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NUANCE is recognized as an Outstanding Core Facility

The Office for Research selected five core facilities for the 2010 Outstanding Core Facility Award. The awards honor facilities for exemplary service and support of research at the University. The recipients are the Cell Imaging Facility (CIF), Dow-Northwestern-DuPont Collaborative Access Team (DND-CAT), Keck Biophysics Facility (Keck Bio), Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center (NUANCE), and the Jerome B. Cohen X-Ray Diffraction Facility (X-ray).

In its first year, the Outstanding Core Facility Award was created to recognize the important contributions that core facilities provide to the research community. The awardees set a high standard of service and support as determined by their exceptional resource management, grantsmanship, participation in educational and outreach activities, communication of services within and outside of the University, and results of a University-wide customer satisfaction survey.

Each facility will receive a $2,000 travel award for use by staff members to attend a national or international meeting related to core facilities. In addition, the directors, managers and staff members will be honored guests at an awards luncheon sponsored by the Office for Research.

Serving roughly 600 researchers on the Evanston campus, NUANCE, directed by Vinayak Dravid, provides a host of technologies and services in the engineering and physical sciences as well as facilitating collaborations with the Art Institute, Botanical Gardens, and Museum of Science and Industry.