RGC Winner 2016


    I am pleased to announce the winner of the 2nd Annual Richard Carroll Excellence in Research Award.   This year’s winner is Hong Kong.  Hong is the Riley lab manager and she also oversees the acquisition, purification and distribution of primary human cells to the entire campus, especially to those in CCI.  She has made a number of improvements in the process so that we are able to fulfill most orders all of the time.  Hong also does an amazing job of training new folks in the Riley and keeping the lab running efficiently.  Hong has also made important contributions to the study of PD-1 signaling.

The purpose of this award as you may remember is to acknowledge the folks behind the scenes that make things happen but often do not get recognized for their efforts-like the award’s namesake Richard Carroll.   Richard was a wonderful scientist who had an infectious love of science and working in the lab.  Richard often did the jobs that did not get much fanfare in order to make the entire TRP (now CCI) program more successful in getting therapies to patients.  Today is Richard’s birthday and he would be thrilled that we honor individuals like Shannon (last year’s winner) and Hong who are following in his footsteps to make the CCI output greater than the sum of its individual parts.

Hong will get a plaque acknowledging her as the winner of the award and her name will join Shannon’s on wall near the elevator.  We will also acknowledge Hong at the CCI Holiday party.  Hong will also be able to attend a meeting of her choice or to attend workshop to improve her skills a researcher.  Richard was a firm believer that everyone doing science should always be learning new things and by allowing folks who normally don’t attend meetings to go we further pay tribute to Richard’s ideals.

Please join us in congratulating Hong on being recognized by this award.