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  • 05/08/18

    Professor Haynes receives RSC's Theophilus Redwood Award

Professor Christy L. Haynes has received the 2018 Theophilus Redwood Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. This award honors leading analytical scientists who are outstanding communicators. Haynes is the first female chemist to receive this award.

Haynes is an internationally recognized leader within the scientific community, and is one of the nation’s most talented analytical chemists. Her training combines laser spectroscopy and nanomaterials characterization with electrochemistry and immunology. She has built a unique research program that addresses questions at the interface of immunology, toxicology, materials science, and chemistry.

Her research group focuses on applications of analytical chemistry in the fields of immunology and toxicology, with much expertise in the area of single cell analysis. Another major focus encompasses studying fundamental properties of cells involved in inflammation. Her group has performed the first ever real-time single blood platelet measurements, examining the chemical messenger molecules that platelets secrete upon stimulation. While most of the Haynes lab research employs electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques, the group is always exploring new and exciting technologies to answer pressing bioanalytical questions.

Haynes has a deep commitment to science communication through traditional venues (e.g., giving 61 invited seminars and talks since 2013), but also through less traditional venues that reach a broader audience. Much of this science communication is done based on Haynes’ commitment to service. For example, Haynes toured with the RSC India Roadshow and Symposium Series in 2014 and the Canadian Lectures in Modern Chemistry Series in 2013.

She uses her excellent science communication skills in support of the University of Minnesota, giving scientific talks for broad audiences of alumni as part of its MinneCollege program and its extension education program. Haynes has also appeared several times on our local television and radio news programs, both promoting her own group’s research and the department-at-large. In addition, Haynes performs significant outreach events with youth; her research group has visited the W. 7th Community Center (a center serving socioeconomically disadvantages children) each summer for 11 consecutive years to perform hands-on chemistry activities. Many of the activities designed for these 6 to16 year olds have since been developed into manuscripts and published in chemical education journals. Haynes has also been a regular performer in the “Energy and U” show for the last seven years; this show is a chemistry outreach event targeting 3rd-6th graders with exciting demonstrations set to music, serving between 10,000 and 14,000 students each year.

She has been featured on two public broadcasting science television shows, DragonFly TV (featuring her group’s nanoparticle toxicology work) and Hands-On Science (featuring Energy and U demonstrations). In addition, Haynes communicates her opinions about how the scientific enterprise can become more diverse and productive through editorials written for Analytical Chemistry and as a regular contributor to the Sustainable-nano blog, with some blog entries translated for Spanish speakers and published on the Nano-sostenible blog.

Haynes participates in TED conferences. TED is an organization that focuses on “ideas worth spreading,” and Haynes has attended five major TED conferences, teaches a freshman seminar focused on discovering and communicating passions (scientific or otherwise), and recently gave a TEDx talk based on a portion of her group’s research.

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 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2018 Craver Award recipient from the Coblentz Society. In addition to recognition for her research contributions, which includes more than 150 peer-review publications, 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.

To learn more about Professor Haynes, in her own words, listen to a recent interview she gave on the “People Behind the Science” podcast and watch a TEDx talk that she delivered in January 2017.