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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Huntsville, AL. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Huntsville.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Huntsville, AL? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Huntsville. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Huntsville, AL, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Huntsville. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Huntsville, AL

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Huntsville to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Huntsville.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Huntsville, AL, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Huntsville hosts Alabama’s first Trans Pride Day

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – TransFamily Support Services hosted Alabama’s first Trans Pride Day in Brahan Springs Park on Sunday, bringing together community organizations that support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Alabama.“With all of the things going on across the country and here in Alabama, it was time to highlight trans joy, to celebrate this communit...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – TransFamily Support Services hosted Alabama’s first Trans Pride Day in Brahan Springs Park on Sunday, bringing together community organizations that support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Alabama.

“With all of the things going on across the country and here in Alabama, it was time to highlight trans joy, to celebrate this community, and in particular let our trans youth know multiple adults they’ve never met, who are in this to help protect them and their rights,” said Kathie Moehlig, the Founder and Executive Director of TransFamily Support Services.

Carmarion D. Anderson-Harvey, the Human Rights Campaign Alabama State Director, said events like this are a step forward for the community.

“It brings the community together, and it supports visibility,” Anderson-Harvey said. “You find other members of the community that are like you and can support you.”

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, many LGBTQ+ leaders fear future rulings may further endanger personal freedoms beyond abortion rights. In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the court might reconsider other precedents such as the rights to contraception, same-sex intimacy, and same-sex marriage.

“As someone who is of the trans-identified experience and an equality leader for the state, it’s important that I get a chance to also see the next generation. This was a remarkable day, but it’s a day to educate Alabama that diversity lives in Alabama,” Anderson-Harvey said.

In Alabama, legislators have passed laws making it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors.

“In this state of Alabama, it is showing, when we see bad legislation, that we are still going to show up in our truth and power,” Anderson-Harvey said.

In addition to food and music, the Trans Pride Day event included a resource fair featuring:

“It means visibility. It means something landmark we can build off of and hopefully see more pop up around this area,” said TransFamily Support Services Alabama Programs Manager Mani Blunt.

Janae Smith, the owner of Yum Yum’s, a vendor at the event said she was glad her business could support this pride event.

“It’s important to me for all walks of life to have equality in everything they do,” Smith said.

Event organizers said they hope Sunday’s event is the first of many trans pride events hosted in Alabama.

Huntsville-area home sales increase 6.4% year-over-year in May

Sales: According to ValleyMLS.com, May home sales in the Huntsville area increased 6.4% year-over-year (Y/Y) from 747 to 795 closed transactions. Sales increased 2.2% from April. Sales are down 0.03% year-to-date. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and ...

Sales: According to ValleyMLS.com, May home sales in the Huntsville area increased 6.4% year-over-year (Y/Y) from 747 to 795 closed transactions. Sales increased 2.2% from April. Sales are down 0.03% year-to-date. Two more resources to review: Quarterly Report and Annual Report.

For all Huntsville-area housing data, click here.

Inventory: May listings (879) increased 21.8% from April and 40.7% from one year ago. At the current sales pace, all the active inventory on the market would sell in 1.1 months, an increase from 0.9 months in April and 0.6 months in May 2021. The equilibrium point where buyers and sellers have roughly equal bargaining power is 6 months of supply.

Pricing: The median sales price in May was $341,838, an increase of 21.9% from one year ago and 2.1% from April. The differing sample size (number of residential sales of comparative months) can contribute to statistical volatility, including pricing. ACRE recommends consulting with a local real estate professional to discuss pricing, as it will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Homes sold in May averaged eight days on the market, selling one day faster than in May 2021.

Forecast: May sales were four units, or 0.5%, above the Alabama Center for Real Estate’s (ACRE) monthly forecast. ACRE projected 791 sales for the month, while actual sales were 795 units. ACRE forecast a total of 3,527 sales in the area year-to-date, while there were 3,456 actual sales through May, a difference of 2%.

New construction: The 214 new homes sold represent 26.9% of all residential sales in the area in May. Total sales increased 1.9% year-over-year. The median sales price in May was $376,817, an increase of 3.5% from April and 20.6% from one year ago.

Statewide summary: Home sales in the state rebounded in May, rising 1.9% from one year ago even as mortgage rates and home sales prices continue to trend upward. Housing demand remains well above pre-COVID levels, with May sales 14.3% above the five-year average. However, the housing market is likely to cool off somewhat as mortgage rates are now above 6%. Home sales in the state are expected to decline by 5-10% from last year’s pace by year’s end.

Home sales price growth accelerated in May, with the statewide median sales price rising 17.4% Y/Y, up from 16.2% in April and 13.7% in March. The statewide median and average sales prices also reached record highs in May ($242,568 and $294,324). Going forward, slowing sales and rising inventory are likely to result in home price growth moderating to the 8-10% range.

Much-needed inventory arrived in May, with statewide listings rising 11% from April and 18.9% from one year ago. Inventory is still relatively tight, as the total of 11,129 properties listed for sale is 44.2% below the five-year average of 19,950. Unsold inventory was at 1.6 months of supply, up from 1.3 one year ago.

