University of Tennessee graduate student Sally Ellingson has picked up a prestigious Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award from the American Chemical Society.
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Titan User Recognized by the American Chemical Society

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Award of excellence given to UT grad student

Sally Ellingson, left, with Jerome Baudry of the University of Tennessee.

Sally Ellingson, left, with Jerome Baudry of the University of Tennessee.

University of Tennessee graduate student Sally Ellingson has picked up a prestigious Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award from the American Chemical Society. Only ten graduate students from North, Central, and South America are chosen each year for this highly competitive award.

Ellingson is the first UT graduate student to receive this honor. She was chosen based upon her work with Jerome Baudry, a UT assistant professor, and Jeremy Smith, the director of the UT/ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics (CMB), in the advancement of drug discovery via high-throughput virtual docking software for supercomputers. Ellingson is a graduate student in the CMB, where she focuses on scaling massive drug screening applications to run on Titan.

She was previously funded by the National Institutes of Health through a Clinical and Transitional Science Award from ORNL and Georgetown University. Because of her success Ellingson is now funded directly by the Department of Energy.—by Jeremy Rumsey