Congratulations to Jennifer Brookes, who defended her Ph.D. work “Insight into the Local Solvent Environment of Biologically Relevant Iron-nitroysl Systems through Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy” on May 22, 2015. She worked in the laboratory of Professor Munira Khalil for the last six years. Jennifer was recently awarded the Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship sponsored by OSA and SPIE. This fall she will be headed to Washington, DC to serve a one-year term as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a U.S. congressional office or committee. She is looking forward to utilizing her scientific background to work on public policy issues. She is excited to spend one last summer enjoying all the things the Pacific Northwest has to offer before heading to DC.