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    Resident of The Barrington of Carmel and Purdue University Professor Receives National Award for Work in Science and Technology

    The idiom “splitting hairs” originally was coined by Shakespeare in the 1600s, but the technology for splitting molecules was developed largely by John H. Law Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University and future resident of The Barrington of Carmel, Fred Regnier. His diligent years of research earned him yet another award with national recognition - the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Separations Science and Technology. His discoveries will greatly help in the treatment and prevention of diabetes and heart attacks.

    “Awards in science are wonderful, not so much for the recognition but for validation. They are an affirmation by others that our time was well spent studying and trying to understand a small part of our world,” the accomplished scientist Regnier said.
    Regnier has received numerous awards in the field of chromatography, spanning from 1987 to this most recent honor presented to him at the 2013 spring meeting of ACS in New Orleans April 7-11.

    The process of molecular harvesting, as Regnier refers to it, involves isolating and purifying proteins in order to capture the specific proteins desired and to use them in medicine, from producing medications such as insulin to incorporating Tissue Plasminogen Activator (t-PA) which digests blood clots and helps after a heart attack. The separation process of chromatography allows for identifying and quantifying specific proteins, often with as little as a single drop of blood.

    “As his wife of 52 years, I am never surprised by his creativity and passion for research,” described Regnier’s proud wife Linda. “In my eyes, Fred is the same person who grew up in a small town in Nebraska, worked his way through college, and achieved success in his field of interest.”

    Regnier describes Linda as “the rock” of their family; the one who has held them all together being a great mother, not only within their family, but to hundreds of kids during her years of teaching at an alternative school for at-risk children. She has been his strong support while he was focused on his research, as well as an amazing mentor to many students.

    “My awards are granted at grand national meetings after which everyone goes home and forgets,” Regnier remarks. “Linda’s awards come on a daily basis in an outpouring of love from people she has guided through a time when no one believed in them but her.”

    This May, Regnier will be leaving Purdue having been a professor there for 45 years. He has touched the lives of countless students, specifically 80 graduate students. It is in their success that he takes more pride than in his own. The 74-year-old says he doesn’t look at his leaving as “retiring” but as simply moving on to a new chapter in life.

    That new chapter will pick up in Carmel as Fred and Linda move into The Barrington this fall. Linda says they are excited about moving there because they love the kind of community The Barrington provides and the Life Care option it offers. While Linda looks forward to embracing her retirement from 38 years of teaching secondary education and relaxing, Fred plans to stay involved with at least two of the five companies he co-founded - Perfinity Bioscience and Novilytic.

    “We are looking forward to welcoming the Regniers into The Barrington as their new home,” said Dana Shore, director of sales and marketing at The Barrington. “We hope to make this new chapter in their life a fun-filled one.”
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