Wang receives ORAU recognition

Published: Aug 14, 2008 7:07:16 AM
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Jin Wang with ORAU award

(Left to right) Dr. Chris Roberts, chair and Uthlaut Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering; Dr. Jay Gogue, Auburn University president; Dr. Jin Wang, assistant professor of chemical engineering; Dr. Larry Benefield, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Jin Wang, faculty member in Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering, has received a 2008 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award for her proposal, "Inferring Gene Regulatory Mechanisms through Integrated Metabolic Network Analysis and Cybernetic Modeling." Chosen from more than 100 scientists across the nation, Wang was presented a $5,000 stipend which will be matched by Auburn for future research, equipment or travel expenses.

"I am honored to be chosen," said Wang. "The evaluation and selection process conducted by my peers makes it a special recognition, and I consider it a privilege to be selected from among many renowned scientists from universities across the country."

Given annually by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the award recognizes faculty members from ORAU member institutions who are within two years of their initial tenure-track appointments as assistant professors for their work in engineering or applied science; life sciences; mathematics and computer science; physical sciences; and policy, management or education. The recognition is intended to enhance research and professional growth and result in new funding opportunities during the early stages of the recipients' careers.

"The Powe award denotes the quality and significance of Dr. Wang's research," said Chris Roberts, chair and Uthlaut Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. "Her efforts at this early stage in her career are certainly worthy of this type of acknowledgment. We congratulate her and anticipate continued recognition of her outstanding research in the future."

The award is named for Ralph E. Powe, who served as the ORAU councilor from Mississippi State University for 16 years. Powe participated in numerous committees and special projects during his tenure and was elected chair of ORAU's Council of Sponsoring Institutions. ORAU is a consortium of 99 major research institutions developed to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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