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Nicole George wins 2012 Journal of Experimental Biology Outstanding Paper Prize
Date:11/21/2012

have the usual coffee clutch around but Nicole walks up and she just starts working'. He adds, 'But all the focus in the world isn't useful if there isn't a creative spark there, and Nicole has that too'.

Following on from her thesis research, George is continuing her work in Daniel's lab as a postdoc where she is preparing to analyse the muscle structure of tethered moths in flight using X-ray diffraction at the Argonne National Laboratory. However, George's career choice is not quite as conventional as it might at first seem. George says, 'I have always enjoyed science and I want to continue working in science but I have always been interested in how to enact change on a global level and how science can be used to do that'. This led her to take the summer out from research and accept an internship at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, a philanthropic organisation supporting a wide range of community and environmental projects in the Pacific Northwest. However, since returning to the lab, George has maintained contact with the foundation, where she is continuing to advise their scientific program. 'I am looking at the field of ocean health, analysing opportunities for success. It's very fun and I get to learn a lot of new things', George smiles.

Reflecting on the muscle project's achievements, Daniel says, 'When you work with really great grad students and postdocs like Nicole and Simon, their discoveries open your eyes and it's usually their fresh views that make you go, "Ha, I wonder why it's like that?" They don't have the biases built in', he chuckles, adding, 'we will all be going out to celebrate Nicole's success'.


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