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    Professor Haynes named a 2019 Blavatnik National Award Finalist

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced, Wednesday, May 29, Finalists of the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, which include Professor Christy Haynes

Haynes is one of 31 of the nation’s rising stars in science who will compete for three Blavatnik National Laureate Awards in the categories of chemistry, physical sciences & engineering, and life sciences. Each of the three 2019 National Laureates will win $250,000—the world’s largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists. Now in its 13th year, the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the past accomplishments and the future promise of the most-talented faculty-rank scientists and engineers aged 42 years and younger at America’s top academic and research institutions. This year, the Blavatnik National Awards received an unprecedented 343 nominations from 169 academic and research centers across 44 states – a record in all three categories. This is the third year that Professor Haynes has been nominated for the award. The three 2019 National Laureates, chosen from the 31 Finalists, will be announced June 26. The 2019 Blavatnik National Laureates and Finalists will be honored at the Blavatnik National Awards ceremony, Monday, Sept. 23, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Blavatnik Scholars are advancing the human condition through scientific progress. This year’s Finalists have made cutting-edge discoveries that include new findings on the inner-workings of the microbiome, cells, DNA, RNA and viruses; creating new classes of materials through inventions in materials science and nanoscience; identifying predictors for improving crop yields; new chemical imaging and synthesis techniques; novel 2D and 3D polymer design and other radical advances that can impact energy storage, water purification and next generation electronics. 

“The goal of the Awards is to help solve the world’s greatest scientific and technological challenges by supporting outstanding young scientists and engineers,” said Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation and member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences. “Acknowledging, encouraging and funding stellar scientists early in their careers provides them with the confidence and freedom to channel their energy and creativity into ground-breaking discoveries that benefit society as a whole.”

Professor Haynes

Professor Christy Haynes

Analytical chemist Professor Haynes is an innovator in the development of novel assays to assess the toxicology of nanoparticles, found in a variety of drugs and consumer products, in physiological and ecological systems. She has shown definitively that nanoparticles can alter cellular function and has been working to redesign nanoparticles so that they have maximal technological impact and minimal unintended consequences.

Professor Haynes completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College in 1998 and earned a doctorate in chemistry at Northwestern University in 2003, under the direction of Richard P. Van Duyne. Before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2005, Haynes performed post-doctoral research in the laboratory of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Among her many honors, Haynes has been recognized as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Searle Scholar, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, a National Institutes of Health "New Innovator," a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, 2018 Theophilus Redwood Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and 2018 Craver Award recipient from the Coblentz Society. In addition to recognition for her research contributions, she has been recognized by the University of Minnesota as an Outstanding Post-doctoral Mentor and the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Professor Haynes is currently the Associate Head of the Department of Chemistry, the Associate Director of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, and an associate editor for the journal Analytical Chemistry.

About the Blavatnik Family Foundation

The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of world-renowned educational, scientific, cultural and charitable institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and throughout the world. The Foundation is headed by Len Blavatnik, a global industrialist and philanthropist and the founder and chairman of Access Industries, a privately held U.S. industrial group with global strategic interests in natural resources and chemicals, media and telecommunications, real estate, and venture capital. 

About The New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With more than 20,000 Members in 100 countries around the world, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large.