguyen on his adensoine FSCV article being accepted to Computational and Structural Biology.  Madelaine Denno's article on CE-FSCV of flies in different life stages is published in the special Monitoring Molecules issue of ACS Chemical Neuroscience.  Hillary Rees' master's work on carbon nanopipette electrodes, a collaboration with Haim Bau's group at UPenn, is published in Analytical Chemistry
11/2014
Dr. Venton travels to Detroit to present a seminar at Wayne State University.  
10/2014
Dr. Venton is appointed to the Chemical & Engineering News Advisory Board of the ACS and attends and advisory board meeting.   

8/2014
Ashley Ross departs the lab to become a postdoc for Rebecca Pompano's lab at UVA.  Alex Zestos departs the lab to postdoc for Bob Kennedy at University of Michigan. 
8/2014
Alex Zestos' paper on PEI-CNT fibers is accepted to Analytical Chemistry.  Congratulations!
8/2014
Ashley Ross' paper on sawhorse voltammetry for adenosine detection is published in Analytical Chemistry.  Congratulations!   
9/2014
Dr. Venton travels to the International Society for Electrochemistry meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland to present our carbon nanomaterial electrode work.
9/2014
Ashley Ross' paper on adenosine modulation of dopamine transients is accepted to Journal of Neurochemistry.  Congratulations!   

8/2014
Alex Zestos' paper on PEI-CNT fibers is accepted to Analytical Chemistry.  Congratulations!
8/2014
Ashley Ross' paper on sawhorse voltammetry for adenosine detection is published in Analytical Chemistry.  Congratulations!   

8/2014
Dr. Venton, Scott Lee, Madelaine Denno, and Poojan Pyakurel travel to UCLA to present at the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience.  Poojan wins one of the best poster awards!  Congratulations!   

7/2014
Ning Xiao defends her PhD thesis.  Congratulations Dr. Xiao!  
7/2014
Dr. Venton and Michael Nguyen travel to Bonn, Germany to attend Purines 2014.  Dr. Venton gives a talk and Michael presents a poster on our adenosine work.   

6/2014
Ning Xiao's paper on pulsed optical stimulations in Drosophila is accepted by ACS Chemical Neuroscience.  Congratulations!
5/2014
Chris Jacob's paper on CNT yarns is accepted to Analytical Chemistry.  Chris departs the lab for a postdoc at Oak Ridge National Lab. Congratulations! 

4/2014
Dr. Venton and Cheng Yang travel to Oak Ridge National lab to continue our ongoing user project on growing carbon nanomaterial electrodes.    
4/2014
Dr. Venton and Cheng Yang travel to West Virginia University for the the WVNano conference.  Dr. Venton gives a talk and Cheng gives a poster. 

4/2014
Three defenses in 3 days!  Ashely Ross and Alex Zestos receive their PhD's in Chemistry and Hillary Rees receives her MS in Chemistry.  Congratulations to Dr. Ross and Dr. Zestos and Hillary! 

4/2014
The Venton lab receives a new NIH grant entitled "Carbon nanotube yarn and fiber microelectrodes for high temporal resolution sensing of dopamine".  This is a 2 year R21 award funded by NIDA to look at high temporal measurements in the brain.

3/2014
Ashley Ross' paper on mechanically-stimulated adenosine release is accepted to Journal of Neurochemistry.  Michael Nguyen and Eve Privman are co-authors.  Congratulations.

3/2014
Five members of the lab and Dr. Venton go to Pittcon in Chicago.   Ashley Ross, Michael Nguyen, Maddie Denno and Alex Zestos all gave oral presentations on their work.
2/2014
Dr. Venton visits Biogen in Boston to discuss our Drosophila work. 
1/2014
Michael Nguyen's paper, Characterization of Spontaneous, Transient Adenosine Release in the Caudate-Putamen and Prefrontal Cortex, was accepted to PLOS ONE.
11/2013
The Dreyfus foundation awards Dr.Venton, along with co-investigators Michelle Prysby and Jennifer Maeng and the student group LEAD, a special award in the chemical sciences.  This money will be used to fund teacher workshops for elementary school teachers on inquiry based learning in science.  
11/2013
Dr. Venton visit University of Arkansas to give a seminar to the chemistry department.
10/2013
Eve Privman attends the Neurobiology of Drosophila Conference at Cold Spring Harbor and presents a poster on her work.  
9/2013

