nologies for profiling, identifying, and mapping the spatial distribution of bio-compounds directly in biological samples and the translation of these exciting new molecular technologies to the investigation of diseased tissues. In 1997, Dr. Chaurand received the annual young investigator prize from the French Mass Spectrometry Society. Dr. Chaurand obtained his Ph.D. in physical biochemistry and mass spectrometry in 1994 from the University of Paris Sud (Orsay, France).

JULIA E. FULGHUM currently serves as the chair of the University of New Mexico Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department. Her research interests include materials characterization with an emphasis on multitechnique correlation and multivariate analysis for nondestructive evaluation of heterogeneous samples: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, atomic force microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Fulghum was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Kent State University (KSU) from August 1989 to August 2002, serving as an Honors College faculty member during her last two years. At KSU, she received the distinguished teacher award from the College of Arts and Sciences and was named outstanding faculty mentor in the Teaching Scholars Program, both in 2001. Dr. Fulghum serves as chair of the Advisory Board of the National ESCA (Electron Spectroscopy Chemical Analysis) and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO) and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Surface and Interface Analysis and for the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena. In addition, she is active in the Applied Surface Science Division of the American Vacuum Society, where she has served as chair, program chair, and member-at-large. Dr. Fulghum received her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1987 from the University of North Carolina, her master’s degree in analytical chemistry in 1983 from Cornell University, and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with highest honors in 1981 from the University of North Carolina.

RIGOBERTO HERNANDEZ is associate professor of chemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on microscopic reaction dynamics and their effects on macroscopic chemical reaction rates in arbitrary solvent environments. His projects include the use of modeling to determine the chemical reaction dynamics of thermosetting polymers and living polymers, the diffusion of mesogens in a liquid crystal, the transport and control of adsorbates on a surface, the binding dynamics of proteins, and the dynamics of protein folding and rearrangement. Dr. Hernandez’ awards include the Goizueta Foundation Junior Professorship (2002-2006); Sigma Xi Southeast Regional Young Investigator (2002); Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and Sigma Xi Southeast Regional Young Investigator (2000); Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar and Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award (1999); Blanchard Assistant Professorship of Chemistry (1999-2001); and National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (1997).

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