Chemical hat-trick plus one

Christine Aikens, a Kansas State University chemist will receive an NSF CAREER award to allow her to improve the laboratory experience for undergraduates and conduct research that could lead to clean and renewable sources of energy. The award is the fourth for her department. "I am very happy to be receiving the National Science Foundation's CAREER award," Aikens said. "This grant will enable our group to begin new and exciting projects in both research and teaching, and it will dramatically affect the path of my career." With four award recipients, that's a quarter of the department's graduate faculty, says departmental head Eric Maatta.