Lene Hau made news a few years ago, first by slowing light down to 17 m/s, and then by completely stopping it to 0 m/s and then re-transmitting it in its original form. Just recently, she made more news by doing the same thing, but this time, after the first light was stopped, she transfered it to another gas, and then re-transmit it.
This is a fascinating interview with her and gives a little bit of an insight on what makes her tick. Although the report may have presented it half-jokingly, I do think that she is certainly someone I would consider a strong candidate for the Nobel Prize in the next 10 years or so. I would say that Lene Hau and Deborah Jin of NIST would be the two leading women in physics who would be spectacular choices for the Physics Nobel Prize. It would be nice if that happens during my lifetime.