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Damian Helbling recieves NSF CAREER Award

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Assistant Professor Damian Helbling in the lab speaks to a graduate student in the lab.

Assistant Professor Damian Helbling has received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project: "A meta-omics approach to discover the determinants of micropollutant biotransformations performed by wastewater microbial communities."    

Helbling will study the biochemical mechanisms by which man-made organic chemicals break down during wastewater treatment. He will also lead an education and outreach initiative in collaboration with the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering, and AguaClara. The $500,000 award will fund research and educational activities through 2023.

The Faculty Early Career Development Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

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