Dr. Venton visits Salisbury University to give a talk.  
5/2013
Chris Jacobs participates in graduation and becomes the first PhD. student to actually allow Dr. Venton to hood him.
4/2013
The Venton lab had two papers recently accepted.  A paper on CE-EC for rat brain slice neurotransmitter detection was published in Analytical Methods.  A paper on kinetics of the dopamine transporter in Drosophila larva was published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience in the Monitoring Molecules in vivo special issue.  Congratulations to former students Megan Pajski, Huaifang Fang, and Trisha Vickrey who were lead authors as well as current student who helped get these papers out.   
3/2013
The Venton lab was well represented at the Huskey Graduate Research Symposium.  Eve Privman took a second place award for her poster and Ashley Ross and Alex Zestos received third place awards for oral presentations. 
3/2013
Six members of the lab and Dr. Venton go to Pittcon in Philadelphia.   Ashley Ross, Chris Jacobs, Ning Xiao, Michael Nguyen, Maddie Denno and Alex Zestos all gave oral presentations on their work.  Dr. Venton talked about our adenosine sensing work as well as microfluidics experiments in the classroom.     
3/2013
Ashley Ross receives a GSAS travel award and Chris Jacobs receives a SEAC travel award to attend Pittcon.    
3/2013
The Venton lab started off March by helping host the Microscale Bioseparations (MSB 2013) conference on the campus here at UVA.  Many group members volunteered to help the conference go smoothly.  Maddie Denno, Chris Jacobs and Dr. Venton put on a workshop on "Electrochemical Detection for Capillary and Microchip Electrophoresis."   
2/2013
Undergraduate researcher Kate Roche receives a Harrison Award for undergraduate research.  She'll be using that award to continue her research on the affect of adenosine receptors on dopamine release this summer.   
2/2013
The Venton lab took lots of field trips trips this month!  Eve Privman went to Janelia Farm (HHMI) to start a collaboration on Drosophila neurochemistry, Chris and Alex went to Oak Ridge National Lab to grow carbon nanotubes for electrodes.  Dr. Venton went to University of Minnesota as the student invited analytical chemistry speaker.       
12/2012
Check out the new lab picture from our annual Christmas party (which also served as a graduation party for Dr. Jacobs this year)!  Also included: some lab children, future scientists for sure.     
11/2012
Four new first year chemistry graduate students join the Venton lab: Scott Lee, Poojan Pyakurel, Hillary Rees and Cheng Yang.  Along with Eve Privman, a MSTP Neuroscience student who joined this fall, that means we have a full house!   
11/2012
Chris Jacobs successfully defends his PhD thesis!  Congratulations Dr. Jacobs.  He'll be sticking around the lab as a postdoc for the next few year months.   
11/2012
A paper by Dr. Megan Pajski on stimulated adenosine release throughout the brain is accepted to Purinergic Signaling
10/2012
Dr. Venton travels to University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) to give a departmental seminar. 
10/2012
Jill Venton travels to Janelia farm to present an invited seminar and explore collaborations measuring neurotransmitters in Drosophila
9/2012
Michael Ngyuen and Jill Venton travel to London, England for the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience Conference
8/2012
The Venton lab has 2 new research technicians who are recent graduates.  Merrick Kozak is working on the fly project and Matt Ryals is working on the adenosine/in vivo project.  Welcome.     
8/2012
Collaborative work with Kasia Glanowska and Sue Moenter on detecting gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) with FSCV is accepted to the Journal of Neuroscience.   
7/2012
Trisha Vickrey successfully defends her PhD thesis.  Congratulations Dr. Vickrey and good luck at Harvard next year as you pursue a Masters in Science Education Policy!
6/2012
Ning Xiao has her paper on aligned CNT electrodes accepted by Analytical Chemistry.  Congratulations Ning!
6/2012
Phuong Vo successfully defends her master's thesis.  Congratulations Phuong!  
6/2012
Dr. Venton and Chris Jacobs travel to Oak Ridge National Lab Center for Nanophase Materials to grow CNTs on wires and carbon fibers. This is our first trip off our funded user project.
6/2012
Dr. Venton travels to Fukuoka, Japan to give a talk at the Purines 2012 meeting. 
5/2012
Dr. Venton travels to Seattle to give a seminar at University of Washington. 
5/2012
Ashley Ross has her paper on Nafion-CNT electrodes for adenosine detection accepted to the Analyst.  Congratulations Ashley. 
3/2012
Many members of the Venton lab travel to Orlando for Pittcon 2012 and give posters and presentations.  Ning, Michael, Trisha, Maddie, Chris and Alex are pictured below with the Manatee statue.   Pittcon 2012
2/2012
Dr. Venton travels to Shippensburg University to give a seminar.  
1/2012
Trisha Vickrey is awarded a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship to intern in public policy at the National Academy of Science.  This is an extremely competitive national fellowship.  Congratulations, Trisha!
11/2011
Amanda Prior, first year chemistry grad student, officially joins the Venton lab.
11/2011
Ashley Ross, Ning Xiao, and Dr. Venton venture to Washington DC to present posters at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting.
11/2011
Dr. Venton gives a seminar to the chemistry department at Muhlenberg University.
10/2011
Trisha Vickrey's D2 autoreceptor paper is accepted to ACS Chemical Neuroscience.  Read it here.
10/2011
Several member of the Venton lab head over to Richmond for the regional ACS meeting, SERMACS, presenting both posters and talks. 
9/2011
Dr. Venton attends the Potter's Lodge Electrochemistry Meeting.
8/2011
Dr. Venton is seeking to hire a postdoc to work on CE-LIF projects.  A complete job announcement can be found by clicking this link.
8/2011
Dr. Venton attends S4: the Symposium on Small Scale Separations in Saratoga Springs, NY. 
