This award is named in honor of Dr. Alice Huang, a long-time member of BBE, whose contributions to BBE, Caltech, and the greater scientific community exemplify the type of person we are seeking to recognize: someone who persistently, effectively, and without fanfare has done important and impactful things on behalf of others in the division. Dr. Huang, an accomplished virologist and scientific leader (/people/alice-s-huang), has quietly worked behind the scenes within BBE and Caltech to make it better. From her decades-long efforts to expand the hiring and equitable treatment of women to her volunteer fostering of IACUC and leadership of Bi23, Alice has had a profoundly positive impact on our community. We hope this award will shine a light on those who are following in her footsteps and will inspire others to do the same.
Barbara Wold, Jost Vielmetter and the CCSL Staff.
Citation: For their heroic, voluntary efforts to stand up the Caltech COVID Surveillance Lab, which has kept BBE and the Caltech community at large safer during the COVID pandemic.
Core team that runs CCSL:
Dr. Barbara Wold
Dr. Jost Vielmetter
Dr. George Tolomiczenko
Dr. Michael Anaya
Previous CCSL participants:
Dr. Morgan Abernathy
Key CCSL faculty advisers:
Dr. Pamela Bjorkman
Dr. Kai Zinn
Much credit also goes to people in organizations around Caltech who stepped up to make CCSL's work possible, often under challenging conditions:
Student Wellness – for their extensive work on registration and distribution of home collection kits, data concordance studies, and all the clinical follow-up testing and contact tracing downstream of surveillance.
The office of the General Counsel - for navigating a complex and changing regulatory landscape.
Environmental Health and Safety - for advising and overseeing best practices in test-lab safety.
The BBE Division – for providing CCSL with an incredible lab-space in the Chen Neuroscience building.
Purchasing - for exceptional work on complex instrument acquisition and supply orders.
The Ismagilov lab – for invaluable advice and discussion on COVID testing and test-lab practices.
And unflagging support from the Provost and President.