Graduate student Joseph B. Binder has won the 2009 Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. This national award honors a graduate student for furthering the goals of green chemistry through research or education. Joe won the award for developing simple processes to transform crude biomass into useful fuels and chemicals, and for adapting olefin metathesis reactions to aqueous solvents. He will receive the Hancock award at a ceremony at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC on June 22nd. Joe is a chemistry Ph.D. student in the group of Professor Ron Raines.