8/2011
A paper by Jennifer Peairs and Ashley Ross comparing Nafion and overoxidized polypyrrole for depositing carbon nanotubes onto electrodes is accepted to Analytical Methods.  Congratulations!
5/2011
Dr. Venton is featured in a Nature Careers profile article.  Read the article here
5/2011
Dr. Venton is officially approved for tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (effective Aug. 2011)!
4/2011
Megan Pajski successfully defends her PhD thesis, becoming the 1st chemistry PhD from the Venton lab and the 2nd PhD overall.  The lab celebrates with a party at Jill's house. 
4/2011
Dr Venton is working on a set of lessons for explaining the importance of analytical chemistry to society.  A link to that web page can be found here.
4/2011
Trisha Vickrey is awarded an ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry summer fellowship.  This prestigious national fellowship, sponsored by Eastman Kodak, was awarded to only 7 students.  Trisha also was also awarded a University of Virginia GSAS (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) dissertation year fellowship.  Congratulations on both awards Trisha!
3/2011
A large contigent of Venton lab folks traveled to Pittcon in Atlanta.  Megan, Chris J., Trisha, and Huaifang presented talks and Ning and Ashley had posters.  Jill Venton received her 2011 SEAC Young Investigator award. 
2/2011
Chris Jacob's paper on carbon nanotube modified electrodes is accepted by the Analyst.  Congratulations!
1/2011
Huaifang Fang's paper on capillary electrophoresis with electrochemical detection is accepted by Analytical Chemistry.  Congratulations!
1/2011
Trisha Vickrey is awarded a SEAC travel award to Pittcon. Congratulations!
12/2010
Three new students join the Venton lab: Madelaine Denno, Michael Nguyen, and Phuong Vo.  Welcome!
11/2010
Madame Curious visits the Venton lab.  She's a bear designed to teach fifth graders about science.  Read about her adventures with Trisha Vickrey at this blog.
10/2010
Jill Venton attends the FACSS meeting in Raleigh and the Dreyfus Foundation meeting of Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars. 
10/2010
Megan Pajski's paper on adenosine release in slices was accepted to ACS Chemical Neuroscience.    Congratulations!
9/2010
Our paper on A1 receptor modulation of adenosine releae was accepted to Neuroscience.  This paper was first authored by Sylvia Cechova.  Congratulations!
6/2010
Yida Xu's study on adenosine deaminase kinetics using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry is accepted to the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Check out the cover photo, drawn by Jenn:PCCP cover
5/2010
The Venton lab holds a picnic to honor graduating undergraduate researcher Asim Shabbir and celebrate the end of the semester.  A frinedly, but competitive game of bocce ball was played.
5/2010
Thitaphat "Non" Ngernsutivorakul wins Bass scholarship to do undergraduate research this summer.  Congratulations!
4/2010
Dr. Venton is awarded the 2011 Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) Young Investigator Award.  The award will be presented at Pittcon in Atlanta in March, 2011.
4/2010
Dr. Venton is named a 2010 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by the Dreyfus foundation.
3/2010
Several graduate students excel at the Huskey Graduate Research symposium.  Jenn Peairs wins second place in the posters for Physical Sciences while Trisha Vickrey wins third place in the oral presentations for Physical Sciences.  Collaborator Kasia Glanowska win second place for a poster in Biological Sciences and also later takes first prize at the Graduate Biosciences Symposium poster session. Congratulations! 
3/2010
Trisha Vickrey, Chris Jacobs, Jennifer Peairs and Jill Venton travel to Orlando for Pittcon.  Trisha, Chris, and Jill give talks while Jenn gives a poster.
2/2010
Trisha Vickrey is selected by the university to present her research at the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools Forum for the state legislature in Richmond.
1/2010
Dr. Venton presents an invited talk at the Gordon Conference on Electrochemistry in Ventura, CA. 
1/2010
The Venton group started the new year with 3 papers accepted for publication: Xenia Borue's study on mechanisms that control serotonin release in Journal of Neurochemistry, Yida Xu's study on the electrochemistry of adenosine and ATP in Electroanalysis, and Chris Jacobs and Jennifer Peairs' review on carbon nanotube modified electrodes in Analytica Chimica Acta.
12/2009
Four new graduate students join the lab: Taylor Phelps, Ashley Ross, Kellie Silcio, and Ning Wang.  Welcome!
10/2009
Megan Huffman travels to Chicago to present a poster on her adenosine work at the Society for Neuroscience meeting. 
10/2009
Trisha Vickrey's paper on measuring dopamine release in Drosophila is accepted to Analytical Chemistry.
9/2009
Trisha Vickrey travels to New York to attend the Cold Spring Harbor Drosophila Neurobiology conference. She presents a poster of dopamine detection in Drosophila.
07/2009
The Venton group receives an NIH R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health) entitled "Rapid detection of neurotransmitter changes in Drosophila melanogaster."
05/2009
Congratulations to Dr. Xenia Borue on successfully defending her dissertation, becoming the Venton lab's first doctoral graduate.  She is now headed back to medical school to finish her training in the M.D./Ph.D. program. 
03/2009
Trisha Vickrey wins first prize for physical sciences for her talk at the Huskey Graduate Research Symposium. Congratulations!
03/2009
Megan Huffman, Chris Jacobs and Trisha Vickrey attend Pittcon in Chicago.  Megan and Chris have posters while Trisha presents a talk. 
02/2009
Xenia Borue's paper on detection of serotonin in Drosophila is accepted to Journal of Neuroscience Methods
01/2009
An article on octopamine/tyramine electrochemistry is accepted to the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.  Undergraduate researcher Stephanie Cooper and Dr. Venton contributed to the article.

