Newsmaker: Donna Stolz
Noteworthy : Stolz finished second and 19th in the Nikon Instruments 2011 Small World Photomicrography Competition. She submitted a picture of a blade of grass as seen with a confocal microscope illuminated by lasers to win second-place honors. Her 19th-place picture is a collage of different types of cells arranged to look like a wreath. For placing second out of nearly 2,000 entries from dozens of countries, Stolz receives $2,000 worth of Nikon equipment.
Age : 52
Residence : Shaler
Occupation : Associate director of the Center for Biologic Imaging at the University of Pittsburgh
Background : Stolz has been a member of the cell biology and physiology department at Pitt since 1997. She got a job there after she and her husband moved to the Pittsburgh area, so he could be an assistant professor at Duquesne University.
Education : Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, both from the University of Massachusetts — Amherst.
Quote : “There’s a lot of people in science who do art as well. It’s good to have validity for something you think is really cool — that other people find it cool as well.”