Congratulations to Paul Maddox, who was awarded an NSF CAREER award for his work on DNA condensation. Chromosomes compact several orders of magnitude upon entry into mitosis via an as yet unknown mechanism. In addition, condensation occurs to varying degrees based on the size of the cell into which the DNA must fit. The Maddox lab will use innovative, quantitative microscopy to discover how these processes occur. This 5-year NSF grant also supports Paul and his lab in participating in several community outreach activities, to educate a broader segment of the population about his research.