11/2008
First year grad student Jennifer Peairs joins the lab. 
11/2008
Jill Venton, Xenia Borue, and Sylvia Cechova attend the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington D.C.  Xenia and Sylvia present posters on their research. 
10/2008
An article by Megan Huffman on the properties of carbon-fiber microelectrodes is published in Electroanalysis.
08/2008
Jill Venton and Xenia Borue attend the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience Conference in Vancouver, Canada.  Congratulations to Xenia who wins one of the best poster awards!  Dr. Venton gives an invited talk on our efforts to fabricate more sensitive microelectrodes. 
08/2008
A review article written by Megan Huffman on in vivo applications of carbon-fiber microelectrodes is accepted to the Analyst
06/2008
A review article on neurochemistry written by graduate students Chris Jacobs and Trisha Vickrey is accepted for publication in the Wiley "Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology."
06/2008
Jill Venton and Sylvia Cechova travel to Copenhagen Denmark to attend the Purines 2008 meeting.  Dr. Venton gives an invited talk on our electrochemical sensors for adenosine measurements and Sylvia gives a poster on adenosine-dopamine interactions. 
05/2008

The Venton lab has an end of the year picnic and bocce ball game to celebrate our graduating members.  Congratulations to Stephanie Cooper, who will be attending University of Virginia Medical School next year and Neil Hershey who is off to chemistry graduate school at the University of Michigan. 
04/2008
Jill Venton travels to Indianapolis to visit Eli Lilly and accept the Eli Lilly Young Analytical Investigator Award.  Megan Huffman goes along and tours Eli Lilly as well.
03/2008
Our flame etched electrode paper is accepted to Analytical Chemistry.  This paper was former undergraduate research Andrew Strand's Distinguished Major Project last year.
03/2008
Megan Huffman and Dr. Venton attend Pittcon in New Orleans.  Megan gives a contributed talk and Dr. Venton gives an invited talk.
01/2008
The Venton lab publishes a paper on in vivo dynamics of adenosine release in Journal of Neurochemistry.  Sylvia Cechova is the first author.
01/2008
Dr. Venton is named an ACS PROGRESS/Dreyfus Foundation lecturer. 
11/2007
Dr. Venton, Sylvia Cechova, and Stephanie Cooper attend the Society for Neuroscience convention in San Diego, CA and present posters on their work.   
10/2007
Dr. Venton gives invited talks at FACSS in Memphis, TN and at SERMACS  in Greenville, SC. 
10/2007
Dr. Venton is awarded the Eli Lilly Young Analytical Investigator award. 
08/2007
Our first NIH grant is funded by NIBIB.  This R21 award is to develop an electrochemical adenosine sensor.
07/2007
The Venton lab's second paper is published in the Analyst.  This paper is then featured in the magazine Chemical Technology.
06/2007
The Venton lab is awarded a Beginning grant-in-aid from the American Heart Association to study adenosine release during ischemia. 
04/2007
Andrew Strand completes the Distinguished Majors Program in Chemistry and Vivek Ayer wins Best Presentation at the AVS Mid-Atlantic Chapter Poster Session.
02/2007
Dr. Venton gives an invited lecture in the Investigating Neuronal Chemistry Symposia at Pittcon.

01/2007
The Venton lab's first paper is published in the Jan. 15th edition of Analytical Chemistry.

12/2006
Dr. Venton receives an NSF CAREER award for young
faculty. Read the abstract.









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