Our Department of Environmental & Occupational Health has many reasons to celebrate this week, as both a student and a faculty member were selected as recipients for prestigious research awards.
Lazaro Mesa, an undergraduate student at FIU, who has been conducting research on the role of NRF1 in the generation breast cancer stem cells in the Environmental Public Health Genomics Laboratory, has been selected as a recipient of a 2015-2016 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Scholar Award for Undergraduate Students for participation in two consecutive AACR Annual Meetings. Lazaro will have the opportunity to attend the two Annual American Association for Cancer Research conferences and present research to scientists from all over the world in this meeting.
In addition, Dr. Jayanta K. Das, Research Assistant Professor at EOH, was selected by the Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council as one of the recipients of a 2015 AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award. He will participate in the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, taking place April 18-22 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Both are stellar examples of how our college is worlds ahead, setting the standard of how we can be the change in our community.