ENIGMA’s Joe Jizhong Zhou, a professor at the University of Oklahoma will receive the U.S Department of Energy’s highest scientific award from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this year. The prestigious 2014 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award acknowledges outstanding contributions in the biological and environmental sciences supporting research and development of the U.S. Department of Energy and its mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.
Zhou, George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, OU College of Arts and Sciences, and director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics, is being honored for ‘outstanding accomplishments in environmental genomics and microbial ecology, including the development of innovative metagenomics technologies for environmental sciences, for groundbreaking discoveries to understand the feedbacks, mechanisms, and fundamental principles of microbial systems in response to environmental change, and for transformative leadership to elucidate microbial ecological networks and to link microbial biodiversity with ecosystem functions.’
Awardees receive a medal and a $20,000 honorarium at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this year. For more (http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2015/05/21/2015-lawrence–award-2/) and http://mpbio.ou.edu/Websites/botmicro/images/Zhou_to_Receive_Lawrence_Award.pdf