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Amy Herr honored with the Mid-Career Achievement Award of the AES Electrophoresis Society: Mid-Career Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the fields of electrophoresis, electrokinetics and related areas; and are currently in the middle of their career.

Need electrodes? Benavidez, Martinez-Duarte and Garcia published invited review paper.

Goluch named Emerging Investigator: Analytical Methods selected 44 individuals to recognize in 2015 as emerging investigators in the analytical sciences.

Breaking through the bacteria barrier: New microfluidic device may speed up DNA insertion in bacteria.

Promoting Cross-Cultural Physics and Engineering Teams for Today's Operational Challenges: Martinez-Duarte and Sanabria receive a “100,000 Strong” grant.

Antibiotic resistant strains separated: DEP advances diagnostics.

New contactless dielectrophoresis device with cell-scale microstructures: J. Cemazar, T. Douglas and R. Davalos publish new article.

Clemson University recruits Carlos D. Garcia: Department of Chemistry adds microfluidics research to their outstanding portfolio.

Srivastava selected as innovative young engineering educator by NAE:One among the 70 in nation selected to participate in NAE's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

Neil Ivory honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the AES Electrophoresis Society: The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the fields of electrophoresis, electrokinetics and related areas

Adam Woolley honored with the Mid-Career Achievement Award of the AES Electrophoresis Society: Mid-Career Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the fields of electrophoresis, electrokinetics and related areas; and are currently in the middle of their career.

Adrienne Minerick honored with the Distinguished Service Award of the AES Electrophoresis Society: The Distinguished Service Award honors individuals that have had significant long-term involvement with the Society and made a considerable effort toward its success and growth.

NSF renews commitment to Microfluidics Training: US-Brazil IRES: Analytical Applications of Nanomaterials and Microfluidic Devices.

21st International Meeting of LACE: Join many of your friends in Cartgena!

Low-Cost Biothreat Detector: Microfluidic Device and Smartphone Microscope Detect B. Anthracis.

Minerick Named Associate Dean for Research and Innovation: Professor Adrienne Minerick, Adrienne Minerick, professor of chemical engineering with an adjunct appointment in biomedical engineering, has been named the College of Engineering's first associate dean for Research and Innovation at Michigan Tech. Read more here.

N. Mavrogiannis, M. Desmond and Z. Gagnon published new article: N. Mavrogiannis, M. Desmond and Z. Gagnon published a new article on displacement of electrical liquid interfaces. Their paper "Fluidic dielectrophoresis: The polarization and displacement of electrical liquid interfaces" is available in the July 2015 issue of Electrophoresis.

Colloid research on the space station: Assistant professor Stuart Williams (UofL) prepares experiments on colloids. His research eventually is to be conducted on the International Space Station and could have implications in solar energy, advanced manufacturing and other fields. Watch here. (You Tube video produced by UofL). Read more here.

Inclusive educator award: Dr. Soumya Srivastava, an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Idaho, received Inclusive educator award for using new active learning techniques to actively engage students in chemical engineering.

A fastlane to robust microfluidics: AES Members Monsur Islam, Rucha Natu and Prof. Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte from MechE at Clemson University have recently published their work on manufacturing inexpensive and robust microfluidics using xerography and double-sided adhesive. They characterized the limits of this technology when fabricating serpentines, zigzags and square channels that could be of use to the community. Their paper "A study on the limits and advantages of using desktop cutter plotter to fabricate microfluidic networks" has been accepted in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics journal.

New book - Capillary Electrophoresis and Microchip Capillary Electrophoresis: Principles, Applications, and Limitations: Carlos D. Garcia, Karin Y. Chumbimuni-Torres, Emanuel Carrilho, March 2013. With contributions from a team of leading analytical scientists, Capillary Electrophoresis and Microchip Capillary Electrophoresis explains how researchers can take full advantage of all the latest techniques, emphasizing applications in which capillary electrophoresis has proven superiority over other analytical approaches. The authors not only explore the benefits of each technique, but also the limitations, enabling readers to choose the most appropriate technique to analyze a particular sample.

AES past President, Adrienne Minerick, Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Minerick was recognized “for leading contributions to the field of nonlinear electrokinetics, particularly discernment of surface molecules with electric fields in microdevices, and for leadership in the field as the AES Electrophoresis Society president.” Read more here.

AES member, Professor Bill Ristenpart, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Davis, was featured in a story by the Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat. He is co-teaching two courses using the processing and roasting of coffee to teach chemical engineering to students at the UC Davis School of Engineering. The full story is available here.

