Jennifer L. DuBois, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, receives the first Ed Stiefel Young Investigator Award. This award recognizes the great start made in establishing an independent laboratory in biological inorganic chemistry. The recent stellar accomplishments in the study of chlorite dismutase, and the potential importance of this enzyme in addressing environmental problems, were certainly important factors. Ed Stiefel was a long time member of the Metals in Biology GRC community. One of his most famous accomplishments was to apply his knowledge of bioinorganic chemistry and microbiology to spearhead the cleanup effort after the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Dr. DuBois joined the University of Notre Dame faculty in 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Cornell University and her doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University. She was an NIH Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. At the upcoming Metals in Biology GRC to be held in Ventura, CA, Jan. 31 – Feb. 5, 2010, she will be announced in the program as the Ed Stiefel Young Investigator.