May Nyman, associate professor of Chemistry and mother of three children, ages 17, 13 and eight, has happily departed from the lockstep of summer vacation conventions. It is early September and she has just returned from a Department of Energy (DOE) meeting in Washington, D.C., where she joined a select group of researchers from academia, industry and national labs to help define the next call for research for solid-state lighting by DOE’s unit of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.