AES member, Professor Boris Khusid (NJIT) received a grant from NASA’s Physical Science Research Program to help investigate how complex fluids and macromolecules behave in microgravity. The investigations will be conducted aboard the International Space Station. Professor Khusid will work on Kinetics of electric field-driven phase transitions in polarized colloids. For further information click here.

Professor Pier Giorgio Righetti, Full Professor at the Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica at the Politecnico di Milano, just published the book “Low-abundance Proteome Discovery - State of the Art and Protocols.” This book addresses the biggest challenge in the field of protein biomarkers – detecting low‐abundance proteomes – and offers novel methods and protocols for their detection, identification, and quantification. Further details are available here.

Special issue “Dielectrophoresis 2013” AES member Blanca Lapizco-Encinas invites you to take a look at the special issue Dielectrophoresis 2013 of the journal ELECTROPHORESIS, published as issue 7 of volume 34. This special issue consists of 18 valuable contributions from research groups in USA, Europe and Asia. It is divided into four parts: (i) Fundamentals, (ii) Nanoanalysis, (iii) Biomedical Applications and (iv) Bioanalytical Applications. This is a unique collection of articles presenting the latest findings on dielectrophoresis-based microdevices. This is the second installment in this series that started with “Dielectrophoresis 2011” published as issues 17 and 18 of volume 32. For further information visit the journal's webpage.

Mark Hayes receives Benedetti-Pichler Award Our very own Mark Hayes (AES Vice-President and ASU associate professor) will be honored by The American Microchemical Society with the Benedetti-Pichler Award in recognition of his major contributions to the development of new technology for analyzing ultra small volumes of biological fluids and tissues. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of microchemistry. Further information available here. On a related note Mark was also recently interviewed as part of the 2013 podcast series, as a finalist for the 2012 FACSS-SciX Innovation Award, for his work "Punctuated Microgradients for Electric Field Separations". More information available here.

AES Mid-Career Award AES is delighted to announce that Professor Todd Squires, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of California at Santa Barbara, is the recipient of the 2013 AES Mid-Career Award. This recognition is given for exceptional contributions to the field of electrophoresis, microfluidics, and related areas by an individual who is currently in the middle of their career. Please click here for further information.

ELECTROPHORESIS Special Issue Published AES member Victor M. Ugaz invites you to take a look at the special issue of the journal ELECTROPHORESIS devoted to Next Generation Sequencing and Genotyping, published as issue 23 of volume 33. The issue contains a diverse and informative mix of reviews, technology-focused works, and application-oriented papers that convey both the current state of the field and a glimpse of future directions. A unique feature of this collection is that the contributors have endeavored to make their work accessible to a broad range of readers. For further information visit the journal's webpage.

Focus Issue on AES 2011 Annual Meeting is published The focus issue on AES 2011 Annual Meeting has been published by the journal ELECTROPHORESIS as issue 13 of volume 33. This focus issue contains 9 papers that were presented at the meeting and was edited by Blanca H. Lapizco-Encinas and Victor Ugaz. For further information visit the journal's webpage.

Kevin Dorfman awarded Allan P. Colburn Award
Associate Professor Kevin Dorfman will be the 2012 recipient of the Allan P. Colburn Award for Excellence in Publications by a Young Member of the Institute. The Colburn Award is the highest honor given to a member of AIChE under the age of 36 for "significant contributions to chemical engineering through publications." Professor Dorfman joins a large number of Minnesota faculty and alumni who have been recognized by this award, including Ed Cussler, Skip Scriven and Matt Tirrell.

AES Member publishes a review on Microfabrication technologies in dielectrophoresis
AES member, Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, from the Laboratory of Microsystems (LMIS4) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland had his review paper "Microfabrication technologies in dielectrophoresis applications – a review" accepted for publication in ELECTROPHORESIS. This is the first review focusing on the different techniques currently used to generate an electric field gradient in a microfluidics network. The techniques reviewed include metal-electrode, insulator-based, light-induced, carbon-electrode, contactless and doped PDMS. These and other technologies are critically reviewed in terms of material and infrastructure cost, fabrication complexity and potential for high throughput. An encouraging conclusion is the clear tendency in the community to develop devices which are less expensive, easier to fabricate and most importantly easy to use; towards enabling the use of DEP technology in practical settings.

AES Board Member Alexandra Ros Receives NSF CAREER Award
This year, AES board member Alexandra Ros is among the NSF CAREER awardees. The CAREER program is NSF’s most prestigious recognition for young faculty. An award from this program supports the early career development activities of young faculty with excellent research programs. (read more here)

Dielectrophoresis 2013
We would like to invite you to submit a paper for the special Dielectrophoresis 2013 which will be published by Electrophoresis. This will be a highly anticipated special issue and we encourage submission of articles covering all aspects of dielectrophoretic miniaturized systems. The tentative publication date of the Dielectrophoresis 2013 issue is set by April 2013. Additional information and directions for authors are available on the web here. The deadline for manuscripts submission is set for August 1st 2012. Please submit your manuscripts electronically here indicating that it is intended for this special issue, or contact the Editor for this issue, Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas directly.

