BISC-MEB Faculty Jan Amend and Cameron Thrash (along with Viterbi Asst. Prof. Dr. Adam Smith) received one of the first two awards under the Provost New Directions in Research and Scholarship (PNDRS) program, for their collaborative proposal “Isolating ‘Microbial Dark Matter’ to Breathe Greenhouse Gases,” which was praised for being of “paramount importance…in the era of global warming.”