FACSS 2013 Student Award and Tomas A. Hirschfeld Award

2013 Recipients:

FACSS Student Awardee: Larry R. Gibson II

Larry Gibson received his B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. While at Hopkins, he worked as a research assistant under the direction of Dr. Richard Cone (Department of Biophysics) and Dr. Justin Hanes (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering), where his focus was on the development of drug delivery mechanisms to eradicate infectious STD pathogens. Presently, Larry is a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Paul Bohn’s group at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation work targets the development of low-cost, hybrid microfluidic/nanofluidic devices for point-of-care medical diagnostics. Recently, Larry invented a robust method to swiftly screen patient biofluids for lipid biomarkers linked to debilitating neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases using non-aqueous microchip electrophoresis. His research interests include chromatographic and electrophoretic chemical separations coupled to spectroscopic and mass spectrometric detection, rapid prototyping, and finite element modeling. In addition to a Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Student Award, he has also achieved a Professional Development Award from the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame. Larry has authored/coauthored 6 peer-reviewed publications to date.

Tomas Hirschfeld Awardees:  Gloria Sheynkman and Bai Nie

Gloria Sheynkman (formerly Kreitinger) graduated from the University of Notre Dame in June 2006 with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  During her time at Notre Dame, she did undergraduate research in the laboratories of Dr. Mayland Chang and Dr. Shariar Mobashery, where she helped develop MS-based bioanalytical methods for the characterization of drug metabolites.  During the year after graduation, she was an Americorp volunteer in San Francisco.  Starting in 2007, she worked as a research associate at Gilead Sciences within Analytical Development, where she gained experience with a variety of analytical instrumentation while supporting the development of antiretroviral drug candidates.  In 2009, these experiences led her to pursue an Analytical Chemistry PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was selected as a predoctoral fellow in the Genomic Sciences Training Program.  She is currently working with Professor Lloyd M. Smith, who has driven the development of many technologies, including DNA sequencing.  Her research project is at the interface of genomics and proteomics, where she is integrating next generation sequencing and mass spectrometry technologies for the improved characterization of sample-specific protein variations.  Her most recent work describing the discovery of novel splice-junction peptides was just published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.


Bai Nie is a graduate student in the Physics Department of Michigan State University, working with Professor Marcos Dantus. Previously, he obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Physics from Nanjing University in China. His current research focuses on the development of novel ultrafast fiber lasers, pushing the limits of pulse duration and pulse energy of fiber oscillators. One of his works, which demonstrated the highest peak power generated from a simple Yb doped fiber oscillator, was featured as one of the most significant publications by ‘Optics and Photonics News’ in 2012. Beyond the fundamental laser research, he is also interested in and successfully demonstrated some applications using fiber lasers, such as multiphoton microscopy of living tissue and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. His work showed the great potential of ultrafast fiber lasers in practical applications. He has co-authored 12 peer reviewed papers and filed 1 patent. He also founded the Optical Society of America – Michigan State University student chapter and served as the president for the past two years.



These awards recognize the most outstanding papers submitted to the conference by a graduate student. Recipients, who must be a graduate student at the time of application, will receive economy travel to the meeting, complimentary registration, and up to 6 nights complimentary hotel accommodations.  In order to have their presentation considered for a Tomas Hirschfeld Award or FACSS Student Award, students should submit their abstract using the SciX web site and indicate on the abstract submission form their interest in the award, complete this form, and submit form and following information electronically to facss@facss.org

a) This form. 

b) 250 word abstract of the proposed presentation for the SciX conference which is presented by FACSS. 

c) Two letters of nomination, one by the student’s mentor. An explanation of the inventive contributions by the student to the work should be given. Creativity was a primary characteristic of Tomas's work, and thus should be a characteristic of the awardee.

d) A copy of the candidates resumé. 

e) A copy of the candidate's graduate transcript. 

f) Copies of reprints and/or preprints of research accomplished. 

The recipients will be included in a session highlighting young scientists and their work.

Deadline is April 30.

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