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Professor Arnold Elected to National Academy of Inventors

01-07-15

Frances H. Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, as well as the Director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center, has been named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Her group has pioneered methods of "directed evolution" to engineer new proteins in the lab. The method is now widely used to create catalysts for use in industrial processes, including the production of fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. Election as an NAI fellow is an honor bestowed upon academic innovators and inventors who have "demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society." [Caltech story]

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Professor Arnold to Chair Advisory Panel for Packard Science & Engineering Fellowships

12-18-14

Frances H. Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, as well as the Director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center, has assumed the role of Chair of the Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering Advisory Panel. The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering provide the most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study. [Packard Foundation Release]

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Winners of the 2012 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes Announced

06-14-12

The student winners of the 2012 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Philip Romero received the prize in Biotechnology for his work on developing statistical models of proteins with Frances Arnold. Michael Mello was the recipient of the prize in Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Ares Rosakis on developing a novel methodology for identifying the unique ground motion signatures of supershear earthquakes. Leslie O’Leary received the prize in Environmentally Benign Renewable Energy Sources for her pathbreaking work on the properties of semiconductor interfaces with Nate Lewis and Bob Grubbs. This year there were two winners for the prize in Nanotechnology. One winner was Andrew Jennings for his experimental and modeling work in nanomechanics with Julia Greer. The other winner of the Nanotechnology prize was Jordan Raney who has worked with Chiara Daraio to develop new chemical synthesis methods to control the properties of carbon nanotubes.

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Professors Arnold, Fraser, and Hou Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

04-19-11

Frances H. Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, Scott E. Fraser, Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology and Professor of Bioengineering, and Thomas Y. Hou, Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, have been elected to the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of fellows. They have joined an assembly that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholars to provide practical solutions to pressing issues. [Caltech Feature]

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Professor Arnold Wins Draper Prize

01-04-11

Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, is a co-recipient of the Charles Stark Draper Prize by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  Professor Arnold has recieved the Draper Prize, which is the highest honor in the engineering profession, for a method called directed evolution, used worldwide to guide the creation of certain properties in proteins and cells, allowing the engineering of novel enzymes and biocatalytic processes for pharmaceutical and chemical products. [Caltech Press Release]

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Michael Elowitz Featured in Nature Celebration

01-25-10

The seminal research of Bioengineers Michael Elowitz, Associate Professor of Biology and Applied Physics; and Frances Arnold, Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, are featured in Nature's celebration of 10 years of 'Synthetic Systems Biology'.  [Read Nature article]

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Caltech Faculty Honored Among 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era

11-08-08

Four members of the 11-member chemical engineering faculty at Caltech were honored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in their list of 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era: Frances Arnold, Mark Davis, Julia Kornfield, and John Seinfeld. [Caltech Press Release]

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