Special issue Dielectrophoresis 2011 published
The special issue “Dielectrophoresis 2011” has been published in two parts, issues 17 and 18 of volume 32 of the journal Electrophoresis. “Dielectrophoresis 2011” is comprised of 32 accepted papers, 16 papers in each issue. This special issue was edited by Blanca H. Lapizco-Encinas (AES Councilor) and Frantisek Foret. In related news, Blanca Lapizco was appointed Deputy Editor of the Journal Electrophoresis.

AES Member wins Biomicrofluidics Video Contest
AES member Zach Gagnon, Johns Hopkins University, won the Biomicrofludics Video Contest, "Small Matters". A description of the video and the video itself can be access here.

AES Member published in Reviews of Modern Physics
AES member, Kevin Dorfman, from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities had his paper "DNA electrophoresis in microfabricated devices" published in the October - December 2010 issue of Reviews in Modern Physics.

AES's Counculor is inducted in the Mexican Academy of Sciences
Blanca Lapizco-Encinas of CINVESTAV-Monterrey in Mexico was inducted as member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in May 2010. The Mexican Academy of Sciences (Academia Mexicana de Ciencias) is a non-profit organization comprising over 2100 distinguished Mexican scientists, attached to various institutions in the country, as well as a number of eminent foreign colleagues, including various Nobel Prize winners. Blanca is the youngest researcher (and only female) that has received this honor at CINVESTAV-Monterrey.

AES Member has cover article in Lab on a Chip, highlighted in Nature
AES member, Chang Lu, from Purdue University just had a paper entitled "Vortex Assisted DNA Delivery" that is a cover article in the current issue (Issue #16) of Lab on a Chip. The paper was also highlighted in the July 8 issue of Nature.

Lightning Helps Create Artificial Blood Vessels
See the article and associated video on Discovery News of how lightning bolts could help create artificial organs. The abstract of the paper is also available in Advanced Materials.

New Device Detects Heart Disease Using Less Than One Drop Of Blood
Testing people for heart disease might be just a finger prick away thanks to a new credit card-sized device created by a team of researchers from Harvard and Northeastern universities in Boston. In a research report published online in The FASEB Journal, they describe how this device can measure and collect a type of cells needed to build vascular tissue, called endothelial progenitor cells, using only 200 microliters of blood. Full article available here.

Expert Review of Proteomics
Read a review on the proteomics portion of the 2008 AES meeting in Philadelphia, PA. It is published in the Expert Review of Proteomics. Thanks to our former AES President, Dave Garfin, for writing this excellent review.

AES's Annual Meeting co-chair, Shashi Murthy wins 2008 CAREER Award!
Shashi Murthy of Northeastern University will study molecular-level phenomena at the surfaces of cells during separation processes in microfluidic devices. More information on Shashi and his research is available here.

Perspectives Article featured in AIChE Journal
This perspectives article by Adrienne Minerick discusses micro fabricated laboratories on a chip to measure cellular and subcellular processes. AIChE Journal , Volume 54, Issue 9, Pages 2230-2237, September 2008.

A review of the 2007 AES Annual Meeting is in press in the Journal of Capillary Electrophoresis
Minerick, A.R., V.M. Ugaz, S. Murthy, J.P. Posner, "Review of Electrophoresis and BioMEMS in 2007: American Electrophoresis Society 24th Annual Meeting," Journal of Capillary Electrophoresis, accepted - in press, 2008.

Proteomics Review of the 2007 Meeting of the AES Electrophoresis Meeting
Garfin, David, Expert Reviews in Proteomics, 5: (8) 385-387, 2008.
For a full reprint, email reprints@expert-reviews.com or go to the Expert Reviews in Proteomics web-site.

AES's 2008 Annual Meeting co-chair wins 2008 CAREER Award!
Jonathan Posner's group is studying the nonlinear dynamics of electrophoretic deposition of colloidal crystal films and using the resultant colloidal crystal films as a novel, solid-state, electrophoretic separation media for DNA and proteins.

Senior AES member provides insights into early consumption of cows' milk and Type-1 Diabetes
Marcia Goldfarb's group in Maine reports a new explanation for the mysterious link between consumption of cows' milk protein in infant formula early in life and an increased risk of later developing Type-1 diabetes.