National summary: According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home sales declined for the fourth consecutive month in May, falling 3.4% from April (seasonally adjusted annual rate). Three of four regions of the country reported month-over-month declines, while sales in the West were unchanged. Home sales also declined 8.6% year-over-year.

The median sales price for all housing types passed the $400,000 mark for the first time ever ($407,600), rising 14.8% year-over-year and marking 123 consecutive months of year-over-year gains. Rising home prices are largely a result of low housing inventory amid sustained demand and inflationary pressures. Existing home inventory totaled 1,160,000 listings at the end of May, up 12.6% from the prior month and down 4.1% from 1.21 million listings one year ago. May’s 2.6 months of supply increased from 2.2 during April and 2.5 one year ago.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, said, “Home sales have essentially returned to the levels seen in 2019 – prior to the pandemic – after two years of gangbuster performance. Also, the market movements of single-family and condominium sales are nearly equal, possibly implying that the preference toward suburban living over city life that had been present over the past two years is fading with a return to pre-pandemic conditions.”

Yun also said he expects declining home sales in the months ahead. “Further sales declines should be expected in the upcoming months given housing affordability challenges from the sharp rise in mortgage rates this year. Nonetheless, homes priced appropriately are selling quickly and inventory levels still need to rise substantially – almost doubling – to cool home price appreciation and provide more options for home buyers.”

All-cash sales represented 25% of all closed sales in May, down from 26% during the prior month and up from 23% one year ago. Second-home buyers and individual investors purchased 16% of May home sales, down from 17% in April and 17% one year ago. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for less than 1% of May transactions, unchanged from April 2022 and May 2021.

Click here to view the entire monthly report.

The Huntsville Area Residential Monthly Report is developed in connection with the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors.

Huntsville abortion clinic turns away patients after Roe decision

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Alabama Women’s Center, one of only three clinics in the state offering abortion services, turned away patients minutes after the Roe decision came down from the Supreme Court on Friday.Alabama Reproductive Rights Clinic Escorts Co-coordinator Kathy Zentner is a long-time volunteer at the Alabama Women’s Center. She said the clinic had to turn away a waiting room of patients Friday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade case.&ldq...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Alabama Women’s Center, one of only three clinics in the state offering abortion services, turned away patients minutes after the Roe decision came down from the Supreme Court on Friday.

Alabama Reproductive Rights Clinic Escorts Co-coordinator Kathy Zentner is a long-time volunteer at the Alabama Women’s Center. She said the clinic had to turn away a waiting room of patients Friday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade case.

“Activities stopped in the clinic,” Zentner said. “They have been on the phone with attorneys to figure out what can be done for the day, but basically they’re following the law here. At the time Roe was suspended, abortions stopped.”

Until Friday, the Alabama Women’s Center offered surgical and non-surgical abortions to patients up to 20 weeks pregnant. The clinic also offered contraceptive counseling, STD testing, and other preventative health services.

In 2019, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a law banning almost all abortions, except in the case of pregnancies that endanger the mother’s life. However, the ban does not offer exemptions for rape or incest.

With the overturning of a 2019 injunction barring the law on the ground of Roe, the Human Life Protection Act is now in effect, impacting the Alabama Women’s Center and effectively stopping all abortions in the state.

“[The Alabama Women’s Center] cannot exist as an abortion clinic,” Zentner said. “The law in Alabama says that a doctor that performs an abortion in this state is subject to 99 years in prison, so there is no chance that a doctor is going to risk his or her license to make that happen.”

On Friday, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said abortion clinics are violating state law and have to cease operations immediately.

Zentner and other volunteers sit outside of the Alabama Women’s Center to escort patients inside the clinic on a daily basis.

“Our job for the past ten years has been to get the patients past the taunts of the protestors, bring them a little bit of privacy, a little bit of noise distraction, and bring them inside the clinic so they know someone supports their right to make a choice for themselves,” Zentner said. “Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court doesn’t believe that, and the Alabama Legislature didn’t believe that.”

Zentner said the nearest clinics to Alabama offering abortion services are located in Illinois.

How sweet the sound! Lineup announced for Jazz in the Park

It’s been two years since jazz lovers gathered for the popular Jazz in the Park-Huntsville concert series, but organizers hope a return of live audiences and a slate of all-star performers will make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.Jazz in the Park events in 2020 and 2021 were held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While they still offered a taste of live music performed by top-tier talent, the virtual events lacked the excitement of a live audience.“Despite the pandemic, it was importan...

It’s been two years since jazz lovers gathered for the popular Jazz in the Park-Huntsville concert series, but organizers hope a return of live audiences and a slate of all-star performers will make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.

Jazz in the Park events in 2020 and 2021 were held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While they still offered a taste of live music performed by top-tier talent, the virtual events lacked the excitement of a live audience.

