Congratulations to Hannah Nickles, DVM for being the recipient of one of the three Hermann Rahn awards for 2014. Dr. Nickles is a PhD candidate in the Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin and was nominated by her mentor, Dr. Wolfgang M. Kübler for her paper “Mechanical ventilation causes airway distension with pro-inflammatory sequelae in mice” Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2014 Jul 1;307(1):L27-37. In this paper she demonstrates that Airway distension triggers pro-inflammatory responses and may thus contribute relevantly to ventilator-induced pathologies. Her paper is one of the Featured Articles in AJP-Lung (http://ajplung.physiology.