Congratulations to Eric Smith on receiving the Dacso Award for Excellence in Research. This award is presented annually to support one medical, graduate or M.D./Ph.D. student in a molecular and cellular biology laboratory. Dr. Clifford Dasco, a molecular and cellular biology professor ,created this award to honor his parents, Dr. Magda Rona and Dr. Michael Dacso. Prior to studying in H. Courtney Hodges laboratory, Eric earned a B.S. in biochemistry and biophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He joined the Hodges lab in 2018 and is currently studying tumor suppressive mechanisms of BAF complexes. Eric is also a fellowship recipient on the Training In Precision Environmental Health Sciences Program. Drs. Dacso, Hodges and O'Malley were on hand to present the award.