Sept. 23 is Stem Cell Awareness Day, created to spread information and excitement about the field of stem cell research. To mark the day, Richard Luben, a member of the Stem Cell Center on campus, will participate in outreach.

Other developments at the center include: hiring Jun Parsons, a stem cell biologist working on neurogenesis, as an adjunct assistant professor; hiring Chee (Duncan) Liew, a stem cell biologist, as the academic coordinator in charge of the Stem Cell Core Facility; two graduate students at the center, Sabrina Lin (who works with Prue Talbot) and Tiffany Satoorian (who works with Michael Pirrung), won first and second place, respectively, in the annual Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology research symposium for stem cell projects; Connie Martin, an undergraduate student working with Talbot at the center, received a Cornelius Hoper Award to support her stem cell research; Talbot received a new grant from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to continue her work with human embryonic stem cells and characterize their response to both conventional and harm reduction products; and Bir Bhanu, a professor of electrical engineering, had a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grant funded that includes stem cell work.