Newspaper names TGen Director of Education and Community Outreach to 2012 Class of 40 under 40

June 19, 2012

Dr. Candice Nulsen, Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), will be celebrated today as one of the Phoenix area's brightest young business leaders.

Nulsen, who directs TGen's education programming and efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math education, has been named by the Phoenix Business Journal to its 2012 Class of 40 Under 40, which recognizes 40 Phoenix area business leaders under age 40.

The program's alumni include Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall, and KNXV-TV Channel 15 news anchor Katie Raml, among hundreds of others over the past decade, according to the Journal.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal with this distinction," Nulsen said. "It reflects the significant efforts by TGen to promote new generations of students and teachers who can help grow Arizona's biomedical industry and foster a greater public awareness of the importance of science in our lives."

Since 2003, Nulsen has directed TGen's education and community outreach initiatives within the science, business, and lay communities. In this capacity she interprets the scientific research of the institute to the local, national and international community, directs TGen's training programs, and stewards TGen's emerging partnerships within the community at large.

"Having someone with Dr. Nulsen's passion leading our outreach and educational efforts is a significant benefit to our community and a great addition to TGen," said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen President and Scientific Director. "The programs she has developed complement the science we conduct and contribute to the continued growth of the next generation of researchers and clinicians choosing to stay in Arizona."

In 2007, Nulsen helped develop, launch and implement the Helios Scholars Program at TGen, a $6.5 million, 25-year summer internship program funded by the Helios Education Foundation, the largest non-profit organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education.

Nulsen also serves as the Scientific Liaison & Senior Associate Editor for the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), where she is responsible for leading special projects on behalf of TGen for AACR. She is involved in strategic planning, developmental editing, commissioning of reviews, managing an external editorial team, and tracking and researching new trends and developments in cancer therapeutics for the AACR scientific journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

Nulsen and the other 40 Under 40 leaders will be celebrated at the program's 12th annual awards and reception today (June 19) at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix.

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