“Despite the pandemic, it was important to keep the momentum of the event going,” said Kenny Anderson, organizer and Director of the City of Huntsville’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI). “The virtual shows not only provided a way for performers to continue to share their art with audiences, but it also gave audiences a temporary escape from the realities of the pandemic.”

Anderson is excited about the return of live audiences this year, though he encourages attendees to take necessary precautions to protect themselves.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is also excited about the return of live audiences and said Jazz in the Park is an important part of the City’s efforts to build a thriving music ecosystem. Those efforts, which began with a music audit in 2018, took a giant step forward this year with the hiring of Music Officer Matt Mandrella and the completion of The Orion Amphitheater.

“We’re so pleased The Orion will be hosting one of this year’s Jazz in the Park concerts,” Mayor Battle said. “It’s a world-class venue that was built for all genres, including jazz, opera and hip-hop.”

Concert locations

This year’s concerts will be each Sunday in September at Big Spring Park, except for Sept. 11, which will be held at The Orion Amphitheater at MidCity District. Headlining the Orion show will be Matthew Whitaker, an internationally renowned jazz prodigy featured on “60 Minutes.”

The schedule of performers is as follows:

Sunday, Sept. 4 – Big Spring Park East
Sunday, Sept 11. – The Orion Amphitheater
Sunday, Sept. 18 – Big Spring Park East
Sunday, Sept. 25 – Big Spring Park East

Jazz in the Park-Huntsville is presented by Cynthia Joiner Real Estate and is a collaboration between the City’s ODEI and Huntsville Parks & Recreation Department. It has generous support from Lexus of Huntsville, Huntsville Utilities, Phoenix, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and many other sponsors.

For more information, visit the Jazz in the Park-Huntsville Facebook page. Click here to learn more about ODEI and here for more details about Mayor Battle’s Music Initiative.

Huntsville native among TIME’s 100 most influential people

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s an honor only 100 people get every year, a spot on TIME’s most influential people list. This year, a scientist from Huntsville earned that honor because of her work on the Human Genome Project.Karen Miga is a Buckhorn High School graduate. She told News 19 that her teachers and experiences throughout high school in the Rocket City shaped her into the researcher and scientist she i...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s an honor only 100 people get every year, a spot on TIME’s most influential people list. This year, a scientist from Huntsville earned that honor because of her work on the Human Genome Project.

Karen Miga is a Buckhorn High School graduate. She told News 19 that her teachers and experiences throughout high school in the Rocket City shaped her into the researcher and scientist she is today.

After high school, Karen got her Bachelor’s of Science degree at The University of Tennessee before heading to Cleveland, Ohio and getting a Master’s Degree in Genetics at Case Western University. Afterward, she headed to Duke University and obtained her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Genetics.

Now, Karen is an Assistant Professor at The University of California, Santa Cruz teaching Biomolecular Engineering. But, TIME is recognizing Karen for her work on the Human Genome Project.

The human genome was first mapped in 2001, but according to scientists, it was not entirely accurate nor complete. So, Karen helped lead a team of international scientists, known as the Telomere-to-Telomere Consortium, or T2T, to complete the first gapless sequence of the human genome.

“I started my career when the human genome was first announced and it was clear to me at the time there were large and persistent gaps that the rest world, except for some in the scientific community, were largely ignoring,” Karen told News 19.

So, before she became a co-founder of the T2T consortium she was already building a career studying the human genome sequence gaps. Through her studies, she knew there was a lot more to explore.

“When I finally reached a point where I knew technology could close some of these regions, that’s when I was able to team up with Adam Phillipe who is the other co-founder and is involved with the computational putting together really difficult parts of the genome,” Karen explained. “So, it’s this balanced expertise of knowing about these sequences, studying them, then the computational process.”

Karen credits a lot of her excitement for science with growing up in the Rocket City. “Huntsville has always been this champion for research,” she told News 19. “There’s always been a tremendous amount of PhDs and folks who are rocket scientists around and there is an appreciation for science.”

Karen joins many influential names on the list including President Biden, Ketanji Brown Jackson who was confirmed to fill retiring Justice Stephen Breyer’s seat, and singer Adele, among many others. She told News 19 TIME’s willingness to diversify who they consider “influential” is imperative for the science industry.

“I think they’ve been consistently putting science on the same platform with these important milestones met politically, as well as artists and folks who are making a difference with law in our legal system and Supreme Court Justices,” Karen explained.

She also believes the COVID-19 pandemic opened people’s eyes to the importance of science. “We’ve all seen with the pandemic how important science is and what it means to have a vaccine and the health risks,” Karen shared. “Science is so important to every aspect of our life but we don’t get a lot of exposure to the scientists themselves.”

She hopes the upcoming elementary and high school students in the Rocket City take advantage of the research and opportunities around them.

“Most of us who are getting these awards started with a single step forward, with a question we were passionate about, building that type of momentum over time, it’ll pay off, and it’s never easy and never a direct path but the process of getting there is really an enriching thing,” Karen said.

Karen’s words to those with big dreams, “Goals can sometimes seem daunting when you are young, but with continuous hard work, you can change the world.”

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