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Awards, Honors, and Nominations

Thomas Theis receives the 2021 Goodnight Early Career Innovators Award

Thomas Theis Headshot

Thomas Theis, Asistant Professor of Chemistry, was selected as a 2020-21 Goodnight Early Career Innovator at NC State.

Theis Lab group posing in front of wolf

Research conducted by the Theis Hyperpolarization Lab  merges traditional disciplines in chemistry, physics and engineering  to overcome the inherent sensitivity limitations of  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The emerging “Hyperpolarization Chemistry”  enhances typical NMR and MRI signals by up to six orders of magnitude and has important applications in the study of biochemical dynamics and molecular imaging.

The  Goodnight Early Career Innovators’ Award was established in 2021 to support early career faculty excellence and to recognize faculty whose scholarship clearly and substantively contribute to innovation and advancement in STEM or STEM education.

The Goodnight Early Career Innovators program strengthens NC State’s ongoing commitment to faculty excellence and was made possible by a gift from longtime NC State supporters Dr. Jim and Mrs. Ann Goodnight.

This year, faculty members were nominated by their colleges and selected by a committee of senior leaders in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Provost and the Office for Research and Innovation. Forty-one faculty members were nominated for the award.