6/20/2012 11:48:00 AM
CNSE Assistant Professor and Assistant Vice President For NanoHealth Initiatives Dr. Sara Brenner Honored With ‘Women of Excellence’ Award
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Dr. Sara Brenner, Assistant Vice President for NanoHealth Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), has received the prestigious 2012 ‘Women of Excellence’ award as one of seven women honored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce for achieving professional success while dedicating herself to community service.
In receiving this year’s honor, Dr. Brenner was singled out as an “emerging professional” for having a promising future resulting from her work leading innovative health and safety research initiatives at CNSE related to nanoparticle and nanomaterial exposures in the workplace, consumer marketplace and environment.
Dr. Brenner is the chair of the steering committee for the NanoHealth and Safety Center at the NanoCollege which is pioneering the understanding of the safety and risk associated with nanoscale materials. She is also CNSE’s program director of the MD/PhD in Medicine and Nanoscale Science or Engineering where she works with SUNY Downstate Medical Center to oversee and implement this first-of-its kind dual-degree program. She has worked at CNSE since 2009.
The ‘Women of Excellence’ award also noted that Dr. Brenner “practices what she preaches” by participating in fitness events, from snowshoeing to running ultramarathons. She has given numerous speeches on the importance of studying nanotechnology from a medical perspective, and she has been involved in everything from the Girl Scouts ‘Go Nano!’ program to ‘NanoHigh’ and other CNSE initiatives that teach children of all backgrounds about the promising world of nanotechnology.
Dr. Brenner, along with the other honorees, attended a luncheon Wednesday, June 13, as part of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce’s celebration of individuals inspiring positive progress both in the day-to-day work they conduct, and through their community outreach.